From the ice hole to a million dollar fund - Greetings from last year's winner

Innovative, energized, straightforward - with a pitch cooked with these ingredients Didrik Dege Dimmen took the first place of Polar Bear Pitching 2016. The product was FlowMotion ONE, a new era stabilizer for smartphones that promises an end to shaky videos. A lot has been going on with FlowMotion Technologies after Didrik backflipped to the ice hole, and it seems to be only a tip of an iceberg.

Congratulations for the winner 2016. ©Bruno Posa. 

Congratulations for the winner 2016. ©Bruno Posa. 

FlowMotion gained a lot visibility in Norway regarding the victory of Polar Bear Pitching, “Surprisingly lot”, according to Didrik. The start-up attracted also foreign media’s attention, like Forbes, Business Insider and DigitalTrends. List of victories and awards got longer with 1st place in pitching event in San Francisco, a victory of Norway’s largest business plan competition and an award as Norway’s Most Promising Start-up. A new office got established in Palo Alto, San Francisco, and number of employees increased to 10. 

As the last but not totally the least, the Kickstarter campaign engaged as much as 5,500 backers who pledged together amazing €1,2 million for FlowMotion ONE. Facts speak for themselves: 100% funded only in one hour, and the total exceeded the official goal with over 4000%.

 FlowMotion ONE keeps the camera stable in every situation. ©FlowMotion Technologies

 FlowMotion ONE keeps the camera stable in every situation. ©FlowMotion Technologies

The first products will be shipped to the backers in April 2017. Raising and pre ordering continues in Indiegogo, check the link for more details.

The headquarters of FlowMotion Technologies locate in Trondheim, Norway, where Didrik works, as most of the team. About a year after Didrik left Oulu with the grand prize of Polar Bear Pitching in his back pocket, the value of the event and prize can be seen from more long-term point of view. “Money was great, but the visibility and support for our product were things that mattered more,“ Didrik says about the victory.  “And the event is not only about the ice-hole, pitch and investors, but about all the talented people it gathers together. Oulu has a lot cool start-ups and Polar Bear Pitching is a great place to network with them. “

Hear Didrik's keynote speech on 15th of February in PBP 2017. ©Jennifer Hicks. 

Hear Didrik's keynote speech on 15th of February in PBP 2017. ©Jennifer Hicks. 

“I highly recommend attending Polar Bear Pitching for each and every start-up. Although there’s only one who gets the prize, everyone can get the value out of visibility, networking and side events. Go there, small talk with everyone and attend every after party you can!”

Dimmen will be seen in Polar Bear Pitching 2017 as a keynote speaker, so if You are interested to dig deeper to the success story of FlowMotion and catch the best tips for a kickass kickstarter campaign, join the group of innovative people in Oulu City Theatre on 15th of February. Didrik will have his speech right in between Max Kelly’s and John Bates’ ones - check the full list of inspiring keynote speakers and the schedule from here. With the same ticket You can enjoy the offering of both the Day Program and After Swim Party, get Yours from here