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junij 2017
 
/16. junij   Jernej Mirt, VIAR: »People vote with wallets best.« At this year’s PODIM Conference, the young Slovenian startup VIAR won the Startup of the Year award, but before that they convinced renowned partners and investors with their product Viar360. We talked to Jernej Mirt, one of the founders and the CEO of VIAR, about the opportunities of the VR technology, and the importance of support by the startup ecosystem in the life of a young startup. > More
/11. junij   Nejc Škoberne, Genialis: “Work with data represents a large part of research in biology” In the investment part of this year’s PODIM Conference, startup Genialis and its pitch convinced the jury of international investors and won the laurels of the PODIM Challenge, thus also winning the main award: a trip to USA. Genialis’ CEO Nejc Škoberne talked to us and revealed how two computer science students have gone astray and landed in the business of developing software for biodata analysis, and how their solution helps biologists become data analysists. > More
/8. junij   How to finetune your sales, why salespeople shouldn’t be on minimum wage, and what is the role of empathy? Besides product development, sales are the most important function in every startup. They need to be predictable and managed, so that the team can plan and optimize all other business processes – manufacture, procurement, staffing … and that it can predict future income as reliably as possible. The big possibility of rapidly increasing sales is also one of the main arguments for gaining future investment rounds. Participants of the bootcamp for Slovene Enterprise Fund’s SK200 investment listened to practical and worldly advice on how to manage sales processes in a company and how to choose and reward salespeople, presented by the established consultant and coach Matjaž Slak, former sales executive in the IBM corporation and today an active startup mentor in the Startup Clinic, which operates under the wings of Business Angels of Slovenia. > More

maj 2017
 
/30. maj   PODIM 2017: Every year better, every year more serious, and every year more! “Every year better, every year more serious, and every year more! Congratulations to the team, all partners, and sponsors. It’s difficult to imagine all the necessary organization, coordination, and scheduling. We know it’s not easy, and we’re glad that you’re succeeding! … we don’t have recommendations for improvements, we only wish for you to keep the same high standard that we witnessed this year …” Once again this year, praise for a successfully carried out PODIM Conference poured in from the mass of 826 participants from 33 countries, proving that we are heading in the right direction with the biggest and most influential startup conference in the region. > More
/11. maj   The winner of PODIM Challenge is start-up Genialis! Genialis 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. > More
/10. maj   Up To Eleven Seeks To Attract Startups From The Alps-Adriatic Region Matthias Ruhri is the Head of the Company Builder program at the Graz Up To Eleven accelerator. This is not a typical startup accelerator nor a VC fund, but rather "a company builder for startups with high ambitions", says Ruhri. They are usually the first institutional investor and work hand in hand with startups to prepare them for international breakthrough, with no time limit to their cooperation with the startups. This year they have joined forces with the PODIM Conference to connect with startups from the Alps-Adriatic region. > More
/10. maj   Slovenian startup of the year is VIAR! At the gala conclusion of the first day of the international PODIM Conference in Maribor, company VIAR received the Slovenian Startup of the Year award. With the award, the key stakeholders of the Slovenian startup ecosystem wish to highlight and award companies and their teams, whose persistence, global achievements, and bold development vision set an example in the Slovenian and global startup environment. > More
/8. maj   Investment plan for Europe has already supported more than 3,000 startups! Before this year’s PODIM Conference, we sat down with Zoran Stančič, Head of the European Commission (EC) Representation in Slovenia, and Peter Jacobs, Head of the European Investment Bank (EIB) office in Slovenia. Both institutions (EC and EIB) are together implementating the Investment plan for Europe, and stimulating removal of the investment obstacles in the EU. > More
/8. maj   To a new rise of Maribor by looking for fresh capital, attracting new investments, and supporting startup companies! The Municipality of Maribor is one of the key supporters of the PODIM Conference for the second year in a row. We talked to the mayor, Dr Andrej Fištravec, about the activities and results that are helping establish Maribor as a recognizable point on the global map of the world. Looking for fresh private capital, actively attracting and supporting new investments, and implementing programmes, such as Start:up Maribor, have given the first notable results after three years of hard work. > More
/5. maj   Jernej Močnik, Nova KBM: Fintech will mostly affect payment transactions and debit card payments “Modern technologies are quickly and radically changing the financial industry. Areas where we can expect significant changes mostly include payment transactions and debit card payments, because fintech companies are expecting solutions such as e-wallets, mobile payments and payment transactions in real time. That is why Nova KBM is trying to introduce similar solutions and improvements into its own systems, while at the same time ensuring simple and safe use of our channels and interfaces, faster provision of services, and the best possible user experience,” emphasized Jernej Močnik, director for Corporate Banking and SME in Nova KBM, in the interview. Nova KBM is this year’s PODIM Challenge blue-chip partner for the field of fintech, and the general sponsor of the PODIM Conference for the sixteenth year in a row. We talked to him about the disruptions that we can expect in banking and what innovative startup teams can anticipate from collaborating with the second biggest bank in Slovenia. > More
/5. maj   Startup Live Trieste: in 54 hours from an idea to a pitch! Register now for Startup Live event in Trieste – your chance to see what you and your team can perfect in 54 hours with the help of top mentors, investors and other enthusiasts. You’ll start on Friday, 26. April with a glimpse of an idea, which you will then present in front of a jury on Sunday afternoon, 28. April, and convince them, that you have a unicorn in your hands. > More
/5. maj   The TOP 20 startups of this year's PODIM Challenge are known! The TOP 20 startups of this year's PODIM Challenge are known! The jury, consisting of the representatives of Slovenian Business Angels Club, RSG Kapital, Start:up Slovenia initiative, CorpoHub, DsgFwd Accelarator and Mr. Julien Coustary has reviewed 96 applications and chosen 20 top startups for the semi-finals of PODIM Challenge. > More
/5. maj   Selection for Startup of the Year 2017 took place today Finalists of the already 10th traditional competition Startup of the Year pitched to the expert jury in Ljubljana today. Startups Agilicity, Optibar, Potenza Innova, 45HC, and Viar tried to convince the jury that their achievements stand out amongst the new generation of innovative Slovenian entrepreneurs and deserve the title Startup of the year 2017. > More
/4. maj   We are introducing the finalists for the Slovenian Startup of the Year We are introducing the six finalist start-ups that placed into this year’s finals for the Slovenian Startup of the Year! Every year, the title Slovenian Startup of the Year is earned by a startup that convinces the expert committee with their team, product and potential for successful business operations and growth, as well as represents the new generation of Slovenian innovative entrepreneurs with their achievements, actions, reputation and development potential. > More

