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24 May 2015

Hosting the Startup Pitch Challenge at Podim 2015

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of hosting the Startup Pitch Challenge at the PODIM Conference 2015 in Maribor. Notably one of the largest and leading conferences of innovation, entrepreneurship and modern business practices in the Alpe-Adria region. Celebrating its 35th year, the event brought together more than 600 startups and established entrepreneurs from more than 10 countries.

The session kicked off with an informative Q&A session, delving deeper into the mindset of the investors and entrepreneurs. We discovered a little more about what they’re looking for in a startup. There was a host of insight into the startup world and lots of practical advice for startups wanting to move forward their big idea to the next step.

We then continued with the startup PODIM Challenge. This is a startup pitch competition with a selected set of startup pitch presentations by promising start-up entrepreneurs to more than 30 regional and international investors. Essentially, the startup PODIM Challenge presents an incredible opportunity for all entrepreneurs looking for a venture capital investment.

The selected teams presented to more than ten investors on stage. Among the many international investors and entrepreneurs who took part in the event were names such as Ari Korhonen, Finnish business angel, Michael Gross from VC Point in Germany, Jonathan Cooper from Vision Investment Services based in Oman and Croatia, and Mike Edelhart from MSocial Starts in the USA.

Techstars’ Jon Bradford also made an appearance as did Isla Munro from Fiedler Capital in Hungary and Miha Kampuš representing Gasser+Partner from Austria. Following each startup pitch, each team received valuable feedback for their products, services or big idea.


Following some fantastic startup pitch presentations, the conference continued to gain momentum. The event shared inspiring panel discussions, keynotes and workshops. There was even speed dating sessions connecting startup teams directly with numerous investors ready to pitch their big idea.

The Podim conference was a fantastic chance to exchange knowledge with people facing equal problems and network with positive people. An inspiring place to pitch ideas and provide startups and enterprises the chance to meet each other on neutral ground. A great conference from start to finish which I felt proud to be a part of being the face of the startup pitch competition, hosting the Podim Challenge.

As an event host and presenter, I’ve hosted conferences, events and conventions within a range of industries becoming the face of the event keeping everything running to plan with some British charm. If you’d like me to represent your event or to learn more about other events I’ve hosted and facilitated, be my guest and follow this link.

More on the speakers and the conference schedule can be found on the website