21st & 22nd of May
Maribor, Slovenia
The program for the PODIM 2019 is under preparation. Below is a program for PODIM 2018.

Day 1 - Tuesday, 15th of May 2018


8:30 - 9:30
Registration and networking coffee
 
9:30 - 10:00
TURNER HALL  
CONFERENCE OPENING
It's all about the startups!
Daniel Cronin, AustrianStartups, Austria
Welcome speeches
Honorary patron: Dr. Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia 
Dr. Andrej Fištravec, Municipality of Maribor, Slovenia 
Josef Gröblacher, Nova KBM
Corpos, accelerators, VCs ... startup boosters!
Urban Lapajne, Initiative Start:up Slovenia & PODIM, Slovenia
Daniel Cronin, AustrianStartups, Austria
 
10:00 - 12:00
TURNER HALL
TECHNOLOGY & BUSINESS
KEYNOTES: 
Dreams of a smart city - How AI wants to take care of us
David Rose, MIT, USA
We bet on the voice user interface! Why and how?
Chuck Goldman, VUI, USA
How to approach complexity in the design process 
James Haliburton, TOPP Design & Innovation, Sweden

FIRESIDE CHAT:
How technology will change our lives and work
David Rose, MIT, USA
James Haliburton, TOPP Design & Innovation, Sweden

Host: Enis Hulli, 500 Startups, Turkey
1:1 ARENA
1:1 MEETINGS WITH STARTUPS , CORPOS AND INVESTORS

TEPLY HALL
FOR INVESTORS
WORKSHOP
How to become a successful investor and organize a business angel club
Philippe Gluntz, Business Angels Europe, France
Luigi Amati, META, Italy

DIPLOMATIC CLUB - Oval Room
CORPOS MEET STARTUPS
10:30 - 11:00: Kolektor startup meetup
11:00 - 11:30: Zavarovalnica Sava startup meetup
11:30 - 12:00: ISKRATEL startup meetup
12:00 - 12:30: Telekom Slovenije startup meetup

DIPLOMATIC CLUB - Round Room
CORPOS MEET STARTUPS
11:00 - 11:30: OUTFIT7 startup meetup
11:30 - 12:00: Pošta Slovenije startup meetup
12:00 - 12:30: Science Park Graz & ESA BIC Austria startup meetup
 
 
12:00 - 12:30
Networking coffee break
 
12:30 - 14:30
TURNER HALL
VENTURE DESIGN
KEYNOTES:
Great founder outcomes
Brian Joseph Flynn, FounderPartners, USA
How not to fall apart in times of hyper-growth
Neeraj Berry, Sprig, Germany
Traction is overrated!
Nuno Gonçalves Pedro, Strive Capital, USA 

FIRESIDE CHAT:
Opportunities and trends that are shaping the business landscape
Nuno Gonçalves Pedro, Strive Capital, USA 

Host: Peter Frankl, Finance, Slovenia
CRYSTAL HALL
CORPORATE INNOVATION
TALKS:
Global outlook on corporate innovation
Mike Sigal, 500 Startups, USA 
What we learned from organizing a corporate accelerator 
Heinrich Schmid-Schmidsfelden, KAPSH, Austria 
Building startups inside big corporations
Johannes Naumann, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Germany
Infusing innovation in the corporate workplace
Carolyn N. Spencer, Amazon, USA
What we learned from the open innovation approach
Jonathan Grover, Plantronics, USA
Competing with high tech in the donuts & coffee industry
Darwin Dubon, Dunkin’ Brands, USA
Strategies for gamechanger companies
Bjarke Wolmar, Thinkers50 Europe, Denmark

Host:
Philippe Thiltges, WhatAVenture, Austria
PRIOL HALL

PRESS CONFERENCE
1:1 ARENA 
1:1 MEETINGS WITH STARTUPS , CORPOS AND INVESTORS

TEPLY HALL
CONSULTING 1:1
Product quick-fix sessions
Tilen Travnik, D·Labs, Slovenia
Janže Račečič, D·Labs, Slovenia
Primož Škerget, D·Labs, Slovenia 
David Bojanovič, D·Labs, Slovenia

