General Partner @ Reflex Capital
Ondrej is heart & soul entrepreneur. At age of 15, still under communists, he started selling his own machine coded software. At 19, when borders opened, he started distributing imported fish cans. At 24, after finishing university, he started a market research agency, which he sold to his partner. At 27, he started Mall.cz, which, with over 1000 employees and €300m of revenue, later became the largest multinational e-commerce play in the region. After he successfully exited the business 12 years later, he started venture capital firm Reflex Capital, investing in Czech Republic and in the USA to startups with "difficult founders". Besides business, Ondrej is father of three and avid traveler and adventurer.
Partner @ Value4Capital
Piotr Misztal is a Partner at Value4Capital (V4C), investing in Central and Eastern Europe with focus on mid-market buy-out or expansion capital transactions. Value4Capital is a spinout of Amundi Private Equity Funds and is currently investing from V4C Eastern Europe II with a total committed capital of €156m. Piotr joined V4C in 2007. Prior to that, since 1998 he was a Partner at Polish office of Riverside, a US private equity management company focused on mid market buyouts. Before joining private equity industry Piotr has gained experence in corporate finance and transaction advisory, among others in Bank Austria group. He has also worked as a Director at KN Wasserstein Perella, in the National Investment Funds mass privatization program in Poland. His professional career started in early 90-ties at KPMG Poland. During his private equity career Piotr has executed, managed and successfully exited several investments in various industry sectors in Poland and in Europe.
Piotr has Master of Sciences degree of Moscow State Institute for International Relations and has Diploma in Busness Administration from Canadian International Management Institute.
Co-founder and Partner @ Resource Partners
Małgorzata Bobrowska-Jarząbek is a co-founder and Partner at Resource Partners. Resource Partners is an accomplished private equity investor focusing exclusively on equity investments in Central and Eastern European countries, which are members of European Union. Resource Partners focuses primarily on identifying fast growing companies with proven management teams in consumer goods and services.
Earlier, she was Associate at The Carlyle Group where she worked on transactions in consumer goods, retail and manufacturing and Project Director in International Expansion department of the largest Polish insurance company, PZU.
Before moving to financial services, Ms. Bobrowska-Jarząbek was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Chicago and Warsaw, where she focused on advising clients, among others, in consumer goods, retail and manufacturing.
Małgorzata received MBA from Kellogg School of Management as well as M.Sc. in International Management from CEMS (Community of European Management Schools) and M.Sc. in Finance and Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics.
Managing Partner @ Buran Venture Capital
CEE, Finland, CIS
Current / prior experience
• Buran Venture Capital, Budapest (2012 - current) – Managing Partner
• Co-founded an investment company focusing on start-up investments in Internet in CEE/Israel/CIS
• Current companies: growbots.com, bonusway.com, getintent.com, chess.com, dostavista.ru, boardmaps.ru
• Renaissance Partners, Moscow (2010) – Director
• Renaissance Private Equity / Elbrus Capital, Moscow (2007-2010) –Director/Vice president
• Establishing and raising a US$660m private equity fund
• Execution team-leader on investments in DST and Media-One
• BoDmember and fund team-leader in Media-One
• Participated in post-crisis fund restructuring and commitment reduction to US$325m and the buy-out of the management company from Renaissance Partners and its independent establishment as Elbrus Capital
• Two completed PE deals: DST (2007-2009, US$10m for RP)– 2.0x, 41% IRR; DST (2007-2010, US$15m for RPE) – 2.8x, 45% IRR
• Renaissance Capital, Moscow (2004-2007) – Investment Banking, Associate/Analyst
• Completed over 15 investment banking transactions in Russia and Ukraine, including M&A, equity and debt capital markets deals. Mostly acted as execution “deal captain”
• Two PE deals: MTB Odessa (2007, US$1.7m) – 1.3x, 58% IRR; ETI Africa (2006 entry, US$30m) – 3.3x, 150% IRR upon exit
• PricewaterhouseCoopers, Moscow (2002-2003) – Assurance and Business Advisory - Financial Services, Senior consultant/Consultant
•Moscow State University for International Relations (MGIMO), Advanced Bachelor of Arts (Specialist) in Economics (1998-2003)
Managing Partner @ Abris Capital
Wojciech has 14 years of private equity experience, predominantly in Poland. Prior to joining Abris, Wojciech was on the management board of two mass privatization funds in Poland, overseeing the restructuring and disposal of over 120 former state-owned companies. Prior to this, Wojciech was Finance Director of companies in the construction and textile industries; he also spent a number of years working in an M&A advisory capacity. During his years in Abris Wojciech was responsible for Masterlease, FM Bank, AAA Auto, CargoUnit and GetBack transactions. His main focus is on the consumer finance, automotive and logistics sectors. Wojciech is also member of the Abris Investment Committee and Management Committee.
