Mastering Venture Capital

VCLeaders Academy is a comprehensive educational program for VC professionals who want to improve their understanding of the venture capital ecosystem.

Who is it for?

Limited Partners
General Partners
Angel Investors
Corporates
Attorneys
Advisors

What will you learn?

    • Building investment thesis
    • Creating fund strategy
    • Understanding fund legal and financial structure
    • Developing fund brand
    • Sourcing deals
    • Screening investment targets
    • Performing Due diligence
    • Preparing start-up valuations
    • Structuring and negotiating deals
    • Managing portfolio companies
    • Choosing the right value-creation strategy
    • Understanding fund governance and economics
    • Utilizing investor’s toolkit
    • Understanding the investment lifecycle
    • Choosing the right exit strategy
    • Understanding current exit landscape

In the first Module, we cover areas related to establishing a venture capital fund: from defining your thesis to successfully creating the fund’s legal structure. We know that this part can be challenging, even for experienced fund managers, and we want to improve your chances of succeeding. Our goal is to make you better at understanding your unique value proposition, formulating your investment strategy, and preparing compelling marketing materials. We help you understand the VC landscape in Europe and help you find your spot in the start-up financing value chain. We also guide you through the most critical aspects of a fund’s legal documentation.

Finding, winning over, and executing deals is a VC’s bread-and-butter. To help you do these things efficiently, we show you the best market practices, inform you about current trends and teach about the pitfalls to avoid. The goal of the second Module is to show you the methods to find and select companies that fir your investment strategy and make up for your desired portfolio.

A typical VC fund has a life of up to 10 years. A lot can happen in a decade, and you can’t avoid every threat. However, with proper business and financial planning as well as risk mitigation practices, you can come prepared to the battlefield. In the third Module, you learn both about the front-end as well as the back-end of the VC business. We discuss value-creation strategies and loss-cutting techniques. We also look into fund operations, from managing a team to reporting to investors, to help you build a well-oiled VC machine.

If investments are a VC’s bread-and-butter, exits are the business’ holy grail. During the fourth Module, we discuss the importance of exit planning, discover various exit paths, and talk about current market trends. To help you choose the right exit strategy for your portfolio companies, we also present best practices and failures to avoid.

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Adam Kwaśniewski

Investor, Partner at Startup Development House

Adam Kwaśniewski
Adam Kwasniewski is a graduate of Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has eighteen years of experience in digital business. Prior to founding BitRoot.Ventures, Adam managed Ad.Net S.A - leading Polish advertising network at that time. Then he joined Google as first employee in Poland and worked at Google for thirteen years. During his time there, he was Head of Sales in Poland, Head of Strategy and Operations for Central Eastern Europe and Middle East. Adam left Google 18 months ago in order to become an business angel and startup hunter. Currently, he actively invests in startups and advises startups and scaleups. So far he has partnered with 7 startups, including User.Com, HotTailors, WealthArc and Magnitt. Also, he recently became a partner in Startup Development House - a company developing solutions for entrepreneurs and corporations.

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Alexander Stasiak

CEO at Startup Development House

Alexander Stasiak
Alexander Stasiak is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) and has ten years experience in digital business. Alex is a startup enthusiast, operational, hands-on, focused on getting things done, in the last four years scaling Startup House from 3 to 60 Team members and creating for clients new digital products from scratch. Supporting scrum product and dev teams delivering working software above expectations, enforcing a culture of continuous learning, and agile product development in the cloud.

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Alina Prawdzik

Managing Partner CEE at innogy Innovation Hub

Alina Prawdzik
At innogy Innovation Hub, Alina is Managing Partner responsible for operations in Central-Eastern Europe and Head of ‘Smart & Connected Buildings’, one of the company’s areas of investment, encompassing proptech. 
A graduate of the University of Gdansk, Universität Tübingen, Copenhagen Business College and recently Leadership Academy for Poland. She began her corporate career working in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble’s Central Europe North.
In 2006 Alina became Country Manager at eBay Poland. In 2008 she was Head of European Emerging Markets at the European eBay headquarters in Bern. Between 2009-2013 as General Manager International Expansion eBay Europe, she introduced eBay to 9 new markets, including Russia and Scandinavia.
Alina also managed her own e-commerce strategy consultancy firm and worked for clients in Poland and abroad. She is also a business angel and invests in startups in Poland and across Europe. 

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Barbara Sobowska

Co-founder at MOST Partners

Barbara Sobowska
Barbara Sobowska is a transaction lawyer working internationally with tech start-ups, individuals and venture capital funds on various transactions, including VC financings and market expansions. She is qualified to practice in the US, England and Poland. She gained  experience while working at international law firms in Warsaw and London where she advised private equity funds and major corporate clients on a wide range of cross-border and domestic capital markets and M&A transactions.
She is an angel investor and mentor to tech companies. Her passion for tech start-ups and entrepreneurship started at Harvard Law School, where she was involved in the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, working with early stage entrepreneurs on their business expansions

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Christian Ritosek

Founder, Managing Director at Candis GmbH

Christian Ritosek
Christian is an entrepreneur and the Founder and Managing Director of CANDIS – a software for automated accounting processes and one of Germany’s most dynamically growing SaaS companies – with experience in the Accounting & Fintech space. Raised €10m+ in Venture Capital from top investors such as Lightspeed Venture Partners, Point Nine Capital, Speedinvest or Commerzbank. Winner of the KPMG Microsoft Innovation Showcase 2016. Diploma in Business Administration and Alumni of International School of Management in Germany.