april 2017
 
/28. april   Suzana Leben, Telekom Slovenije: About erasing borders between industries and infinite possibilities of collaboration with startups brought by 5G, IoT, and connectivity The industry of telecommunications has so far been most disrupted by providers such as Skype, Viber, WeChat and other similar solutions. On the brink of the fourth industrial revolution, it is facing an erasure of borders between industries, fusion of technologies, and a search for new sources of income outside the primary activity. > More
/26. april   Finalists of the Slovenian Startup of the Year award are known! The six finalists that placed into this year’s finals for the Slovenian Startup of the Year are known! Every year, the title Slovenian Startup of the Year is earned by a startup that convinces the expert committee with their team, product and potential for successful business operations and growth, as well as represents the new generation of Slovenian innovative entrepreneurs with their achievements, actions, reputation and development potential. > More
/21. april   Iztok Renčelj, Pošta Slovenije: We are interested in solutions that consider the network of 550 offices, 2,400 postmen and 1,200 vehicles in the field! Pošta Slovenije, the biggest provider of post services and one of the biggest providers of courier and information services in the country, is planning up to seven investments into startups this year. They realize that finding good teams with interesting marketable ideas is a challenge for practically all corporations looking for new business opportunities in collaboration with startup companies. They are answering this challenge with a special team of experts and experienced mentors for work with startups, a branched logistic network and other business connections, including foreign postal operators that can help with foreign markets penetration. > More
/20. april   Mateja Lavrič, Kolektor Ventures: There needs to be some chemistry between the investor and the startup; a feeling you can work together and trust each other More than 140 conducted interviews with startups from Slovenia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Germany, Great Britain and the US, first three successfully concluded investments and two new ones on the way are the impressive results of the corporate fund Kolektor Ventures in its first nine months of operations. We talked to the managing director of the fund, Mateja Lavrič, about the fund’s experience with the leap onto the national and regional startup scene and what is the thing that ends up swaying the investor scale. > More
/19. april   Valter Leban, Kolektor: How can you give meaning to new technologies for smart factories of the future? Imagine an industrial plant in Mexico, where there have been a standstill and downtimes. A Mexican foreman and a colleague from tech support of the industrial group Kolektor in Idrija use virtual reality to look at what went wrong and fix it in real time. In another example, a business partner approaches you with an idea of a glass that should be able to handle a fall from the height of three meters. Alongside such a glass, you also have to create the entire technology for it and set up a factory that will be able to supply a global market. How to take these scenarios of the fourth industrial revolution and include new technologies and startups? We talked about all this with Valter Leban, board member of Kolektor ... > More

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