Regional Startup Ecosystem Epicenter

We are connecting 1000+ 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 Alps-Adriatic & Western Balkan Region.

19th & 20th of May 2020
Maribor, Slovenia (Hotel Habakuk) Ticket sales start in January 2020

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PODIM is the most influential startup & tech event in the Alps-Adriatic & Western Balkans region, based in Slovenia. It is the gateway from/to the region for efficient networking, making deals and sharing experience.

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150 hand-picked startups from 20+ countries
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200+ corporate representatives from the region
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100+ investors from all over the globe
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Most active startup enthusiasts from the region
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This year's speakers

Check out this year's list of amazing PODIM Speakers. PODIM team is working hard on 2019 speakers lineup. If you know somebody, who is really awesome in the start-up world, don't hesitate to contact us!

Recommend a hot speaker or conference topic!

Czech Republic
Martin Pejsa
Creative Dock, Czech Republic
Sheel Mohnot
500 Startups, USA
John Harthorne
MassChallenge, USA
David Rose
Warby Parker & MIT Media Lab, USA
Amrit Dhir
Google, UK
Urška Sršen
Bellabeat, USA
Danyelle Pollock
Freelancer, USA
Enis Hulli
500 Startups, Turkey
United kingdom
Letitia Seglah
Startup Manufactory, UK
Rune Theill
Rockstart, Netherlands
Cristobal Alonso
Startup Wise Guys, Baltics
Anuj Adhiya
The Predictive Index, USA

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

What is PODIM Challenge?

It is a pitching competition with a special prize for the best startups. Besides the special prizes, it offers startups great media exposure and intensive networking opportunities.

Who is it for?

Primarily for startups from Alps-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.

Global startup hubs are waiting for 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 Boston, London and Berlin. Program is organised in partnership with worlds best startup accelerators such as Techstars.

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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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

    Ex-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 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
Zdravko Počivalšek
Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
Mag. Maja Tomanič Vidovič
Slovene Enterprise Fund

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


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Matej Rus Start:up Slovenia

Contact for partners and sponsors

Urban Lapajne 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

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