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Damian Polok

Vice-President at Silicon Valley Bank

Damian Polok
Damian Polok is currently working in the Frankfurt office to expand Silicon Valley Bank’s footprint in Germany. Damian has over 10 years of experience in financing multinational companies across a multitude of industries. Having started his career with Commerzbank AG, he supported German Mittelstand-firms and Blue Chips in Berlin, Frankfurt, as well as across German Desks in Moscow, Shanghai, Singapore and London.
In 2013 Damian transferred to mBank S.A. in Warsaw, where as a relationship manager he managed a portfolio of international small- to medium-sized enterprises. Additionally, he was tasked with the development of the bank’s business activities in Central and Eastern Europe and was named country manager for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
In 2016 Damian became relationship manager at Bank of China Frankfurt, where he was responsible for cross-border cash management solutions. Amongst other initiatives, he developed and led the Technology, Media and Telecommunication coverage team at Bank of China. Damian’s study path led him through Cambridge, Berlin, Warsaw and Hong Kong. Damian was named Global Shaper and leads the Frankfurt Hub of the Community as curator.

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Dominik Zalewski

CFO Europe at e.ventures

Dominik Zalewski
Dominik joined Berlin team of e.ventures in 2017 as a CFO Europe. He previously held a position as a Finance Director at Berlin-based, early-stage VC fund, Point Nine Capital and worked as a senior analyst at Franklin Templeton Investments. Prior to that, Dominik was running a consulting boutique specialized in fundraising and economic development projects for the public sector. Dominik holds an M.A. in Business Administration from Poznan University of Economics.
Outside work Dominik is a passionate hiker, urban sketcher, and smart cities geek. Dominik is also a co-founder of urbanimpact.co, a matchmaking platform connecting urban tech start-ups with cities, corporates and investors in the smart cities field.

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Dr. Christian Schneider

Managing Partner at Vesalius Biocapital Partners

Dr. Christian Schneider
As a life science expert, Dr. Christian Schneider has extensive experience in the areas of diagnostics, medtech, and therapeutics.  
Starting as an R&D scientist at Boehringer Mannheim/Roche he developed automated tests for the early detection of cancer. At Centocor he led diagnostic product development in transatlantic collaborations. Later, as a business developer and external research manager in Centocor’s / Johnson&Johnson’s biological therapeutics business, he negotiated, financed, and managed international early-stage product development projects.
As a Managing Partner of venture capital firm PolyTechnos he was directly responsible for the investments in and IPOs of OncoMethylome Sciences, Devgen and Jerini. In 2008, he joined the pan-European life science venture capital firm Vesalius Biocapital as a Managing Partner. Dr. Schneider holds a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine and a PhD in immunology, both from the University of Munich, Germany, and an MBA in healthcare administration from Penn State University, Pennsylvania.

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Henryk Ciesielski

Director at Duff & Phelps’s Central European Operations

Henryk Ciesielski
Henryk has extensive experience in the field of business and assets valuations as well as transactions and restructuring services in Central Europe.
He joined American Appraisal (division of Duff & Phelps) in 2005 and serves as project manager for domestic and international engagements. Previously he worked for Deloitte in the Corporate Finance Department. Henryk is experienced in sourcing and execution of strategic as well as private equity backed transactions. He advises clients across a range of industries including traditional manufacturing, service and new technologies as well as private equity funds and financial institutions. Henryk holds an EMBA in Mergers & Acquisitions from University of Münster and is a Certified EFFAS Financial Analyst (CEFA). He is member of the Expert Group “Corporate Transactions and Valuation” of the Society of Investment Professionals in Germany (DVFA), member of the Expert Group “Leveraged Buy-Out Transactions” of the Polish Private Equity Association, founding member and Board Member of the Association of Restructuring Professionals.

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Jakub Falkowski

Counsel at Baker & McKenzie

Jakub Falkowski
Jakub Falkowski is a tech lawyer at Baker McKenzie Warsaw. Regularly advises on technology (IoT, M2M, driverless cars), outsourcing transactions (agile implementation, cloud) and counsels companies in the TMT sectors on digital media issues and complex copyright matters. Currently, mainly deals with issues related to innovative industries (fintechs, xtechs) and advised on data monetization and digital transformation. Primarily responsible also for comprehensive privacy related issues. Involved in several biggest IT transactions and arbitration proceedings on the Polish market.

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Łukasz Dziekoński

CEO & Founder at Montis Capital Group

Łukasz Dziekoński
Łukasz is the founding partner and the chief executive officer of Montis Capital – Venture Capital Fund. Previously, he served as the head of management board of the ‘Marguerite Fund’, and the member of the management board since 2010. Focused on
the equity investments in infrastructure, energy and the transport sector. He also served as a director in the largest bank in the CEE region – Bank PKO BP S.A., coordinating activities in the infrastructure and new technologies. Previously actively supporting foreign investments of the Bank in the CEE region. He served as the member of different supervisory boards, in the infrastructure and banking sector. Frequent speaker in many conferences and workshops, concerning infrastructure, PPP, VC and new technologies.

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Maciej Plichta

Sourcing and Growth Manager for CEE at innogy Innovation Hub

Maciej Plichta
Experienced investment and M&A professional with 1000+ screened companies, 100+ analysed projects, 10+ investments and follow-ons closed.
Focused on business development and relationship management demonstrating track record with portfolio companies and advisory clients from various industries.
Strong business and financial analysis skills with project financing and company valuations experience.
Quick learner and problem solver with good communication skills and professional personality.

