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.
Partner @ Credo Ventures
Andrej is a partner at a Prague-based venture capital fund Credo Ventures covering early stage startups in Central Europe. Prior to Credo, Andrej worked at an early growth fund Benson Oak, the first backer of AVG Technologies, which is the only Czech company to IPO at the New York Stock Exchange.
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 @ Speedinvest
Michael has worked in the IT industry the past decade, riding the startup rollercoaster on a daily basis. From starting the first commercial bloghoster in Europe, over to semantic technologies for collaboration, media companies and social media monitoring he has a broad experience in the daily life of a young tech company. Through his background in Computer Science, Economics and Business Administration he is able to work with startup teams and founders to get their product ready for prime time, address customers early in the life cycle and help build a team with the necessary skills.
Dan is currently a Partner at Earlybird Venture Capital, Helping manage the Digital East Fund. Dan is a member of the Board of Directors of TJobs, Flipps, DCSPlus and UIPath. Prior to this he spent four years as an Investment Director at Intel Capital, where he was in charge of South-East Europe. Before that, he was exposed to diverse industrial and services companies as a private equity Investment Executive and Equity Research Analyst.
Laszlo R. Czirjak
Co-Founder/Managing Partner @iEurope Capital
Laszlo R. Czirjak, Co-Founder/Managing Partner at iEurope Capital, a private equity/venture capital fund management firm. Investment and board role experience includes successfully building technology businesses in services, Internet, software, manufacturing and media including: ATech, Beerides, Tjobs, Vatera, Wunder and many others. Earlier was Managing Director at Bankers Trust Company/BT Alex Brown in the London Investment Bank. Also served as current or past Chair roles at American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (including its Governance, Transparency and Entrepreneurship Committee), Fulbright Foundation Hungary, United Way Resource Foundation, and Columbia University Club of Hungary. Received an MBA and BS in Industrial Engineering, both with honors, from Columbia University in New York.
Managing Partner @ Limerock Fund Manager
Roman is Managing Partner at Limerock, responsible for sourcing and management of venture capital investments. He has a history of managing investment funds and advising on investment and corporate finance matters.
Founder & Managing Partner @ OXO Group
Péter Oszkó is the Founder & Managing Partner of OXO Group including OXO Labs, OXO Angels and OXO Ventures. OXO Labs was founded in 2014, as an accelerator scaling startups from the CEE region to global markets. OXO Angels is assembling specific angels who are active in the CEE region. He is the Chairman & Founding Partner of Power Angels as well, which is an open ended angel fund and a regional angel network with about 15 other founding partners. Recently, OXO group extended its activity by establishing OXO Ventures, the VC business line managing the investment of institutional LPs in a regional fund. Managed assets reaches EUR 50M in 2017.
Partner @ LRJ Capital
Peter is CEO of Exponea, one of the fastest growing Slovak scale-up companies, and managing partner at venture capital holding LRJ Capital. Before that, he used analytics to turn Slevomat Group into one of the fastest growing internet firms in CEE with over €100M revenues, and a #1 in flash sales in 6 countries. In the past, he worked as a regional director at Groupon UK and a consultant with McKinsey and KPMG. He studied computer science at Charles University and is a Singularity University Graduate.
Head of Division - Innovation and Technology Investments @ European Investment Fund
Head of Division - Innovation and Technology Investments, European Investment Fund Patric Gresko is Head of Division - Innovation and Technology Investments. EIF is the largest European venture capital fund-of-funds with more than EUR 3bn under management and a portfolio of over 220 venture capital funds. I lead a team that invests in early stage funds and manages a portfolio of venture capital funds representing total commitments of more than EUR1bn in all major technology sectors. With EIF’s Venture Capital team, I am further developing EIF’s activity by designing and implementing new innovative equity products, notably in the corporate venturing space. I am also responsible for the early stage window of the High Growth and Innovative SME Facility (GIF), a EUR 550m mandate funded by the European Commission for supporting emerging and innovative venture capital funds. I started my career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Luxembourg as an auditor and consultant for the financial sector.
