Midnight Pitch Fest, Oulu
The LUTES Team had a two-day trip to Oulu last week where Business Oulu organized a great pitcing event in co-operation with Oulu Student Entrepreneurship Society. After the one-and-a-half day event we hooked up with other ES people at Business Kitchen Oulu.
The Pitch Fest event was built about pitching and startups. The venue included two stages where the other one was dedicated solely for pitching and for startups to try and sell their business ideas to the crowd and investors. The other stage had a great line up with speakers including Bill Reichert and Alf Rehn. The crowd was also given great panel discussions from topics such as “Games Business At The Moment & In The Future – Trends, Funding, Entertainment Business – Is There Business?” and “The Future Startup Funding”.
Pitchers compromising of almost 100 startups were divided to four groups depending on the current state of the startup, so that the young first timers didn’t have to compete with more mature startups who were looking for growth funding.
At the end of Friday’s program there was a prize ceremony for the best teams of each category. Besides the recognized teams there were many more startups that will be heard of. [Winners of pitching competition]
After a long day of pitching, panel discussions and talks on the stage it was time for the evening festivities. A couple of DJ’s warmed up the people before the evening’s main act, Finnish rap artist Redrama, took the stage and got all the internationl visitors into the groove as well. The bar was open and business cards were exchanged between event participants. LUTES shared more than 50 business cards to people who were intrested in Lappeenranta’s emerging startup scene.
The real climax of the long two-day trip was a meet-up with ES-people from all around Finland: AaltoES, Jyväskylä ES, Joensuu ES, OuluSES, Mikkeli ES, Laurea ES and LUTES took part in a great and innovative chat, with the conclusion that there are so many great things going on within the Finnish entrepreneurship scene. And remember, YOU can also be a part of this exciting environment, just drop by and come say hi!
We’re anxiously waiting to seeing and meeting all of you next summer at Oulu! \o/