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See who shared their knowledge and experience with us at PODIM 2020.


Margrethe is the European commissioner for competition. She's also executive vice president of the E


Gerd is a futurist, leading global and virtual keynote speaker, the author of ‘Technology vs Human


Florian is a Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer at Tractive, the world's leading company for GPS tr


Natalie Nixon is a creativity strategist who converted a 16-year career as a professor into a succes


Aaron Ross is the best-selling author of the award-winning book Predictable Revenue: Turn your Busin

Maja Tomanič Vidovič specializes in the management of financial incentives and growth financing of


Saša Arsenovič, a lawyer by education, but an entrepreneur in the soul, successfully joined politi


Gyula Fehér, the founder of the video streaming startup Ustream that was acquired by IBM and subseq


Ted is a serial entrepreneur, Venture Acceleration partner, investor, advisor and also a board direc


For the last decade+ Jessica has built and run online communities and marketplaces for wide ranges o


Steli Efti is CEO and Co-Founder of (a platform that makes calls, sends emails, and conveni


Greg is the co-founder and CEO of GlobaliD as well as the co-founder of Hard Yaka, the investment fi


Darlene Thomas is experienced Vice President and 5.5 year Facebook vet with a demonstrated history o


Marvin is an early stage VC Investor. Marvin Liao was a partner at the global seed VC 500 Startups a


Juergen is a managing director of Tokenization Limited – the world’s premier business developmen


Shruti Shah is the co-founder and former COO of Y Combinator-backed Move Loot, an online full-servic


Zach is currently an early stage technology investor and advisor. His notable investments include Cr


Adam’s expertise spans from marketing to digital advertising to growth marketing. He was in the fo


Andreas is an entrepreneur, innovator and investor, now CEO of UNIQA Ventures GmbH, the venture capi


Eamonn is a managing director at Techstars London, and an early stage investor, advisor and board me


David Mack is the co-founder and current CTO at SketchDeck, a Y-Combinator backed technology startup


Maximilian Schausberger is Managing Director of Elevator Ventures, the Corporate Venture Capital ent


Lisa Gray is an award-winning executive producer and content creator with extensive experience acros


Luis has vast experience in validating business ideas and solutions. He loves to build up and optimi


After multiple stops in the startup scene, Max joined WhatAVenture as one of the first employees and


The ultimate "make-it-happen" person, Cristobal Alonso is a serial entrepreneur and the Global CEO o


Francois Mazoudier has been in the Tech industry for all his life. As a Founder & Chairman of TMRW (


Jessica has 15+ experience leading marketing and public relations for startups, scale-ups, and large

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Jasmina is a result-driven professional, with hands-on mentality and passion for deep tech. Currentl


A creator and investor, Sheel Mohnot leads the 500 Startups FinTech Fund and accelerator. His startu


Jeroen is the co-founder and CEO of Salesflare, a simply powerful CRM that automates data to build b


Anuj Adhiya is an experienced growth marketer. He is professional in extracting growth insights from


Formerly heading up mobile growth at SoundCloud, Andy now helps companies with mobile growth strateg


Zoe loves to invest in and build tech companies that change lives with measurable impact. She has sp


Boštjan Špetič is a Global Entrepreneur, Application Developer, Project Manager and Consultant in


European tech journalist, Robin Wauters is running the region's premier information portal and marke


Stoyan Yankov is a productivity and performance strategist and keynote speaker. He builds up teams t


Marko Sršan is a COO at Memgraph. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and


Digital marketing expert Francesco Cracolici is General Manager at Nomadic Minds, the world's larges


Maja Voje is a growth marketing and digital transformation expert who takes a “real world, real re


Alexandre Massart is a renowned investor who currently runs Blend Ventures, Ltd, a consulting and ad


As a partner in Cloudery, Scott operates his advisory business in two clusters: retail and supply ch


Martin is the Managing Director of Science Park Graz and General Manager of ESA BIC Austria. He is d


Veronika is a general partner of Oktogon Ventures and CEO of the non-profit association Bridge Budap


Christoffer Weiss is a real life superhero. A man from not-so-extraordinary beginnings, who has made


Federico is the co-founder of Oppi, a systemic change agency that helps organizations make progress


As a notable marketing rockstar, coach and brand-builder, Samantha believes in marketing to create c