Wojciech is a graduate of, and has a Masters Degree from, Lodz University.
CEO @ Socialbakers
Yuval is the CEO of Socialbakers. He has more than twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive in both private and public companies.
Before joining Socialbakers, Yuval served as CTO at Outbrain, the leading content discovery platform, managing a global team of 200 people. Prior to that Yuval spent 5 years as CTO at AVG Technologies (NYSE: AVG), where he played a key role in taking the company public.
Before joining AVG, Yuval was CTO of the cybersecurity company Finjan, where he led six international groups. He is also the co-founder of the web application security software company, KaVaDo. Yuval is a graduate of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and a holder of 20 U.S. patents. He is a frequent commentator in the media and speaks regularly on technology topics.
Investment Director @ Enterprise Investors
Private equity investment professional with key competences in M&A process management, due diligence, valuations & business modeling, business plan evaluation and financial analyses.
Director @ Advent International
Milan Kulich joined Advent in 2007 and focuses on the healthcare and retail and consumer sectors. Prior to Advent, he worked at Deloitte leading M&A and valuations projects across several CEE countries.
Milan has advised on Advent's investments in Concardis GmbH, Devin, Douglas Holding, Partner in Pet Food and Takko.
He has an MBA from INSEAD, a BSc in Business Administration from City University, Washington and a BA in Economics from University of Matej Bel, Slovakia.
Healthcare, Retail, Consumer & Leisure
CEO @ i5invest
In 2015 Herwig joined i5invest as CEO responsible for Corporate Development and M&A. In this position Herwig can leverage his experience in Deals, high-tech company valuation, renewable energy, corporate development and cross border M&A.
Herwig, a highly recognized and experienced Valuation and Deals expert, has worked in Corporate Finance as well as Deals Consulting since 2005 advising a multitude of clients ranging from Austrian small and medium sized enterprises to multinational corporations. He started his career at PwC in Frankfurt focussing on company analysis and valuations. In the course of numerous transactions he supported his clients with financial modelling and market analysis services. After having returned to Austria Herwig expanded his services scope throughout the deals continuum including business model assessment, business planning, due diligence, valuation and M&A advice. Herwig’s clients were industrial companies (such as Semperit and voestalpine), technology-driven companies in the semiconductor and IT space (such as ams AG and Automic Software) as well as companies pursuing new business models (such as Kapsch and paysafecard). Besides his work, he is still a frequent speaker and trainer at Deals and Corporate Finance conferences.
