Entrepreneurs, Startups and Innovators Will Meet in Maribor


Maribor, the Styrian capital and Slovenia’s second largest city known for its wine growing tradition is the host of the PODIM Conference, the largest and leading conference on entrepreneurship, startups and innovation in the Alpine-Adriatic region. The conference will take place at the Hotel Habakuk, which lies on the slopes of Pohorje.

The PODIM Conference is celebrating its 36th edition, will soon gather the key players from the startup communities from all over the world to share new ideas and present new challenges in terms of collaboration between start-ups and well established companies.

The main topic of this year’s conference is “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.

“This five-star hotel has been chosen because of its excellent conference facilities and top-class service.” as stated on the PODIM Conference website.

Every year, more than 80 established speakers and investors as well as more than 600 participants from more than 10 countries attend the conference. The PODIM conference is the event at which internationally esteemed guest speakers at a series of roundtables, lectures and workshops present the latest knowledge for building new global technological ventures and developing entrepreneurship in established companies, from the practical as well as academic point of view.

“Many lively debates will open during the event, from the industries from which the biggest shifts can be expected to to how every creative individual as an entrepreneur can become the epicentre of such a positive disruptive force that changes the world for the better.” said Prof. Dr. Miroslav Rebernik cofounder of Venture Factory and Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship at the Fac- ulty of Business and Economics of the University of Maribor.

A two-day entrepreneurial experience will also also feature the “Slovenian Start-up of the Year Award”, highlighting and awarding the ambassadors of Slovenian start-up entrepreneurship.


Conference website: http://www.podim.org/

Date: 11. – 12. May 2016

The venue:  Hotel Habakuk in Maribor