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Małgorzata Walczak

Director of PFR/ NCBR CVC Fund of Funds at PFR Ventures

Małgorzata Walczak
Experienced Investor and business Angel with a demonstrated history of working in the investment management industry. Strong entrepreneurship professional with MBA from University of Minnesota/SGH. 
Director at PFR Ventures, PFR NCBR CVC Fund of Funds, before that Managing Partner, Founder at ENEA Innovation Venture Capital Fund.
In 2007 she created first VC Fund in Poland consisting of private and public funds – HelixVenturesPartners together with MCI and National Capital Fund. 
Previously, she has been involved in operational and general management at the positions of CEO in large companies, listed on WSE – e.g. as a CEO of Optimus S.A.; The Mint of Poland, Proxy and Director of Electronic Payment Department; Compaq Computer/HP – Marketing Director; UN – UNTAET East Timor Mission – Bobonaro Disrtict Coordiantor, Lotus Development – IT Software, Marketing Coordinatior.

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Marcel Müller-Marbach

Head of Equity Investments - Legal Service at European Investment Fund

Marcel Müller-Marbach
Marcel Müller-Marbach is managing a team of in-house lawyers which is in charge of advising on EIF’s equity business activities. His responsibilities extend to the formation of new funds-of- funds managed/advised by EIF and the on-going legal management of an existing portfolio of above 700 PE/VC/mezzanine/loan funds, including secondary transactions. Marcel started his career as an attorney-at- law in 1999 with Clifford Chance, where he spent five years (Frankfurt and Washington D.C. offices) focusing on international litigation and dispute resolution.
Marcel is a law graduate of the University of Heidelberg and holds a Licence on Droit of the University of Paris-Nanterre.

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Marcin Hejka

Co-Founder and General Partner at OTB Ventures

Marcin Hejka
Co-Founder and General Partner of OTB Ventures, VC fund investing in technology companies in CEE. From 1999 to 2017 at Intel Capital, first as Investment Director responsible for CEE investments and then as VP and Managing Director for EMEIA. Marcin was the Vice-Chairman of the Polish PE and VC Association between 2004 and 2010. He has invested and/or was a Board Member in numerous tech companies, including: AVG, Mall.cz, Yandex, WP.pl, Sigfox, Ozon, Fortumo, Centrum.cz, KupiVIP, Elmodis, Speaktoit (APi.ai), Index.hu, CG Trader, Nokta. He has also been a Supervisory Board Member at Bank Komunalny S.A. (1995 – 1999), Kredyt Bank S.A. (1997-1999), Agora S.A. (2008-2013) and Dromex (1998 – 1999). Marcin studied economics at the University of Gdańsk

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Mario Oelkers

MD at Brightpoint Group

Mario Oelkers
Mario is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Brightpoint Group. A former associate of e.ventures and entrepreneur, Mario’s key expertise lies in business development and fund operations. He gained a profound corporate background in various industries before moving into VC. Mario studied at a top-tier business school in the Netherlands and holds a degree in business economics from the University of Hamburg.

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Monika Gebel

Associate at Baker & McKenzie

Monika Gebel
Monika Gebel is an advocate and mid-level associate in the Warsaw IP Tech team. She has over eight years of experience and specializes in intellectual property law, in particular in new technology law, e-commerce, video games law, telecommunications law, advertising and consumer protection law. She also specializes in data privacy and is a member of the GDPR taskforce involved in reviewing the data processing activities of companies and its documentation. She is preparing and presenting seminars for clients. She is also committed to sharing knowledge about law, she gives lectures to law students and recently co-organised with CD Projekt Red a monthly video games law course for young lawyers. 

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Nick Stocks

Principal at White Star Capital

Nick Stocks
Before joining White Star Capital in 2016, Nick was a Principal at Global Founders Capital, a $1bn stage agnostic VC fund where he led over 30 transactions from Seed to Series B across Europe, the USA, South-East Asia, India, and Latin America in companies such as Canva, Nested, Grover, GoodLord and Albert. Since joining, Nick led or co-led investments in Echo, Butternut Box, Clark and Packhelp among others.
He was one of the first members of the team at UKCloud, a British cloud company focused on the public sector. He also worked with Access Industries-owned AINMT to launch a national mobile broadband network in Brazil.
He graduated from the University of Warwick and holds an MBA from London Business School. Born in Iraq, and raised in Portugal, he speaks English and Portuguese fluently. Nick is based in London.

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Nico Gramenz

CEO at Factory Berlin

Nico Gramenz
In early 2019 Nico Gramenz became the CEO at Factory Berlin. Prior to this role, he was served as a Senior VP of Business Development at Siemens Mobility where his task was to strengthen partnerships between startups and corporates. In Factory Berlin, the largest innovation community in Europe he continues to connect the most intelligent thinkers and ambitious doers from diverse industries, cultures, and disciplines, and provide them with the resources to change the world. His main goal is to harness potential and empower changemakers for a smart, innovative, and sustainable future.

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Nikolas Westphal

Director at GP Bullhound

Nikolas Westphal
Nikolas is a Director at GP Bullhound. He is a passionate and highly experienced investment banker with more than eleven years of experience advising communications, media and technology (CMT) companies on mergers and acquisitions as well as a broad range of other capital market transactions. Most recently, Nikolas was a Vice President at Arma Partners, where he advised a broad range of European CMT clients on mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to this, Nikolas worked for six years in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division, serving European Media & Communications clients. In addition, he spent two years at Blackstone’s refinancing advisory (now part of PJT Partners). Nikolas has a track record of more than $40 billion of closed transactions to date. He holds a doctorate in financial economics from Leipzig Graduate School of Management – HHL.

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Oscar Jazdowski

Co-General Manager, Sales & Origination at Silicon Valley Bank

Oscar Jazdowski
I am a Market Manager at Silicon Valley Bank and have been involved in technology financing for over 30 years. After starting my career at SVB Boston in 2002, I was transferred to SVB’s London office in 2010 to help grow the operations in the UK, as we applied for a banking license. In March 2013, I transferred to SVB's joint venture bank in Shanghai, SPD Silicon Valley Bank (SSVB), where I was Head of Corporate Banking. SSVB was granted a banking license in 2015. In April 2018 I was transferred to Frankfurt, to become co-General Manager of SVB Germany. SVB Germany was granted a banking license in May 2018 and opened operations in June of that year. 