DIPLOMATIC CLUB - Oval Room
PODIM CHALLENGE SEMIFINALS

Jury:
Dan Lupu, Early Bird Capital, Romania
Cristobal Alonso, Startup Wise Guys, Denmark
David Braun, DASHR, leAD Sports Accelerator, Germany
Wiktor Rybicki, Innovation Nest, Poland
Aleksander Tõnnisson, Buildit, Estonia
Matevž Petek, Povio Labs, Slovenia
Matt Kuppers, Startup Manufactory, UK

DIPLOMATIC CLUB - Round Room
CORPOS MEET STARTUPS
12:30 - 13:00: Centre for Creativity startup meetup
13:00 - 13:30: Dewesoft startup meetup
13:30 - 14:00: Nova KBM startup meetup
14:00 - 14:30: EU Commission meetup
 
 
14:30 - 15:30
Networking lunch
 
15:30 - 17:00
TURNER HALL 

MARKETING &
GROWTH HACKS

KEYNOTES:
Behavioral engineering as a key growth generator
Shira Abel, Hunter & Bard, USA
Win the market battle with a clearly defined DNA
Henry Hwong, Cunningham Collective, USA
The 7 Pillars of Growth Hacking 
Chris Out, RockBoost, Netherlands
How to optimize your sales process 
Steli Efti, Close.io, USA 

CRYSTAL HALL
CORPORATE INNOVATION
WORKSHOP:
29 different models for fostering innovation and how to choose the right one
Philippe Thiltges, WhatAVenture, Austria 
Farid Edrisian, Karanobin - Innovation Group, Iran
PRIOLL HALL
VENTURE DESIGN
FIRESIDE CHAT:
Exit must be the focus from day one
Brian Joseph Flynn, FounderPartners, USA
Boštjan Špetič, OutBrain, Slovenia
1:1 ARENA
1:1 MEETINGS WITH STARTUPS, CORPOS AND INVESTORS

TEPLY HALL
CONSULTING 1:1
UX / UI deep hacks
Janže Račečič, D·Labs, Slovenia
Primož Škerget, D·Labs, Slovenia 

DIPLOMATIC CLUB - Oval Room
PODIM CHALLENGE SEMIFINALS

Jury:
Dan Lupu, Early Bird Capital, Romania
Cristobal Alonso, Startup Wise Guys, Denmark
David Braun, DASHR, leAD Sports Accelerator, Germany
Wiktor Rybicki, Innovation Nest, Poland
Aleksander Tõnnisson, Buildit, Estonia
Matevž Petek, Povio Labs, Slovenia
Matt Kuppers, Startup Manufactory, UK

VOKAČ HALL
CORPORATE INNOVATION
IN-DEPTH LECTURE:
Startup incubation from space to Earth
Martin Mössler, Science park Graz & ESA BIC, Austria
Dr. Slaven Stekovic, Science Park Graz, Austria
 
 
17:00 - 17:30

Networking coffee break

 
17:30 - 18:30
TURNER HALL
WINNING TEAM, WINNING COMPANY
PANEL:
Diversity matters!
Sara Usinger, SwissContact, Switzerland
Carolyn N. Spencer, Amazon, USA
Žiga Vavpotič, OUTFIT7, Cyprus
Maris Prii, SwissContact, Estonia

Host: Nina Nikolikj, SwissContact, Macedonia
CRYSTAL HALL
VENTURE FUNDING
PANEL:
Tips & tricks for getting funded
Carlos Eduardo Espinal, Seedcamp, UK
Enis Hulli, 500 Startups, Turkey
Jakob Gajšek, ABC Accelerator, Slovenia
Matjaž Slak, Cofound.it, Slovenia
Aleksander Tõnnisson, Buildit, Estonija
Cristobal Alonso, Startup Wise Guys, Denmark

