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PODIM 2016 

| Hidden forces of startups 
How startups revolutionize a business and its environment


PODIM is the largest conference on entrepreneurship and startups in the Alps-Adriatic region! This year in its 36th year, it remains an intense two-day educational, networking and motivational experience. An event that no true entrepreneur or intrapreneur should miss! 

PODIM 2016 will focus on the topic “Hidden forces of startups or how startups revolutionize a business and its environment.” We will reveal the disruptive forces that change all aspects of life and business and sometimes entirely turn around the way a society, including industries, functions. 

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New York / US
Alex Iskold
San Francisco / US
Rob Bailey
BuildR & Akkadian Ventures
Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva
WE EXIST Reinvention Agency
San Francisco / US
Poornima Vijayashanker
San Francisco / US
Dominic Coryell
500 Startups
our next speaker
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Tristan Pollock
Storefront, 500 Startups
Ash Maurya
Running Lean
Tristan Harris
Mark Johnson
Founder of ZITE
Mike Edelhard
Social Starts
Andrea Spiegel
Paddy Cosgrave
Rob Fitzpatrick
Founder Centric
Carlos Silva
Eric Brotto
Gina Waldhorn
Oliver Holle
Jan Kennedy
Academy for Corporate Entrepreneurship
Jouko Ahvenainen
Grow VC Group
Mike Bott
Blue Chip Venture Company
Mohd Zikry Kholil
Monika Byléhn
Moshe Sarfaty
Krypton Venture Capital
Oren Michels
Shira Abel
Hunter & Bard
Sartaj Anand
Simon Cast
Soso Sazesh
Growth Pilots
Steve Keil
Cecile Baird
Firestartr and Product Design Guild
Ivan Ivanković
Squee, Croatian Telecom
Michal Wrodarczyk
Niko Klanšek
Piotr Jeleński
ASSECO South Eastern Europe
Robert Farazin
Alastair Teare
Deloitte Central Europe

Attract Investors  

@PODIM Challenge

Are you looking for a VC investment? Pitch your idea to TOP global investors in front of the audience, get first-hand feedback on your idea or even attract an investment! 

Investors attending the conference will be announced soon ... 






    PODIM Networking





    Gala Evening Event


    Start-up of the year 2016



    Start:up Slovenia is a national competition of start-up companies. The aim of the competition is to recognize the best entrepreneurial teams and start-up companies in the Slovenian environment, provide them with professional support, potential investor contacts and promote them to the general public. The competition is an obligatory element of the Slovene Enterprise Fund grant P2.






    Venue in the heart of the Alps-Adriatic region




    Attendees' Feelings about PODIM

    • Matevž Petek / Povio
      PODIM always brings the best entrepreneurs from our region to one place."
    • Jugoslav Petković / entrepreneur
      PODIM, with its enviable thirty-three year tradition, manages to attract the best speakers and numerous participants each year."
    • Živana Žerjal / sportwip
      PODIM conference is a great opportunity to get inspired by amazing lectures, roundtables and workshops. It’s a “must-go” event where technology, entrepreneurship, internet, remarkable people & ideas meet."
    • Tadej Gregorčič / Motiviti
      Slovenia is home to lots of impressive start-ups and start-up founders, many of whom look forward to May when they can get together in a relaxed and wonderful environment famous for its team building and offers of outdoor activities. The local ecosystem is on the rise and PODIM is an important part of it!"
    • Matej Golob / 30Lean
      First figure out why you want to attend the biggest entrepreneurship event in Slovenia. When this is clear to you, take full advantage of it. Visitors, content, speakers. Your moves, your result. JFDI!"
    • Igor Marjanovič / OOG
      A well-organised conference with quality speakers. A must-attend event for everyone embarking on their own entrepreneurship path."
    • Andraž Tori / Zemanta
      PODIM brings together the best of what this region has to offer in entrepreneurship."
    • dr. Eva Zupančič / Sunesis
      PODIM is an excellent opportunity for networking and establishing contacts, especially suitable for young technological start-ups."
    • Matej Gaser / Nizkocenovci
      Excellent speakers but especially a very good opportunity for pitching to venture capital from Slovenia and abroad."
    • Tadej Jevševar / Chipolo
      The PODIM conference is a chance for start-up companies to meet leading representatives of the industry as well as a great opportunity for acquiring new knowledge at excellent lectures by the best speakers in entrepreneurship."
    • Gregor Cuzak / Marand / Trokot
      PODIM isn’t a start-up, but it acts exactly like one."
    • Borut Jeglič / Foora
      If not for meeting interesting people and looking for ideas at great lectures, it’s worth it to come to PODIM for a good dose of positive energy at the least. All participants and lecturers are full of enthusiasm, motivation and ideas for how to make our world better."
    • Jose Antonio Morales / Lincoln Island
      The first time I attended I got inspired by a keynote speaker to start what today is called the Fear & Fail events, the second time I was invited as a speaker! The promise of most conferences is great networking but they often fall short; PODIM delivers a platform for effective networking. Start something at PODIM! "
    • Lojze Bertoncelj / 30lean & Delaj vitko
      PODIM are two days in the year with the biggest value added, if you’re prepared to take it. PODIM definitely mobilizes you."
    • Martin Blazinšek / Enolyse
      PODIM is an excellent conference at which you can meet your role models in person as well as get to know new people and future coworkers."
    • Dr. Mark Pleško / COSYLAB
      PODIM, with excellent speakers from Slovenia and the whole world, is the biggest and best start-up event in Slovenia, attracting a lot of visitors not only from Slovenia but also from the neighbouring regions. "
    • Matevž Medja / DsgnFwd – Design Accelerator
      Throughout the years, PODIM became an institution you can only miss at your own responsibility."
    • Ivana Florencia Oven / Čokoljana event manager
      At PODIM, I met a girl who later became a part of our team in the organisation Čokoljana, the chocolate fair in Ljubljana. On the other hand, the lectures and talking with the participants helped me get a lot of new ideas, motivation and support, which definitely contributed to the project’s success."
    • Peter Frankl / director and chief editor of newspaper Finance
      An excellent event for start-ups and entrepreneurship, one of the biggest and best in the region."
    • Miha Fabjan / SmartNinja
      This isn’t an entrepreneurship conference, this is a start-up conference! For everyone who is and will be in the start-up world, this is the place to be! Don’t miss it!"
    • Rok Jurečič / LACEnano
      PODIM is an excellent combination of top-notch speakers, interesting debates and meeting the right people."

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    Partners & Sponsors


    General Sponsor

    City of Maribor Supports PODIM

    Main telecommunications partner