PODIM - this year in its 36th year - is the largest and leading conference on entrepreneurship, startups and innovation in the Alps-Adriatic region. Every year, it offers two days of intensive courses and networking opportunities.

PODIM 2016 will focus on the topic “Hidden forces of startups or how startups revolutionize a business and its environment.” 

The innovativeness and speed of successful startups interfere with all aspects of the private and business life. Sometimes they entirely turn around the way a society, including industries, functions. We can find countless cases of hidden forces of startups transforming the environments we work in, the markets in which we operate, the way organizations do business and, last but not least, the values of a society. Startups are thus one of the main forces behind society's progress and development.















Keynotes and Talks
PODIM Challenge
Gala Ceremony

Keynotes and Talks

Presenting modern and state-of-the-art findings in the field of entrepreneurship from practical and academic viewpoints. Prominent speakers and lectures, tailored to the topic of each year’s conference.




In-depth debates on various entrepreneurial topics with well-known guests from start-ups, innovative companies, the economy, universities and state bodies.

We discuss certain findings, guidelines and recommendations for entrepreneurs after presenting the views of various guests and having a debate involving all participants.




Exclusive and practice-oriented part of the conference!  Led by experienced business and start-up mentors as well as experts in various fields. 

An opportunity for participants to actively participate with their case studies and challenges, thus allowing them to immediately integrate the skills they learn into their business. To ensure high quality, the number of participants is limited. However, several workshops take place at the same time, offering participants to select the ones that suits them best. 



PODIM Challenge

PODIM Challenge is a great opportunity for startups to pitch to VC investors and business angels.

It is a great opportunity for startups to get first-hand feedback on their idea or even attract an investment!


          PODIM Challenge         

Gala Ceremony

The first day of the PODIM conference is concluded by the awards ceremony for the best start-up of the year.

Start:up of the Year is a national competition of start-ups, originally designed by Venture Factory and first organised with its partners in 2007.


Networking during breaks, working lunches and dinners allows participants to exchange their opinions and experience, and forge relationships that serve as a good starting point for professional advancement and future cooperation.


After the awards ceremony for the best Slovenian Start-up, a late-night party is organised for all conference participants.


At the PODIM conference, we give all participants the opportunity to potentially have a one-on-one meeting with the conference speakers.

Each participant can suggest up to three speakers, adding a personal presentation, presentation of the company and their expectations for the mentor.

If the presentation is convincing enough, we do our best to organize
a mentoring meeting. 




Vision and 





Our vision is to bring together over 500 people in the field of start-up entrepreneurship each year and contribute to an intellectural breakthrough of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

We want to encourage the formation of new companies, to offer the latest knowledge on growth and globalisation of technology companies and to actively connect and encourage the networking of key stakeholders of entrepreneurship in in the Alps-Adriatic region.


Our mission is to annually organise a two-day event with intensive courses offering the latest findings in entrepreneurship and providing active networking with speakers, investors and startups.

We want to bring together all key stakeholders of the Alps-Adriatic entrepreneurial ecosystem in an intensive two-day socializing event. We want to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the business and university environment, and to actively link knowledge institutions with innovative companies.



Reasons to Attend PODIM 

and Who Attends





We guarantee you an intense two-day entrepreneurial experience you will never forget, whilst at the same time you will come away with an abundance of knowledge, motivation and new acquaintances.

If you are looking for an investor, mentor or a new team member, you will have plenty of opportunities to introduce yourself, your idea and your bigger vision.


The PODIM conference is aimed at everyone who wishes to go through an intense two-day entrepreneurial
experience, and above all at:
  • Startup entrepreneurs
  • Managers and intrapreneurs from large, established and innovative companies
  • Venture capital investors
  • Entrepreneurship support environment and public administration
  • Everyone interested in entrepreneurship




