PODIM 2017 guest of honour was the Slovenian Prime Minister, dr. Miroslav Cerar
PODIM 2017, the biggest and most influential start-up conference in the Alps-Adriatic region welcomed around 800 participants on 10th and 11th May 2017 in Hotel Habakuk, Maribor, Slovenia. The conference, co-created by the most active stakeholders of the start-up ecosystem from Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Hungary, and Croatia has been focusing on winning formula “Energy + Networking + Learning + Region”.
With around 800 participants from all over the world, among which more than 50 internationally renowned investors, more than 50 renowned speakers, more than 100 representatives of corporations and more than 250 start-up entrepreneurs from 20 countries, exceeded the organizers’ expectations. An intense 2-day conference served once again as a melting hub for connecting, learning, motivating and positive entrepreneurship energy.
Basically, an effective platform for investing into some of the best and most promising regional start-ups and connecting with other start-ups and corporations. PODIM has been known to focus on the topic “Forces of start-ups or how start-ups revolutionize a business and its environment” through their extensive and highly education panels, workshops, keynotes and talks, more than 400 “one on one” meetings in the PODIM 1:1 Arena this year, PODIM Challenge and awarding the best of the best at PODIM Gala Award Ceremony.
The Slovenian Prime Minister dr. Miroslav Cerar was the guest of honour of this year PODIM, addressing the participants and expressing his high hopes on the abolition of barriers to business start-ups, the collaboration of start-ups and corporations, and the first cross-border syndicated loan business angels in the Slovenian company. The conference also announced this year winner of PODIM Challenge, a start-up Genialis, company that builds software that empowers scientists to autonomously interact with biological data through Real-Time Interactive Visualization technology, which provides an unprecedented level of life scientist user engagement with data. Winning an all-inclusive one-week business trip to the Silicon Valley with a networking programme, organized by the ABC Accelerator in the total value of 10,000 EUR. The award for the start-up of the year was given to VIAR, a Slovenian start-up VIAR developed the web platform VIAR 360 for creating content in virtual reality. This allows users who are less technically knowledgeable to create attractive interactive stories without programming in virtual reality, and publish them in their apps, websites, or social media.