Host: Igor Madzov, South Central Venture, Macedonia
PRIOL HALL
WINNING TEAM, WINNING COMPANY
WORKSHOP:
How to build a high-performing growth team
Chris Out, RockBoost, Netherlands
1:1 ARENA
1:1 MEETINGS WITH STARTUPS , CORPOS AND INVESTORS

TEPLY HALL
VENTURE FUNDING
WORKSHOP:
EIT Digital programs presentation
Thomas Kösters, EIT Digital, Italy
 
 
18:30 - 19:00
Welcome drink
 
19:00 - 20:00
TURNER HALL
AWARD CEREMONY:
Start:up of the Year 2018
 
20:00 - 0:00
Networking event and PODIM party
 

Day 2 - Wednesday, 16th of May 2018


9:00 - 9:30
Registration and networking coffee
 
9:30 - 11:30
TURNER HALL
BLOCKCHAIN EXPOSÉ
KEYNOTE:
My view on building fast-growing companies
David Prais, Cofound.it, UK

BLOCKCHAIN CASES:
Art
Bernadine Bröcker Wieder, Vastari, UK 
Sports
Marko Filej, SportyCo, Slovenia
Health and insurance
Vasja Bočko, IRYO.IO, Slovenia
Social impact projects
Arnaud Saint-Paul, The Give Foundation, Switzerland

PANEL:
What can we expect from the blockchain revolution?
David Prais, Cofound.it, UK
Letitia Seglah, Startup Manufactory, UK
Pierre Marro, European Commission, DG CONNECT, Belgium
Nejc Novak, Odvetniška pisarna Novak, Slovenia
Arnaud Saint-Paul, The Give Foundation, Switzerland

Host: Alexandre Massart, Blend Ventures, UK
CRYSTAL HALL
CORPORATE INNOVATION
UNCONFERENCE

ROUND TABLE DEBATES:
How to get leadership buy-in?
Mike Sigal
, 500 startups, USA
Leading innovation & growth in large Companies
Brian Joseph Flynn
, FounderPartners, USA
The role of innovation accounting and portfolio management
Nuno Gonçalves Pedro
, Strive Capital, USA
How to turn your organization into an innovation machine?
Henry Hwong
, Cunningham Collective, USA
What makes an effective product team?
Darwin Dubon
, Dunkin’ Brands, USA
Can innovation culture be designed?
Jonathan Grover
, Plantronics, USA

Host: Matej Golob, CorpoHub, Slovenia
PRIOL HALL
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES & HIGH-TECH
WORKSHOP:
Doing business in creative industries
David Parrish, T-Shirt and Suits, UK
1:1 ARENA
1:1 MEETINGS WITH STARTUPS, CORPOS AND INVESTORS
 
 
11:30 - 12:00
Networking coffee break
 
12:00 - 14:00
TURNER HALL
VENTURE DESIGN
KEYNOTES:
Making Money out of Technology: How to successfully select, build and exit ventures 12 out of 13 times
Dr. Guenther Dobrauz-Saldapenna, PwC Legal Switzerland, Switzerland 
Lessons for European entrepreneurs entering the US market
Philippe Suchet, Spider Capital Partners, USA
The truth behind the fintech & insurtech hype
Mike Sigal, 500 startups, USA

PANEL:
Challenges of building global tech companies
Julien Coustaury, Fil Rouge Capital, Slovenia
Ed Rivera, DigitalWorks, USA

Host: Luka Sučić, HUB385, Croatia
CRYSTAL HALL
BLOCKCHAIN ACADEMY
KEYNOTES:
The technology 
Muhamed Turkanovič, FERI, Slovenia
The regulatory framework
Pierre Marro, European Commission, DG CONNECT, Belgium
The legal structure & funding
Nejc Novak, Odvetniška pisarna Novak, Slovenia
The business model
Alexandre Massart, Blend Ventures, UK

