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Our program is all about hands - on advice, sharing knowledge and valuable experience, and getting the Podim crowd equipped with all the relevant tips & tricks for growing businesses. Hard to believe? Just check our list of Podim speakers, which includes some of the most accomplished founders, experienced operators and successful investors.
European_Commission_Belgium

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

Gerd_Switzerland

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

Tractive_Austria

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

Figure_8_Thinking_USA

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

PredictableRevenue.com_UK

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

Municipality_of_Maribor_SLO

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

Oktogon_Ventures_Hungary

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

Founder_Partners_USA

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

Tech_for_Campaigns_USA

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

Close_USA

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

GlobaliD_US

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

TubeScience_USA

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

Marvin_Liao_USA

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

Tokenization_Limited_HK

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

Sillicon_Valey_Bank_USA

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

Coelius_Capital_USA

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

WorkPatterns_USA

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

UNIQA_Ventures_Austria

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

Techstars_London_UK

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

SketchDeck_USA

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

Elevator_Ventures_Austria

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

Black_Meteor_UK

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

WhatAVenture_Austria

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

WhatAVenture_Austria

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

Startup_Wise_Guys_Latvia

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

TMRW_Tech_Hub_UK

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

Jessica_Gioglio_UK

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

3TS _Capital_Partners_Austria

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

500Startups_USA

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

Salesflare_Belgium

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

Jamber_USA

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

Phiture_Germany

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

FutureWorldVC_MyChoicePad_UK

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

Outbrain_SLO

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

Tech.eu_Belgium

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

Stoyan_Consult_Denmark

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

Memgraph_UK

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

Nomadic_Minds_UK

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

Growth_Lab_by_Maja_Voje_SLO

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

Blend_Ventures_UK

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

Cloudery_USA

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

Science_Park_Graz_Austria

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

Oktogon_Ventures_Hungary

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

Weiss_Events_Finland

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

Oppi_Denmark

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

Shift_Toronto_Canada

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

The_Boom!_UK

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

WondARlands_Canada

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

The_6_I’s_Singapore

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

Designit_Denmark

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

The_6_I's_Singapore

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

Cleanshelf_USA

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

Fintech_Factory_SLO

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

AVCO_Zoovu_Austria

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

Fil_Rouge_Capital_SLO

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

globaliD_USA

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

PortfoLion_Hungary

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

Silicon_Gardens_Fund_SLO

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

NOIR_UK

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

AustrianStartups_Austria

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

Der_Brutkasten_Austria

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

Kapsch_TrafficCom_Austria

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

HeadSpin_USA

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

Corporate_consultant_Israel

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

SketchDeck_USA

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

Startup_Wise_Guys_Latvia

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

GLEAM_Austria

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

Start:up_Slovenia_SLO

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

Rotten_Tomatoes_USA

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

Slovene_Enterprise_Fund_SLO

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

Raiffeisen_Bank_Austria

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

InfoCert_Italy

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

Dhimahi_SLO

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

DHL_Startup_Lab_Germany

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

Black_Manta_Capital_Austria

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

Entelo_USA

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

IBM_Blockchain_Ventures_USA

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

Trace_Labs_SLO

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

ping_USA

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

backbone.one_Austria

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

Rockstart_Netherlands

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

WhatAVenture_Austria

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

National Inst. of Chemistry_SLO

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

Skaza_SLO

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

NatureWorks_LLC_Italy

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

FINTECH_Circle_UK

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

F27_Bulgaria

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

Deloitte_IL_Israel

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

A1_Telekom_Group_Austria

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

SVRK_SLO

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

Astanor_Ventures_UK

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

build!_Austria

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

aaia_Austria

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

ABA_Austria

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

BABEG_Austria

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

Symptoma_Austria

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

Lakeside_Labs_Austria

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

BABEG_Austria

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

Joanneum_Research_Austria

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

Silicon_Austria_Labs_Austria

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

Silicon_Alps_Clusters_Austria

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

Lemur_Legal_SLO

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

SEA_Austria

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

South_Central_Venture_SLO

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

Blub_Blub_SLO

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

Influee_USA

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

Lakeside_Labs_Austria

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

build!_Austria

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

Noquo_Foods_Sweden

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

Ynsect_USA

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

Agranimo_Germany

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

Miils_Finland

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

Rebel_Meat_Austria

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

KWF_Austria

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

Benu_Austria

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

PR_Academy_SLO

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

Outbrain_Israel

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

Independent_UK

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

Alexify_USA

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

SkyX_USA

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

MedScience_Ventures_USA

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

EPAM_Continuum_USA

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

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CEO_of_Close_USA

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

CEO_of_Descartes_Labs_USA

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

CEO_of_Web_Summit_Ireland

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

Corporate_Culture_Expert_USA

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

Futurist_at_EPAM_Continuum_USA

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

CEO_of_LEANSTACK_USA

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

CEO_of_Hunter_&_Bard_USA

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

Founder_of_Femgineer_USA

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

CEO_of_NewStore_USA

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

CEO_of_MassChallenge_USA

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

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