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Patric Gresko

Head of Unit at European Investment Fund (EIF)

Patric Gresko
Patric Gresko co-leads the venture capital activity of the EIF, Which he joined in 2001. The EIF is the largest European venture capital fund-of-funds with more than EUR 4BN under management and a portfolio of over 250 venture capital funds, technology transfer operators and business angels covering all major technology sectors, life sciences and social & environmental impact. The Team That Patric co-leads comprises close to 40 passionate investment professionals from 15 different countries. Patrick started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Luxembourg as an auditor and consultant for the financial sector.

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Pavel Bogdanov

General Partner at Almaz Capital

Pavel Bogdanov
Pavel Pasha Bogdanov is a general partner at Almaz Capital, a venture fund, which is backed by Cisco Systems, EBRD and IFC. Prior to joining AC, Pasha was a partner at Russian Technologies, an early-stage venture capital fund in Moscow. In 2005, he was recruited to Sistema Telecom. As Investment Director, Pasha arranged $2 billion of debt and equity financings for a number of Sistema’s portfolio companies. In 2002, Pasha joined KLA-Tencor, the leading semiconductor yield management company, as a Systems Design Engineer in Silicon Valley. Prior to KLA, he worked at Stanford University and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Pasha earned a PhD from Stanford University, an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France; and a BS from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Moscow. 

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Ricardo J. Mendez

Technical Director, Europe at Samsung NEXT

Ricardo J. Mendez
Ricardo is the Technical Director at Samsung NEXT, Europe. He has been involved in software engineering for over 20 years, from large interactive installations controlled by multiple sensors, to juggling around medical data, to performing financial sensitivity analysis for bank overseers, to making games.

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Roy Gottlieb

Partner at Cardumen Capital

Roy Gottlieb
Roy is a partner with Cardumen Capital, an Israel-Spain VC. He is also the Chairman of the Young Venture Capital Forum, an organization that groups Israel’s venture capitalists and strives to professionalize and improve the skills of the VC community.
During his military service Roy served in a combative position in the Israeli Air Force Special Forces followed by a highly classified research position in The Technological Unit of the Intelligence Corps. Roy later joined Yigal Arnon & Co - a leading Israeli law firm. This was followed by an operational position in the New York office for an electronics engineering business executing military applications projects. Roy then joined lool ventures, an Israeli venture capital firm focusing on investments in the ICT markets. Following this position Roy joined Samsung Ventures, where he played a key part in multiple deals, including StoreDot, EarlySense, Corephotonics and more. He completed his Law and Business Administration degrees at the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya.

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Rozalia Urbanek

Investment Director at PFR Ventures

Rozalia Urbanek
Rozalia is an Investment Director in PFR Ventures – the largest Funds of Funds in CEE investing in venture capital funds. She manages Open Innovation Fund of Funds with focus on investments in technology sectors and is responsible for International Relations. She is involved in multiple startups and venture capital ecosystem projects. Previously she used to work for private equity funds (ForeVest Capital and PineBridge Investment) and in transaction advisory (EY). 
Rozalia holds CEMS MIM from Vienna University of Economics and Business and Master Degree in Finance from Warsaw School of Economics.

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Saul Orbach

Venture Partner at Starta Ventures

Saul Orbach
CEO, COO, Strategic Corporate Development Leader, Specialist in Building Profitable Companies from Innovative Ideas. Highly regarded, C-Level executive leader with successful track record building startups, emerging growth and market-challenged organizations; known for value identification and creation that delivers market share gain, revenue growth and increased shareholder value; part of leadership that drove five companies to IPO or acquisition.

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Tomaš Pačinda

Principal at Enern

Tomaš Pačinda
Tomas joined Enern in 2015. He has helped develop Enern’s investments in Twisto or Slevomat and led investments in Footshop, Intiaro or Nautal.
Tomas is passionate about tech businesses defined by strong impact on consumer or professional networks. He focuses on venture investments across multiple sectors, particularly interested in fintech, retail, real estate and SMEs.
Prior to joining Enern, Tomas spent a decade in corporate finance roles, amongst others for GE Capital in the areas of consumer finance and real estate.
Tomas graduated from the University of Economics in Prague and holds ACCA qualification.

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Tomasz Danis

Partner at MCI

Tomasz Danis
He manages the fund Internet Ventures FIZ and co-manages MCI.TechVentures 1.0
He worked for LinkedIn in California, where he was responsible for the creation of the competition strategy on the European market.
For more than 8 years he was employed at McKinsey & Company, where, as Engagement Manager, he was in charge of the implementation of strategic and investment projects for top European companies, and also for leading power industry, fuel sector, FMCG and Private Equity players.
In 2012, he took the function of Managing Director at Rocket Internet CEE, the world’s largest e-commerce project incubator, where he was responsible for the identification of new investments, raising capital, establishing new start-ups and development of Rocket’s portfolio of growth-stage companies.

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Wojtek Sadowski

CEO at Packhelp

Wojtek Sadowski
Before he started Packhelp (Zapakuj.to) with his friends, he worked in the marketing sector and lead his own creative agency. Today, he leads Packhelp, a company that transforms the printing market and helps online shops with creating a unique customer experience. Packhelp has thousands of clients, more than 90 team members and more than 10 million dollars gathered from investors. Wojtek is a laureate of the Polish edition of the Forbes 30 under 30 prize.

