Would you dare?

Polar Bear Pitching is your chance to get the world talking about you. This unparalleled pitching competition challenges you to pitch while standing in an ice hole carved in the frozen Baltic Sea.

Your gateway to the Finals of Polar Bear Pitching is through Dark Bear Semifinals that are held on Feb 6th. The teams that showcase the greatest potential and fearless attitude will earn their spot at the livestreamed Finals. Apply now and secure your spot in the Finals to win:


10 000 € in cash

A trip to China’s Mini Silicon Valley (Nanjing)

A personalized video of your performance

Your own handcrafted longboard from Jalla Board.


The sign up period for this year closed already, but you can still join our Conference Day


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

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


Dark Bear Semi-Finals  6.2.

The brightest startups will step into the darkness to fight towards the spotlight of the Finals of PBP and impress investors and media. The semifinals are open to anyone signed up and willing to test the icy waters. Startups will compete to secure one of the five spots in the Polar Bear Pitching Finals.


Polar Bear Pitching Finals  7.2.

A competition like you’ve never experienced before! Where top startups will get to pitch to investors, media and a global audience for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Come join the coolest pitching event with the warmest spirit, we dare you!

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
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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We promise we won't leave you cold!



See the first batch of our 2018 finalists. Those six brave startups will still be joined by six more later on. Stay tuned!