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 Partner @ Genesis Capital
Jan has 15-year of experience in various economic positions in Czech engineering companies prior to 1989. In 1990, shortly after the collapse of the communist government, he became an advisor to the Czechoslovak Minister of Finance, responsible for international institutions, macroeconomic policies, and relations with the political parties in the Parliament. In 1991, Jan became Managing Director of the local subsidiary of HSBC Investment Bank. In this capacity, he played a pivotal role in originating, structuring and executing a number of high profile corporate finance and equity capital transactions (such as privatization sales of important Czech manufacturing companies to ABB, Siemens, Sandvik and Kyocera and the sale of the largest Czech private bank to GE Capital). In 1999, Jan founded Genesis Capital.
Jan is a graduate of the University of Economics in Prague. He speaks Czech, Slovak, English and German.
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
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.
Co-Founder and CEO @ Blockchain R&D Hub
CT/hi-tech startups, consulting, publishing and media communication. Worked at Andersen Russia and CIS. Initiator and the first CEO of the Armenian Development Agency. Founder and investor in several companies operating across CIS and North America. Harvard graduate. - See more at:
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.