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Yannick Oswald

Principal at Mangrove Capital Partners

Yannick Oswald
I am a Principal at Mangrove, where I focus on consumer applications and brands as well as B2C and B2B SaaS businesses and marketplaces.I currently serve as a board member of Sybel, Safe365, Attentive.us, Echobox. 
I began my career working as an VC analyst with FJ Labs in New York, where I focused on angel and seed stage ventures. Back in Europe, I founded a B2B SaaS start-up that digitizes the mobile communication flow between the various stakeholders of the investment fund industry. Next, I joined the strategy team of BIL, the oldest and second largest bank in Luxembourg. In 2015 I joined Mangrove and in early 2017 launched the Europe’s Female Founders community. I am a member of the Society of Kauffman Fellows, a global network of venture capital professionals in leading firms around the world, and of the Global Shapers Community. I hold an MSc in Business Engineering from Solvay Business School in Brussels.

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Barbara Sobowska

Co-founder at MOST Partners

Barbara Sobowska
Barbara Sobowska is a transaction lawyer working internationally with tech start-ups, individuals and venture capital funds on various transactions, including VC financings and market expansions. She is qualified to practice in the US, England and Poland. She gained  experience while working at international law firms in Warsaw and London where she advised private equity funds and major corporate clients on a wide range of cross-border and domestic capital markets and M&A transactions.
She is an angel investor and mentor to tech companies. Her passion for tech start-ups and entrepreneurship started at Harvard Law School, where she was involved in the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, working with early stage entrepreneurs on their business expansions

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Chris Kobylecki

COO at Innovation Nest

Chris Kobylecki
Chris is taking care of Innovation Nest's deal flow activities and making sure that people know about Innovation Nest. He runs an invite only event called SaaS Meetup which gathers together B2B SaaS Companies, Founders, Mentors and Investors. Previously he was taking care of marketing for a Board of European Students of Technology, addressing 32 countries and over 90 universities.

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Dominik Zalewski

CFO Europe at e.ventures

Dominik Zalewski
Dominik joined Berlin team of e.ventures in 2017 as a CFO Europe. He previously held a position as a Finance Director at Berlin-based, early-stage VC fund, Point Nine Capital and worked as a senior analyst at Franklin Templeton Investments. Prior to that, Dominik was running a consulting boutique specialized in fundraising and economic development projects for the public sector. Dominik holds an M.A. in Business Administration from Poznan University of Economics.
Outside work Dominik is a passionate hiker, urban sketcher, and smart cities geek. Dominik is also a co-founder of urbanimpact.co, a matchmaking platform connecting urban tech start-ups with cities, corporates and investors in the smart cities field.

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Dr. Christian Schneider

Managing Partner at Vesalius Biocapital Partners

Dr. Christian Schneider
As a life science expert, Dr. Christian Schneider has extensive experience in the areas of diagnostics, medtech, and therapeutics.  
Starting as an R&D scientist at Boehringer Mannheim/Roche he developed automated tests for the early detection of cancer. At Centocor he led diagnostic product development in transatlantic collaborations. Later, as a business developer and external research manager in Centocor’s / Johnson&Johnson’s biological therapeutics business, he negotiated, financed, and managed international early-stage product development projects.
As a Managing Partner of venture capital firm PolyTechnos he was directly responsible for the investments in and IPOs of OncoMethylome Sciences, Devgen and Jerini. In 2008, he joined the pan-European life science venture capital firm Vesalius Biocapital as a Managing Partner. Dr. Schneider holds a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine and a PhD in immunology, both from the University of Munich, Germany, and an MBA in healthcare administration from Penn State University, Pennsylvania.

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Eliza Kruczkowska

Chief Innovation Officer at Polish Development Fund

Eliza Kruczkowska
Eliza Kruczkowska, Chief Innovation Officer at Polish Development Fund, a State-owned financial group which offers instruments supporting the development of companies, local governments and individuals, and invests in sustainable social development and national economic growth. She used to be a CEO of Startup Poland, a grassroots organization aimed at helping build better conditions for Polish startups. In the past, she has worked abroad in Madrid at Internet Advantage, London at the Evening Standard, and Munich at Lewis PR. She has served as the head of media relations for a member of the Polish Parliament. Most recently, she served as the director of communications for the ePaństwo Foundation, an NGO that releases public data and runs initiatives, such as Code for Poland.

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Jacek Balicki

Counsel at Baker & McKenzie

Jacek Balicki
Jacek Balicki is a transactional lawyer at Baker McKenzie in Warsaw. Jacek specializes in mergers and acquisitions, especially in the TMT and FMCG sectors, and in W&I insurance. He has successfully advised on local and international transactions, both private and public, including the largest Private Equity and Venture Capital transactions in Poland. Jacek supports startups within various acceleration programs. He is also an active investor.

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Jakub Falkowski

Counsel at Baker & McKenzie

Jakub Falkowski
Jakub Falkowski is a tech lawyer at Baker McKenzie Warsaw. Regularly advises on technology (IoT, M2M, driverless cars), outsourcing transactions (agile implementation, cloud) and counsels companies in the TMT sectors on digital media issues and complex copyright matters. Currently, mainly deals with issues related to innovative industries (fintechs, xtechs) and advised on data monetization and digital transformation. Primarily responsible also for comprehensive privacy related issues. Involved in several biggest IT transactions and arbitration proceedings on the Polish market.

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Jan Habermann

Founding Partner at Credo Ventures

Jan Habermann
Jan Habermann is a founding partner of Credo Ventures, a Central European early stage technology oriented venture capital firm based in Prague, Czech Republic. Jan is interested in early stage B2B oriented companies using internet and technologies to provide unique services to its customers globally. Jan is a member of Kauffman Fellowship, a highly sought-after program and network dedicated to the world of innovation investing.