Managing Director @ Hinna Park Capital
Mr. Sashko Despotovski is an investment banker and an active investor in both private and public companies. He is a Canadian national living in the Nordics, and manages Hinna Park Capital AS, focusing on seed stage transactions in the Nordics, EU and CEE. Sashko has held positions with several funds and hedge funds in USA and Canada and has served as management and as a director for a number of companies. He was an M&A Director at one of the Big Four and currently is a Special Adviser to the firm. His specialties are fundraising and fund dissemination.
Mr. Despotovski’s peer reviewed manuscripts can be found in various scientific journals; he was historically an editor and editor-in-chief of JEM. He is a graduate from the University of British Columbia (Jack Bell Research Centre) and University of the Fraser Valley. Mr. Despotovski holds Advisory Board seats with Smart Plants AS, Excitus AS and Teaja Inc. and is a board member of Vidom AS and Stamper Oil and Gas Inc.
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.
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).
Project Manager @ SLOVCA
Andrej is the Project manager of SLOVCA - Slovak Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, which is a member of Invest Europe and a legal entity representing the professional interests of its members, mainly venture capital and private equity investment funds operating in Slovakia. Prior to this position, Andrej worked as an Investment Analyst Intern in Bratislava-based VC fund Neulogy Ventures and studied business at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
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 @ Wood & Company
Boris is investment professional with extensive experience in M&A, corporate finance, project finance and private equity. In WOOD & Co. he is responsible for M&A advisory services and selected private equity investment activities in Slovakia.
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 Director @ Pioneers Ventures
Markus is a passionate entrepreneur with background in business and law.
Prior to his involvement in the Austrian startup ecosystem, he has been working as an on- and offline project manager in one of Austria’s largest event & digital agencies and as a consultant & coach.
He co-founded the crowd logistics startup checkrobin.com and managed the company for three years, before he joined the Austrian early stage venture capital firm Pioneers Ventures as a Managing Director. Therefore, his mission is to support outstanding European digital startups with smart money.
Investment Partner @ Rockaway Ventures
Viktor Fischer spent 5 years with McKinsey & Company, a leading consulting firm, where he worked as a Junior Partner focusing on strategy and corporate finance. For three years he served as a mentor in several accelerators such as Startupyard and Wayra in Prague and the Spot in Slovakia. He is also an investor in several technological start-ups. Prior to McKinsey & Co he lived in France for eleven years where he co-founded Innovatrics – a technology startup providing fast biometric identification worldwide. He also taught project management at the Faculty of International Law at a university in Paris. Viktor holds a Master’s degree from HEC Paris and an MBA from INSEAD.
Partner @ G4 Investments
Karol is investor and manager of G4 INVESTMENTS, which has portfolio of about 30 mil eur in 30 investments in Slovakia. G4 invests in equity, loans, real estate, startups and funds. G4 was based in 2011 after Karols succesfull exit from slovakians biggest internet portal Azet. Before Karol held marketing and product positions in T-Mobile and T-Com. Married, three children.
Founder @ Tenet Global Ventures
Martin has been active in capital markets for 12 years and is the founder of Tenet Global Ventures, an investment company whose mandate is to support first-time GPs, thematic holding companies and early-stage businesses. Prior to founding Tenet in 2015, he spent six years in leveraged buyouts, growth investments and restructurings with KKR’s London-based private equity team. He started out in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. As part of managing Tenet, Martin has executive responsibilities as acting CFO of Priori Data, a SaaS startup in Berlin where he also serves as board member. In addition, he is a Venture Partner at Blue Bear Capital and LPAC member at Kingsway Frontier Consumer Internet Fund.
General Partner @SpeedUp Venture Capital Group
Bartek is a general partner of SpeedUp Group. He's involved in early-stage project implementation in the areas associated with martech, marketplace, IoT and hardware. He has a wealth of experience in the marketing & advertising industry – he went through all the career positions all the way up to managing partner of the BLT Group (co-founder and shareholder) and TEQUILA\ Poland. He's been in the startup sector for over 8 years; starting as an investor in several initiatives implemented by other business partners, he's a co-creator of a dozen technology startups.
