Cogsteps @ Podim

Join the Know-Center at one of Europe’s best tech and startup events

Platform for PhD students, scientists, and researchers to participate in presentations and startup pitches, create networking possibilities, build international communities, and more!


As part of the Cogsteps project [1, 2], Know-Center, one of the leading European research and innovation centers in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Data-driven Business together with TU Graz and the Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science, are excited to announce that we are participating in this year’s Podim Conference [3] and we want you to join us!



  • We are looking for researchers and scientists to help them transform their research results and innovations into deep-tech startups
  • You will join us at Podim, one of the most influential startup & tech events in the CEE region
  • We will help you connect with relevant experts and stakeholders from the startup ecosystem in an international environment with partner institutions from Croatia and Slovenia
  • You will be introduced to the Cogsteps platform and project activities that will help you “fill the gap” between the academic and startup world


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

Sign up here


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 the Cogsteps project, we  decided to join and make it possible for participating 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 secure 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 [4], 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 accommodation costs (to be discussed with the selected participants).