21st & 22nd of May
Maribor, Slovenia




PODIM is the largest and most influential conference on entrepreneurship, startups, investments, and innovation in the European Adriatic & Balkan region. 

Every year, it offers two days of intensive courses and networking opportunities. At the same time, PODIM works as an effective platform for investing into the most promising startups from the region and elsewhere, as well as for actively connecting startups and corporations. 

PODIM is focused on the topic “Forces of startups or how startups revolutionize a business and its environment.” 

The innovativeness and speed of successful startups interfere with all aspects of the private and business life. Sometimes they entirely turn around the way a society, including industries, functions. They are transforming the environments we work in, the markets in which we operate, the way organizations do business and, last but not least, the values of a society.





Conference structure






Vission and Mission




Our vision is to bring together over 800 people in the field of startups, investors, and corporations each year and contribute to an intellectual breakthrough of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

We are encouraging the formation of new companies and offering the latest knowledge on the global growth of startups. We are encouraging the networking of key stakeholders of entrepreneurship in the European Adriatic & Balkan region.


Our mission is to annually organize a two-day event with intensive courses offering the latest findings in entrepreneurship and startups. We provide active networking and collaboration opportunities for connecting speakers, investors, corporates and startups.

We want to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the business and university environment and to actively link knowledge institutions with innovative companies.



Reasons to Attend




If you are looking for an investor, corporate partner, mentor or a new team member, you will have plenty of opportunities to introduce yourself, your idea and your bigger vision.

We guarantee you an intense two-day entrepreneurial experience you will never forget, whilst at the same time, you will come away with an abundance of knowledge, motivation and new acquaintances.


The PODIM conference is aimed at everyone who wishes to go through an intense two-day entrepreneurial
- startup entrepreneurs, investors, managers, and intrapreneurs from large, established and innovative companies.

Innovative small and medium-sized enterprises, business angels and venture capital investors, entrepreneurship support environment and public administration.



Our friends about PODIM

  • 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