| Hidden forces of startups
How startups revolutionize a business and its environment
PODIM is the largest conference on startups, entrepreneurship and innovation in the Alps-Adriatic region! This year in its 36th year, it remains an epic two-day educational, networking and motivational experience. An event that no true entrepreneur or intrapreneur should miss!
PODIM 2016 will focus on the topic “Hidden forces of startups or how startups revolutionize a business and its environment.” We will reveal the disruptive forces that change all aspects of life and business and sometimes entirely turn around the way a society, including industries, functions.
More about PODIM
|New York / US|
Techstars, New York
|San Francisco / US|
|Palo Alto / US|
Entrepreneur Week & The Relentless Foundation
|Amsterdam / Netherlands|
|London / UK|
|Munich / Germany|
|London / UK|
|London and San Francisco|
|Denver / Colorado|
FullContact & v1.vc
|Berlin / Germany|
Dr. Andrej Fištravec /Mayor, Municipality of Maribor Steli Efti /CEO, Close.io 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
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 (i5invest.com), Julien Coustaury (Fil Rouge Capital), Dejan Roljic (ABC Accelerator) and many others ...
Main co-organizer: COINVEST
Alpe-Adria co-organizers: Venture Factory, Technology park Ljubljana, KWF, Build!, Science Park Graz, Friuli Innovazione
Award Contributors: DsgnFwd Design Accelerator & ABC Accelerator
Partners: Centre for European Perspective (CEP), Business Angels of Slovenia
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."