Startup Events: Polar Bear Pitching 2020Last Updated: July 1, 2020
Could you deliver a winning pitch to an investor while immersed in freezing cold ocean water? If so, Polar Bear Pitching is the event for you. While the finalists for this year’s event have been chosen, tickets are still available, and here’s a great primer for getting participants into the mindset for 2020.
POLAR Bear Pitching is literally the coolest stage on the globe for startups. Startups enter a whole that is cut in the frozen Baltic Sea, and pitch for as long as they can, in the freezing cold water, to investors, executives and media.
The pitches are filmed and broadcast live, to a global audience. Polar Bear Pitching is an event that inspires people to turn challenges into business opportunities and a showcase for the fearless spirit of startup entrepreneurs.
Do you really have the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that will see you withstand the extreme physical challenge of remaining professional while immersed in sub-zero temperature ocean water? If so, Polar Bear Pitching is for you.
7 things you need to know about Polar Bear Pitching
Although the finalists for Polar Bear Pitching 2020 have been chosen at this stage, this will be an event that any entrepreneur in the far northern hemisphere will not want to miss, and its coverage will be of interest to startups and others in business worldwide. So here is everything you need to know about Polar Bear Pitching 2020.
1. What is the point of Polar Bear Pitching?
This freezing festival is a celebration of the stuff that it takes to endure and remain in control of your business faculties even in the most extreme conditions. It is a celebration of dedication and of “sisu” — the Finnish word for that special blend of stamina, perseverance, courage and determination that is held in reserve for hard times, and which helps us continue and overcome in times of adversity.
2. Where and when does Polar Bear Pitching 2020 take place?
Polar Bear Pitching 2020 is scheduled to takes place on February 14 & 15 at the Oulu City Theater and Oulu Market Square, Kaarlenväylä 2, 90015 Oulu, the northernmost tech hub of Finland. The program will start at 9am both days and continue into the evenings.
3. What will be happening at Polar Bear Pitching 2020?
At this year’s Polar Bear Pitching, a variety of business speakers from all over the world have been invited to share their experiences and expertise on specific topics such as brand-building and other subjects that will be of interests to anyone running a startup business. The events that have been organised during the days make the event attractive to everyone, while numerous parties, social occasions and networking sessions have been lined up for both days. The big highlights, though, will be the pitches from the ice hole in the Dark Bear Semifinals and the Polar Bear Pitching finals.
4. Why should startups attend this event?
Polar Bear Pitching is a stage for startups on the edge of discovery. The combination of extreme climatic adversity, the spirit of the contestants and the presence of the international media creates a story that will not leave anyone ‘cold’. Besides the personal challenge, fun and global attention, startups also have the opportunity to win a range of top prizes, including
- €10k cash prize to the winner of Polar Bear Pitching 2020
- A two-week stay in Hacker Hotel Mustakarhu, Silicon Valley
- An office for two weeks in Plug and Play Tech Center, Silicon Valley
- An HD video of your own pitch from the ice hole
But even if you are not a participant, the best feature of the event is the laid-back and calm character of the Finnish people and their way of life. It provides an amazingly positive backdrop for the investors, decision-makers, startups and media who will be travelling to Oulu for Polar Bear Pitching 2020.
5. Names of three major guests at Polar Bear Pitching 2020?
• John Bates: The CEO of Executive Speaking Success is in business to help unlock the awesome potential that everyone possesses to make a real difference in the world. He will be coaching startups at the Dark Bear semifinals. A top expert in leadership communication, John is acclaimed worldwide for his group trainings. Executives from companies such as Johnson & Johnson Innovation Labs, NASA, Accenture, IBM, Second Genome, Boston Scientific and more, regard him as the best communications and leadership trainer working
• Jonathan Hirshon: also known as the “Guru of Silicon Valley” Jonathan has exclusively focused on high-tech PR for the past three decades. He has extensive corporate and agency PR experience, has orchestrated some of the most successful global launches and PR campaigns for Sony, Apple and Pioneer, and has counselled a host of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups. His unique blend of technical expertise, passionate evangelism, reflective counsel and intuitive understanding of market dynamics, has earned him the respect of commentators, analysts and clients worldwide.
• Max Kelly: currently managing director of Techstars London, Max previously spent 12 years at Virgin, where he was responsible for group strategy and for starting new companies. Alongside these commitments, he also co-founded lastsecondtickets.com which was successfully sold in 2014. Max started his career by running the UK’s largest haircare brand, L’Oreal, and he holds a first class degree in Chemistry from Oxford University.
6. Ticketing/admission/registration details
Tickets for Polar Bear Pitching 2020 are available now. Tickets to the Polar Bear Pitching Day Event + After Swim Party are available for €50. All information about tickets and registration is available here.