Polar Bear Pitching finals
Feb
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Polar Bear Pitching finals

Polar Bear Pitching gathers hundreds of participants from around the world every year to Oulu, an innovative city in the Northern Finland. Unlike all other pitching competitions, there is no time limit in Polar Bear Pitching. However, the startups have to give their pitches while standing waist deep in an ice hole carved in the frozen Baltic Sea.

“Polar Bear Pitching might not be for the faint of heart, but it’s good practice for startup founders looking to make it big.”
- Dennis Mitzner, TechCrunch

We promise we won’t leave you cold!

Check out our videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls4ySMzzCfY 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3K8uS7ErW8 

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#iceintofire

http://www.polarbearpitching.com/ 
Twitter and Instagram: @PolarBearPitch
Contact: jbear@polarbearpitching.com

Apply here:

Media: https://polarbearpitching.typeform.com/to/AQsTcF 
Investors: https://polarbearpitching.typeform.com/to/VKyHCv 
Volunteers: https://polarbearpitching.typeform.com/to/QjlQ6x 

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Polar Bear Pitching Company Showroom
Feb
15
9:00am 9:00am

Polar Bear Pitching Company Showroom

Polar Bear Pitching Company Showroom is organized during the Day Program on the 15th of February on the first floor of the Oulu City Theater. Get to know some of the latest technologies and what companies and organizations are currently working on. Everyone is welcome to this open (free of charge) event. See you there!

Company Showroom exhibitors:

BusinessOulu

University of Oulu

Oulu University of Applied Sciences

Prove Oy

OP

Fingersoft

Liana Technologies

6Aika

Printocent & VTT

Insinööriliitto

Goodwiller

Special feature: Snowroom - The Arctic Showroom. In a specially designed Finnish indoor log house we showcase Oulu-based high-end products and show what the region is capable of. You can buy the products on-site!

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IGDA Finland Oulu Hub pre-party
Feb
14
to Feb 15

IGDA Finland Oulu Hub pre-party

Polar Bear Pitching Pre-party hosted by IGDA Finland Oulu Hub is the perfect happening to end a day full of excitement and networking. Only a few meters away from the Game Campus, you can grab some drinks in a laid back atmosphere and have more casual discussions with friends and people you just met today.

Celebrate with us.

Sign up right here!

The Pre-Party is hosted and made possible by our sponsor Fingersoft and co-sponsor Lexia.

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Game Industry meet up
Feb
14
12:00pm12:00pm

Game Industry meet up

Oulu Game Industry Meetup showcases the vibrant local gaming community of Finland and Oulu, the connections all over the world and the stunning future ahead. Different keynotes will discuss and talk about the latest gaming related topics, highlight special facts and introduce the local gaming community. The event provides a stage for Finnish gaming related startups and companies to showcase what they are made of to a global audience.

You are interested in the gaming industry, you would like to know more about gaming in general and you would like to discuss with like minded people? Then you should definitely be there.

The local Game Campus in the heart of Oulu is prepared for your attendance and awaits you with crazy happenings and surroundings. We are looking forward to have you.

Sign up right here!

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Dark Bear Semifinals
Feb
14
12:00pm12:00pm

Dark Bear Semifinals

To make the competition tighter, Polar Bear Pitching 2017 introduces the Dark Bear competition the day before the finals, on Feb 14th in Oulu, Finland.

The event is open to any qualified startup on-site who is willing to accept the challenge and take the plunge and impress the jury. On the following evening, Feb 15th, the chosen three dark horses i.e. dark bears will join previously chosen 15 startups at Polar Bear Pitching Finals.

We will have John Bates (http://executivespeakingsuccess.com/) coaching startups at the Dark Bear Semifinals.

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EdTech Industry Side Track
Feb
14
to Feb 15

EdTech Industry Side Track

Welcome to Oulu for a unique global event the Polar Bear Pitching 2017 EdTech side event!

Goal: To build networks and match-making opportunities between Finnish and international companies / startups, public education organizations, and investors interested in education industry innovation and market development.

Who should come: companies, investors, government agencies, and education institutions interested in developing business potential in the industry.

Program:

Feb 14

EdTech Industry Seminar Events

11.30 - 12.00 Registration and coffee

12:00 - 13.00 Keynotes: Marianne Huusko, Ambassador for Finnish Education Export; Marc Habbema, Dutch School Network

Location: Hotel Laseretti, Kasarmintie 13b, Oulu

13.15 - 15.00 Dark Bear EdTech pitching session in the ice hole

Location: Tuira Beach, Koskitie 58, 90500 Oulu

15.00 - 17.00 Formal EdTech match-making at Lasaretti between companies, investors and schools (formal sign-up starts on Feb6!)

http://www.ffmatch.fi/edtechmatchmaking/

Location: Hotel Laseretti, Kasarmintie 13b, Oulu

18.00 - 20.30 EdTech Industry networking party at Tietomaa sponsored by the Embassy of The Netherlands (free event - registration required)

http://polarbearpitching.typeform.com/to/FERW8c

Location: Tietomaa, Nahkatehtaankatu 6, Oulu

 

Feb 15

9.00 - 10.30 Speed test your EdTech product with Finnish elementary school students at the local Science Centre - Tietomaa! (a couple of spaces still available)

Location: Tietomaa, Nahkatehtaankatu 6, Oulu

11.00 - 12.30 Local visits to the University of Oulu, the Oulu University of Applied Sciences (only upon request)

Location: Pentti Kaiteran kata 1, Oulu & Kiviharjunlenkki 1B, Oulu

If you are interested in joining us, please register at the following link:

http://polarbearpitching.typeform.com/to/FERW8c

You can also contact us directly by emailing Blair Stevenson, blair.stevenson@oamk.fi

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Oulu Investor Day (AI/VR/AR/Robotics)
Feb
14
to Feb 15

Oulu Investor Day (AI/VR/AR/Robotics)

Oulu Investor Day brings together international investors (from US, Europe and Finland), the very best of Oulu companies and Oulu University research groups focusing on AI/VR/AR/Robotics. For more information, please contact Mr. Martti Särkelä (martti.sarkela@businessoulu.com) or Ms. Minna Jokisalo (minna.jokisalo@businessoulu.com).


The Event is organized by BusinessOulu, a city-owned unit which is in charge of implementing the City of Oulu's industry policies, and providing growth companies with the services they require, in addition to promoting export, import, investments, and employment.

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