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Jerzy Kalinowski

Partner, Head of TMT (Poland, CEE) at KPMG

Jerzy Kalinowski
Jerzy has over 30 years of experience in Technology, Media & Telecommunications. He joined KPMG in 2004, and he specializes in strategic and operational consulting. Prior to joining KPMG he was CEO of AMG.net, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Optimus and member of Supervisory Boards in number of companies including Onet.pl, Optimus-Lockheed Martin ITG, and PAGI. Jerzy also set up, raised capital and managed i-start.pl, one of the first venture capital funds in Poland. He began his professional career working in technology R&D in Poland and USA.
Jerzy holds. M. Sc. in Electrical Eng. from University of Rochester (USA), and M. Sc. in Telecommunications and Ph.D. in Computer Eng. both from Warsaw University of Technology. He also competed advanced Management Development Program at IMD in Lausanne.

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Kinga Stanisławska

Managing Partner and Founder at Experior Venture Fund

Kinga Stanisławska
Kinga is Managing Partner and Founder of Experior Venture Fund (EVF).
She has been involved in investing in technology companies across Central and Eastern Europe for the past 17 years. She actively supports portfolio companies in value creation, strategic initiatives and fundraising processes, working closely with EVF portfolio companies.
Kinga is Vice President of the Polish PE & VC Association (PSIK). She is involved in multiple mentoring projects with start ups, in particular those led by women. She is member of the European Innovation Council High Level Group advising Commissioner Carlos Moedas on innovation and funding in EU.

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Łukasz Dziekoński

CEO & Founder at Montis Capital Group

Łukasz Dziekoński
Łukasz is the founding partner and the chief executive officer of Montis Capital – Venture Capital Fund. Previously, he served as the head of management board of the ‘Marguerite Fund’, and the member of the management board since 2010. Focused on
the equity investments in infrastructure, energy and the transport sector. He also served as a director in the largest bank in the CEE region – Bank PKO BP S.A., coordinating activities in the infrastructure and new technologies. Previously actively supporting foreign investments of the Bank in the CEE region. He served as the member of different supervisory boards, in the infrastructure and banking sector. Frequent speaker in many conferences and workshops, concerning infrastructure, PPP, VC and new technologies.

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Marcin Hejka

Co-Founder and General Partner at OTB Ventures

Marcin Hejka
Co-Founder and General Partner of OTB Ventures, VC fund investing in technology companies in CEE. From 1999 to 2017 at Intel Capital, first as Investment Director responsible for CEE investments and then as VP and Managing Director for EMEIA. Marcin was the Vice-Chairman of the Polish PE and VC Association between 2004 and 2010. He has invested and/or was a Board Member in numerous tech companies, including: AVG, Mall.cz, Yandex, WP.pl, Sigfox, Ozon, Fortumo, Centrum.cz, KupiVIP, Elmodis, Speaktoit (APi.ai), Index.hu, CG Trader, Nokta. He has also been a Supervisory Board Member at Bank Komunalny S.A. (1995 – 1999), Kredyt Bank S.A. (1997-1999), Agora S.A. (2008-2013) and Dromex (1998 – 1999). Marcin studied economics at the University of Gdańsk

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Michał Drozd

Entrepreneur, Co-founder at INVIA

Michał Drozd
Michal started work on the MojeDovolena.cz project in 2000, still as a student at the University of Economics in Prague. In 2004, the portal was renamed to Invia and is currently on of the largest Internet travel agencies in Europe. In 2018, Michal moved to the role of advisor.

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Nikolas Westphal

Director at GP Bullhound

Nikolas Westphal
Nikolas is a Director at GP Bullhound. He is a passionate and highly experienced investment banker with more than eleven years of experience advising communications, media and technology (CMT) companies on mergers and acquisitions as well as a broad range of other capital market transactions. Most recently, Nikolas was a Vice President at Arma Partners, where he advised a broad range of European CMT clients on mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to this, Nikolas worked for six years in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division, serving European Media & Communications clients. In addition, he spent two years at Blackstone’s refinancing advisory (now part of PJT Partners). Nikolas has a track record of more than $40 billion of closed transactions to date. He holds a doctorate in financial economics from Leipzig Graduate School of Management – HHL.

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Patric Gresko

Head of Unit at European Investment Fund (EIF)

Patric Gresko
Patric Gresko co-leads the venture capital activity of the EIF, Which he joined in 2001. The EIF is the largest European venture capital fund-of-funds with more than EUR 4BN under management and a portfolio of over 250 venture capital funds, technology transfer operators and business angels covering all major technology sectors, life sciences and social & environmental impact. The Team That Patric co-leads comprises close to 40 passionate investment professionals from 15 different countries. Patrick started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Luxembourg as an auditor and consultant for the financial sector.

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Paweł Lipkowski

Investment Manager at PFR Ventures

Paweł Lipkowski
Paweł Lipkowski joined PFR Ventures as Investment Manager of the Starter program in February 2018. Paweł has 10+ year experience in Corporate Finance, including Transactions Advisory at EY and Mergers & Acquisitions at Santander Poland. Paweł graduated from Warsaw School of Economics, holding M.A. degree in Finance and Banking.

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Piotr Pisarz

Investment Manager at DN Capital

Piotr Pisarz
Piotr is currently Investment Director in Corviglia Capital, a newly created fintech-focused growth fund investing globally. Previously, he was an investment professional in DN Capital and Finch Capital, where he led several investments in companies. like NoMagic, Trussle, Bux, Cermati, Fixico, Knip. He is an active mentor and angel investor, with stakes in companies like depilacja.pl, wedding.pl and Dataform. Piotr is also one of the founders of VEECEE.London, the largest network for VC professionals in London.
Prior to becoming a VC, he was an Investment Banker in CitiGroup covering an energy sector. Later on, he spent several years in Google where he focused on Finance, Hardware and Sales areas.
Piotr has a Masters degree from London Business School and B.Sc. in Finance and Accounting from Warsaw School of Economics.