Host: Jakob Gajšek, ABC Accelerator, Slovenia
PRIOL HALL
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES & HIGH-TECH
FIRESIDE CHAT:
What we have learned by designing TOP products 
James Haliburton, TOPP Design & Innovation, Sweden

Host: Florian Kandler, GetFunding.how, Austria

PANEL:
How to marry technology and user-centric design
James Haliburton, TOPP Design & Innovation, Sweden
Bernadine Bröcker Wieder, Vastari Group, UK 
David Parrish, T-Shirt and Suits, UK 

Host: Ana Osredkar, Servis 8, Slovenia
1:1 ARENA
1:1 MEETINGS WITH STARTUPS, CORPOS AND INVESTORS

TEPLY HALL
ECOSYSTEM MEETUP
PANEL:
Opportunities in Iran market
Farid Edrisian, Karanobin - Innovation group, Iran
Sara Usinger, SwissContact, Switzerland
Jaka Levstek, D·Labs, Slovenia

Host: Matt Kuppers, Startup Manufactory, UK

DIPLOMATIC CLUB - Round Room
ECOSYSTEM MEETUP (Begins at 13:00)
PANEL:
On the Rise: Slovenia’s growing footprint in Europe’s Tech Ecosystem
Fabio Pianesi, EIT Digital, Italy
Jure Mikuž, South Central Ventures, Slovenia
Aleš Pustovrh, ABC Accelerator, Slovenia
Matej Rus, Initiative Start:up Slovenia & PODIM Conference, Slovenia
Boris Koprivnikar, Ministry of Public Administration, Slovenia
Gorazd Justinek, Center for European Perspective & Start:up Balkan program, Slovenia,
Alenka Suhadolnik, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia

Host: Jakob Gajšek, ABC Accelerator, Slovenia 

VOKAČ HALL
CORPORATE INNOVATION
FIRESIDE CHAT:
How to blast through silo mentality to create a culture of experimentation?
Johannes Naumann, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Germany

Host: Daniela Bervar Kotolenko, CorpoHub, Slovenia
 
 
14:00 - 15:00
Networking Lunch
 
15:00 - 16:00
TURNER HALL
VENTURE FUNDING
KEYNOTE:
ICOs changed everything and nothing at the same time
Carlos Eduardo Espinal, Seedcamp, UK

PANEL:
Investments in post ICO-era
Carlos Eduardo Espinal, Seedcamp, UK
Jure Mikuž, South Central Ventures, Slovenia
David Prais, Cofound.it, UK
Philippe Suchet, Spider Capital Partners, USA 

Host: Florian Kandler, GetFunding.how, Austria
CRYSTAL HALL
BLOCKCHAIN ACADEMY
WORKSHOP:
Are you ICO ready?
Iztok Hočevar, Cofound.it, Slovenia
Matjaž Slak, Cofound.it, Slovenia
PRIOL HALL
VENTURE DESIGN
WORKSHOP:
Define your persona, define your product!
Ana Osredkar, Servis 8, Slovenia
1:1 ARENA
1:1 MEETINGS WITH STARTUPS , CORPOS AND INVESTORS
 
 
 
16:00 - 17:30
TURNER HALL
PODIM CHALLENGE 2018 FINALS

5 best PODIM Challenge startups pitching in front of 60+ business angels and VC funds on stage and in the hall.
Host: Daniel Cronin, Austrian Startups, Austria

On-stage jury:
  1. Brian Joseph Flynn, FounderPartners, USA
  2. David Prais, Cofound.it, UK
  3. Jan Habermann, CREDO Ventures, Czech Republic
  4. Markus Lang, Pioneers Ventures, Austria
  5. Philippe Suchet, Spider Capital Partners, USA
  6. Tatjana Zabasu, South Central Ventures, Slovenia
  7. Julien Coustaury, Fil Rouge Capital, Slovenia
  8. Maris Prii, SwissContact, Switzerland
  9. Martin Mössler, Science park Graz & ESA BIC, Austria