Would you dare to do it?

Polar Bear Pitching is your chance to make the world talk about you. It is an unparalleled pitching competition where you will pitch while standing in an ice hole carved in the frozen Baltic Sea. This unique experience will surely force you to get outside your comfort zone and definitely attracts the attention of international investors and media, with whom you will be able to meet face-to-face.

People connect with each other at Polar Bear Pitching, but it's true value is the exposure and the unforgettable experience. This year every finalist will get a personalized video of their performance and the winner walks away with for instance 10k euros in cash. Furthermore doors will be opened to the Chinese market for a selected startup that will get flights and accommodation to the Mini Silicon Valley (MiNiSV) an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Nanjing, China where they will also have opportunities for funding, production, and marketing cooperation. 

 

Not quite sure yet? Read what our startups have said about us!

 
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Polar Bear Pitching was THE experience. It was something unique every startup should definitely try. Pitching in a live stream in front of a jury is one thing, but doing it while submerged in frozen sea water... that is insane and hardcore business - and that is why I loved it. It was a true challenge and I enjoyed every second of visiting Oulu and PBP. Smiling volunteers, vivid atmosphere and lovely organizers made this easily one of the best pitching events in Finland. As one of the finalists, we got very good media coverage, not to mention many very promising follow-ups. If you are wondering should you do it - hell yeah!
— Timo Kettunen, Founder & CEO Diske LTD
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Polar Bear Pitching put us on the map and opened many doors to great opportunities. We were even featured in The Huffington Post!
— Sandra Pétursdóttir, First Bond Wearables
This startup event is super awesome! Our business improved tenfold. We were noticed by Estonian media and our sales skyrocketed.
— Siim Saat, SATU Laboratory
Investors who ended up investing in us were sitting in the audience. Plunging into the freezing water and talking face-to-face with them, showed the investors how serious we were.
— Annina Koskiola, Proximi.io
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Pitching from an ice hole was not only a confident booster for our team and me but also a major reason why several investors backed us. Adding the Polar Bear Pitching video onto our equity crowdfunding campaign helped us close £0.5m in funding which was more than 3x of our original target. We as founders are ready to do anything that’s required to see our baby succeed, and Polar Bear Pitching is one unique opportunity globally to demonstrate your determination, passion, and of course courage.
— Ruzbeh Bacha, cityFALCON
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Standing in the ice hole in front of the excited audience was an amazing once in a lifetime experience. The atmosphere at the event was inspiring as dozens of startups buzzed around in excitement. Personally, the pitch was the hardest one ever. But it got easier after we couldn’t feel our legs anymore. And the fiery feeling after getting out - something we’ll never forget!
— Olli Kananen, Virta Ltd.
 

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2017 FINALISTS