Polar Bear Pitching is organizing an idea competition together with Ramirent Oy and Oulu School of Architecture. The purpose of this idea competition is to find new ideas for the Polar Bear Pitching 2019 event venue.

The competition is open to all. Architects, students, thinkers, companies, organizations and everyone interested in the mission of the competition are welcome to participate. By submitting your ideas you’re able to contribute to the coolest business event organized in Northern Finland. No professional qualifications are necessary. Competition entries can be done either individually or in group.

The participants of this idea competition are able to use a product catalogue provided by Ramirent as a part of their planning. The infrastructure of the market square will be constructed in collaboration with Ramirent and the venue will be designed based on the winning entry. All awarded ideas will be published on


Polar Bear Pitching is the most extreme form of startup pitch competition. Participants withstand snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures for an opportunity to win €10,000, among other prizes. There is no time limit, but there is one catch: Entrepreneurs must stand waist-deep in the Baltic Sea for the duration of their pitches. Talk about motivation to keep it short. This ice hole pitching event for startups has been organized since 2014 and it has gained a lot of media coverage all around the world. Polar Bear Pitching owns global registered trademarks for its unique concept.

Next Polar Bear Pitching will be organized on 12th -13th of March 2019.

The planning of Polar Bear Pitching event venue should highlight the Northern exotic and arctic nature of the event in a way that Oulu and Finland would be seen as an internationally attractive area.


Design the event venue for Polar Bear Pitching finals.

Things to be considered:

  • The finals will be held at Oulu market square on Wednesday 13th of March at 6pm 

  • Estimated size of the audience is 5000

  • The event is organized outside

  • Snow and ice is recommended to be used in highlighting the arctic atmosphere of Northern Finland

  • The ice hole located between Oulu City Theatre and market square will serve as a stage from where the pitches are given

  • Around the ice hole needs to be enough space reserved for media, investors and audience for them to be able to follow final pitches

  • Market square will be filled with entertaining program such as reindeer rides, food stands, ice bar, saunas and hot tubs for everyone to use

  • Finals will be broadcasted with television quality so people all around the world are able to follow the icy pitches


Opening date for submission: 17th of September 2018

Closing date for submission: 31st of October 2018

Note! All entries submitted before 4pm on 31st of October will be evaluated.

Announcement of the Winners: November 2018


Entries of the idea competition can be presented either in English or in Finnish.


The final entries will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges. Members of the jury represent the following organizations: Polar Bear Pitching, Ramirent Oy and Oulu School of Architecture.

The jury panel will judge the submitted entries as per the criteria mentioned below: 

  • Uniqueness of the presented ideas

  • Realistic approach to given assignment

  • Applicability and potential for further development to the Polar Bear Pitching event

  • Creative utilization of Ramirent product catalogue


Prizes of total 5000 EUR, broken down as follows: 

1st Prize: 2000 EUR, Certificate and Publication at Polar Bear Pitching website

2nd Prize: 1500 EUR, Certificate and Publication at Polar Bear Pitching website

3rd Prize: 1000 EUR, Certificate and Publication at Polar Bear Pitching website

Honorable Mention: 500 euros and Certificate

To show our appreciation, all the participants will receive a participation certificate.

Winners and Honorable Mentions will be published on Polar Bear Pitching’s website ( Members of the jury contacts personally contestants whose entries will be awarded in this competition.


All awarded and proposed entries will remain in competition organizers possession. Organizers of this idea competition will have copyrights for all proposed entries.

The aim is to build the plan of the winning entry in 2019 Polar Bear Pitching.

Required documents

  • Site plan, scale 1:100 / 1:200

  • Cross section, scale 1:100 / 1:200

  • Demonstrative pictures of the event venue

  • Report, length A4

submission of the work

Entries must be submitted by using this form: Link to Typeform

Note! All pdf-files must be labeled with contestant’s name.

Please submit all files in PDF format. Do not submit: links to Google Drive or equal, PowerPoint presentations, or loose image files—these will not be considered nor viewed.

useful links

  • Ramirent Product Catalogue:

  • Aerial view of Oulu market square

  • General Map

  • Pictures of Oulu market square

  • Pictures from the past Polar Bear Pitching events


Polar Bear Pitching


Oulu School of Architecture

competition details

The competition is open to all. We invite architects, students, thinkers, companies, organizations and everyone interested in the mission of the competition to submit their ideas and contribute to creating the coolest business event. No professional qualifications are necessary. Competition entries can be done individually or in group.