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Rafal Plutecki

Ex-Head at Campus Warsaw

Rafal Plutecki
Rafal is an experienced member of the Polish tech scene and has been involved since 1994. He is passionate about growing companies and entrepreneurship. Rafal is one of the first Internet entrepreneurs in Poland – founder and CEO of Internet Technologies, a Polish ISP acquired by GTS in 2000 (now T-mobile). Featured in BusinessWeek as one of the 10 fastest growing companies in Central Europe. He was active as a founder, CEO or investor in 7 companies and raised close to 100m USD. He was the Managing Partner of Innofund, seed-stage VC; Country Manager of Infopraca, a leading online job board in Poland. Tech entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor.

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Raluca Deaconu

Senior Legal Counsel at European Investment Fund

Raluca Deaconu
Raluca is part of a team of in-house lawyers which is in charge of advising on EIF’s equity business activities. Such advice focuses on the legal analysis and subsequent negotiations of fund investments and co-investments with aggregate commitments of above EUR 3bn per annum, across a broad variety of stages, sectors and geographies. Her responsibilities extend to the formation of new funds-of- funds managed/advised by EIF and the on-going legal management of an existing portfolio of above 700 PE/VC/mezzanine/loan funds.
Qualified as a Romanian lawyer, Raluca started her career as an attorney-at-law in 2011 with Allen&Overy (Bucharest office), where she spent four years focusing on corporate and competition law. She has joined EIF three years ago. Raluca has completed her legal studies at universities in Romania, France and the Netherlands.

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Robin Weninger

Managing Director at German Tech Entrepreneruship Center

Robin Weninger
Robin is Co-Founder & Managing Director of Sa. shapingwork academy, the first executive academy based on practical philosophy, offering a radical new approach to corporate education by pairing the „best-of-breed” practices from leadership, management and execution with philosophy. In addition, he is the Director of Education at the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC), Professor at Zigurat Innovation and Technology Business School in Barcelona, Lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the International School of Management as well as Coach in the Digital Product School in Munich. The World Economic Forum nominated Robin as a Global Shaper  and as a Digital Leader. Also, he is a trusted Advisory Board member to multiple EU funded projects under the H2020 framework. 

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Ross Knap

Founder & CEO at Callpage

Ross Knap
Entrepreneur and former consultant with experience in both IT (SaaS, E-commerce) and traditional sectors (Services, Management Consulting). Co-founder and CEO of one of the most dynamically growing startups in Poland – CallPage. Graduated from Warsaw School of Economics, Cracow University of Economics and Strasbourg Business School. Winner of the UPC Think Big and Audi Digital Innovation Award. In 2017 entered the ranking „TOP 20 European entrepreneurs before 30” according to EU Startups magazine. In 2018 he was awarded the Forbes 30 under 30 in Poland award.

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Roy Gottlieb

Partner at Cardumen Capital

Roy Gottlieb
Roy is a partner with Cardumen Capital, an Israel-Spain VC. He is also the Chairman of the Young Venture Capital Forum, an organization that groups Israel’s venture capitalists and strives to professionalize and improve the skills of the VC community.
During his military service Roy served in a combative position in the Israeli Air Force Special Forces followed by a highly classified research position in The Technological Unit of the Intelligence Corps. Roy later joined Yigal Arnon & Co - a leading Israeli law firm. This was followed by an operational position in the New York office for an electronics engineering business executing military applications projects. Roy then joined lool ventures, an Israeli venture capital firm focusing on investments in the ICT markets. Following this position Roy joined Samsung Ventures, where he played a key part in multiple deals, including StoreDot, EarlySense, Corephotonics and more. He completed his Law and Business Administration degrees at the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya.

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Rozalia Urbanek

Investment Director at PFR Ventures

Rozalia Urbanek
Rozalia is an Investment Director in PFR Ventures – the largest Funds of Funds in CEE investing in venture capital funds. She manages Open Innovation Fund of Funds with focus on investments in technology sectors and is responsible for International Relations. She is involved in multiple startups and venture capital ecosystem projects. Previously she used to work for private equity funds (ForeVest Capital and PineBridge Investment) and in transaction advisory (EY). 
Rozalia holds CEMS MIM from Vienna University of Economics and Business and Master Degree in Finance from Warsaw School of Economics.

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Tomasz Danis

Partner at MCI

Tomasz Danis
He manages the fund Internet Ventures FIZ and co-manages MCI.TechVentures 1.0
He worked for LinkedIn in California, where he was responsible for the creation of the competition strategy on the European market.
For more than 8 years he was employed at McKinsey & Company, where, as Engagement Manager, he was in charge of the implementation of strategic and investment projects for top European companies, and also for leading power industry, fuel sector, FMCG and Private Equity players.
In 2012, he took the function of Managing Director at Rocket Internet CEE, the world’s largest e-commerce project incubator, where he was responsible for the identification of new investments, raising capital, establishing new start-ups and development of Rocket’s portfolio of growth-stage companies.

