PODIM Conference, or a Regional Startup Ecosystem Epicenter, annually connects more than 800 brilliant startups, investors, corpos and other stakeholders with global minds and leaders. It serves as an effective platform for investing in the most promising startrups from the region. PODIM also bridges the global and regional startup ecosystems with a massive impact in the European Adriatic & Western Balkans.
The 2018 edition was held on the 15th and 16th of May 2018 in Hotel Habakuk in Maribor. There were more than 200 hand-picked startups from 20 countries, more than 100 investors from all over the globe, and more than 150 corporate representatives from the region, alonegside hundreds of attendees enthusiastic for startups.
PODIM every year also organises the PODIM Challenge that awards the best start-up with all-inclusive tailor made programmes in global start-up hubs, such as Silicon Valley, London. At the award ceremony at the end of the first day of the international PODIM Conference in Maribor, startup company NEXT, developing the online platform Beeping for fast, safe and effective hiring of verified household cleaners, received the Slovenian Startup of the Year 2018 award. Other four finalists were: Event registry, Gotoky, MAG-LEV Audio, and Smart Optometry.
PODIM Conference traditionally takes place in the Habakuk Hotel, which lies on the slopes of Pohorje and is a ten-minute scenic drive away from the Maribor center. The organisers of PODIM note that they have been a loyal buyer of Habakuk for many years in a row »because of Habakuk’s excellent conference facilities, warm hospitality and top-class service.«