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Last week Wednesday and Thursday (11. – 12.05.2017) the 37th PODIM Conference took place in Maribor (SLO). In this long history, it has established as the largest and most influential start-up conference in the Alps-Adriatic region.


Our vision is to bring together over 800 people in the field of start-up entrepreneurship every year and contribute to an intellectural breakthrough of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. Source: PODIM

In addition to lectures, workshops and panel discussions, there was also a 1: 1 area, where previously booked meetings with selected start-ups could be held. More than 800 participants spent two days at Hotel Habakuk to find investors or invest.


Our tweet on the big stage

Start-ups also play an important role in the Silicon Alps Cluster, as the “attracting the location for start-ups” is one of our overriding goals. But what are start-ups really? Dave McClure finds on Quora the following words to define a start-up:

A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about –

What its product is.
Who’s customers are.
How to make money.
As soon as it is out of the way, it ceases being a startup and becomes a real business. Except most times, it does not happen.

The 1: 1 range on the PODIM

Of course, the above definition is not easily understandable, but during the lectures and workshops it has already been shown that start-ups are likely to make the same mistakes. Statistically, more than 50% of the start-ups fail in the first four years. However, those who have failed the first time are usually successful in the second try . An opinion, which the American speakers at the PODIM always noted again and again. However, all the speakers were in agreement with the start-ups and the companies involved: the companies need start-ups and the start-ups need the companies. Arnaud Bonzom of 500 start-ups commented that the start-ups had a significant impact on the existing companies, that they would regularly challenge them. Business model innovations now offer completely new possibilities: the largest taxi company in the world does not have a single own taxi (Uber), the largest retailer worldwide no warehouse (Alibaba), the most famous media company creates no own content (Facebook) and the largest accommodation provider do not have to worry about a single bed (airbnb). It is therefore no wonder that 9 out of the 10 companies that spend the world most on R & D work with start-ups.

The opening on the main stage

That this is not always easily going, Chuck Goldmann has experienced in his years of experience among other things in his function with Sky Venture already. In his opinion, it is essential for a start-up to introduce a corporate culture.

If you are not paying attention to culture, you do not pay attention to your business. Chuck Goldman

Its 3 cornerstones for a functioning corporate culture?

Come from top down.
People need a purpose.
Open door policy … always!

Discussions at the Skills Stage on Corporate Startups: Need for Speed 4.0

Connor Murphy (Techstars) sees one thing in the focus: “Relationship is everything”. As a start-up you need the introduction to the right circles, the contacts to the right person to be successful. He likes to compare large companies with icebergs, where one only sees the tip, but move underneath in the hidden unimagined proportions.

Silicon Alps in talks with start-ups from Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina

The Silicon Alps Cluster aims to help start-ups get the necessary support they need, with the aim of “attracting the start-ups”. The focus is on orientation in order to get the right contacts at existing regional, national and international locations, to find partners and mentors in the cluster network and to identify problems in the “start-ups” working group and to develop solutions. I would like to thank Thomas Jerman from Bright Red Systems, the start-up Ambassador, for his support, and I would like to thank him for making this work group available.

Thomas Jerman start-up Ambassador