PODIM Challenge 2017

 

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.


 

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Additional benefits for startups

Besides the attractive main prize, we also guarantee a number of other benefits for startups with a PODIM startup ticket that will participate in PODIM Challenge:
  • opportunity to pitch on the main stage of the conference in front of 50+ investors from all over the world and blue-chip company representatives,
  • opportunity to connect with 50+ chosen investors from all over the world and representatives of blue-chip companies from Slovenia and the Alps-Adriatic region who are looking for opportunities to strategically connect and collaborate with startups in their industries,
  • pre-organized 1:1 meetings with investors and blue-chip company representatives, which take place for the duration of the conference in the PODIM 1:1 Arena with help of the PODIM startup catalogue,
  • possibility of an additional free startup ticket,
  • possibility of using a presentation booth free-of-charge for 20 most promising startup teams that will submit a PODIM Challenge application (as per the jury’s selection),
  • additional benefits for startups from countries of the Alps-Adriatic region, the Balkans and other neighbouring countries (these benefits include possibilities of free accommodation or completely free all-inclusive PODIM participation, and are ensured by CEP (Centre for European Perspective) and other Alps-Adriatic region partners). Details will be published soon.
 
 
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PODIM Challenge blue-chip partnerships

This year, we upgraded the PODIM Challenge in partnership with strong blue-chip companies, which are systematically looking for opportunities to synergically connect with startups. In collaboration with them, we covered the following fields*:
  • 'Materials & Manufacturing' – partner Kolektor
  • 'Smart City and Community & Digital Services for Public Safety, Energy and Transport – partner Iskratel
  • 'Internet of Things' – partner Telekom Slovenia
  • 'Sharing economy – implications for car & home insurance’ – partner to be announced soon
  • 'Mobility & Transportation' – partner to be announced soon
  • 'Fintech' – partner to be announced soon
  • Other fields such as ‘Agriculture’, ‘Food’, ‘Life Sciences’, ‘Entertainment’, …
 
We will keep you informed of new PODIM Challenge blue-chip partners. Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up-to-date.
 
All blue-chip companies that wish to join us as a PODIM Challenge partner are invited to write to us at info@podim.org or read about the benefits of participating at the link, intended for corporate partners.
 


*PODIM Challenge is also open to startup companies from other fields that aren’t listed above. 
 

 

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Investors at PODIM Challenge 2017 are coming soon!

But you can check all investors at PODIM Challenge 2016 here:

US
Alex Iskold
TechStars New York
Germany
Dr. Jens Pippig
ProSieben Accellerator
Bulgaria
Dilyan Dimitrov
Eleven
Czech Republic
Jan Habermann
Credo Ventures
Netherlands
Rune Theill
Rockstart
Bulgaria
Rumen Iliev
LAUNCHub
Austria
Herwig Springer
i5invest.com
Slovenia
Jure Mikuž
RSG Kapital
Slovenia
Dejan Roljič
ABC Accelerator
Slovenia
Julien Coustaury
Fil Rouge Capital
Monaco
Roger Blott
Fil Rouge Capital
Slovenia / New Zealand
Nicholas Bartlett
Business Angel
Hungary
Miklós Kovács
iEurope Capital
Hungary
Laszlo Czirjak
iEurope Capital
Austria
Michael Schuster
SpeedInvest
Austria
Nina Wöss
SpeedInvest
Slovenia
Matevž Medja
DsgnFwd Design Accelerator
Slovenia
Branko Drobnak
Business angels of Slovenia
Slovenia
Gregor Rebolj
Silicon Gardens Fund
Slovenia
Niko Slavnič
Business Angel
Slovenia
Rok Habinc
STH Ventures
Slovenia
Čedo Jakovljević
Business Angel
Hungary
Antal Karolyi
Independent Business angel
Czech Republic
Miloš Lukačka
Delta Accelerator
Slovenia
Matjaž Bavdek
Business angel
Slovenia
Robi Domadenik
IEXNET
Slovenia
Frenk Jeromel
Business angel
Slovenia
Anja Horvat Jeromel
Business angel
Slovenia
Damjan Veber
Business angel
Italy
Carlo Asquini
Italian Angels for Growth
Italy
Giovanni Toffolutti
Italian Angels for Growth
Hungary
Csaba Kakosy
Day One Capital
Hungary
Lénárd Horgos
Hungarian Business Angel Network
Slovenia
Aleš Blatnik
Business angel
Slovenia
Darko Dujič
Silicon Gardens Fund
Germany
Dan Lupu
Earlybird Ventures
Hungary
Eva Rez
Day One Capital
Croatia
Damir Mujić
Croatian business angel network
Croatia
Davorin Štetner
Croatian business angel network
Slovenia
Tatjana Zabasu
RSK Kapital
Hungary
Aurel Pasztor
Day One Capital