Podim DX Satellite #2: Startup+Corporation Collaboration as the Key to Success

Tuesday, 2nd of March 2021 at 18.50

Event partner: South Central Ventures

Media partner: Der Brutkasten


A successful startup+corporation collaboration can unlock game-changing mutual benefits.

Startups are agile, flexible and innovative – three things most big companies lack. Corporations have resources, a big customer base and industry experience – three things most startups lack.

You can see where this is going, right? There is a huge opportunity for both parties. Yet there are also serious challenges along the way.

Luckily we have 4 experienced guests that will share their advice on how to overcome the obstacles and make the most out of a startup-corporation partnership.

Join Jure Mikuž from South Central Ventures, Martin Pelcl from DaiBau/Moj Mojster, Dr. Robert Günther from Henkel and Marin Ćurković from Ad Scanner and find out how to find the right strategic partner to achieve your business goals.

The discussion will be moderated by Dejan Jovičević from Der Brutkasten.

The event is going to be streamed on Podim’s Facebook page and on Der Brutkasten’s Facebook page.





But that’s not all! Startups will get the opportunity to participate in the discussion and ask questions. While other viewers can just watch the discussion, you can apply to participate via Zoom!

There are only 50 spots available and only startups that already filled out their Podim registration form can apply.






If you haven’t apply for PODIM yet, here is your chance. Apply now.

This discussion might make you rethink how you look at potential partnerships as a startup or a company. Tune in, discover new opportunities and warm-up for Podim with us!


Who are our guests?


Jure Mikuž is a VC fund South Central Ventures manager with broad experience in deal structuring, business modelling and helping startups grow their businesses. South Central Ventures’ 40 million € fund is dedicated primarily to early-stage and growth investments, among its better-known investments are AdScanner, DaiBau, Agremo, Agrivi, and Sentinel.

Jure has also established RSG Kapital, the first Slovenia-based VC Fund, raising private commitments mostly from domestic industrial investors like Gorenje, Sava, Kolektor, FMR, Instrumentation Technologies and others. He is an expert when it comes to connecting startups with corporations.

Additionally, he serves as a board member in many startups and is actively promoting entrepreneurship. He is regularly holding lectures on finance and fundraising procedures for startup communities in Slovenia and abroad.

Martin Pelcl is a co-founder and CEO of DaiBau/MojMojster, an architect, construction specialist, with over 10 years of experience in the real estate sector and experience from several startup projects. 

DaiBau is a growing international construction platform. It has successfully grown from a local platform into a leading regional construction platform in a very short time. Today it’s bringing together up to 65,000 construction companies – craftsmen, architects, other experts in construction and renovation – and 260,000 active users in 7 markets. Having already won over a number of investors in the past, DaiBau has just received a seven-figure investment from South Central Ventures Fund and Henkel at the beginning of 2021.

Martin is also a co-founder of Coinhab, the first crowdfunding platform with direct ownership.

Dr. Robert Günther is heading the venture capital activities of Henkel where he is responsible for all finance and investment-related topics. His investment track record includes more than 20 early-stage investments. His technology focus is on Marketplaces, B2B, D2C, SaaS, Deep Tech / AI, and his industry focus is on Consumer Goods and Material Science. He has structured Henkel’s venturing activities with a commitment of 150 million € and is part of the founding team of Henkel Ventures.

Additionally, he is a board member on several startups and has more than 15 years of experience in the financing and investment space. He has a history of working in investment banking and different M&A positions and established himself through various roles in the venture capital and startup community. He is a strong believer in founder centricity and capital intelligence and a passionate angel investor and mentor.

Marin Ćurković is a co-founder and CEO of Ad Scanner, a Croatian marketing technology startup that provides big data solutions reinventing the way of measuring and analyzing TV advertising performance. Ad Scanner managed to receive investment from South Central Ventures and is successfully cooperating with A1, Vodafone and Google.

Marin is also a co-founder at ODALINE, a lean consulting squad helping brands grow. He is a passionate co-founder, who loves everything about data, media/ad tech, TV, entertainment, and branding. He started his agency career at MEC Germany, part of WPP’s leading media agency network GroupM. Within four years, he became Head of Strategy & Business Development and then moved to Maxus Germany as a Managing Partner.

Dejan Jovičević is a visionary digital entrepreneur, start-up enthusiast and media manager. He is the co-founder and CEO of “brutkasten”, Austria’s multimedia platform for startups, the digital economy and innovation. He began his career as a lawyer in a global law firm. His path led him further into the media industry, from weekly newspapers, online media to daily newspapers, where he worked in various management positions, most recently as head of HR & Law at “Presse” / WirtschaftsBlatt Media Group (Styria Media Group). Dejan Jovicevic also teaches Media Innovation at the FHWien and is Vice Chairman of the 3rd Senate of the Austrian Press Council.

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