PODIM 2016 - The Largest Startup Conference in the Alps-Adriatic Region

May 03, 2016, 08:04 ET from Start:up Slovenia Initiative

MARIBOR, Slovenia, May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

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!

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Hidden forces of startups  
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. 

More than 60 presentations  
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.

50+ investors from all over the world  
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.

Stellar speakers! 
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.

Meet the biggest hustler in Silicon Valley   
Steli Efti is the CEO and Co-Founder of Close.io, alumni of Y Combinator and the biggest hustler in Silicon Valley. Bart Lorang is the Co-Founder and CEO at FullContact and a regular guest of programmes such as CNN Live and FOX News, among other reasons also because he pays 7,500 $ for his employees to completely disconnect on their vacation. Alex Iskold is an investor and the managing director of Techstars New York, one of largest tech accelerators in the US. And Garry Whitehill is a globally renowned startup entrepreneur, mentor and advisor to Fortune 100 companies and government leaders.

Extensive startup catalogue   
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.

PODIM PRO Package   
PODIM organizers dedicated one special conference segment Startup wars - The corporate force awakens and a special PODIM PRO Package for all corporate managers who wish to do disruptive innovations like startups!

Startup of the year award ceremony  
At PODIM, organizers annually 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.

Contact: Stanislava Vabsek, Head of PR, email: stanislava.vabsek@startup.si  +386-31-707-204

SOURCE Start:up Slovenia Initiative