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More often than not, big tech conferences are born in capital cities of European countries, but we at Tech.eu would argue that often the most interesting, insightful, and exciting events take place in second-tier cities. Today, let us direct the spotlight at the city of Maribor, Slovenia, where the Podim conference first happened back in 1980.

This year, it will take place entirely online on May 18—20.

This year's speaker line-up includes vice president European Commission Margrethe Vestager, futurist Gerd Leonhard, co-founder of Runtastic Florian Gschwandtner, author of Predictable Revenue Aaron Ross, ex-Facebook e-commerce expert Darlene Thomas, co-founder of Rotten Tomatoes Patrick Lee, co-founder of GlobaliD Greg Kidd, and many more.

“We are extremely proud that Podim has evolved from being a learning and networking event to one of the biggest and most powerful deal-making platforms,” said Matej Rus, CEO of Podim. “Last year alone, more than 900 carefully matched one-on-one meetings had been carried out in just two days, thanks to Deal Room Events. It is Podim’s mission to empower startups and scaleups from the region and connect them with highly motivated global and regional investors. Therefore Podim has also become a valuable deal-making event for investors and business executives, and this year our aim is to break a record with more than 1,000 meetings carried out in just two days.”

A hidden gem of the tech world, Podim is probably the oldest innovation and technology conference in Europe. The event has been going on since as long ago as 1980, when it was first organised to celebrate Innovators’ Day. The idea back then was to answer “the need to achieve more organized collaboration and exchange of innovators’ experience and to boost innovation.”

Over the past 40 years, Podim has seen highs and lows, but has eventually emerged as one of the most influential events of its type across the Balkans and the CEE region. The conference is creating real value by bringing together and connecting renowned international investors, established corporations, and startups and scaleups from the Alps-Adriatic and Western Balkans regions.

In recent years, the organising team of Podim has made a strategic decision not to accept more than 1,000 participants in order to provide maximum quality of learning and networking. This way, every attendee gets an opportunity to personally meet top-notch speakers and get valuable time with investors, business executives, and other ecosystem players.

Over the years, Podim has become the gateway to and from the region for efficient networking, making deals, and sharing experiences. Since the number of participants is limited, make sure to secure your spot in time and get your ticket today. Tech.eu readers can get 20% OFF using promo code PODIMDXFRIENDS.