PODIM 2016 - The Largest Startup Conference in the Alps-Adriatic region! (PRNewsFoto/Start:up Slovenia Initiative)

From 11 to 12 May 2016, Hotel Habakuk in Maribor hosted the 36th PODIM, the largest conference on start-ups, entrepreneurship and innovation in the Alps-Adriatic region. By bringing together over 600 people in the field of start-up entrepreneurship, the two-day educational experience was topped with some major networking opportunities and celebrations. The best Start-up of the Year award went to a company providing a new solution for more affordable transfer.

The five-star Hotel Habakuk was chosen as the venue for the conference due to its excellent conference and diverse facilities and top-class service. All key stakeholders of the Alps-Adriatic entrepreneurial ecosystem were present at the PODIM 2016 that focused on the topic “Hidden forces of start-ups or how start-ups revolutionize a business and its environment.” Those looking for an investor, mentor or a new team member, had plenty of opportunities to introduce themselves, their ideas and their bigger vision. Tadej Jevševar from a successful star-up Chipolo, said: “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.”

The conference with more than 40 regional speakers and entrepreneurs from abroad revealed the disruptive forces that change all aspects of life and business and sometimes entirely turn around the way a society functions. After the conclusion of the formal motivational and educational programme of the first day, an award ceremony for the Start:up Slovenia competition was held.

Great news for the meetings industry as well as the winner was Nizkocenovci, a company that developing the tech platform GoAvio for connecting low-cost flights with train and bus transport, giving users of big flight search engines, such as Skyscanner, options for cheaper transport!