Herwig graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, holds a CEMS Master’s degree in International Management in conjunction with the Copenhagen Business School, and is currently enrolled in the Master program for Renewable Energy in CEE at the Vienna University of Technology. Furthermore, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation and authored various publications in economic literature
Managing Partner @ Neulogy Ventures
Christian Mandl is Managing Partner at Neulogy Ventures, a Bratislava-based early-stage VC fund with a portfolio of 37 technology companies. Christian co-founded SkyEurope in 2001, a Central European low-cost airline based in Slovakia, which he managed until 2007 as Chief Executive Officer. He took SkyEurope public on the Vienna and Warsaw stock exchanges in 2005 before exiting his investment in 2007. In 2009, Christian took over the assets of Maporama, a leading French provider of digital mapping solutions for professional users. He restructured the company and sold it in March 2013 to TIBCO Software, a that time a NASDAQ-listed company. Christian is a member of the Venturepreneurs’ Organization, a European network of business angels, and has been selected in 2013 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Investment Manager VC/ICT @ EIF
Juha Lehtola is an experienced investment professional in the venture capital industry, having experience in both direct and fund VC investments. In his current role at EIF, he is involved in executing fund transactions and monitoring VC funds across Europe including the CEE region. Prior to joining EIF, Mr. Lehtola spent more than 10 years in the Finnish and Nordic venture capital industry, as the head of direct VC investments at Finnish Industry Investment Ltd and as an Investment Director at Nordic Venture Partners.
CEO @ Outlier Ventures
Jamie is CEO of Outlier Ventures, Europe's first blockchain venture fund, setup in 2013. Since then he has pioneered the convergence thesis that views blockchain as foundational to Deep Tech like AI, AR / VR, IoT and 3D printing scaling securely and eventually converging. As a global thought leader heassists a number of large corporations on how to invest in the space with an emphasis on Industry 4.0, Smart Cities & Mobility and is adviser to exciting startups IOTA and Hyperloop.
Founder & CEO @ Verdi Capital
Kateřina Zychová is founder and executive director of Verdi Capital. She studied economics at the Silesian University, and earned her MBA at the Rochester Institute of Technology (USA). Before setting up Verdi she worked at several investment houses in New York´s Wall Street and London´s City, including JP Morgan, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs, respectively. During her career in finance, she focused on capital markets for corporate clients and governments of developing countries as well as structured finance and acquisition financing for private equity groups. She is a member of organization 100 Women in Hedge Funds. She is also in Dejme Detem Sanci's Supervisory Board of the Foundation, and supports ReSite activities focusing on improving urbanism globally.
CFA – Investment Manager @ PFR Ventures
Bartłomiej Samsonowicz, CFA – Investment Manager at PFR Ventures, a Venture Capital fund of funds platform with assets under management of over EUR 500m.
Prior to joining PFR Ventures Bartłomiej Samsonowicz worked in an M&A advisory, focusing on industrial and e-commerce projects. He was responsible for preparation of transaction documents, financial models, equity valuations, due diligence and transactions’ negotiations.
In the years 2007-2009 he co-founded and was successfully managing a startup project – Comperia.pl (a customer finance price comparison platform). Before that he gained some consulting experience while working as an analyst at Accenture, where he was engaged in projects form areas of banking and ICT.
Bartłomiej Samsonowicz holds M.Sc. degrees in Finance and Banking as well as in Marketing and Management from the Warsaw School of Economics. He is a CFA® charterholder.
Alexander "Sasha" Galitsky, Ph.D.
Managing Partner @ Almaz Capital Partners
Alexander Galitsky is a Managing Partner of Almaz Capital Partners, an international venture fund with major offices in Portola Valley, CA, which is backed by Cisco Systems, EBRD and IFC, which he co-founded in 2008. Alexander is a well-known innovator, entrepreneur and investor in USA and Europe.
Alexander was nominated for best venture capitalist of the last decade in Europe in 2012 by Investor AllStars and named "Technology Pioneer" at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2000, was honored numerous times as the most influential person in the Russian IT and Internet industry by Forbes, best GP of 2013 by Venture Awards, EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Russia in 2013.
Currently Sasha serves as a member of Board of Directors at the following international companies: Acronis, B612 Foundation, CarPrice, Jelastic, Parallels, PetCube, StarWind. He also is an Institute Advisor at Octonion.
Prior to Almaz Capital, Alexander made a series of private successful investments. His past and current investments include: Parallels, Yandex (IPO), QIK (sold to Skype), Vyatta (sold to Brocade), Acumatica, Jelastic, NavMaps (sold to TeleAtlas), Acronis, SJLabs (sold to VocalTec), EverNote, GridGain, WikiMart, CarPrice, StarWind, PIQ, Good Data among others.