His knowledge and experience help support portfolio companies in business model development and testing, managing and creating business strategies as well as negotiations. He preps them for acquiring consecutive rounds of funding and supports them in the sale of shares, and cooperation with big business partners. For the last couple of years, Bartek has been intensively supporting the development of the Polish startup community.
Crypto Economist @ Blockchain R&D Hub
Alexander is a finance professional currently specializing in Fintech. With his background in mathematics, he leads a laboratory that develops algorithms for blockchains, based on natural laws. Financial expertise of Alexander that gained momentum at KPMG, covers diverse range of industries including insurance, retail, hospitality and real estate. cryptocurrency consulting firm. Founder and CEO of DECENT, Blockchain Content Distribution Platform.
Partner @ 3TS Capital
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.
CEO @ DECENT
Blockchain Pioneer. Matej’s interest in online privacy was fueled first while studying Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne where he completed a project implementing privacy protection of mobile devices at Nokia Research Center. Since 2011 he became extensively involved with Bitcoin. Mining at his own laptop in the beginning, later switching to GPUs and ASICs. He served as the CEO of many Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency conferences in Austria, China, Belgium, UK (BitcoinExpo, Central European Bitcoin Expo, BTC2B Congress) and more. Matej founded the first Bitcoin Marketing agency in the world. He also founded the first Cryptocurrency e-Gaming Consulting Firm and served as a consultant in the Isle of Man. Matej is a regular speaker at major conferences about the immense potential and vertical integration of Blockchain Technologies into various industries. He now serves as CEO of DECENT and Chairman of the Board of Blockchain R&D Hub, and is on the mission to lead the redefinition of the internet enabled by DECENT Blockchain Network.
CEO @ PUBLIQ
Alexandre is a Fintech and Blockchain expert with deep knowledge on derivatives from his experiences at Société Générale and JP Morgan across Paris, Luxembourg and Hong Kong.
Alexandre is passionate about new technologies, in particular Blockchain and AI. He has been working with different Fintech startups where he was in charge of building blockchain-based workflows and Proof-of-Concepts. His passion has grown into a drive to change many aspects of our global social and financial systems to be more efficient, transparent, and secure.
Alexandre graduated from ISC Paris Business School, Russian University of Economics in Moscow, and INSEAD.
Junior Partner @ Experior Venture Fund
Jacek is Junior Partner at Experior Venture Fund. He supervises investment processes and manages work of the analytical team at the Fund. Jacek is an active participant in value creation and supervision of EVF portfolio companies, including through a role of Supervisory Board Member in Fuero Games, Inex System and Perfect Dashboard. He represents and promotes the fund during conferences, panels, workshops and other events. Jacek is Supervisory Board Member at Comperia, listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
Previously Jacek was involved in numerous M&A advisory projects for the top Polish companies and private equity funds. Before this Jacek had worked as technology consultant and software engineer in the Technology Division of Deloitte. He has over 10 years of experience in projects related to ICT, medical services and financial services.
Jacek is a graduate in computer science from Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and Poznań University of Technology and in and corporate finance from University of Economics in Poznań.
Business Development Manager @ Circle Partners
Peter Jakubicka holds a master’s degree in law and economics from the Utrecht University and a master’s degree in law from the University of Amsterdam. He has an in-depth knowledge of and broad experience in securities law, more specifically investment funds (onshore / offshore), their administration and structuring across the globe. Peter’s experience includes the structuring and administration of both hedge funds and private equity funds with all kinds of strategies. He joined Circle Partners in 2013 as a fund lawyer and became a business development manager of Circle Partners in 2015. Circle Partners is a boutique fund administrator with over 300 investment funds and USD 10 billion assets under administration. Before joining Circle Partners, he worked as a legal counsel for AEGON and DLA Piper law firm.
