Uniting Forces: CMS Slovenia, Croatia, and Serbia Make Waves at PODIM Conference
Published on 24 May 2023CMS Slovenia, Croatia, and Serbia made a joint appearance at the PODIM conference, one of the most influential startup and tech events in the CEE region, which took place in Maribor, Slovenia, from 15 to 17 May 2023. CMS's Joint Presence at the PODIM Conference: Fostering Collaboration and Growth The conference brought together entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investors, engaging them through the entire duration of the event with an exciting and immersive programme. From thought-provoking keynote speeches to engaging panel discussions and hands-on workshops, Podim 2023 offered a diverse range of activities designed to foster innovation, collaboration, and growth. Showcasing Expertise: CMS’s Sponsorship and Engagement at PODIM 2023 For the third consecutive year, CMS attended the PODIM conference as a Unicorn Partner. The extended regional team of driven and highly motivated individuals, including Saša Sodja, Mario Vrdoljak, Maja Živanović, Ronald Filipović, and Nina Valentič, took centre stage as CMS ambassadors during the conference, engaging in numerous one-to-one meetings and informal discussions.
As the sponsor of the PODIM conference, CMS had a unique opportunity to showcase its expertise on the increasingly relevant topic of ESG. As sponsors of the programme slot titled "Sustainable Future," CMS led the panel discussion "The Rise of ESG: Reality or Buzz from the Business Perspective," moderated by Ronald Filipčić, CMS's ESG Manager. The panel featured guests representing various sectors, including Tijana Koprivica from Delta Holding representing corporates, Marko Vukelić from BDO Croatia representing financial advisors, and Sonja Radovic-Paul from Codio Impact representing start-ups. Empowering Startups: CMS's Support and Key Takeaways from the Conference Throughout the engaging dialogue, speakers aimed to provide the attendees with practical insights, ranging from advice on initiating sustainability journeys to the importance of non-financial reporting as well as how sustainability can also be a business opportunity for startups.
Through the CMS equIP programme, CMS actively supports start-ups on their growth journey by offering comprehensive legal services tailored to their needs. This includes navigating regulatory compliance, policy implementation, intellectual property protection, and helping them secure funding.
The CMS team compiled their key messages in short video clips, but here are four key takeaways from the PODIM conference that are equally relevant for established businesses as well as start-ups:The legal framework is not ready for technological disruptions.At the bare minimum, start-ups need to have a great product or service to attract investors' attention.Innovation and sustainability have emerged as pivotal elements of future business practices.Building authentic connections with clients is essential if you want them to choose your products or services over your competitor’s.