Photo by Henri Luoma

The coolest pitching competition in the world!


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

Polar Bear Pitching is very much a community effort. It is a joint venture of the Oulu entrepreneurial ecosystem. The main drivers behind the event are Polar Bear Pitching non-profit organization, the University of Oulu, the City of Oulu, Business Kitchen and other organizations, entrepreneurs and volunteers of the community.


Polar Bear Pitching’s mission is to create snowballs for success and strip down the barriers that block development and growth.

It values:

Perseverance - Sisu - in pushing forward when going gets tough.
Bravery - in stepping out of the comfort zone and aiming high.
Playfulness - to remind that to be taken seriously one doesn’t need to be serious.

Would you like to co-create the coolest pitching event together with us? We are looking for partners with whom we could grow even more global. Interested? Drop us an email: or call +358405844851.