Regional Startup Ecosystem Epicenter

We are connecting 800+ brilliant startups, investors, corpos and other stakeholders with global minds and leaders and serving as an effective platform for investing in the most promising startups from the region. We are bridging the global and regional startup ecosystems with a massive impact in the European Adriatic & Western Balkans.

15th & 16th of May
Maribor, Slovenia (Hotel Habakuk) Get tickets

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PODIM is the biggest and most influential startup event in the region!

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200+ hand-picked startups from 20 countries
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150+ corporate representatives from the region
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100+ investors from all over the globe
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Most active startup stakeholders from the region
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TOP speakers from all over the globe

60+ most influential people from the global startup scene, covering all important sectors and industries. Meet PODIM 2017 keynotes:


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dr. Miro Cerar
Prime Minister of Republic of Slovenia
Chuck Goldman
Sky Ventures Group, USA
Mariano Kostelec
UniPlaces, Spain
Tomaž Štolfa
Layer, USA
Michael Nassirian
ARVR Academy, VIAR, 9Mile Labs, USA
Demetrios Zoppos
Klevio, United Kingdom
Sunil Sharma
Extreme Venture Partners, Canada
Atsushi Sasawaki
Omron, Japan
Heather Corcoran
Kickstarter, United Kingdom
Alexandre Massart
Blend Ventures, Vastari, LaterPay GmbH, United Kingdom
Nicolaj Højer Nielsen
Startup Funding Book, CluedIn ApS, Denmark
Matthias Hilpert
MH2 Capital, Germany
Péter Szántó
SpringTab, Hungary
Enis Hulli
500 Startups Istanbul, Turkey
Tapio Siik
Vertical Accelerator, EIT Digital, Finland
Heissam Hartmann
mrHeissam Consulting, Germany
Rado Pavlov
BusExpress,, Germany
Peter Schlecht
The SaaS Co., Germany
Edmar Ferreira
Rock Content, Brazil
Mario Brkić
BeeOne, Austria
Daniel Cronin
Austrian Startups, Austria
Michael Matias
Hacking Generation Y, Israel
Pavel Bogdanov
Almaz Capital, USA
Adrián Ramos
Omron, Netherlands
Arnaud Bonzom
500 Startups, Singapore
Connor Murphy
Techstars, Germany
Michelle McConomy
RocketSpace, USA
Marcin Kasz, Poland
Stuart Browne
Pycap Venture Partners, Canada
Hampus Jakobsson
Nordic Makers, Sweden
Peter Jacobs
European Investment Bank, Slovenia
Niko Klanšek
BizMe, USA
Piotr Bucki
X Ventures, Poland
Robert Neivert
500 Startups, USA
Mark Pleško
Cosylab, Slovenia
Matej Golob
CorpoHub, Slovenia
Peter Frankl
Finance, Slovenia
Urban Lapajne
Initiative Start:up Slovenia, Slovenia
mag. Maja Tomanič Vidovič
Slovene Entreprise Fund, Slovenia

PODIM team is working hard on 2018 speakers lineup. If you know somebody, who is really awesome in the start-up world, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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PODIM Challenge:
meet the best startups that the region has to offer!

What is PODIM Challenge?

It is an investment platform for connecting selected early-stage startups with investors, and strategic corporate partners. It is an entry point and selection filter for startups to obtain startup ticket and to gain access to PODIM 1:1 Arena with 500+ meetings and pitching competition with special prizes.

Who is it for?

Primarily for startups from European Adriatic and Western Balkan region that haven’t yet received a bigger series A investment round and as a rule aren’t older than 5 years.

Awarding the best!

The best start-ups at PODIM Challenge will be awarded with all-inclusive tailor made programmes in global start-up hubs, such as Silicon Valley, London.
Are you offering an excelent startup programme at one of the biggest startup hubs and would like to become our partner?

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Join us at the
PODIM Challenge Roadshow

Looking for a gateway to the region investment opportunities? Join us at PODIM Challenge 2018 roadshow events all over the European Adriatic & Western Balkans countries.

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PODIM traditionally hosts the Start-up of the year Award Ceremony!

Slovenian Startup of the Year Award is highlighting and awarding the best ambassadors of Slovenian startup entrepreneurship. Those companies and teams whose achievements, actions, reputation, and development excellency present the new generation of Slovenian innovative entrepreneurs.

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  • One of the best organised startup conferences I’ve ever been to!
    Rune Theill

    ROCKSTART, Netherlands

  • An impressive gathering of founders from the region!
    Alex Iskold

    Techstars, USA

  • PODIM is certainly THE startup event to visit in the region!
    Jan Habermann

    Credo Ventures, Czech Republic

  • PODIM is always worth the trip, great atmosphere and great crowd!
    Michael Schuster

    Speedinvest, Austria

  • The talent, the people, the venue - all world class!
    Chuck Goldman

    Sky Ventures Group, USA

  • We are thrilled about the energy, content, networking opportunities and organization of the event!
    Mateja Lavrič

    Kolektor Ventures, Slovenia

  • I am really impressed by all the ideas from young startups! That’s why I am here, to support you and to show that our government is really looking forward to the future with you!
    dr. Miro Cerar

    Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia

  • PODIM is absolute top at all three criteria - the quality of the startups attending, the quality of the peers or speakers I can network with and the quality of the organization of the event.
    Nicolaj Højer Nielsen

    Investor and author of The Startup Funding Book, Danska

  • I am always happy to recommend PODIM to my colleagues from the USA because it’s an unforgettable experience they simply must have.
    Shira Abel

    CEO, Hunter & Bard, USA


Striving together to create a better place for start-ups!

We believe in the potential and the power of young innovative start-up companies. That is why the Initiative Start:up Slovenia is organizing PODIM Conference hand in hand with Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Slovene enterprise fund and other most active start-up stakeholders from the region.

mag. Matej Rus
Start:up Slovenia Initiative
Zdravko Počivalšek
Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
Mag. Maja Tomanič Vidovič
Slovene Enterprise Fund

Become our partner!

Join us in co-creating the biggest and most influential start-up event in the European Adriatic and Western Balkans regions as our partner, sponsor or programme contributor!


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Matej Rus Initiative Start:up Slovenia

Contact for partners and sponsors

Urban Lapajne Initiative Start:up Slovenia

Contact for speakers and programme

Chuck Goldman Executive in Residence

Contact for global partners

Rok Huber Slovene Enterprise Fund

Contact for investors and partners

Thanks to our 2017 partners


General Sponsor
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Unicorn partners


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