Value for corporations at PODIM 2017

How to swim from the red into the blue ocean as quickly as possible or why is attending the PODIM Conference a must for all corporations that have to ensure effective innovation and development under increasingly uncertain conditions?

Corporations can either ride the waves of change or they get undercut. And the tools for change is exactly what you discover at PODIM conference!” 
dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, IEDC Bled
Corporations need to reinvent themselves and more than ever they need to deal with rapid changes like startups do. PODIM is the event to meet, learn and connect with them.Marko Javornik, Comtrade Group
In order for the old world and new world working together, we need to understand and truly know each other. And PODIM Conference is a great place for that!
Bojana Zupanič, Danfoss

Like the Marketing conference for marketers, HRM Congress for HR officers or Manager congress for managers, PODIM is indispensable for everyone who needs to ensure effective innovation and development under increasingly uncertain conditions, while at the same time has to carefully plan and lead processes of digital transformation, restructuring business operations and searching for new business opportunities for crossing from the red into the blue ocean.
For this purpose, attending PODIM gives you at least 5 excellent benefits: 

1. Conference programme that you can really benefit from!

More than 30 lectures, roundtables and workshops will present the newest global trends, rich experiences, practical advice, knowledge and inspiring entrepreneurship stories from the world of startups, investors and blue-chip companies. Choose the ones that are tailor-made for you and make your very own schedule.

Some segments from this year’s programme:
  • It’s all about Startups & Corporates & Investors: introductory panel with public, private and corporate investors, among which we especially highlight 6 PODIM Challenge blue-chip partners - Kolektor, Iskratel, Zavarovalnica Triglav, Pošta Slovenija, Telekom Slovenije and Nova KBM
  • How do the World's Biggest Companies Deal with Start-ups: Arnaud Bonzom, 500 Startups, Singapore
  • Creating a Winning Company Culture: size vs. speed: Chuck Goldman, Sky Ventures Group, USA
  • How to keep the motivational wheel spinning: Nathaniel Koloc, The Future Project, USA
  • Raising ambitions, marketing and communication: Hampus Jakobsson, Entrepreneur and angel investor, Sweden
  • Clash of the two worlds - "Corpo vs. Startup": fireside chat with Tapio Siik, Vertical Accelerator, EIT Digital, Finland, Demetrios Zoppos, Klevio, UK and Arnaud Bonzom, 500 Startups, Singapore

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Get inspired. You should definitely reserve Wednesday evening in your PODIM calendar, because then is the time for the gala award ceremony for the Slovenian Start:up of the Year 2017 and PODIM evening party, which traditionally concludes with an exploration of Maribor’s night life and its club scene.

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2. PODIM Corpo Think Tank – priceless exchange of experiences and ideas

In the regular conference programme, you shouldn’t miss the carefully chosen lecturers who advise corporations and startups, and share rich experiences and knowledge of how to connect and collaborate.

The heart of this year’s PODIM Corpo Think Thank are seven speeches in the content segment “Corporate startups – Need for Speed 4.0”, hosted by Matej GolobCorpoHub, Slovenia:
  • Digital Innovation unit of Erste Group - Mario Brkič, BeeOne, Slovenia
  • Man on the Moon and Digital Innovation Hub - Njal Petitt, Danfoss, Slovenia (TBC)
  • Innovative Business Models and Digitalization - Miha Valentinčič, Petrol, Slovenia
  • Powerful brands and sprints - Enzo Smrekar, Atlantic Grupa, Slovenia
  • Startup Studio in a culture of authority - Dolores Podbevšek Plemeniti, Delo, Slovenia
  • Everyday. Everywhere. Something new. - Iztok Renčelj, Pošta Slovenije, Slovenia
  • Corporate Innovation Services - Key Active Listener - Michele McConomy, RocketSpace, USA
For a highlight from last year’s PODIM, you can click the link below to watch the video of the inspiring speech by dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva from the WE EXIST Reinvention Agency on the topic of Why you need to reinvent yourself and your company every 3.5 years:


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3.  Exclusive networking opportunities
  • Personalized networking and pre-organized 1:1 meetings with startups from the PODIM startup catalogue.
  • Personalized networking and pre-organized 1:1 meetings with other conference participants – speakers, blue-chip company representatives, and other investors.
  • Unlimited access to the exclusive PODIM 1:1 Arena, which will be arranged for the highest possible comfort of conference participants form the ranks of investors and representatives of established companies, and intended for intense networking, conversations, refreshments (snacks, coffee …), breaks or urgent errands in the “quiet room” …
  • Strong exposure of the company and its representatives within the entire event (investors badge, presentation in the PODIM startup catalogue, presentation in the official event app).
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Last year, Frederik Andersson from Swedish corporation Bonnier Business Press also attended PODIM
Matej Golob (as dark Kylo Ren) moderated the panel Startup Wars – The Corporate Force Awakens
Joining us was also Sonja Šmuc, executive director of the Manager Association of Slovenia

4. Tailored knowledge and connections  

This year we yet again attracted numerous national and regional blue-chip companies for partnership collaborations. As a central partner of the investment part of the conference PODIM Challenge, they can co-create the conference programme, cover individual thematic fields, host esteemed speakers that they wish to bring to Slovenia, and in collaboration with them or in connection with other PODIM content and guests they can organize an event, business lunch or social gathering before, during or after the conference

If you wish to become our valued blue-chip partner, write to us at

5. Even faster to your goal with sponsor packages Startupper, Outlier and Unicorn!

Do you want to present your products, services or programmes to ambitious startups and stakeholders of the startup ecosystem that represent the economic future of Slovenia and the Alps-Adriatic region?  We invite you to actively address them with one of the thought-out PODIM sponsorship packages – Startupper, Outlier or Unicorn. You can find out more about the packages, their offer and high value added in the sponsorship brochure which you can download at this link.

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“Kolektor decided to participate at PODIM this year for the first time, and this decision was definitely the right one! The event has a lot of positive energy and excellent business opportunities, especially for collaborating and connecting with startups,” was how Valter Leban, Kolektor Group board member, summarized his impressions after last year’s PODIM Conference. Leban (on the picture right, beside Jure Mikuž from South Central Ventures) also attended PODIM to announce the Kolektor Ventures fund for financing startups.
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Together, we are trying to spread best practices of the lean startup way of developing new business models, and simultaneously connect established experienced managers with innovative startup entrepreneurs
  • The Managers' Association of Slovenia, helping managers deal with challenges of implementing digital changes whose tempo is dictated by rapid, lean and innovative startup companies with their disruptive digital products and services.
  • Initiative Start:up Slovenia as the provider of key national programmes for startups and connector of public and private stakeholders of the Slovenian startup ecosystem, summarizing its activities every year at the PODIM Conference.
  • Business daily Finance with the media project Startupozavri or Startuposauruses, in which they highlight startup freshness in established Slovenian companies and thus contribute to healthy development of entrepreneurial spirit in the Slovenian society.
  • CorpoHub creates and manages internal innovation/startup programs for big organizations. From ideation workshops and hackathons through innovation sprints to agile transformation of teams. Obsessed by speed and effectiveness of your innovation.

Our first joint activities include gathering and sharing these types of good and bad experiences, and co-creating PODIM Conference content for established companies