Prior to his investment career, he founded five successful high-tech companies, ELVIS+, TrustWorks Systems (sold to Hamsard), EzWIM (sold to TMT Ventures), ELVIS Telecom (sold to Telenor) and NPC ELVIS, all of which he led as CEO.
He pioneered in WiFi and Virtual Private Network technologies and product development on the global market in partnership with Sun Microsystems.
He has over 30 patents for numerous inventions, including parallel processing, WiFi and VPN security technologies.
CIO @ DECENT
Tibor Tarábek is the founder of Microsoft in Slovakia and served 5 consecutive years as its General Manager. He then founded the subsidiary of eTel, Inc., one of the first alternative telecom operators in the Central European region; where he later also served as the Managing Director. He also has great experience in the system integration of complex information systems, managing of the companies as the CEO/COO/CIO and in the area of Sales, Marketing and International Business - he served as VP of Sales and Marketing in ESET and was responsible for worldwide campaign for ESET Smart Security product. Several years he is active in the area of internet and online marketing, in August 2009 he has established the most successful online creative marketing agency in Slovakia – Zaraguza Digital – which in the very first year of existence has won two of the most important marketing prizes in Slovakia – Golden and Bronze Nails (Zlatý a Bronzový Klinec) for its online marketing projects and campaigns. After quitting with Zaraguza in 2011 he worked on the project of the complex information system for employment and recruitment – Recagent “Práca pre Teba” (“Work for You”), which was accepted and run by the RTVS (Radio and Television of Slovakia). He then became the Director of Strategic Development and Technology of the RTVS, where he quit after the changes of government in 2012. He now serves as CIO and Member of the Board of DECENT.
CEO @ NeuronSW
Pavel Konečný – CEO, Cybernetics and Biomedical science
Master’s degree in Cybernetics and biomedical science. More than 12 years of working experiences from international IT consulting company. One of the most innovative person in the team – bringing new ideas every day. His colleagues were frequently asking, why didn’t you start your own business? The last ten years, he was giving the same answer: “I am waiting for computers to be powerful. So the artificial intelligence development can be done effectively.” So that time is finally here.
Head of Private Equity @ INVL Asset Management
Vytautas Plunksnis - has over 15 years’ experience in capital markets. For the last 10 years he is part of the first private equity house in the Baltics – Invalda INVL, and currently is Head of Private Equity at INVL Asset Management (Lithuania). During his career, Vytautas executed more than 10 successful M&A transactions with the total value of c. € 250+ million. To capitalize on the strong PE track record, INVL is currently raising € 200 million private equity lower mid-market focused INVL Baltic Sea Growth Fund.
Managing Director @ Credit Value Investments
Radoslav Tausinger is Managing Director with Credit Value Investments, one of the leading private capital investment firms with EUR 1.2 billion of assets under management, focusing on investments in private debt (senior/junior, mezzanine, distressed), as well as private equity. Radoslav is focusing primarily on opportunities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the Baltics. His previous experience includes private equity at Gimv, investment banking at UBS Investment Bank and management consulting at McKinsey & Company, working in New York, London, and Central Europe. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Comenius University in Bratislava.
Founding Partner @ ESPIRA Investments
Emília is a Founding Partner of ESPIRA Investments, a private equity firm targeting growth capital investments in Czech and Slovak based SMEs. ESPIRA's objective is to support local entrepreneurs to realize their potential. An additional element of ESPIRA's investment philosophy is a focus on companies managed by balanced teams of men and women.
Prior to co-founding ESPIRA, Emília was a Head of Czech Republic and Slovakia with PineBridge Investments CEE, which is a Central European focused private equity firm managing over EUR 500 million. Earlier in her career, Emília was a member of the investment team of Benson Oak Capital and Penta Investments. Emília has been involved in transactions in a variety of sectors including health care, consumer goods, manufacturing and services.
