Podim DX Satellite Event #1: 2021 from investors’ perspective

Which industries will thrive in 2021? What are the most important learnings from 2020? What trends can we expect in the near future? What would the investors like to see at Podim 2021? What is their plan? What advice would they give startups in these interesting times?

These are just some of the questions our 3 experienced investors are going to discuss at our first Podim DX Satellite Event on the 18th of February at 19.00.

Join Julien Coustaury from Fil Rouge Capital, Deepali Nangia from Speedinvest, and Carlos Eduardo Espinal from Seedcamp and find out what they think awaits us in 2021 and how startups can make the most out of emerging opportunities. The moderator is going to be Dejan Jovičević from Der Brutkasten. 


The insightful discussion will be streamed on Podim’s Facebook page and on Der Brutkasten 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. (note: only first step of Podim application form is required)






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

We’re sure this is going to be an interesting and insightful discussion, so prepare your questions and warm up for Podim with us! 🙂


Who are our guests?


Julien Coustaury has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and services, much of it at CEO level. He has worked in more than 80 countries across five continents and participated in over $1.7bn of purchase, sale and financing transactions. He is no stranger to starting things: in his early career he travelled the world building mobile phone networks from literally from the ground up, and as his career progressed he ended up building whole mobile phone companies from scratch.

In recent years he shed the corporate world to allow his entrepreneurial spirit to flourish. As part of the founding team of Double Recall, Julien attended YCombinator S11 class. He then became an active founder of ABC Accelerator in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and of ABC First Growth, the VC arm of ABC. He became a serial investor in early stage businesses and with his partner invested in more than 40 early-stage ventures in the CEE region, and he still serves on the boards of a number of them.


Deepali Nangia is an angel investor and advisor to female founders with a focus on investor readiness/fundraising.  She is a venture partner at Speed Invest and a co-founder of the Alma Angels community that encourages more women to support female founders. Deepali has a portfolio of female founders which includes PensionBee, Adia Health, Polipop, LiveBetterWith and Kama. She has a keen interest in femtech and healthtech.

Deepali is a Mentor at Imperial Enterprise Lab, Oxford Enterprise Network, ZincVC, WeWork, Blooming Founders, has been a Judge at London College of Fashion, Imperial Business School, Imperial Enterprise Lab, Latymer Upper Social Enterprise Program, Longevity Leaders, Life Labs, Asians in Tech, GFS Creative Economy, EISA Awards 2018, amongst others. 


Carlos Eduardo Espinal is a managing partner at Seedcamp. He’s the guy their founders call when they need advice. He works closely with their companies on everything from settling founder disputes to setting fundraising milestones. Carlos also wrote a book called The Fundraising Fieldguide to help answer many of startups’ questions around the fundraising process.

Carlos  joined Seedcamp in 2009 to work with Reshma Sohoni. The firm has backed hundreds of companies in 12 years, including European unicorns Revolut, TransferWise, UiPath, which achieved a valuation of $10 billion in July 2020, and Hopin, the virtual events platform that raised at a valuation north of $2 billion that November.

Carlos is ranked 19th on Forbes’ “Midas List Europe” – a list of the top venture capital investors in Europe and Israel in 2020.


Dejan Jovicevic 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 in the “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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