Scott has a unique set of experiences working with some of the world's most recognised brands includ


Galit is considered a thought-leader in immersive and future tech, a notable speaker in some of the


Natalie is an author, writer and speaker in the field of innovation and leadership development and t


Phil does what most producers do - create, write, pitch, commission and tell stories. He works at De


Carl is a co-founder and the finance director of The Entheo Network, a global innovation consultancy


Dušan Omerčevič is the CEO and founder of Cleanshelf - an all-in-one solution to track, optimize,


Peter is the founder and managing partner of Fintech Factory, a leading legal advisory company in th


Markus Linder is an entrepreneur and angel Investor who has repeatedly proven his instinct and talen


Julien Coustaury is the Managing Partner of Fil Rouge Capital. He has worked in more than 80 countr


Mitja is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first company at 22 before eventually moving to Silic


Jenő Nieder is the deputy-CEO of PortfoLion, which is one of the most active VC and PE investors in


Gregor is the founder at Klika, Silicon Gardens Fund I and II and Kyuriosity Inc. and a serial entre


Jaka is a professional skier turned entrepreneur, and loves working on challenging problems with sma


Daniel is a serial entrepreneur, lecturer, presenter and keynote speaker and strongly believes that


Dejan Jovicevic is a visionary digital entrepreneur, start-up enthusiast and media manager. He is th


Christofer is the Vice President Global Development at Kapsch TrafficCom AG. With experience in soft


Sriram is the SVP of Product, Partnerships and Marketing at HeadSpin, the leader in mobile applicati


Shimrit is a passionate individual, business development facilitator and investor who is constantly


Christopher is the CEO and founder of SketchDeck, a software-powered design service. With an innovat


Since 2013 Egita has worked with more than 10 startup accelerator batches and she knows the process


As a co-founder and the managing director of GLEAM, Mario leads a team that builds three-wheeled lig


Urban is a Startup Enthusiast, Evangelist, and Mentor. Passionate about sports in Mother Nature. Hat


Patrick Lee is a co-founder and the former CEO of Rotten Tomatoes (, a leading en


Rok is head of the Department for special development incentives at the Slovene enterprise fund. The


Christian Wolf, as Head of Strategic Partnerships & Ecosystems in Raiffeisen Bank International AG (


Michele is a chief international development officer at InfoCert, the leading European digital trust


Vojko is a co-founder and managing director of Dhimahi, a software engineering company with expertis


Roman is a corporate startup manager at DHL Start-up Lab, a startup incubator of the Deutsche Post D


Alexander is a co-founder and managing partner at Black Manta Capital Partners, a BaFin regulated an


Andrew is the CTO of Entelo. Entelo applies intelligence to big data to help modern recruiters ident


Jules is an investor, 3-time entrepreneur, corporate executive and ‘intrapreneur.’ Jules co-foun


Tomaž Levak is co-founder of OriginTrail and Trace Labs, where he is also the managing director. He


Niket is an Internet entrepreneur and an Investment Fellow. He had previously worked for Google in C


André is a serial entrepreneur, currently a co-founder & CEO of the platform venture,


Mark Durno is an entrepreneur with a focus on the agrifood industry, being passionate about startups


Antonia believes that corporate innovation is the key factor that drives sustainable business growth

Emilija Stojmenova Duh is an assistant professor at the Faculty of electrical engineering, Universit

Demetris Skourides is helping companies create new revenue streams by leveraging digital technologie

Dr. Aleksandra Lobnik, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Maribor and the CEO at IOS, Institu

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Robert Dominko is an associate professor at the Faculty of Chemistry in Chemical Technology, Univers


Bart Stegeman is the CEO of Skaza, the company creating innovations in the field of advanced and env


Mariagiovanna Vetere is the Global Public Affairs Director at NatureWorks and is strongly skilled in


Susanne Chishti is the CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe's 1st Angel Network focused on fintech investme


Filip Genov is the founder and CEO of F27, a digital transformation company, which creates new FinTe


Odelia Torteman leads the FinTech Stream for Deloitte IL, covering FinTech, InsurTech and Blockchain


Mario started his career as a university assistant for European law and later switched to the energy


Bojan Suvorov has a master's degree in mechanical engineering and is former director of the Governme


Ali Morrow is a Principal at Astanor Ventures, a venture capital firm investing ‘where tech meets


