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Join Cogsteps @ the Podim Conference Maribor

Are you a researcher interested in startups and innovation commercialization? Join us @ Podim Conference, one of Europe’s best tech and startup events.


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As part of the Cogsteps project, we are excited to announce that we are participating in this year's Podim Conference and we want you to join us!

Podim is known as one of Europe’s best tech and startup events and it takes place in Maribor, Slovenia from 16 to 18 May 2022. As a place where innovation meets business opportunities and capital, as well as knowledge and experience, Podim is offering many opportunities for anybody who is working on transforming their innovations into successful businesses. Since Podim’s values and goals are perfectly aligned with the values and goals of our project, we decided to participate and make it possible for our researchers to pitch their deep-tech startups in front of a diverse crowd! The main goal of the Cogsteps project is to connect the academic with the startup world and there is no better place for experiencing the exciting, dynamic, intense and risky startup life and to talk with many brilliant startup founders who decided to take the chance and leap into the uncertain and unknown than at Podim 2022.

During the three-day event, we will have a chance to present the Cogsteps web platform and program plan for learning about startup basics for the academic community to a wider audience, including the key platform users like experienced entrepreneurs, incubators, accelerators and venture capital (VC) funds. Participants will learn how is the Cogsteps web platform helping researchers in connecting with researchers from different universities, but also with experienced business experts, incubators and VCs with a goal to build multidisciplinary startup teams and securing funding for their startups. The goal of our participation at Podim is to create a community around the platform that will be open-minded towards sharing ideas and innovations, connecting with researchers and experts from different fields and forming startups. Selected ideas that are shared on the Cogsteps platform will be presented by the researchers in front of a versatile Podim crowd.

If you are a researcher who would like to test the business potential of your projects and innovations and learn from experts in an international environment, then fill out this application form, join us at this year's Podim conference, and take this opportunity to experience the beautiful city of Maribor! The Cogsteps project is covering 100% of the registration fees and travel costs. If needed, a limited amount of budget will be available for accomodation costs (to be discussed with the selected participants).

The number of participants is limited and the registration deadline is 9 May 2022 (Monday).


Podim is a nonprofit platform founded in 1980 to change attitude towards innovation powered by Tovarna podjemov.

Time and Location

16. May 2022, 04:00 pm - 18. May 2022, 03:00 pm

Maribor, Slovenia

Additional informations

Language: English


Tomislav Duricic
TU Graz | Institute for Interactive Systems and Data Science
Phone: +43 316 873 - 30844