Asset Manager @ RSJ Investment
As an asset manager at RSJ Investment, Martin leads investments in Technology, Organic Agro and Insurance. Before joining RSJ, Martin was a CEO and co-owner of the IT company Orbit. He is educated and experienced in business coaching and passionate about teaching mentoring his students at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
RSJ Tech FoF invests in early-stage VC funds, usually first-time fund managers, the most of the capital in the CE region. He is currently working on the second Tech FoF focused on Western Europe and the US.
Partner, Head of Europe @ StepStone
Mr. Jeffrey leads StepStone’s activities in Europe and is a member of the private equity team, focusing on investments in Europe and the Middle East and co-investments. He is also involved in the Firm’s ESG and diversity initiatives, as well as various investment and management activities.
Prior to joining StepStone in 2012, Mr. Jeffrey was a managing partner at Parish Capital where he founded the firm’s European and Asian practices and oversaw the secondary and co-investment businesses. Before that he served as managing director of Bank of America’s European private equity group. Previously, Mr. Jeffrey was a managing director and head of BancBoston Capital’s European and Asian operations.
Mr. Jeffrey received an MA from Cambridge University and is a qualified chartered accountant.
Head of Growth Capital and Innovation Finance Division @ EIB
Hristo is the Head of Growth Capital and Innovation Finance Division within the European Investment Bank (EIB). Over the last five years, he leads the development and deployment across Europe of EIB’s direct venture debt product. At present, Hristo oversees all venture debt operations of the EIB as well as various equity co-investment products deployed in partnership with private funds and strategic investors. Hristo’s team invests between EUR 500m and EUR 1.0bn per annum in innovative, venture-backed business across Europe. Prior to joining the EIB, he worked in leveraged finance and capital market positions in Europe and North America.
Global Leader, CFO & Financial Executives Practice Group, Managing Director @ Staton Chase
Cathy has over 30 years of executive search and financial leadership experience and is the founding Managing Director of the Toronto office of Stanton Chase. The primary focus of Cathy’s practice is leadership roles within the Consumer Products, Cannabis and Industrial sectors, working with clients across North America and Europe.
The scope of Cathy’s practice includes both global publicly-traded companies and entrepreneurial, mid-market and private equity portfolio companies, and she is a trusted partner to many long-standing clients. Cathy’s track record of success includes Board and senior management roles such as CFO, CEO, COO, and key strategic hires in Finance, Sales & Marketing, General Management and Operations.
Cathy is Global Leader of the Stanton Chase CFO & Financial Executives Practice and also plays a leadership role in the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. She sits on the Board of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) as well as the Steering Committee of the 30% Club Canada.
Prior to her career in executive search, Cathy held financial management roles within the retail, real estate and healthcare sectors in Toronto. She obtained her Chartered Accountant designation with Ernst & Young in Ottawa and completed an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Bishop’s University. She is fluently bilingual in English & French.
Investment Director @ Enterprise Investors
Vjačeslav is a country director for the Czech Republic at Enterprise Investors. Prior to joining Enterprise Investors, Vjačeslav was a manager at EY Czech Republic, where he was responsible for corporate finance, transaction advisory and financial restructuring projects across Central and Eastern Europe. He also spent one year at EY in London in a department specialising in transaction advisory for financial institutions.
Managing Partner @ Day One Capital
Csaba is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Day One Capital. As the COO, Csaba oversees the daily operations of Day One and therefore has played an integral role in the structuring, negotiation and consummation of all Day One investments to date. His current portfolio includes Optoforce (now merged to OnRobot), Oradian, Commsignia, Nowtechnologies, Kinestica and AImotive. As the former Minister of Economy in Hungary, a senior regulatory expert in the National Bank of Hungary and in the Permanent Delegation of Hungary to the OECD, Csaba brings over 15 years of regulatory and financial experience, a strategic mindset and a wide international network. Csaba holds a Diploma in Law from the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary.
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.
Managing Partner @ MCI Capital
A digital entrepreneur since 1985. For the past 20 years, PE investor, founder and Group Managing Partner @ MCI. In 2001 the World Economic Forum awarded Tomasz with the title of Global Leader for Tomorrow. MCI, founded in 1999, is one of the most dynamic private equity groups in Europe focused on digital transformation. Currently, with the use of PE funds, MCI implements growth stage and expansion/buy-out stage investments in CEE Region, Germany and Austria (DACH) and UK. MCI leads digital transformation by helping to build regional and global champions. The Group specializes in: e-commerce, mobile, digital media and entertainment, fintech, big data, digital health and digital enablers.
