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PODIM 2017 | The biggest and most influential startup conference in the Alps-Adriatic region! 


 

Energy + Networking + Learning + Region
PODIM Conference is co-created by the most active stakeholders of the startup ecosystem from Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Hungary, and Croatia!

An intense 2-day experience of connecting, learning, motivation, and positive entrepreneurship energy. The only event that annually gathers the most active stakeholders of the Alps-Adriatic startup ecosystem and enables them to host their global partners in a home environment. PODIM is also an effective platform for investing into the most promising startups from the region, as well as for actively connecting startups and corporations!

 


 

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Keynote

 Speakers at PODIM 2017

dr. Miro Cerar
Prime Minister of Republic of Slovenia
Chuck Goldman
Sky Ventures Group, USA
Mariano Kostelec
UniPlaces, Spain
Tomaž Štolfa
Layer, USA
Michael Nassirian
ARVR Academy, VIAR, 9Mile Labs, USA
Demetrios Zoppos
Klevio, United Kingdom
Sunil Sharma
Extreme Venture Partners, Canada
Heather Corcoran
Kickstarter, United Kingdom
Alexandre Massart
Blend Ventures, Vastari, LaterPay GmbH, United Kingdom
Nicolaj Højer Nielsen
Startup Funding Book, CluedIn ApS, Denmark
Matthias Hilpert
MH2 Capital, Germany
Péter Szántó
SpringTab, Hungary
Enis Hulli
500 Startups Istanbul, Turkey
Tapio Siik
Vertical Accelerator, EIT Digital, Finland
Heissam Hartmann
mrHeissam Consulting, Germany
Rado Pavlov
BusExpress, worldbeachclubs.com, Germany
Peter Schlecht
The SaaS Co., Germany
Edmar Ferreira
Rock Content, Brazil
Mario Brkić
BeeOne, Austria
Daniel Cronin
Austrian Startups, Austria
Michael Matias
Hacking Generation Y, Israel
Pavel Bogdanov
Almaz Capital, USA
Adrián Ramos
Omron, Netherlands
Arnaud Bonzom
500 Startups, Singapore
Connor Murphy
Techstars, Germany
Michelle McConomy
RocketSpace, USA
Marcin Kasz
kontakt.io, Poland
Stuart Browne
Pycap Venture Partners, Canada
Hampus Jakobsson
Nordic Makers, Sweden
Peter Jacobs
European Investment Bank, Slovenia
Niko Klanšek
BizMe, USA
Piotr Bucki
X Ventures, Poland
Robert Neivert
500 Startups, USA
Mark Pleško
Cosylab, Slovenia
Matej Golob
CorpoHub, Slovenia
Peter Frankl
Finance, Slovenia
Urban Lapajne
Initiative Start:up Slovenia, Slovenia
mag. Maja Tomanič Vidovič
Slovene Entreprise Fund, Slovenia
 

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Speakers

dr. Miro Cerar /Prime Minister of Republic of Slovenia
 
Chuck Goldman /Sky Ventures Group, USA
 
Mariano Kostelec /UniPlaces, Spain
 
Tomaž Štolfa /Layer, USA
 
Marcin Szeląg /Innovation Nest, Poland
 
Michael Nassirian /ARVR Academy, VIAR, 9Mile Labs, USA
 
Demetrios Zoppos /Klevio, United Kingdom
 
Sunil Sharma /Extreme Venture Partners, Canada
 
Heather Corcoran /Kickstarter, United Kingdom
 
Alexandre Massart /Blend Ventures, Vastari, LaterPay GmbH, United Kingdom
 
Nicolaj Højer Nielsen /Startup Funding Book, CluedIn ApS, Denmark
 
Matthias Hilpert /MH2 Capital, Germany
 
Péter Szántó /SpringTab, Hungary
 
Enis Hulli /500 Startups Istanbul, Turkey
 
Tapio Siik /Vertical Accelerator, EIT Digital, Finland
 
Heissam Hartmann /mrHeissam Consulting, Germany
 
Rado Pavlov /BusExpress, worldbeachclubs.com, Germany
 
Peter Schlecht /The SaaS Co., Germany
 
Edmar Ferreira /Rock Content, Brazil
 
Mario Brkić /BeeOne, Austria
 
Daniel Cronin /Austrian Startups
 
Michael Matias /Hacking Generation Y, Israel
 
Pavel Bogdanov /Almaz Capital, USA
 
Adrián Ramos /Omron, Netherlands
 
Arnaud Bonzom /500 Startups, Singapore
 
Connor Murphy /Techstars, Germany
 
Michelle McConomy /RocketSpace, USA
 
Marcin Kasz /kontakt.io, Poland
 
Stuart Browne /Pycap Venture Partners, Canada
 
Hampus Jakobsson /Nordic Makers, Sweden
 
Peter Jacobs /European Investment Bank, Slovenia
 
Niko Klanšek /BizMe, USA
 
Piotr Bucki /CMO, X Ventures, Poland
 
Martin Pansy /UT11, Austria
 
Armin Konjalić /East-West Digital News, Russian Federation
 
Robert Neivert /500 Startups, USA
 
Mark Pleško /Cosylab, Slovenia
 
Matej Golob /Co-founder, CorpoHub, Slovenia
 
Peter Frankl /Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Finance, Slovenia
 
