PODIM is the largest conference on startups, entrepreneurship and innovation in the Alps-Adriatic region. This year, it’s happening on 11 and 12 May in Maribor, Slovenia. It’s annually visited by more than 600 participants from more than 10 countries as well as more than 50 internationally renowned speakers and corporation representatives. PODIM Challenge, the investment part of the conference that also includes a pitching competition, annually attracts more than 200 innovative startups from Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo, as well as more than 50 most respected regional and global investors!

The central topics of this year’s PODIM Conference are Hidden forces of startups and How startups revolutionize a business and its environment. More than 50 speakers from all over the globe will reveal the disruptive forces that change all aspects of life and business, and sometimes entirely turn around the way a society, including industries, functions.

This year, more than 60 presentations will line up on stage – lectures, panel discussions and roundtables, plus workshops for fast and lean development of disruptive, globally successful products. The official PODIM app will ensure effective networking between all conference guests.

PODIM organizers are especially proud that they succeeded in attracting stellar speakers and more than 50 renowned investors who travel to Maribor from all over the world, mostly from the US, UK and other European countries. They will attend PODIM Challenge, the investment part of the conference with a pitching competition, as part of which most promising startups from the Alps-Adriatic region will try to get rich rewards and the attention of investors.

Speakers such as Steli Efti, Bart Lorang, Alex Iskold and Gary Whitehill will undoubtedly contribute to an excellent atmosphere and an unforgettable 2-day entrepreneurial and motivational experience.

Organizers also annually prepare an extensive PODIM startup catalogue, where they present most promising startups from the Alps-Adriatic region. With its help, they organize one-on-one matchmaking meetings between PODIM startups, investors, speakers and corporation representatives.

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At PODIM, organizers also stage a gala evening event with an award ceremony for the best startup of the year 2016. The event attracts all key members of the regional startup ecosystem with its spectacular programme and reputation.