Investor @ Credo Ventures
Guillaume started his career with Goldman Sachs in Boston facilitating securities lending transactions. After a move to London he spent three years with Kaiser Associate’s UK office leading engagements for various Fortune 500 companies, mainly in the healthcare and FMCG space. In 2014, he made the jump to Venture Capital, first at Athene Capital in London and then at Credo where he has led or co-led 9 deals and counting since 2016.
When he is not running around CEE trying to keep up with the increasing amount of talented founders, he can most likely be found in the mountains rock climbing, kite surfing or skiing up and down the magnificent landscapes. Boardgames are a bit of a favourite of his as well.
Guillaume has a Masters from the LSE and an MBA from INSEAD.
Founding Partner @ YIELCO Investments
Uwe Fleischhauer is Founding Partner and Managing Director of YIELCO Investments AG, Munich (Germany) – YIELCO, established in 2011, is an innovative alternative investment boutique with focus on the asset class Infrastructure as well as Private Debt and Private Equity (Special Situations) and offering Fund of Funds solutions (so called Multi Manager Portfolio) as discretionary product approach as well as customized Managed Account solutions and alternative Advisory on a non-discretionary basis. Today, YIELCO has roughly 1.6bn Euro assets under management (advisory), in total over the three mentioned asset classes, and has successfully launched well diversified fund of funds products for all three above mentioned asset classes. Before YIELCO, he worked almost 14 years (1998 to 2011) in his own private equity advisory firm Fleischhauer, Hoyer & Partner (FHP), Private Equity Consultants. There, Uwe performed advisory and consulting projects for institutional investors around the asset class private equity incl. all sub-segments as well as infrastructure. He has been one of Germany’s most respected independent researchers and published on a regular basis market surveys and studies on current topics in private equity / infrastructure. Beforehand, Uwe was more than seven years (1992-1998) a management consultant / project leader at international consulting firms Mercer Management Consulting and Arthur D. Little. He graduated in Business Administration from University of Bremen, followed by a postgraduate (Diploma) in “European Enterprise Management” at Dorset Business School in Bournemouth (England) and University of Barcelona (Spain).
Principal @ Horizon Capital
Dmytro Boroday joined Horizon Capital in March 2016 bringing significant management consulting and industry experience to the firm. Dmytro started with Horizon Capital in 2010 as an analyst, leaving in 2012 to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School. He re-joined the firm after first gaining extensive consulting experience at McKinsey & Company in Dubai, where he worked on strategy, cost-cutting and corporate finance projects.
Dmytro received an MBA from Harvard Business School (USA), and holds degrees in International Economics from Kyiv State University (Ukraine), where he graduated top of class.
Managing Partner @ Value4Capital
William R. Watson, is the Managing Partner of Value4Capital, a Poland and Central European focused private equity firm. Bill began investing in central Europe in 1992 with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He continued with Baring Private Equity Partners from 1997 and Société Générale Asset Management from 2005. In October 2011 he and his partners spun-out with the fund raised under the SGAM brand to become Value4Capital. They recently completed fundraising for their €91m V4C Poland Plus Fund, which they are currently investing. A Canadian and French citizen, he has been a board member at portfolio companies across central Europe and played an active role in the industry as a member of Invest Europe’s Mid-Market Platform Council from 2012 to 2018 and a member and then Chairman of its Professional Standards Committee.
Partner @ Genesis Capital
Radan has been with Genesis Capital since 2004. During the time, he lead or co-lead many investments across various industries and completed over 10 exits. Radan also co-founded the GPEF II (2008) and GPEF III (2015) funds. Prior to joining Genesis Capital, he worked for GE Capital in various positions in corporate finance and risk management in Prague and in London. Radan is a graduate of University of Economics in Prague and holds an MBA degree from London Business School.
Genesis Capital, founded in 1999, is a leading private equity firm focused on the lower mid-market in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Central Europe, investing into growth capital and buyouts situations. In the course of last two decades, Genesis private equity funds had over € 170 million capital under management, invested in more than 50 companies and completed over 30 exits.
Partner @ LAUNCHub Ventures
Rumen Iliev is a partner at LAUNCHUB Ventures – an early stage venture fund focused on investing into technology companies in South East Europe since 2012.
Rumen is a generalist; focused on making investment, working with portfolio companies on growth, funding and also on exits. Rumen holds a Msc in Finance from the University of Economics, Prague, the Czech Republic, and a MBA from the IEDC - Bled School of Management, Slovenia.
