March 29

PODIM Startup Catalogue and app for networking in high gear!

Networking between startups, established companies, investors and speakers at this year’s PODIM Conference will take place in high gear. Much like last year, the exclusive PODIM startup catalogue will help with this, as will the official PODIM mobile app, this year for the first time ever. All with the purpose of also giving big innovative companies the opportunity to more easily collaborate with agents of the startup tsunami that’s bringing major changes into business and the business environment of companies and individual industries.
This year, our own Anja is preparing the catalogue
The PODIM Conference team isn’t only doing all the ongoing activities, they’re also preparing the PODIM startup catalogue. This year, our own Anja is arranging it and she will also be the one at the conference to ensure flawless organization and flow of meetings between startups, established companies, investors and speakers.
This year, our Anja will take care of catalogue preparation, startup contacts, and flawless organization and flow of 1:1 meetings at the conference.
Regional crème de la crème
Much like last year, this exclusive PODIM publication will introduce the most promising startups from Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia that will apply for the PODIM Challenge – the investment part of the conference with a pitching competition.  
Esteemed and well-known investors have already confirmed their participation, including Alex Iskold, TechStars New York (USA), Dr. Jens Pippig, ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator (Germany), Dilyan Dimitrov, Eleven (Bulgaria), Herwig Springer, (Austria), Rumen Iliev, LAUNCHub (Bulgaria), Michael Schuster, SpeedInvest (Austria), Jan Habermann, Credo Ventures (Czech Republic) and Rune Theill, Rockstart (Netherlands).

The application deadline is 15 April 2016 and you can find more information at the link.
The best from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo
Because the PODIM Conference and PODIM Challenge wish to attract the best startup teams and their mentors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo, you'll also be able to build new business connections with this rapidly growing and increasingly promising part of entrepreneurial Europe.
Last year 60
Last year, the catalogue introduced 60 best startups from the Alps-Adriatic region. In only two days, we organized and carried out more than 200 one-on-one meetings between these startups and the interested conference participants. You can read more about last year's activities here.
This year 100
This year, we're planning on introducing no more and no less than a hundred young innovative companies in the startup catalogue. All startups are in the stages of looking for an investment or new business partners.

Whose interest will you rouse this year?
Before the start of this year's conference, we will send the catalogue to all PODIM conference guests, coming from the ranks of established companies, investors and speakers. Based on their expressed interest, we will organize one-on-one meetings with startups.
App for effective networking!
This year for the first time ever, the official PODIM mobile app will make establishing new contacts and effective networking between conference attendees as simple as possible.
Meeting over the phone, doing business over coffee
In the app, you'll find profiles of all participants who will be actively searching for new business partners and projects at the conference. And who knows, maybe you'll meet them with help of your phone and seal the deal with a good old coffee or beer at the evening PODIM party.
Custom-made for established companies
Besides the PODIM startup catalogue and organized one-on-one meetings, we are planning a whole bunch of activities that are, even more than last year, custom-made for established companies.
How to take advantage of a startup tsunami?
According to Tomaž Berločnik, Petrol's chairman of the board, the most innovative Slovenian corporations are aware of the changes that startup tsunamis will cause in their business and environment. They also realize that the only right path lies in intense collaboration and learning from rapidly-growing, lean and innovative startup companies, not in competing with them! At the same time, this is the path that's the driving force of efficient development and growth of the ones as well as the others.
PODIM toolbox for big innovative companies
For this purpose, we've prepared a special offer for established companies that doesn't only provide access to the regular conference programme and special content sets, but also ensures a true big & fast toolbox, with which you'll be able to take the best advantage of networking and collaborating with the best regional startups.