Partner @ Allen & Overy
Martin Magál is a partner of international law firm Allen & Overy Bratislava. He advises clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. He often acts as chairman of shareholder meetings of various listed companies in Slovakia.
Martin also heads A&O’s Dispute Resolution practice in the CEE region. He represents clients before arbitral tribunals and general courts, including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic. Martin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an arbitrator with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Vienna International Arbitral Center (VIAC) and German Institution for Arbitration (DIS).
According to the Chambers 2017 rankings, Martin is considered as a “Prominent figure in the legal market” and "An outstanding lawyer".
Allen & Overy Bratislava has won the award for the Best International Law Firm for four consecutive years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Partner @ Onyx Capital
I have 6 years of experience in Private Equity. I have been working with Onyx Capital since 2011. I am mainly responsible for deal sourcing in Slovakia and Czech rep. and managing relationships with our private co-investors and mezzanine providers. Given my previous experience I am also responsible for identification of new managers for portfolio companies.
Prior my co-operation with Onyx Capital I have worked as Executive search manager and Advisor for private companies in pharmaceutical, FMCG and manufacturing industry in Slovakia and Czech Republic.
I have earned a Masters degree in Philosophy and Theology from the Comenius University in Bratislava and Doctoral degree in philosophy from Constantine the Philosopher University.
Co-Founder & Investment Manager @ Neulogy Ventures
Jaro is a co-founder and investment manager at Neulogy Ventures, currently the largest VC fund based in Slovakia. He is a co-founders of StartupAwards.sk, the annual competition for slovak early-stage companies and the biggest startup event in Slovakia. He also serves as an external expert to the European Commission for evaluation of Horizon 2020 projects, scouting for Europe's most promising innovations and ecosystem efforts. Jaro has a degree in Management and Finance from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Chairman @ Frog Capital
Martin is an advisor and angel investor with 11 years’ experience as Venture Capitalist, primarily as former General Partner in Creandum (first VC in Spotify) where he was in charge of multiple exits a.o. Jays AB (IPO), IPtronics (acquired by Mellanox) and Nanoradio (acquired by Samsung). He is an investor in London based Felix Capital and Frog Capital where he is the Chairman of the Board. Martin has started multiple companies and he is or has recently been on the board of Vibbio (N), No Isolation (N), Automile (US), Appear TV (N), Vivino (US) and Auto-Butler (DK). Martin's track record includes more than 15 years of operational experience as a CEO and more than 25 years of board experience from tech companies.
Partner @ STEINIGER
Tomáš has launched his career in the Prague office of BBH law firm, an influential Czech law firm with international presence. Back in Slovakia, Tomáš worked 5 years in the Bratislava office of Allen & Overy, a prominent international law firm. He was advising clients on major M&A transactions, real estate and corporate law and was representing clients in domestic and international litigations and arbitrations. In his practice, Tomáš was providing his legal services in relation to the project of completion of the units 3 and 4 of the Mochovce NPP, sale of the client’s majority stake in Slovenské elektrárne a.s., acquisition of a Slovak cosmetics manufacturing plant by a global pharmaceuticals company.
Recently, he was also helping one of AeroMobil‘s co-founders in relation to the third party investment into AeroMobil Group as well as advising Enel on a two-step sale of its stake in Slovenské elektrárne to EPH.
Lawyer @ Brichta & Partners
Dominik is lawyer at the law firm Brichta & Partners and entrepreneur in the CEE e-Commerce industry.
At Brichta & Partners, Dominik deals with commercial law, IP law and investment projects on the digital, eCommerce, retail and real estate market. Since many years, Dominik has been active on the local start-up market, consulting a number of new innovative companies and investors during the deal making process.
Brichta & Partners, founded in 1990 by Dominik’s father Julius Brichta, has been one of the oldest law firms in Slovakia. With many years of focus on commercial, IP and IT law, Brichta & Partners' dedicated team of senior lawyers has a extensive track record in advising local and multinational clients from investment, automotive, fashion, pharmaceutical, tabacoo and eCommerce industry in their activities in Slovakia. Brichta & Partners holds several national and international awards in intellectual property, IT and telecommunications law.