Co-Managing Partner @ Mezzanine Management
Przemek Głębocki has more that seventeen years of experience in private equity and corporate finance in Central Europe. He is a Co-Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Mezzanine Management. Prior to joining Mezzanine Management, Przemek was withErnst & Young ‘s Corporate Finance and Audit departments. He holds a Master Degree in Finance and Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics and has pursued study programs in the U.S. and the Netherlands. He currently seats on boards of Dominium, Spearhead, PrimoCollect, Flucar, PEM, Nettle, ATM and Netrisk. Przemek is a Chairman of the LBO Committee at the Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.
Mezzanine Management is a pioneering, independent investment advisory firm, with a focus on Central Europe. Funds we advise provide tailored financing solutions to established mid-market businesses and small and medium enterprises. Mezzanine Management helped to create and now advises four successful mezzanine funds: Accession Mezzanine Capital I, II, III & IV. The funds invested in more than 50 companies across the region and their total size exceeds EUR 800 million.
Managing Partner @ Stanton Chase
Marek has over 15 years of human resources and executive search experience, and is a trusted partner to many long-standing clients. Working with clients across Europe, mainly in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the primary focus of Marek’s practice is leadership roles within the Industrial, Private Equity, Financial Services, Technology, and Consumer Products & Services sectors.
Over the years, Marek has completed hundreds of search mandates, with a track record of success that includes senior leadership roles such as CEO, CFO, CIO, COO, and key strategic hires in General Management, Finance, IT, Sales & Marketing, and Operations. In 2017, Marek was appointed Global Leader for the Telecommunication Segment of Stanton Chase’s Technology Practice Group. He is also active in the firm’s CFO & Financial Executives Practice Group and was appointed in 2018 Regional Practice Leader EMEA – CFO & Financial Executives.
Marek is one of the founding partners of Stanton Chase’s Prague office. Prior to his career in executive search, Marek worked as a Financial Director with a mid-size private company and as a controller for Apple Computers in the Czech Republic. He also spent a couple of years as an SAP consultant with a partner company of SAP.
Marek is an active member of the Czech Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and of the CFO Club in the Czech Republic. Marek holds a university degree from the Czech Technical University with focus on Economic. He is fluent in Czech and English, and welcomes the opportunity to work with clients in either language.
Founder @ Capmatcher
Boris Hardi has more than 20 years of experience managing private equity real estate as well as banking and capital markets. During his career, he was, among other roles, Managing Director and Deputy Chief Real Estate Officer at FMS Wertmanagement AöR, Head of Real Estate Germany at SABAL Financial (Oaktree Capital Management Servicer) and IPO Board Member of Consus Real Estate AG.
Today, he advises hedge funds, venture capital funds and private equity firms in regards to investing into the German real estate and venture capital/startup market as well as its players (sellers, developers, banks, buyers, family offices, asset managers, agents). Being a serial founder himself, serial angel investor and Manager, including a successful IPO, he understands and „feels“ both sides of the venture capital scene and actively provides his funding, founding, and his investment experience to his portfolio companies and clients.
Managing Partner @ Air Ventures
“The only person who can make your entrepreneurial voyage a ride to the stars is not a mentor. It’s a customer. So NEVER stop talking to him.” Vaclav’s biggest learning from the 10 years in marketing is something he applies to the startup industry when he searches for investment opportunities as a CEO of investment fund Air Ventures.
Vaclav is bridging the gap between the worlds of marketing & innovation. In 10 years of his marketing career he has consulted businesses across the globe – tech companies in US, China but also corporate clients in Europe. In 2013 Vaclav has brought Leo Burnett’s Chicago innovational hub Farmhouse to Prague to foster the innovation within ad business. Before that Vaclav co-founded a brand-tech consultancy Kliché Killers in NYC. In 2016 he has finally decided to devote his time completely to bold entrepreneurs, so he co-founded Air Ventures (www.airvcs.com) fund with Michal Nydrle, well-known admen in CEE. Vaclav is also a partner and creative head of the biggest startup clash in Europe, Startup World Cup & Summit (www.swcsummit.com).
He is a graduate of Tomas Bata University in Zlin, he has studied System Ergonomics and New Media in Portugal and also International Management in Austria. Dog person. Runner. Father. Former DJ.
Investment Director @ Resource Partners
Przemek is working for 10 years in Resource Partners team, holding currently position of Investment Director. He holds Canadian Executive MBA and he also graduated from the University of Economics in Katowice. He has expertise in consumer sectors including: retail operations, FMCG production, B2C services including online channel.
