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.
14 Feb 2017
1. Get funding and connections
Connect with potential investors, customers, and partners worldwide and recruit new skills into your team.
2. Gain visibility
Their live stream is viewable throughout the world. It opens an ocean of opportunities which can help you in surprising ways. Also, they provide you with a video of your breathtaking performance which you will be free to use.
3. Showcase your character
Taking up the challenge is a great way to prove the world you have the perseverance, bravery, and passion that any successful startup needs to step out of the comfort zone, aim high, and push forward when going gets tough.
4. Improve communication skills
Learn to communicate the core of your business efficiently.
OTHER KEY DATES
Feb 14, 2017: 3 spots out of 12 have been reserved for "dark horses"/"black bears" who will be selected at the Dark Bear competition. It is open to any qualified startup on-site who is willing to accept the challenge, take the plunge and impress the jury.
Feb 15, 2017: 12 startups will pitch at the Polar Bear Pitching Finals.
Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).