21st & 22nd of May
Maribor, Slovenia

PODIM Challenge

 
 

 

PODIM Challenge is a pitching competition with a special prize for the best startups. Besides the special prizes, it offers startups great media exposure and intensive networking opportunities.

Who is it for?
Primarily for startups from the European Alps-Adriatic and Western Balkans regions that haven’t yet received a bigger series A investment round and as a rule aren’t older than 5 years.

Global startup hubs are waiting for the best!
The best start-ups at PODIM Challenge will be awarded with all-inclusive tailor made programmes in global start-up hubs, such as Boston and London. Program is organized in partnership with world's best startup accelerators.




 

The application process 

#1
Apply for PODIM Challenge until 15 March 2019 at the latest and make sure that you select the appropriate industry on the application form! 
 
#2
A special PODIM jury will select 150 most promising startups from the region and inform them on how to obtain the PODIM Startup Ticket. 
 
#3
All selected startups will be presented in a special PODIM Startup Catalogue that will be distributed to all PODIM investors, corporate representatives and speakers two weeks before the conference and will also be used as a tool for organizing 1:1 meetings. 
 
#4
After you claim your PODIM Startup Ticket, the PODIM team will inform you about all the pitching and networking opportunities in the PODIM 1:1 ARENA, where we plan to organize 500+ one-on-one meetings between startups, investors and corporate representatives. 
 
#5
Among 150 PODIM startups, startup jury will select 20 PODIM Challenge semi-finalists, who will pitch on 20 May in try to win one of 5 spots in the PODIM Challenge finals, who will take place on 22 May on the main conference stage. The winning team will be awarded an all-inclusive one-week business trip to one of the global startup hubs with a networking programme.

 




PODIM Challenge Industries

All startups that apply for PODIM, must categorize their business and select up to three industries that their products or services are involved in. All PODIM Challenge Industries will be listed in the application form and here is a quick preview of them: 

  • Business and Productivity (communication, collaboration, IT equipment and infrastructure, education and knowledge management, business and productivity apps, data aggregation and services, data security and privacy, marketplaces and exchanges platforms, marketing and advertising apps, tools and platforms ...)
  • Energy and Utilities (energy efficiency, exploration and production, waste management and recycling, infrastructure and distribution, commodity trading ...)
  • Financial Services (banking, accounting, insurance, currency, blockchain, cryptocurrency, investing and wealth management, lending, payment solutions, money transfers ...)
  • Life Science and Agriculture (drugs and pharmaceutical industry, food, agriculture and farming, health tech, medtech, health care, health care devices and platforms ...)
  • Lifestyle and Entertainment (media and content, social networks, leisure, travel and tourism, sport, wellness, fitness, gaming, toys and gadgets, personal devices and apps, fashion, clothing, personal care and growth, real estate and interior design ...)
  • Materials and Manufacturing (production processes, materials research and science, sensing and automation, design and engineering, supply chain management, maintenance and services, construction and building ...)
  • Mobility and Transportation (automotive, rail, ship, aerospace, maintenance, infrastructure and distribution, logistic goods and services, storage ...)
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Investors & Corpos from last years PODIM

USA
Bret Siarkowski
MedScience Ventures, USA
USA
Chuck Goldman
Sky Ventures, USA
Estonia
Cristobal Alonso
Startup Wise Guys, Baltics
France
Francois Marmion
Manao, France
Switzerland
Guenther Dobrauz
Business Angel, Switzerland
USA
John Harthorne
Mass Challenge, USA
Poland
Krzysztof Gawrysiak
Cyber Armadillo, Poland
Denmark
Nicolaj Højer Nielsen
Biostrat, Denmark
USA
Sheel Mohnot
500 Startups, USA
USA
Tristan Pollock
500 Startups, USA
Slovenia
Klemen Šešok
ISKRA D.D., Slovenia
Slovenia
Nina Dremelj
AlpVent, Slovenia
Slovenia
Aleksander Kopač
AlpVent, Slovenia
Slovenia
Mateja Boldin Zevnik
AlpVent, Slovenia
Slovenia
Eva Sever
Business Angels of Slovenia, Slovenia
Slovenia
Mateja Panjan
Danfoss Trata, Slovenia
Slovenia
Žiga Cajzek
KD Skladi, Slovenia
Slovenia
Peter Bezlaj
KD Skladi, Slovenia
Slovenia
Matjaž Slak
Business Angels of Slovenia, Slovenia
Slovenia
Samo Krančan
Danfoss Trata, Slovenia
Slovenia
Urša Klavs
Atlantic Grupa., Slovenia
Slovenia
Tomislav Rašković
Atlantic Grupa., Slovenia
Slovenia
Vlatko Bogoevski
Fortonmka, Slovenia
Hungary
Csaba Kákosy
DAY ONE CAPITAL, Hungary
Hungary
Predrag Predin
DAY ONE CAPITAL, Hungary
Croatia
Aleš Pustovrh
Fil Rouge Capital, Croatia
Croatia
Domagoj Oreb
South Central Ventures, Croatia
Turkey
Enis Hulli
500 Startup, Turkey
Germany
Herwig Springer
i5invest, Germany
Croatia
Julien Coustaury
Fil Rouge Capital, Croatia
Estonia
Karina Lapina
Startup Wise Guys, Estonia
Austria
Markus Lang
Speedinvest, Austria
Croatia
Roger Blott
Fil Rouge Capital, Croatia
Bulgaria
Rumenb Iliev
LAUNCHub, Bulgaria
Croatia
Stevica Kuharski
Fil Rouge Capital, Croatia
Croatia
Vedran Blagus
South Central Ventures, Croatia
UK
Alexandre Massart
Blend Ventures., UK
USA
Nuno Gonçalves Pedro
Strive Capital, USA
Slovenia
Jure Mikuž
South Central Ventures, Slovenia