In his legal profession, Dominik uses the extensive experience he has gained in his own successful eCommerce business. Starting along with his university studies and together with his partner Peter, Dominik has built up from zero to over €10M revenues a successfull joint stock eCommerce company electronic-star a.s. in less than 4 years. The organic growth of electronic.star a.s. was a bootstrapping process without the need of any external funding.
After a successfull joint venture with a german 100M+ eCommerce company CHAL-TEC GmbH in 2012, the slovak electronic-star a.s. currently operates over 20 webshops in seven CEE countries. Until today, Dominik serves as the Chairman of the board of fast growing electronic-star a.s.
Dominik holds a master degree from the Faculty of Law (University of Vienna) and a master degree in International Development (University of Vienna) where he is currently working on his PhD. thesis in IT Law. During his high school, Dominik has been a downhill ski racer and member of the junior Slovak national ski team.
Dominik has been a frequent speaker at slovak start-up and eCommerce conferences.
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.
Partner & Co-founder @ 0100 Ventures
Before establishing 0100 Ventures with his co-founders in 2016, Marek co-founded an accelerator, RubixLab, with the mission to attract international teams to Slovakia in the middle of 2014. Previously Marek worked in Kuala Lumpur at a company builder and an investment company Nova Founders Capital where he was responsible for the development of Private Equity Insights (PEI) startup focusing on the Swiss market. Overall Marek lived and worked in 6 countries and attended universities such as University of Manchester, Copenhagen Business School, Oxford Brookes University or Université Paris-Dauphine. Marek has also founded VESTBERRY, a company helping LPs to resolve transparency issues with GPs in Private Equity and Venture Capital by standardised reporting system and advanced analytics.
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 @ Havel, Holásek & Partners
Jan Koval is a partner of Havel, Holásek & Partners. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions,
private equity / venture capital, legal audit and legal due diligence investigations,
labor law and employee benefits.
Jan Koval has represented numerous sellers and buyers in mergers, acquisitions
and restructurings in the Czech Republic, primarily in the engineering industry, the food
industry, IT/TMT, the consumer goods sector and services. During the past four years, Jan
has advised on a large number of major M&A and restructuring transactions executed
in the Czech Republic.
In the area of labor law and employee benefits, Jan Koval has been involved in a number
of projects, primarily dealing with contractual arrangements between companies and
their top managers, restructuring of human resources, and setting complex employee
Partner @ 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.
Vice-Chairman @ SZRB Asset Management
Peter Dittrich’s key task, in his current role as a Vice-Chairman of SZRB Asset Management, is to manage investment operations of this state-owned asset management company. The primary aim of the company is to support strategic investments in the areas of infrastructure, energy efficiency, waste management, social economy and SMEs. Previously, he worked in top management positions in several banks and leasing companies in Slovakia. Since 2013, he worked as an advisor to the Chairman of Slovak Guarantee and Development Bank. In this capacity he participated in preparation and founding of the Slovak Investment Holding (SIH) and SZRB Asset Management. He also served as a member of supervisory board of Prager Handelsbank in Frankfurt, Germany and board member of the Slovak Leasing Association. He holds a PhD. degree in Global Economics.
Chairman of the Board of Directors at Investeers (Innovations and Technologies Fund investment manager)
Associate Partner @ Deloitte
Dagmar Yoder is an Associate Partner and Attorney in Deloitte Legal, Slovakia. She has been working in legal advisory practices since 2000. Before joining Deloitte Legal in 2017 she was for over a decade partner in a major Czech law firm, managing its Slovak branch. In the past she also held a managerial position in a bank.
Dagmar Yoder has many years of professional experience in real estate, corporate and commercial law including M&A, project financing and energy projects. She has participated in preparation, implementation, acquisition and sale of significant development projects. Dagmar has also been actively involved in several renewable energy projects implemented in Slovakia and abroad.
Dagmar has been repeatedly ranked as one of the best real estate lawyers in the Slovak Republic.