Resource Partners was created in 2009 by former core members of The Carlyle Group CEE. Since then Resource Partners have successfully raised over EUR400 million to invest in small and medium sized companies in Central and Eastern Europe.
Investment Manager @ CEE Equity Partners
CEE Equity Partners is and advisor to 2 China-CEE Funds, with total AUM of 1.2bil USD, investing in the CEE region. Tomáš joined the team of CEE Equity Partners after previous experience with Genesis Capital, last time at a position of Investment Director. He has participated in completed transactions in the fields of manufacturing, retail, services and pharmaceutical sectors, having responsibility for the entire investment process. He has experience with the support of companies from the nonexecutive board position, having served as a board member of seven portfolio companies. Tomáš has also been involved in the fund administration activities, LP reporting and has wide experience with company valuations. Tomáš holds a Masters’ degree in international finance from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Masters’ degree in economics from Charles University in Prague. He has also completed the CFA designation.
Founder @ Shipvio
A driven entrepreneur with experience in logistics. André founded logistic startup Shipvio. Shipvio is removing loss from logistics by radically simplifying rules of logistics as we know them by one-click shipping platform.
Passionate about startups and mobile technologies in general. He loves to work with talented people. Currently based in Prague. He holds a masters degree with distinction in International relations and Diplomacy.
Investment Director @ 3TS Capital Partners
Previously Elbruz worked in various roles in venture backed software tech companies active across the US, Europe and Middle East. He also launched Turkey’s first seed fund at Inovent in 2008 and was one of the founders of Galata Business Angels (GBA) most active angel investor network in Turkey. Elbruz has a degree in Economics from Ege University and an MBA from Pittsburg State University in the US. He was born and raised in Turkey, lived in Germany, US and finally settled in Vienna with his family.
Managing Partner @ Genesis Capital
Prior to 1989, Jan Tauber worked in various economic positions in Czechoslovak manufacturing companies. In 1990, shortly after the collapse of centrally planned system, Jan became an advisor to the Czechoslovak Minister of Finance. In 1991 he was appointed Managing Director of the Czech subsidiary of HSBC Investment Bank. In this capacity, he played a pivotal role in origination, structuring, and execution of high profile corporate finance and equity capital transactions. In 1999 Jan founded Genesis Capital, which since has become a leading private equity firm focused on the lower mid-market in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Central Europe, investing into growth capital and buyouts situations. In the course of last two decades, Genesis invested in more than 50 companies and completed over 25 exits.
Head Of Structured Finance & CSOB Match´it @ CSOB Slovakia
Tomáš ako riaditeľ odboru Štruktúrovaného financovania a zodpovedného za M&A transakcie prevzal v roku 2018 kompletnú agendu implementácie projektu Match´it. Platforma spĺňa všetky potrebné atribúty, aby bola zaradená do skupiny inovatívnych projektov, ktoré majú potenciál a ambíciu rozšíriť ponuku korporátneho bankovníctva ČSOB. Tomáš zodpovedá za oblasti štruktúrovaného bankovníctva ako sú projektové financovania, akvizičné financovanie, syndikované transakcie, risk participácie alebo poradenskú činnosť formou dcérskej spoločnosti ČSOB Advisory. Počas svojej viac ako 14 ročnej kariéry pôsobil v rôznych oblastiach bankovníctva a má široké medzinárodné skúsenosti.
Managing Partner @ ARX Equity Partners
Brian Wardrop has been originating, executing, monitoring and exiting private equity investments in Central and Eastern Europe since 1997. Mr. Wardrop is Managing Partner of ARX Equity Partners, which is a private equity firm with a 20-year track record supporting the growth and development of mid-sized companies in select Central European countries. With more than € 300 million raised in four funds, ARX has become a leading private equity firm in its segment in the Central European region. Prior to joining ARX, Mr. Wardrop was a Principal and head of the Prague office with sector specialist private equity firm, Baring Communications Equity(Emerging Europe). Mr. Wardrop holds a Master’s degree from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree from Bishop’s University. He is also a graduate of the Owner/President Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Wardrop is also an active supporter of the non-profit social enterprise sector via his roles as a board member of NESst (a non-profit organization focused on developing sustainable social enterprises in emerging market economies), and as a member of the investment committee of Tilia Impact Ventures (the first fund in the Czech Republic investing in social enterprises).
Investor @ Partech Partners
Henri is a Series A/B investor at Partech and mainly focuses on tech startups based in France and CEE. He is a board observer at Bitrise, Platform.sh, Bearer.sh