Polar Bear Pitching

The coolest startup event in the world has come and gone for another year!

On Wednesday, 13 March we livestreamed the finals of #PBP2019 below. Click on ‘Live’ to watch again.

Wondering what this means, exactly?

First up, check out our 10 Questions with the event’s founder, Mia Kemppaala.

Then take a look at our earlier coverage of the event below. Along the way, get to know the northern city of Oulu, where they are once again cutting a hole in the frozen sea and filling it with startups.

Polar Bear Pitching keeps its cool with virtual event

March 12, 2020

Looking for a good example of Finnish sisu? This year’s Polar Bear Pitching goes on virtually after the physical event froze only days before it was to take place.

Five for Friday: Polar Bear Pitching

March 15, 2019

A startup pitching competition held in a hole in the ice – it could only happen in the Finnish city of Oulu.

Five for Friday: Things we learned at Polar Bear Pitching

February 9, 2018

This week, the coolest pitching event in the world shined a global spotlight on the city of Oulu.

Polar Bear Pitching keeps it cool once again

February 8, 2018

This year’s Polar Bear Pitching brought a dozen startups together to the one place: an ice hole in the sea.

Oulu’s future is in good health

December 4, 2017

This thriving northern hub has a global reputation for ICT and wireless technologies. We pop by to learn more about how this is driving innovation in health and wellness.

Five for Friday: Oulu, the Northern tech capital

February 17, 2017

To find the true north of tech innovations, one should head to Oulu. It is not only the home of (literally) the coolest startup event in the world — this week’s Polar Bear Pitching – but is also one of the fastest-growing cities in Finland, where new, innovative companies are springing up in abundance and entering the global market.

Virta wins Polar Bear Pitching

February 16, 2017

Finnish electric vehicle charging services provider Virta has taken the crown at this year’s Polar Bear Pitching in Oulu.

Startups face the freeze at Polar Bear Pitching

February 15, 2016

Polar Bear Pitching competition puts early stage startups, and their sales skills, to the test in icy water.


Finnish pitching event breaks the ice

March 4, 2015

This year’s Polar Bear Pitch contest in Oulu drew a record number of international contestants.