Feelings about PODIM

  • Matevž Petek / Povio
    PODIM always brings the best entrepreneurs from our region to one place."
  • Jugoslav Petković / entrepreneur
    PODIM, with its enviable thirty-three year tradition, manages to attract the best speakers and numerous participants each year."
  • Živana Žerjal / sportwip
    PODIM conference is a great opportunity to get inspired by amazing lectures, roundtables and workshops. It’s a “must-go” event where technology, entrepreneurship, internet, remarkable people & ideas meet."
  • Tadej Gregorčič / Motiviti
    Slovenia is home to lots of impressive start-ups and start-up founders, many of whom look forward to May when they can get together in a relaxed and wonderful environment famous for its team building and offers of outdoor activities. The local ecosystem is on the rise and PODIM is an important part of it!"
  • Matej Golob / 30Lean
    First figure out why you want to attend the biggest entrepreneurship event in Slovenia. When this is clear to you, take full advantage of it. Visitors, content, speakers. Your moves, your result. JFDI!"
  • Igor Marjanovič / OOG
    A well-organised conference with quality speakers. A must-attend event for everyone embarking on their own entrepreneurship path."
  • Andraž Tori / Zemanta
    PODIM brings together the best of what this region has to offer in entrepreneurship."
  • Eva Zupančič / Sunesis
    PODIM is an excellent opportunity for networking and establishing contacts, especially suitable for young technological start-ups."
  • Matej Gaser / Nizkocenovci
    Excellent speakers but especially a very good opportunity for pitching to venture capital from Slovenia and abroad."
  • Tadej Jevševar / Chipolo
    The PODIM conference is a chance for start-up companies to meet leading representatives of the industry as well as a great opportunity for acquiring new knowledge at excellent lectures by the best speakers in entrepreneurship."
  • Gregor Cuzak / Marand / Trokot
    PODIM isn’t a start-up, but it acts exactly like one."
  • Borut Jeglič / Foora
    If not for meeting interesting people and looking for ideas at great lectures, it’s worth it to come to PODIM for a good dose of positive energy at the least. All participants and lecturers are full of enthusiasm, motivation and ideas for how to make our world better."
  • Jose Antonio Morales / Lincoln Island
    The first time I attended I got inspired by a keynote speaker to start what today is called the Fear & Fail events, the second time I was invited as a speaker! The promise of most conferences is great networking but they often fall short; PODIM delivers a platform for effective networking. Start something at PODIM! "
  • Lojze Bertoncelj / 30lean & Delaj vitko
    PODIM are two days in the year with the biggest value added, if you’re prepared to take it. PODIM definitely mobilizes you."
  • Martin Blazinšek / Enolyse
    PODIM is an excellent conference at which you can meet your role models in person as well as get to know new people and future coworkers."
  • Dr. Mark Pleško / COSYLAB
    PODIM, with excellent speakers from Slovenia and the whole world, is the biggest and best start-up event in Slovenia, attracting a lot of visitors not only from Slovenia but also from the neighbouring regions. "
  • Matevž Medja / DsgnFwd – Design Accelerator
    Throughout the years, PODIM became an institution you can only miss at your own responsibility."
  • Ivana Florencia Oven / Čokoljana event manager
    At PODIM, I met a girl who later became a part of our team in the organisation Čokoljana, the chocolate fair in Ljubljana. On the other hand, the lectures and talking with the participants helped me get a lot of new ideas, motivation and support, which definitely contributed to the project’s success."
  • Peter Frankl / director and chief editor of newspaper Finance
    An excellent event for start-ups and entrepreneurship, one of the biggest and best in the region."
  • Miha Fabjan / SmartNinja
    This isn’t an entrepreneurship conference, this is a start-up conference! For everyone who is and will be in the start-up world, this is the place to be! Don’t miss it!"
  • Rok Jurečič / LACEnano
    PODIM is an excellent combination of top-notch speakers, interesting debates and meeting the right people."


Conference History


Past speakers

Tristan Pollock
Storefront, 500 Startups
Ash Maurya
Running Lean
Tristan Harris
Mark Johnson
Founder of ZITE
Mike Edelhard
Social Starts
Andrea Spiegel
Paddy Cosgrave
Ari Korhonen
Lagoon Capital
Rob Fitzpatrick
Founder Centric
Carlos Silva
​Chris Chabot
Chief Program Officer, Fiedler Capital
Daniel Cronin
Austrian Startups
Eric Brotto
Gina Waldhorn
Oliver Holle
Gregory Bernarda
Jan Kennedy
Academy for Corporate Entrepreneurship
Jeff Skinner
London Business School
Jon Bradford
Jouko Ahvenainen
Grow VC Group
Jan Habermann
Credo Ventures
Mike Bott
Blue Chip Venture Company
Mohd Zikry Kholil
Monika Byléhn
Moshe Sarfaty
Krypton Venture Capital
Oren Michels
Shira Abel
Hunter & Bard
Sartaj Anand
Simon Cast
Soso Sazesh
Growth Pilots
Stefano Virgilli
Steve Keil
Cecile Baird
Firestartr and Product Design Guild
Yann Girard
Lifestyle Entrepreneur
Alessandro Ligabò
Aleš Špetič
Cube Sensor
Andrej Mertelj
Daniel Ackermann
Dilyan Dimitrov
Franco Scolari
Business Angels of Italy
Igor Akrapovič
Ivan Brezak Brkan
Ivan Ivanković
Squee, Croatian Telecom
Ivo Boscarol
Ivo Špigel
ZIP Zagreb business incubator
Jaka Lindič
Xooltime and University of Ljubljan
Jose Antonio Morales
The Lincoln Island Company
Jugoslav Petkovič
Jure Mikuž
RSG Capital
Kristjan Pečanac
Maja Jelisic Cooper
Televizija Classicum
Mark Pleško
Máté Wohlmuth
Matej Golob
Matevž Medja
DsgnFwd Design Accelerator
Matija Žulj
Michal Wrodarczyk
Boštjan Špetič
Rok Uršič
Instrumentation Technologies / RED PITAYA
Niko Klanšek
Piotr Jeleński
ASSECO South Eastern Europe
Reinhard Willfort
Robert Farazin
Alastair Teare
Deloitte Central Europe
Rumen Iliev
Sandi Češko
Studio Moderna
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