21st & 22nd of May
Maribor, Slovenia

Your Next Lean and Agile Business Partner for You at PODIM!


We have already done startup scouting for you - we have reviewed more than 700 startups & scaleups applications and we have hand-picked 150 most promising startups (get the list of first 40 here).


To find most suitable match or inspiration for your business, we've prepared two days of active business meetings, design sprint workshops and informal networking in Slovenia.


Through our in-house developed new method - PODIM Genesis and PODIM DEAL ROOM together, we have created an innovative environment, which ensures you will meet all 150 most promising startups, experts, speakers ... - 500+ organized meetings.


PODIM Genesis - How it All Works?

PODIM Genesis - a results-oriented 3-hour workshop, for results-oriented conversation among startups, and domain experts, that is centered around predefined industry related topic.
PODIM Genesis empowers startups and corporates with a new tool for identifying and prioritizing industry trends challenging key assumptions, aligning viewpoints and identifying clear opportunities and interests for cooperation.


"Workshops that combine the collective intelligence of designers, engineers, domain experts often spark incredible solutions and value in a remarkably short period of time!"

David Rose from MIT and Warby Parker



You will have the opportunity to work with TOP experts from around the globe.

[Fintech] Sheel Mohnot, USA leads the 500 Startups FinTech Fund and accelerator. Funded and exited several companies.

[Insurtech] Dr. Ulrich Kleipaß, Germany from Roland & Berger, has a decade of experience in transforming fintech and insurtech companies.

[Culture, tech & biz] Tristan Pollock, USA, serial entrepreneur, venture partner at 500 Startups, working on products which are on intersection of art, business and culture.

[Smart cities] David Rose, USA, award-winning product designer, entrepreneur, and lecturer at the MIT Media Lab and VP Vision Technologyat Warby Parker.

[Agriculture] Andrej Mertelj, founder and CEO of Datalab. developing project Pantheon Farming for digitalization of agriculture. Žiga Drev, Slovenia, co-founder of Origintrail, a company that is developing and delivering protocol that brings trusted data sharing to global supply chains by utilizing blockchain technology.

[Fodtech] Rune Theill, co-founder & CEO at Rockstart, and Toni Balažič, COO at Panvita.

[Smart Workplace] Joshua Reola, head of Cisco Webex Innovation platform, Norway and Henry Hwong, Cunningham Collective, USA.

[Cleantech] Jes Nordentoft, Investment Manager at Accelerace Management, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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How the Workshop Will Be Structured?

PODIM Genesis is a 4 PHASE method, that replaces ineffective, open-ended unstructured discussions with clear and actionable process:

INTRO: introduction to the method, process, expected results, topic and participants.

PHASE 1: TREND ANALYSIS Moderator will present key trends from industry. Participants will add their viewpoints and ideas. Trends and topics will be then organized three priority groups: ACT, THINK and WATCH and prioritized according to the interest of and startups.

PHASE 2: OPPORTUNITY DISCOVERY AND ALIGNMENT OF INTERESTS Topics and trends will be elaborated and discussed from several viewpoints: why is this topic an opportunity, what exactly is the opportunity, what role does industry experts play, what are the risks following this opportunity, who are the most important stakeholders?

PHASE 3: capturing the opportunities and sharing insights with participants of PODIM Genesis.

WRAP-UP: white paper will be produced after the event and distributed to PODIM participants. .

"One of the best startup conferences I've been to!"

ROCKSTART, Netherlands
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PODIM DEAL ROOM - 365 days Worth of Meetings in Just Two Days!

It’s an exclusive place and part of the PODIM Conference, offering an excellent user experience and optimal networking conditions for 500+ organized meetings between startups, investors, corporate representatives, conference speakers and other potential strategic partners for the best startup teams from the region.

"It brings value!"

Gary Vee about DEAL ROOM

This unique blend of space, people and business interests all the comfort that investors, and startups need: in-advance or ad-hoc organization of all one-on-one meetings, special meeting spots, quiet rooms for urgent tasks or phone calls, all-day snacks and drinks, and full assistance of the PODIM staff.

As you know, a startup into a traditional corporate frame brings numerous benefits!
  • They offer a good insight into current and emerging trends and technologies ...
  • They work faster ...
  • They are more cost effective than more established providers or partners ...
  • They offer fresh viewpoint ...
  • They bring an innovative approach creating their own reality ...
  • They are synonym for entrepreneurial company culture ...
And a ‘secret’ Bonus - at PODIM, instead of good speakers - we have a WORLD Class Speakers - more than 60 of them.
Speakers like Sheel Mohnot (500 Startups), John Harthorne (MassChallenge), David Rose (MIT Media Lab & Warby Parker), Amrit Dhir (Google for Startups), Danyelle Pollock (ex Lyft), Marco Trombetti (Pi Campus), Julien Coustaury (Fil Rouge Capital), Maurizio Rossi (H-farm), Letitia Seglah (Startup Manufactory), Cristobal Alonso (Startup Wise Guys), Anuj Adhiya (The Predictive Index), Joshua Reola (Cisco Webex Innovation), Ulrich Kleipaß (Roland Berger) and many, many more

So, what’s in it for you?

You get to meet them all! Yes, on PODIM Conference the stage is ‘set up’ the way you can meet the startups & scaleups 
and other speakers and investors…

We can’t say exactly, who or how many you will meet, because that’s up to you.

But not just meeting startups & scaleups 
from the list, you could also meet top notch founders, experts and investors from around the world. Among them founder of product at MIT Media Lab, partners of top investors & accelerators like 500 Startups, Startup Wise Guys, H-Farm, Pi Campus, Rockstart, Credo Ventures, i5Invest, Speedinvest, Strive Capital, Fil Rouge Capital, EstBAN and many more.

"The talents, the people, the venue - all world class!"

Chuck Goldman, Sky Ventures Group, USA

If you are can meet top experts for company innovation and company builders like WhatAVenture, Fil Rouge CapitalRoland Berger, Creative Dock, Startup Alm, or Chief Innovation Officers with rich experience from corporations like DHL, Sava insurance company, Cisco, AVL...


Here is What Else You’re Going to Get at PODIM:

- PODIM Corpo Think Tank for priceless exchange of experiences and ideas: in the regular conference you shouldn’t miss the carefully chosen lecturers who advise corporations and startups on how to connect and collaborate...

- PODIM Marketplace is a dedicated conference area where startups will have the opportunity to put their product under the spotlight and present it to the conference crowd. It is meant for startups and corporations. Whether it is a digital or a physical product, this is the place to show it...

- Pre-conference DEMO Day will be a great opportunity for
representatives to meet startups and investors.

- Personalized networking and pre-organized meetings with other conference participants – speakers, investors, other blue-chip company representatives or any other PODIM guests or attendees...
"We are thrilled about the energy, content, networking opportunities and organization of the event!"

Mateja Lavrič, Kolektor Ventures, Slovenia

We have created the stage, all you have to do is to show up.

Please know, there is only 200 Corporate tickets available (application only)

Contact person for corporate partners and sponsors:

Matej Rus, Start:up Slovenia, CEO
E: matej.rus@startup.si
M: +386 31 604 137