Emília graduated with honors with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Investment Manager @ SpeedUp Venture Capital Group
Marcin handles SpeedUp Group investments in ventures in the areas of martech, fintech, medtech, marketplace, saas and gaming. As an investment manager, his responsibilities include: conducting investment processes, building the value of portfolio companies and relations with foreign investors. Prior to joining SpeedUp Group, he had worked for tech companies in Poland, Portugal, Denmark, and India. His knowledge and experience in negotiating, building and testing business models support portfolio companies. He also assists them in preparations for consecutive investment rounds. He's a graduate of Global Innovation Management and holds a double diploma from the University of Strathclyde and Aalborg University. He's one of the creators of Hive61 and a co-organizer of Startup Weekend Poznan.
Partner @ The Riverside Company
Tomasz Głowacki is a Senior Advisor at The Riverside Company (TRC), investing among others in Central and Eastern Europe with focus on mid-market buy-out or expansion capital transactions. The Riverside Company is global Private Equity firm with over $4.0 billion of assets under management. Riverside is currently investing from Riverside Europe Fund V. Tomasz joined Riverside in 1999. Before joining private equity industry Tomasz gained experience in operating management and financial advisory, among others in The Recovery Group and KPMG Banking Services.
Investment Director @ ARGUS Capital
Daniel joined ARGUS Capital in 2002, having previously worked for Odien Group on restructuring of underperforming large state-owned enterprises in the Czech Republic as well as private investments and M&A advisory in the CEE region. As an Investment Director based in Prague and Istanbul, Daniel is responsible for overseeing existing and carrying out new investments of ARGUS throughout the CEE region including Turkey. During his career at ARGUS, Daniel has been involved in ARGUS’s investments in Svoboda Press (commercial printing, Czech Republic), Palace Cinemas (multiplex cinemas, CEE regional), RIO Media (CATV, Czech Republic), Memorial (healthcare operator, Turkey), and KaleNobel (flexible packaging, Turkey). Daniel is a native Czech and holds a Master of Science in Finance title from Boston College.
CEO and Co-founder @ Comprimato
Jiri is CEO and Co-founder of Comprimato. He received Ph.D. in computer science and is an author of the unique idea of leveraging the power of GPUs to speed-up video compression. What started as Jiri's university project quickly turned into a successful VC backed start-up.
Nowadays, Jiri leads 25+ employees company which has pioneered GPU acceleration of video compression and is trusted by many leading global media and entertainment companies such as ESPN, IMAX, Nokia, and Technicolor.
Co-Managing Partner @ BaltCap
Martin Kõdar (born in Tallinn, Estonia in 1976) joined BaltCap in the beginning of 2000 where he is serving as a co-Managing Partner. Martin is a member of the investment committee of BaltCap funds and his responsibilities include operational management of BaltCap group, investor relations, supervision of the administration of advised funds and serving as a supervisory council member of investee companies. Martin’s involvement in current portfolio includes an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul provider Magnetic MRO, infrastructure construction group TREV-2, dental healthcare provider Unimed Clinics and occupational healthcare provider Qvalitas.
His other activities include being a member of the board of Responsible Business Forum in Estonia promoting corporate social responsibility among businesses and raising public awareness, and a member of Invest Europe’s Mid-Market Council.
Martin previously worked in different positions in Nava, a machinery trading company. He has graduated from Tallinn Technical University and has an EVCA Certificate in Institutional Private Equity Investing (CIPEI) from Oxford Saïd Business School.
Managing Partner @ Level-Up
Guillaume Lautour is Managing Partner of Level-Up, a fund investing in gaming studios in Europe and Asia. He is a seasoned venture capitalist with a passion for product innovation and creative media.
Before founding Level-Up in 2015, Guillaume was for 15 years a Partner of Idinvest, a Private Equity firm based in Paris and managing €7 billion. Guillaume led the funding of more than 35 European and US startups in Technology and Digital Media. During that time, his investments helped create $4 billion in corporate value with 36% IRR and include companies like Deezer, Dailymotion or Criteo. Guillaume started his career in investment banking and project management, working for 5 years in France, China and the USA.