Urban Lapajne /Initiative Start:up Slovenia, Slovenia
 
mag. Maja Tomanič Vidovič /Slovene Entreprise Fund, Slovenia
 
Matej Delakorda /CEED Slovenia, Slovenia
 
Jakob Gajšek /ABC accelerator, Slovenia
 
Tilen Travnik /D·Labs, Slovenia
 
László Gulyás /EIT Digital, Hungary
 
Branko Drobnak /Business angels of Slovenia, Slovenia
 
Miha Valentinčič /Petrol, Slovenia
 
Ivan Temovski /Danfoss, Germany
 
Atsushi Sasawaki /Omron, Japan
 
Andraž Štalec /Red Orbit, Slovenia
 
Dolores Podbevšek Plemeniti /Delo d.o.o., Slovenia
 
Igor Unger /Pošta Slovenije, Slovenia
 
Mateja Lavrič /Kolektor Ventures d.o.o., Slovenia
 
Thomas Herlin /EIT Digital, France
 
Boštjan Špetič /Zemanta, Slovenia
 
Aljaž Andrejaš /Reveel Technologies, Slovenia
 
Peter Poles /Slovenia
 
Jure Tomc /International Technology Transfer Network, Slovenia
 
Michael Schuster /SpeedInvest, Austria
 
Chris Osborne /D·Labs, United Kingdom
 
Igor Šiškin /PwC, Slovenia
 
Mojca Avšič /Atlantic Grupa, Slovenia
 
Florian Kandler /Startup Milestones, Austria
 
dr. Andrej Fištravec /Municipality of Maribor, Slovenia
 
Jernej Močnik /Nova KBM, Slovenia
 
Dan Lupu /Earlybird Venture Capital, Germany
 
Andraž Tori /Zemanta, Slovenia
 
Julien Coustaury /Fil Rouge Capital, Slovenia
 
Tim Potočnik /Eurosender, Slovenia
 
Miha Bratina /IUURI, Slovenia
 
Jan Pečar /IUURI, Slovenia
 
David Bojanovič /D·Labs, Slovenia
 
Janže Račečič /D·Labs, Slovenia
 
Jure Kobal /Nova KBM, Slovenia
 
Igor Panjan /SmartPa, Slovenia
 
Bojan Vrhovnik /Microsoft Slovenia, Slovenia
 
Martin Pregl /Microsoft, Slovenia
 
Magda Kwoska /PwC, Poland
 
 

Attract Investors  

@PODIM Challenge




The investment part of the conference with a pitching competition for early-stage startups that are looking for a seed venture capital investment or a strategic partnership with big established companies.
 
This year’s main prize for the PODIM Challenge winner is an all-inclusive one-week business trip to the Silicon Valley with a networking programme, organized by the ABC Accelerator in the total value of 10,000 EUR.
 
PODIM Challenge is open to all startup companies, no matter their activity, that haven’t yet received a bigger series A investment round and as a rule aren’t older than 5 years. A prerequisite for participation is a valid PODIM startup ticket and an introduction in the PODIM startup catalogue.  

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Alpe-Adria co-organizers: Venture FactoryTechnology park LjubljanaKWFBuild!Friuli Innovazione 

Partners: Centre for European Perspective (CEP)Business Angels of Slovenia
 
 
    
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PODIM Networking 

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Gala Evening Event

 

Start-up of the year 2017 Award

 

 

“Slovenian Startup of the Year” Award is highlighting and awarding the best ambassadors of Slovenian startup entrepreneurship. Those startup companies and teams whose achievements, actions, reputation and development potential present the new generation of Slovenian innovative entrepreneurs.  
 
 

 


 

 

 

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Our friends about PODIM


  • Gina Waldhorn / EVOL8TION, USA
    PODIM is incredible! I’m so happy that I was able to come here! It’s incredible how much I’ve learnt, not only from the speakers but also from the people sitting beside me. Attending such a conference is a must! "
     
  • Rune Theill / ROCKSTART, Netherlands
    PODIM is one of the best organized conferences I’ve ever been to! "
     
  • Tristan Harris / Google, USA
    A great place to exchange knowledge and ideas. "
     
  • Alex Iskold / Techstars, USA
    PODIM is an impressive gathering of founders and startups from Slovenia and the region. I enjoyed tremendously being part of it and excited to watch this ecosystem grow and become stronger in the future."
     
  • Jan Habermann / Credo Ventures, Czech Republic
    PODIM is certainly THE startup event to visit in the region. "
     
  • Julien Coustaury / Fil Rouge Capital, Slovenia
    Perfect organization, great value, THE event not to be missed! "
     
  • Michael Schuster,  / Speedinvest, Austria
    PODIM is always worth the trip, great atmosphere and great crowd! "
     
  • Piotr Bucki / X Ventures, Poland
    When I think Slovenia I picture the best Europe has to offer – the nature, the people, the energy and the entrepreneurial spirit. When I think PODIM … I think exactly the same. "
     
  • Aurel Pasztor / Day One Capital, Hungary
    Come here and to see what the best minds in the region are up to. "
     
  • László GULYAS / EIT Digital, Hungary
    Inspiring talks, good vibe, promising startups: PODIM is a must! "
     
 

Thanks to our 

Partners & Sponsors



 

General Sponsor
 
 
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