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Barents Entrepreneurs meetup in Oulu 15-16.2. and Lulea 17-18.2.2017

Julkaistu 01.02.2017

Barents Entrepreneurs seminar will take place in Oulu on 15-16.2. and in Lulea on 17-18.2.2017, where 40 young business leaders from Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia will get together to discuss current issues of doing business in Barents area, share experience and network.

We are looking for several additional participants for this event from Northern Finland: young entrepreneurs below the age of 35, who have their own companies and want to grow & develop their businesses in the Barents area, to participate in the Barents Entrepreneurs project and enjoy both events in Oulu & Lulea. Participation is free (including the ticket to Polar Bear Pitching) and most of the expenses are covered by the project’ partners.

For more information, please contact Maria Melnikova (, 050 523 7417) by Fri 10.2. 12:00.

Program of Oulu & Luleå seminars

NB: All hours are local time

Tuesday 14th of February, Oulu (travel day)

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Hallituskatu 1, FI-90100, Oulu
Tel. +358 20 1234 730

21.00 Arrival of Ru group
21.30 Dinner at Radisson/Oula Restaurant
*Polar Bear Pitch (PBP) pre-party at Ilona night club from 20:00

Wednesday 15th of February, Oulu

8:00 Breakfast at Radisson Blu
9:00 PBP programme starts (Oulu city theatre, Kaarlenväylä 2):

  • 9:00am – 9:45am Navispace - Overview of the startup scene in Germany
  • 9:45am – 10:30am Dmitri Sarle, Arctic Startup
  • 1 0:30am – 11:15am Max Kelly, Techstars - Accelerator Programs for startups an overview
  • 12:15pm – 1:00pm Didrik Dege Dimmen, the Winner of PBP 2016 - What the heck happened after we won Polar Bear Pitching last year
  • 1:00pm – 1:45pm John Bates - "Pitchcraft" with John Bates
  • 1:45pm – 2:30pm Jonathan Hirshon - Public Relations - The Rocket Science of Art
  • 2:30pm – 3:15pm Marko Moilanen & Jonathan Andersin - 10 legal issues to consider as a startup
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm Shraga Katz - CEO workshop
  • 10:00am – 4:00pm Richard Gyrd-Jones & Minna Törmälä - Brand your startup - A hands-on workshop

13.00 Arrival of No and Sw groups
14.00 Lunch for No and Sw at Oulu city theater
16:00 Free time
18:00 PBP finals (Oulu market square)
20:00 Afterswim party (Oulu city theatre) + dinner

Thursday 16th of February, Oulu

8.00 Breakfast at Radisson Blu
9.00 Company visits (Game campus, 3D cave)
12.00 Lunch at the Uni. of Oulu
13.00 Workshop @Tellus Innovation Arena at the Uni. of Oulu

  • Maria Melnikova/Maja Terning (BusinessOulu services for Russia and Norway)
  • Mia Kemppaala (mother of Polar Bear Pitching, expert on Oulu entrepreneurship ecosystem)
  • Anne Sorvari (presenting the Oulu Uni. entrepreneurship hub)
  • Ville Heikkinen (partner @Butterfly Ventures, expert on investment opportunities in Northern Finland)
  • Bärbel Fink (Finnish business culture workshop)

17.00 Return to hotel
18.00 Departure to Maikkulan Kartano
18.30 Saunas and dinner at Maikkulan Kartano

Friday 17th of February, Luleå (note: all times in finnish GMT+3)

9.30 Travelling to Luleå (bus is arranged for all participants)

  • Optional while on-the-road: take the *MBTI test

11.00 Meet IKEA, short seminar and Lunch at IKEA in Haparanda
12.30 Departure to Luleå from Haparanda
14.00 Arrival in Luleå, check-in
15.00 Visit to Aurorum Business Incubator (ABI)

  • Info on ABI - meet the companies
  • Key note by the Norrbotten Chamber of Commerce - “ Swedish business culture, what works and what doesn’t?”

18.30 Return to hotel, free time
19.00 Dinner at Allstar - The fabulous sportsbar

Saturday 18th of February, Luleå (note: times now in local swedish GMT+2)

9.00 Excursion: City tour of Luleå
10.30 Return to hotel
11.00 Lecture: Social media for businesses
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Business culture simulation workshop
17.00 MBTI review and summary of the event in Oulu/Luleå
19.00 Dinner at Sushibar

Sunday 19th of February, Luleå (travel day)