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PODIM 2017 | The biggest and most influential startup conference in the Alps-Adriatic region! 


Energy + Networking + Learning + Region
PODIM Conference is co-created by the most active stakeholders of the startup ecosystem from Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Hungary, and Croatia!

An intense 2-day experience of connecting, learning, motivation, and positive entrepreneurship energy. The only event that annually gathers the most active stakeholders of the Alps-Adriatic startup ecosystem and enables them to host their global partners in a home environment. PODIM is also an effective platform for investing into the most promising startups from the region, as well as for actively connecting startups and corporations!


 Speakers at PODIM 2017

dr. Miro Cerar
Prime Minister of Republic of Slovenia
Chuck Goldman
Sky Ventures Group, Boston, USA
Mariano Kostelec
UniPlaces, Spain
Tomaž Štolfa
Layer, San Francisco, USA
Michael Nassirian
ARVR Academy, VIAR, 9Mile Labs, Seattle, USA
Demetrios Zoppos
Klevio, London, United Kingdom
Sunil Sharma
Extreme Venture Partners, Canada
Heather Corcoran
Kickstarter, United Kingdom
Alexandre Massart
Blend Ventures, Vastari, LaterPay GmbH, London, United Kingdom
Nicolaj Højer Nielsen
Startup Funding Book, CluedIn ApS, Denmark
Matthias Hilpert
MH2 Capital, Berlin, Germany
Péter Szántó
B Creative, 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
Michael Matias
Hacking Generation Y, Israel
Pavel Bogdanov
Almaz Capital, Russian Federation
Adrián Ramos
Omron, Netherlands
Arnaud Bonzom
500 Startups, Singapore
Connor Murphy
Techstars, Berlin, Germany
Jolanta Kokosińska
PwC, Poland
Michelle McConomy
RocketSpace, USA
Marcin Kasz, Cracow, Poland
Stuart Browne
Pycap Venture Partners, Toronto, Canada
Hampus Jakobsson
Nordic Makers, Malmo, Sweden
Peter Jacobs
European Investment Bank, Slovenia
Niko Klanšek
BizMe, New York, USA
Piotr Bucki
X Ventures
Urška Jež
ABC Accelerator
Robert Neivert
500 Startups
Mark Pleško
Cosylab, Slovenia
Matej Golob
Peter Frankl
Urban Lapajne
Initiative Start:up Slovenia
mag. Maja Tomanič Vidovič
Slovene Entreprise Fund, Slovenia



dr. Miro Cerar /Prime Minister of Republic of Slovenia
Chuck Goldman /Sky Ventures Group, Boston, USA
Mariano Kostelec /UniPlaces, Spain
Tomaž Štolfa /Layer, San Francisco, USA
Marcin Szeląg /Innovation Nest, Poland
Michael Nassirian /ARVR Academy, VIAR, 9Mile Labs, Seattle, USA
Demetrios Zoppos /Klevio, London, United Kingdom
Sunil Sharma /Extreme Venture Partners, Canada
Heather Corcoran /Kickstarter, United Kingdom
Alexandre Massart /Blend Ventures, Vastari, LaterPay GmbH, London, United Kingdom
Nicolaj Højer Nielsen /Startup Funding Book, CluedIn ApS, Denmark
Matthias Hilpert /MH2 Capital, Berlin, Germany
Péter Szántó /B Creative, 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
Michael Matias /Hacking Generation Y, Israel
Pavel Bogdanov /Almaz Capital, Russian Federation
Adrián Ramos /Omron, Netherlands
Arnaud Bonzom /500 Startups, Singapore
Connor Murphy /Techstars, Berlin, Germany
Jolanta Kokosińska /PwC, Poland
Michelle McConomy /RocketSpace, USA
Marcin Kasz /, Cracow, Poland
Stuart Browne /Pycap Venture Partners, Toronto, Canada
Hampus Jakobsson /Nordic Makers, Malmo, Sweden
Peter Jacobs /European Investment Bank, Slovenia

Attract Investors  

@PODIM Challenge

The investment part of the conference with a pitching competition for early-stage startups that are looking for a seed venture capital investment or a strategic partnership with big established companies.
This year’s main prize for the PODIM Challenge winner is an all-inclusive one-week business trip to the Silicon Valley with a networking programme, organized by the ABC Accelerator in the total value of 10,000 EUR.
PODIM Challenge is open to all startup companies, no matter their activity, that haven’t yet received a bigger series A investment round and as a rule aren’t older than 5 years. A prerequisite for participation is a valid PODIM startup ticket and an introduction in the PODIM startup catalogue.  

Award Contributor:

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Alpe-Adria co-organizers: Venture FactoryTechnology park LjubljanaKWFBuild!Friuli Innovazione 

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


PODIM Networking 




Gala Evening Event


Start-up of the year 2017 Award



“Slovenian Startup of the Year” Award is highlighting and awarding the best 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




Our friends about PODIM

  • Gina Waldhorn / EVOL8TION, USA
    PODIM is incredible! I’m so happy that I was able to come here! It’s incredible how much I’ve learnt, not only from the speakers but also from the people sitting beside me. Attending such a conference is a must! "
  • Rune Theill / ROCKSTART, Netherlands
    PODIM is one of the best organized conferences I’ve ever been to! "
  • Tristan Harris / Google, USA
    A great place to exchange knowledge and ideas. "
  • Alex Iskold / Techstars, USA
    PODIM is an impressive gathering of founders and startups from Slovenia and the region. I enjoyed tremendously being part of it and excited to watch this ecosystem grow and become stronger in the future."
  • Jan Habermann / Credo Ventures, Czech Republic
    PODIM is certainly THE startup event to visit in the region. "
  • Julien Coustaury / Fil Rouge Capital, Slovenia
    Perfect organization, great value, THE event not to be missed! "
  • Michael Schuster,  / Speedinvest, Austria
    PODIM is always worth the trip, great atmosphere and great crowd! "
  • Piotr Bucki / X Ventures, Poland
    When I think Slovenia I picture the best Europe has to offer – the nature, the people, the energy and the entrepreneurial spirit. When I think PODIM … I think exactly the same. "
  • Aurel Pasztor / Day One Capital, Hungary
    Come here and to see what the best minds in the region are up to. "
  • László GULYAS / EIT Digital, Hungary
    Inspiring talks, good vibe, promising startups: PODIM is a must! "

Thanks to our 

Partners & Sponsors


General Sponsor
Main supporters

PODIM Challenge blue chip partners


Unicorn partners


Outlier partners


Program partners



Main international partners



Media partners



Coorganizers and key partners


Startup sponsors



Slovenian partners


International partners