The coolest startup event with the warmest spirit


Polar Bear Pitching takes place for the fifth time on Feb 6 - 7th in Oulu, Finland. This ice-breaking event offers startups literally the coolest possible stage for pitching; a hole cut through the ice in the frozen Baltic Sea. Unlike in all other pitching competitions, in Polar Bear Pitching there is no time limit. However, the startups have to give their pitches while standing waist deep in the ice cold water.

The event brings together the most dedicated startups and visionary talents with investors, media and companies around the world for a two-day arctic adventure. The cozy and relatively small event allows you to connect more easily with the people of your interest. We promise we won’t leave you cold!

Previous events have attracted huge media interest and visibility. We welcome startups globally from all the fields to apply!


The challenge has brought our team closer, and our product and brand has become well known. Was taking up the challenge worth it? Absolutely, without a doubt!
— Niina Palmu, Laturi Corporation, Winner 2014

As a finalist At Polar Bear Pitching, you will feel like you are part of the team, you will sense the warm vibes from the organizers, harmless banter with other finalists and mental support from local enthusiastic volunteers. You will discover stories that won’t leave anybody cold and have an opportunity to listen to the key players in a startup world. But do you know what is the best part about PBP? You do not have to be a finalist to enjoy all these great things. During these days whole Oulu beats in the same rhythm and offers a wide range of events.
— Siim Saat, SATU Laboratory

Polar BEar Pitching Founders