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PODIM 2016 was awesome!

Seeya on 10 & 11 of May 2017. Stay tuned. 

While we are preparing next years event, check out videos & lectures from PODIM 2016. Feel free to drop us your feedback & suggestions/wishes for speakers and content into our inbox (info @  




San Francisco
Steli Efti
New York / US
Alex Iskold
Techstars, New York
San Francisco / US
Poornima Vijayashanker
Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva
WE EXIST Reinvention Agency
Palo Alto / US
Gary Whitehill
Entrepreneur Week & The Relentless Foundation
Amsterdam / Netherlands
Rune Theill
London / UK
Howard Kingston
Munich / Germany
Dr. Jens Pippig
ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator
Daniel Kraus
London / UK
Matt Hart
London and San Francisco
Joanna Alpe
Makelight Interactive
Denver / Colorado
Bart Lorang
FullContact &
Berlin / Germany
Kevin Dykes



Dr. Andrej Fištravec /Mayor, Municipality of Maribor
Steli Efti /CEO,
Alex Iskold /Managing Director, Techstars, New York City
Poornima Vijayashanker  /Founder at Femgineer
Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva /WE EXIST Reinvention Agency
Gary Whitehill /Founder, Entrepreneur Week & The Relentless Foundation
Rune Theill  /Co-founder, Rockstart
Igor Tasic /CEO, Startup Europe Week
Piotr Bucki /CMO, X Ventures
Stephen Mooney /CEO, Synoptic Technologies
Howard Kingston /Co-founder, Adludio
Katalin Lakatos /Business Development Manager, PR Newswire
Dr. Jens Pippig /Founder & Managing Director, ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator
Daniel Kraus /Director of Platform Product Management at HERE maps
Daniel Cronin /PODIM 2016 host / AustrianStartups
Matt Hart /Creator, BetterIdeasFaster
mag. Maja Tomanič Vidovič /Director of the Slovenian entrepreneurship Fund
Matej Golob /Co-founder, 30Lean
Jaka Levstek /CEO, D·Labs
Damir Sabol /Co-founder, Microblink
Rumen Iliev /Partner, LAUNCHub
Danijela Divac /Product & UX Strategist, D·Labs
Igor Panjan /CEO & Founder, SmartPA
Jakob Šušterič /CEO, MESI
Majda Dodevska /Co-founder and CMO, Scoutee
Joanna Alpe /CEO, Makelight Interactive
Bojana Zupanič /Talent Director, Danfoss
Pavel Škerlj /CIO, Petrol d.d.
Mateja Zavadlal /Director, Sportina Bled d.o.o. and Sportina Zagreb d.o.o.
Marko Javornik /VP/GM Mobility & Travel, Comtrade Group
Sonja Šmuc /Executive director, Managers’ Association of Slovenia
Jure Mikuž /Managing Partner, RSG Capital
Dejan Roljič /Co-founder and director, ABC accelerator
Matevž Medja /co-founder and CEO, Gigodesign
Dilyan Dimitrov /Founder, Eleven
Bart Lorang /CEO and founder, FullContact
Herwig Springer /CEO Corporate Development, i5invest
Jan Habermann /Partner, Credo Ventures
Nicholas Bartlett /Business Angel
Kevin Dykes /co-founder and CEO, RetentionGrid
Žiga Godina /Head of marketing and PR, Swich
Julien Coustaury /Founding partner, Fil Rouge Capital
Michael Schuster /Partner, SpeedInvest
Matej Zalar /CEO and co-founder, Visionect
Tim Luft /Director, VR Simulation Systems
Dr. Enej Kuščer /Co-founder and CEO, Acies Bio Ltd.
Boštjan Bregar /CEO and co-founder, 4th Office
Attila Szigeti /COO, Drukka Startup Studio
Fredrik Andersson /CPO, Bonnier Business to Business
Marko Gaćeša /CEO and co-founder, Drytools
Mitja Mavsar /Co-founder, Blub Blub
Peter Frankl /Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Finance
Julij Božič /Country Leader, IBM Slovenia
Franc Matjaž Zupančič /State Secretary, SVRK
Valter Leban /Member of the Board of Management, Kolektor Group d.o.o.
Primož Škerget /UX Designer Generalist, D·Labs
Tilen Travnik /Co-founder in partner, D·Labs
Christian Benger /The Regional Minister for Economics in Carinthia, Austria
Laszlo R. Czirjak /Co-founder & Managing Partner, iEurope Capital
Peter Pohar /Group Technical Lead, D·Labs
Tatjana Zabasu /Partner, RSG Kapital
Jakob Gajšek /Co-founder & Head of Venture Relations, ABC Accelerator
Aleš Pustovrh /Co-founder & Program Manager, ABC Accelerator
Karolina Łopacka /Investment Analyst, UKTI
Óscar Ramírez Muñoz /CEO and co-founder, Startup Commons Global
mag. Matej Rus /Manager, PODIM
Prof. Dr. Peter Stanovnik /IER, Slovenia
Paul Pöltner /Co-founder & Managing Director, CONDA
Martin Henk /Co-founder, Pipedrive
Aljoša Huber /Founder, IntelPlan
Timotej Šooš /Slovenia Development Strategy Lead, Government of RS
Zsuzsa Várhalmi /Deputy Director, EIT Digital Budapest
László Gulyás /ARISE Europe lead, EIT Digital
Prof. Dr. Boštjan Antončič /Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
Marta Turk /Chief Project Manager
Prof. Dr. Miroslav Rebernik /EPF, UM
Jernej Močnik /Executive Director, NKBM
Urban Lapajne /Project manager, Start:up Slovenia Initiative
Matija Goljar /Founder and CEO, Ustvarjalnik
Mitja Poljšak /Founder and CEO, PricePilot
Petra Kovič /Journalist and copy editor, DELO
Matej Delakorda /Group Leader, CEED
Jure Verhovnik /Director of projects, IRP
Tomasz Krajewski /President of the Board, SkyCash
Gregor Rebolj /Founder, Silicon Gardens

Attract Investors  

@PODIM Challenge

Are you looking for a VC investment? Pitch your idea to 40+ global investors in front of the audience, get first-hand feedback on your idea and attract an investment! 

