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The biggest and most influential startup conference in the European Adriatic & Balkan region!   


PODIM Conference is bridging global and regional startup ecosystem with massive impact in the European Adriatic & Balkan region!

It is connecting global minds and leaders with the best that region has to offer. It’s the only event that annually gathers and connects the most active startup stakeholders from the region in one place, and enables them to invite and host their global partners in a home environment. PODIM works as an effective platform for investing into the most promising startups from the region and elsewhere, as well as for actively connecting startups and corporations.





 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
Atsushi Sasawaki
Omron, Japan
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,, 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, 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



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
Atsushi Sasawaki /Omron, Japan
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,, 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 /, 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
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.
The main prize for the PODIM Challenge 2017 winner was 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 catalog.  

2017 Award Contributor:

PODIM Challenge 2017 was powered by:

2017 Alpe-Adria co-organizers: Venture FactoryTechnology park LjubljanaKWFBuild!Friuli Innovazione 

2017 Partners: Centre for European Perspective (CEP)Business Angels of Slovenia
More about PODIM Challenge 2017


PODIM Networking 




2017 Gala Evening Event


Start-up of the year 2017 Award



Slovenian Startup of the Year Award highlighted and awarded the best ambassadors of Slovenian startup entrepreneurship. Those companies and teams whose achievements, actions, reputation, and development excellency present the new generation of Slovenian innovative entrepreneurs.  





More about the 2017 award

Venue in the heart of the Alps-Adriatic region




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! "
  • Chuck Goldman / Sky Ventures Group, USA
    The talent, the people, the venue - all world class! Special thanks to the PODIM team for including me in all the fun and productivity!"
  • Mariano Kostelec / UniPlaces, Spain
    Amazing energy, great people!"

Thanks to our 2017 

Partners & Sponsors


General Sponsor
Main supporters

PODIM Challenge blue chip partners


Unicorn partners


Outlier partners


Program partners



Main international partners



Media partners



Coorganizers and key partners


Startup sponsors



Slovenian partners


International partners