Head of Structured Investments @ PZU Group
Tomasz Mrowczyk is Head of Structured Investments Department at PZU Group, managing portfolios across private debt and private equity with AuM exceeding EUR 1.5 billion. He was instrumental in transformational change of PZU’s approach to management of its proprietary book after PZU IPO in 2010. He started his professional career at Warsaw branch of Ernst & Young Corporate Finance. Tomasz graduated from University of Economics in Katowice and holds CFA, CAIA and MBA designations.
Investment Director @ HR Ventures
Ertan Can has joined HR Ventures in 2012 and is responsible for direct and indirect venture investments. He has invested in more than 20 startups and VC funds in Europe with the focus on Travel Tech and Mobility. Before joining HR Ventures Ertan held positions at JP Morgan and the technology company Thomson Reuters. He has an MBA degree from ESCP.
Managing Partner @ Technologies Capital
Mr. Moughrabie is the Managing Partner of Technologies Capital. Technologies Capital has direct and indirect global investments in leading funds and technology growth companies. Having facilitated over EUR 5 Billion in global investment transactions, Mr. Moughrabie is responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s short and long term global strategy through the disruptive digitization of all major industry sectors. Mr. Moughrabie is also a global pioneer in the industrial applications of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing advising governments and global Fortune 100 companies on their technology strategies.
Previously, Mr. Moughrabie was with Bank of America’s Hedge Fund Group. He specialized in multi asset products within the Capital Markets and Alternative Sectors as well as Structured Derivatives, Capital Introductions, Risk Management, and formulating strategic alliances in the alternative investments space.
Mr. Moughrabie earned his BA in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Founder @ Delta Capital
Director @ Silverfern
Robert is a Director of Silverfern and brings over 10 years of mergers & acquisitions, consulting, and business development experience to the Silverfern team. Based in Frankfurt, Germany, Robert leads Silverfern’s investments in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Prior to Silverfern, Robert was a Management Consultant at FRITZ&MACIOL Group, part of the ICT division of IMTECH (IMT), before which he was at TDM Group where he held several positions including Managing Director and Director in subsidiaries of the TDM Group.
Robert earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BScIS) degree and a degree as Diplom Wirtschaftsinformatiker from Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster, Germany. He is fluent in German and English.
Senior Partner @ MCI Capital
Sylwester Janik is a Senior Partner and Member of the Board at MCI Capital TFI, MCI Group. Sylwester is heading the team of MCI.TechVentures Fund, a growth technology fund with EUR 250M+ of assets under management, focused on investments in Central & Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Russia and Turkey.
Sylwester has 20 years of experience in venture capital and growth investments, strategic management and new business development. Over the years, he completed a number of investment projects and exits, as well as successful fundraising of a new fund.
Sylwester holds an MBA in Strategic Management of Technology and e-Business from Cass Business School in London, UK, and a Master degree in Economics from Gdańsk University (Faculty of Economics and Management).
Managing Partner @ EQUUS Ventures
Jaroslav has been active on the Central and Eastern European startup scene for over seven years mainly as a VC investor. During that time he was involved in 18 investments and 4 exits. Following his tenure at Credo Ventures he co-founded a new micro VC firm focused on professional seed investing mainly in CEE based startups. He has also served as a mentor and advisor at NESst Venture Fund, Seedcamp, Wayra, JIC, and StartupYard.
Managing Partner @ InfraPartners Management LLP (IPM)
Marian is the Managing Partner of IPM, a UK-based fund management and advisory company, authorised and regulated by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority to carry out investment advisory and arrangement activities.
Since its inception, IPM has been mandated to advise on a number of asset-specific fund vehicles investing in large-scale emerging markets infrastructure projects developed by elements of the Samsung Group. This has seen IPM sign agreements with (i) Samsung Asset Management (Korea’s largest asset manager with c.US$180bn assets under management); (ii) Samsung Life Insurance (Korea’s largest life insurance company with c.US$260bn assets under management); and, (iii) KDB KIAMCO – (Korea’s largest specialist asset management company with c.US$195bn assets under management).