Investors, who are attending PODIM Challenge this year, are Dylan Dimitrov (Eleven), Rumen Iliev (LAUNCHub), Herwig Springer (, Julien Coustaury (Fil Rouge Capital), Dejan Roljic (ABC Accelerator) and many others ... 
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Main co-organizer: COINVEST

Alpe-Adria co-organizers: Venture FactoryTechnology park LjubljanaKWFBuild!Science Park GrazFriuli Innovazione 

Award Contributors: DsgnFwd Design Accelerator & ABC Accelerator

Partners: Centre for European Perspective (CEP)Business Angels of Slovenia





    PODIM Networking





    Gala Evening Event


    Start-up of the year 2016 Award



    With the “Slovenian Startup of the Year” Award we are looking for, highlighting and awarding ambassadors of Slovenian startup entrepreneurship. Those startup companies and teams whose achievements, actions, reputation and development potential present the new generation of Slovenian innovative entrepreneurs.  






    Venue in the heart of the Alps-Adriatic region




    Attendees' Feelings about PODIM

    • Matevž Petek / Povio
      PODIM always brings the best entrepreneurs from our region to one place."
    • Jugoslav Petković / entrepreneur
      PODIM, with its enviable thirty-three year tradition, manages to attract the best speakers and numerous participants each year."
    • Živana Žerjal / sportwip
      PODIM conference is a great opportunity to get inspired by amazing lectures, roundtables and workshops. It’s a “must-go” event where technology, entrepreneurship, internet, remarkable people & ideas meet."
    • Tadej Gregorčič / Motiviti
      Slovenia is home to lots of impressive start-ups and start-up founders, many of whom look forward to May when they can get together in a relaxed and wonderful environment famous for its team building and offers of outdoor activities. The local ecosystem is on the rise and PODIM is an important part of it!"
    • Matej Golob / 30Lean
      First figure out why you want to attend the biggest entrepreneurship event in Slovenia. When this is clear to you, take full advantage of it. Visitors, content, speakers. Your moves, your result. JFDI!"
    • Igor Marjanovič / OOG
      A well-organised conference with quality speakers. A must-attend event for everyone embarking on their own entrepreneurship path."
    • Andraž Tori / Zemanta
      PODIM brings together the best of what this region has to offer in entrepreneurship."
    • Eva Zupančič / Sunesis
      PODIM is an excellent opportunity for networking and establishing contacts, especially suitable for young technological start-ups."
    • Matej Gaser / Nizkocenovci
      Excellent speakers but especially a very good opportunity for pitching to venture capital from Slovenia and abroad."
    • Tadej Jevševar / Chipolo
      The PODIM conference is a chance for start-up companies to meet leading representatives of the industry as well as a great opportunity for acquiring new knowledge at excellent lectures by the best speakers in entrepreneurship."
    • Gregor Cuzak / Marand / Trokot
      PODIM isn’t a start-up, but it acts exactly like one."
    • Borut Jeglič / Foora
      If not for meeting interesting people and looking for ideas at great lectures, it’s worth it to come to PODIM for a good dose of positive energy at the least. All participants and lecturers are full of enthusiasm, motivation and ideas for how to make our world better."
    • Jose Antonio Morales / Lincoln Island
      The first time I attended I got inspired by a keynote speaker to start what today is called the Fear & Fail events, the second time I was invited as a speaker! The promise of most conferences is great networking but they often fall short; PODIM delivers a platform for effective networking. Start something at PODIM! "
    • Lojze Bertoncelj / 30lean & Delaj vitko
      PODIM are two days in the year with the biggest value added, if you’re prepared to take it. PODIM definitely mobilizes you."
    • Martin Blazinšek / Enolyse
      PODIM is an excellent conference at which you can meet your role models in person as well as get to know new people and future coworkers."
    • Dr. Mark Pleško / COSYLAB
      PODIM, with excellent speakers from Slovenia and the whole world, is the biggest and best start-up event in Slovenia, attracting a lot of visitors not only from Slovenia but also from the neighbouring regions. "
    • Matevž Medja / DsgnFwd – Design Accelerator
      Throughout the years, PODIM became an institution you can only miss at your own responsibility."
    • Ivana Florencia Oven / Čokoljana event manager
      At PODIM, I met a girl who later became a part of our team in the organisation Čokoljana, the chocolate fair in Ljubljana. On the other hand, the lectures and talking with the participants helped me get a lot of new ideas, motivation and support, which definitely contributed to the project’s success."
    • Peter Frankl / director and chief editor of newspaper Finance
      An excellent event for start-ups and entrepreneurship, one of the biggest and best in the region."
    • Miha Fabjan / SmartNinja
      This isn’t an entrepreneurship conference, this is a start-up conference! For everyone who is and will be in the start-up world, this is the place to be! Don’t miss it!"
    • Rok Jurečič / LACEnano
      PODIM is an excellent combination of top-notch speakers, interesting debates and meeting the right people."

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    Partners & Sponsors


    General Sponsor

    City of Maribor Supports PODIM