As the CEO of Startup Incubator Build! Robert Gfrerer is responsible for business development, inter


Laura Egg graduated in Business & Management and started her career as an Investment Analyst at the


As an expert for the Business and Research Location Austria, Marion Bieber offers professional consu


Jernej Dvoršak is responsible for International Investment promotion at BABEG - Carinthian Agency f


Jama Nateqi is a medical doctor and co-founder of, a search engine for diseases. He fou


Claudia is the managing director of Lakeside Labs. She is responsible for financial and legal issues


Christian is a generalist in marketing, sales and communication, who knows how to constantly re-link


Michael Hofbaur is leading the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at Joanneum Research, dealing


Christina Hirschl currently works as Head of Research Division Sensor Systems and System Integration


Veneta Ivanova is the project manager at Silicon Alps Clusters, and she is also the official ambassa


Špela Mihelin is a Junior Legal Associate at Lemur Legal, a legal advisory company, operating in th


Andrej Hren is the General Secretary of the Slovenian Business Association, the economic umbrella or


Jure Mikuž has established RSG Kapital, the first Slovenia-based VC Fund, raising private commitmen


Mitja is a co-founder and CIO of Blub Blub, an early education startup providing a smart screen time


Urban is co-founder and CEO of Influee, helping brands get the attention of their customers. The pla


Melanie Schranz is a senior researcher at the Lakeside Labs, working in the EU H2020 project CPSwarm


Julia, responsible for corporate communication and startup coaching at build!, is experienced in off


Sorosh is CEO of Noquo Foods, which is using science and technology to develop tastier and more nutr


Alain is Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer of Ynsect. He started his career building digital commun


Nikita is an entrepreneur, part of a great international team bringing micro-climate knowledge and a


Markus is the COO and Global Sales Director of Miils, a nutrition-based SaaS product that works at t


Philipp is a co-founder and CEO at Rebel Meat, offering delicious yet sustainable meat burgers by co


Jürgen likes the exciting, individualized, but joint and goal-oriented project management to furthe


Stefan is the co-founder and CEO at Benu, an online platform for funerals, enabling customers to hav


After being a journalist and editor for almost 20 years, Anita became a public relations consultant.

Jure is comedian, celebrity impersonator, TV host, TV presenter, podcaster as well as composer and p

Zdravko Počivalšek is the minister for economic development and technology. Počivalšek was named


In 2007 Andraž started together with Boštjan Špetič developing a product for enriching web conte


Kat is passionate about accelerating access to healthcare. She builds new healthcare delivery models

Francois Marmion is managing director and startup advisor at Manao, an independent boutique advisory


Alexis Kopikis has spent 20+ years founding and investing in technology startups building human-cent


Chuck Goldman is an investor, experienced manager and creator of high-growth technology companies th


Bret Siarkowski is a founder of MedScience Ventures (MSV), collaborating with Boston Unversity, Ecol


David is a five-time entrepreneur, MIT lecturer, author, and expert on digital product innovation, c


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Steli Efti is CEO and Co-Founder of (a platform that makes calls, sends emails, and conveni


Mark Johnson is an experienced product leader for organizations both tiny and large. He has a track


Paddy Cosgrave is an Irish entrepreneur. He is a co-founder and CEO of Web Summit, a company that ru


Danyelle Pollock is a master of company culture. Most recently, she headed up Internal Communication


David Rose is an expert on strategic innovation, computer vision, spatial computing, and the Interne


Ash Maurya has been an entrepreneur for more than a decade, and he has always been in search of bett


Shira Abel is the CEO of Hunter & Bard, a public relations and design agency that works with establi


Poornima Vijayashanker is an entrepreneur, engineer, author, and speaker who has made her mark on th


Stephan Schambach is an investor, a serial entrepreneur, and a pioneer of e-commerce. He has built s


An innovative and results-oriented entrepreneur, John Harthorne is the co-founder and CEO of MassCha

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"There's a lot of people here, there's no "bullshit", it's all very down to the point, good meetings, good talks really, good discussions here, met a lot of fantastic people, so we'll come back definitely."

Marin Ćurković, AdScanner, Croatia

"My impression of Podim is so far really impressed, really appreciated the quality of the speakers especially diversity, they've been from all over the world and talking about so many different areas of entrepreneurship and startups, so very impressed so far."

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