IPM has signed a Joint Venture Agreement with CEFC Jade Capital, a branch of a private Chinese Conglomerate with revenue of US$35bn (2014), headquartered in Shanghai with energy and financial services as its core business.
Marian is a former Director of InfraMed Management and Board Director of the JWPC Wind Farm (Jordan), Lamsa Wind Farm (Jordan) and Hamitabat CCGT (Turkey). Prior to InfraMed, Marian executed principal transactions in oil and gas, mining, and infrastructure across global emerging markets (MENA, Latin America, SEE/CEE, Asia) for an Africa-focused multi-strategy hedge-fund, Nubuke Investments, in London, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an investment arm of the World Bank, in Washington, DC. Some of his realised investments in the MENA plus Turkey region include a US$1.4 billion debt and mezzanine financing in Enerjisa, Turkey's largest renewable energy portfolio to date; Metito, a pre-IPO equity stake in the largest desalination producer in the Middle East; and a number of public minority investments in global natural resource companies in Africa (Addax, Afren, Tullow Oil, Heritage Oil, Maridive, First Quantum, Katanga Mining, Orascom Construction, Verenex). Prior to that, Marian was with Lehman Brothers’ Global FIG M&A/Investment Banking team in New York, covering financial institutions in the United States and Europe. Marian holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Cambridge University and completed his undergraduate studies in economics at Oberlin College and Oxford University.
Partner @ Credo Ventures
An entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Ondrej currently manages Credo Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm, which he co-founded in January 2009. Until December 2008 he served as the Senior Investment Director of MCI Management S.A., where he was responsible for managing investments in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, and former Yugoslavia. Since 2009, he has starred in the investment TV show Den D on Czech TV.
Managing Director @ J&T Ventures
Adam Kocik is Managing Director and Member of the Investment Committee of venture capital fund J&T Ventures.
He has more then 13 years of professional experience in the investment industry (PPF, Morgan Stanley, Brookdale Group) and more then 8 years of investment experience is startup investments. He frequently participates as selection jury member in startup competitions (Czech Republic, Slovakia, CEE, SEE), acts as mentor at startup events and invests as angel investor.
Adam focuses on discovering and investing in innovative technology startups with high growth potential in the CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) and SEE (South East Europe) regions and on helping the startups to reach full rollout and to grow internationally, with particular focus on fintech, healthcare, education, smart city, Big Data and IoT/IoE sectors.
He holds MBA from London Business School in Entrepreneurship and Private Equity and MA from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies in International Relations and International Finance.
Partner @ ARX Equity
Michal is a Partner at ARX Equity Partners, an established private equity firm with over 20 years of experience with investing in medium-sized companies in Central Europe. At ARX, Michal is responsible for investment activities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Prior to joining ARX, Michal worked in the Central European team of Advent International, and currently also serves as a Board Member of the Czech Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (CVCA).
Partner @ Genesis Capital
Ondrej Vicar is a partner in a private equity firm Genesis Capital. He began his cooperation with Genesis in 2007 as a turnaround manager in one of the portfolio companies Vltava.cz. Since then, he has been involved in GTH Catering, AZ KLIMA, Servodata, JRC Czech, HSW Signall and 3070 projects located in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Prior to Genesis, Ondrej worked in Ogilvy Public Relations Prague as an Account Manager where he specialized in financial sector clients. Ondrej studied under a Socrates scholarship in Santiago de Chile and with the George Soros’ Open Society Fund in the USA and graduated from the University of Economics in Prague.
Managing Partner @ Y Soft Ventures
Milos is the Managing Partner of Y Soft Ventures, a VC firm backed by Y Soft Corporation and its business partners. Y Soft`s smart technologies are recognized by some of the largest Japanese, European and American tech giants today.
For his love of deal-making and turning everything around him into business, Milos takes pride in truly partnering with the CEOs of companies invested by Y Soft Ventures and he is honored to serve on their management boards. And for his passion for motorcycles, Milos is also a co-owner of a leading provider of racetrack riding courses in the Czech Republic.
