The conference, tailor-made for founders
We have tailored Podim to suit the needs of founders of mostly tech-driven companies aiming for rapid growth based on a scalable business model. Whether on the main stage or in workshop sessions, all speakers and other participants are keen to share with you their knowledge and valuable experiences based on successes and failures, using a straightforward, no-bullshit approach.
Get investors and new business partners
With more than 900 business meetings, Podim Deal Room has become the core offering for scaleups seeking a next investment round or wanting to find new customers in the region. With a limited number of participants, Podim may not be the largest gathering of venture capital in the world, but its ability to attract more than 100 highly motivated regional and global investors to invest in our region and to search for the most innovative projects makes it a powerful deal-making platform. There are also 200+ business C-level executives attending Podim, who are interested in cooperation with scaleups.
Spend quality time with your peers
Who can feel your pain almost as well as you do? Your peers! At Podim, you will have plenty of time to spend with your fellow founders to exchange learning, mistakes, leads, ideas, and cooperation opportunities on product development, marketing, fundraising, HR, and more. You will realize your peers are having struggles similar to your own. The Monday Founders’ Night and other mentoring and networking events that are part of Podim will offer you great opportunities to get valuable support from those who can really relate to your challenges and to exchange notes with competitors. Founders’ Night will be held in the old town of Maribor, where you will have a chance to set up a meeting with potential business collaborators over a good drink in a relaxed atmosphere, supported by the Deal Room Matchmaking Tool.
Connect with startup ecosystems’ key players
Podim’s relaxed yet extremely productive atmosphere is ignited by entrepreneurial energy, enthusiasm and a positive mindset, so take this opportunity to mingle with other startup ecosystems’ key players. The diverse crowd of talent, policy makers, influencers, accelerators, and peer (co-)founders is eager to talk to you in a relaxed atmosphere. Share your story and collect new information, viewpoints, and interests. Use Podim to inspire participants and to share your optimism as well as to collect valuable feedback from others’ experiences. Join us at special networking events, dinners, and Podim famous party. Just go with the flow and let the Podim vibe take care of the rest.
Experience the unexpected
"Yesterday I was really impressed by the power of connecting, of networking. There are so many people. Intelligent and creative, powerful people and in my speech this morning, they were so open about this issue of humanity and business."
"This is my first time on Podim, I'm gonna say that it's great, it exceeded my expectations so it was pretty great experience and I'm sorry that it's ending now, today and that it lasts only for two days."
Looking for reinforcements?
If you are looking for new members to join your team, then Podim is the right place for you to be. The crowd of 1,000 tech-savvy changemakers at Podim can serve as the perfect recruiting pool for you to find your next employee.
Media coverage & Podim Live TV
Prosperous startups & scaleups are one of the main reasons journalists representing the leading regional tech and business publications come to Podim, looking for promising stories and exciting product launches. If you have ever wanted a spotlight on your idea and your scaleup, come to Maribor prepared with your media pitch to tell your story and get broader media attention. Apply to pitch in front of our cameras, let Podim Live TV put the spotlight on your scaleup, and get visibility through Podim Channels.
Listen what they say
We will introduce the PODIM 2021 speakers to you soon.
The essence of our program is to provide practical advice, exchange knowledge and valuable experience, and provide key tips and tricks for business growth with Podim participants.