Previously he managed the largest tech incubator in the country (JIC) and has helped hundreds of startups grow. Prior to moving back to the Czech Republic from the United States, Milos worked as a corporate banker for American National Bank and earned his Business degrees at Bellevue University and the University of Nebraska.
Partner @ 3TS Capital Partners
Jiri Benes is Partner with 3TS Capital Partners, one of the leading European venture capital and private equity firms operating in the whole CEE region through local offices, primarily targeting growth capital technology related investments. Jiri Benes has been originating, executing and monitoring private equity and venture capital investments in Central and Eastern Europe since 2001. He has private equity transaction experience in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Austria and Bulgaria. Prior to 3TS, Mr. Benes worked for the Corporate Finance team at PwC and spent more than two years in London as an Equity Analyst covering CEE markets for Deutsche Morgan Grenfell/Deutsche Bank. He holds both B.A. and M.A. in Finance from the Prague School of Economics and earned CFA designation in 2001. Jiri Benes is also Chairman of the Board of Czech Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, serves as a Board Member at number of 3TS portfolio companies and was Board Member of EVCA in 2008 and 2009.
Partner @ OXO Group
Bence Makai is partner in OXO Group, a Hungary-based leading venture capital market player in the CEE region. Oxo group was established in 2014 by the former minister of finance Mr. Peter Oszkó. Oxo group started as startup accelerator and later started its early phase investment arm Oxo Angels, and an angel fund under “Powerangels” brand. In 2017 OXO Group announced a new technology fund via cooperation with European Investment Fund (EIF) under InnovFin Business Angels. The new fund will focus on tech startup investments in the Central and Eastern Europe region. Prior Oxo Group Bence worked as GP in Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds in Hungary and earlier spent a decade in telecom industry at different top management positions in CEE. Bence holds a Master’s degree in International Business from Oxford Brooks University.
Managing Partner @ C2H Equity
Michal Mička is the founder and owner of the C2H Equity investment company, which is active in areas of Private Equity, Venture Capital and Real Estate, and its core purpose are investments into companies that offer interesting opportunities and have a potential of multiple-time return on investment. For Michal, the key is the quality of people who have the biggest influence on the return rate of the investment. Above all, Michal is focused on opportunities in the Czech Republic, as his goal is to help Czech companies to expand.
Recently, Michal Mička has invested into Favorit, where he also oversees the company operation as a member of the board; into Flatio, a project focused on medium-term property rentals that, thanks to the investment, has been able to expand to international markets; or into ShopSys, a platform that creates and aggregates Czech e-shops.
Associate Director @ Mid Europe Partners
Viktoria is an Associate Director at Mid Europa Partners. She covers the Czech and Slovak markets and is focused on executing and monitoring investments. Since joining Mid Europa in 2010, Viktoria has been involved in numerous investments including SBB/Telemach, Walmark, Energy 21, Kent, Diagnostyka and most recently has led the execution of the sale of Alpha Medical, the leading provider of laboratory testing services in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, to Unilabs.
Prior to Mid Europa, Viktoria worked in the Consumer & Retail M&A department at J.P. Morgan in London. She holds Masters in International Finance from Columbia University, SIPA and Masters in Finance and Strategy, with Honours, from Sciences Po Paris.
Partner @ Evolution Equity Partners
Karel Obluk is Partner at Evolution Equity Partners, growth stage VC fund with strong focus on IT Security, enterprise systems and data analytics. He is a seasoned executive and investor with strong IT background, with experience in top management positions. Over the past decade, he helped to grow one of the few European unicorns AVG Technologies, eventually bringing it public at the NYSE. As an acting CEO and CTO, he proved not only his technical but also managerial and business skills. After leaving AVG, Karel has been primarily active as an investor and advisor and eventually joined Evolution Equity as a partner. In this role, he focuses on investments in technology companies that apply new innovative approaches to security. Karel holds a doctorate and masters’ degree in computer science and is Kauffman Fellow.