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Daniel Star

Managing Partner at TDJ Pitango Ventures

Daniel Star
Managing Partner of TDJ Pitango Ventures, focusing on growing innovative Polish technologies. Formerly Investment Manager at Intel Capital, Israel and CEE, Mr. Star brings over 10 years’ experience in investments in Israel and Central and Eastern Europe.
In his tenure in Intel Capital, Dan was with the Israel Innovation Center (seed fund). His areas of expertise range from semiconductors and IT, Internet and Media.
Mr Star spent over 20 years managing semiconductor R&D programs at Intel, as well as managing marketing and sales operations worldwide.
Mr Star holds BScEE Cum Laude in Computer Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

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David Szedely

Financial Analyst and Deputy CFO at Neulogy

David Szedely
David has been working as a financial analyst and deputy CFO at Neulogy in Bratislava, where he is responsible for financial planning, forecasting and reporting for Neulogy and its clients. He enjoys the process of turning data into easy to digest information, and believes in importance of data-driven decision making. He has degree in Entrepreneurship and Finance from the University of Liechtenstein.

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Dr. Radosław Kaczanowski

Investment Manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds

Dr. Radosław Kaczanowski
Radoslaw is an investment manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds, a most active Seed-Investment found in Germany. He specialises in Life Sciences and brings professional experiences from working in a small innovative life sciences company as well as from international pharmaceutical organisation. Radoslaw holds a Doctorate in Biochemistry from Polish Academy of Sciences and MBA from the University of Oxford. He supports life sciences start-ups from foundation to market launch.

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Eliza Kruczkowska

Chief Innovation Officer at Polish Development Fund

Eliza Kruczkowska
Eliza Kruczkowska, Chief Innovation Officer at Polish Development Fund, a State-owned financial group which offers instruments supporting the development of companies, local governments and individuals, and invests in sustainable social development and national economic growth. She used to be a CEO of Startup Poland, a grassroots organization aimed at helping build better conditions for Polish startups. In the past, she has worked abroad in Madrid at Internet Advantage, London at the Evening Standard, and Munich at Lewis PR. She has served as the head of media relations for a member of the Polish Parliament. Most recently, she served as the director of communications for the ePaństwo Foundation, an NGO that releases public data and runs initiatives, such as Code for Poland.

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Jacek Balicki

Counsel at Baker & McKenzie

Jacek Balicki
Jacek Balicki is a transactional lawyer at Baker McKenzie in Warsaw. Jacek specializes in mergers and acquisitions, especially in the TMT and FMCG sectors, and in W&I insurance. He has successfully advised on local and international transactions, both private and public, including the largest Private Equity and Venture Capital transactions in Poland. Jacek supports startups within various acceleration programs. He is also an active investor.

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Jacek Łubiński

Investment Director at Experior Venture Fund

Jacek Łubiński
Jacek is an Investment Director at Experior Venture Fund. He supervises investment process and manages work of the analytical team at the Fund.
He has over 10 years of experience in projects related to technology, ICT, medical services and financial services. Jacek is a Supervisory Board Chairman at Fuero Games and Supervisory Board Member at Inex System and Perfect Dashbord.
Previously he was involved in numerous M&A advisory projects for the top Polish companies and private equity funds. Before moving to investment banking Jacek had worked in the Technology Division of Deloitte Business Consulting.

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Jakub Falkowski

Counsel at Baker & McKenzie

Jakub Falkowski
Jakub Falkowski is a tech lawyer at Baker McKenzie Warsaw. Regularly advises on technology (IoT, M2M, driverless cars), outsourcing transactions (agile implementation, cloud) and counsels companies in the TMT sectors on digital media issues and complex copyright matters. Currently, mainly deals with issues related to innovative industries (fintechs, xtechs) and advised on data monetization and digital transformation. Primarily responsible also for comprehensive privacy related issues. Involved in several biggest IT transactions and arbitration proceedings on the Polish market.

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Jakub Probola

Head of hub:raum & Managing Director DT hub:raum Fund

Jakub Probola
Jakub Probola – Head of hub:raum & Managing Director DT hub:raum Fund, the incubator of Deutsche Telekom (www.hubraum.com). In the past, Jakub was heading innovation unit at T-Mobile Poland for 3 years where together with his team was tasked with finding new products and services that could be delivered to the customers. During that time he gathered knowledge and experience in technical and business implementation of services in the market. Jakub is enthusiastic about new technologies and innovation. He has been associated with startup environment for a few years now. Jakub is a huge fan of aviation – if he wasn’t looking for innovations, he would have been an airline pilot.

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Jan Joosten

Partner at Baker McKenzie

Jan Joosten
Jan Joosten is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s New York office. He focuses on corporate transactions, including M&A (public and private), joint ventures and capital markets transactions. In addition, he has extensive experience in representing European companies that do business in the U.S. on a broad range of issues. He has extensive experience with start-up and medium-sized companies. He has been recognized by Chambers Global as a Regional Expert in Corporate M&A.

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Jan Rekowski

Director at DM PKO BP

Jan Rekowski
Jan Rekowski joined PKO BP Securities in November 2016 on the position of Director responsible for ECM and M&A. Before joining PKO BP Jan has been Head of Equity Capital Markets In Poland and CEE at SG Corporate & Investment Banking where he was responsible for all aspects of Societe Generale’s equity capital markets operations in Poland and CEE. Mr. Rekowski joined Societe Generale from Banco Santander SA unit Bank Zachodni WBK SA, where he was head of IPO and corporate clients.

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Jerzy Kalinowski

Partner, Head of TMT (Poland, CEE) at KPMG

Jerzy Kalinowski
Jerzy has over 30 years of experience in Technology, Media & Telecommunications. He joined KPMG in 2004, and he specializes in strategic and operational consulting. Prior to joining KPMG he was CEO of AMG.net, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Optimus and member of Supervisory Boards in number of companies including Onet.pl, Optimus-Lockheed Martin ITG, and PAGI. Jerzy also set up, raised capital and managed i-start.pl, one of the first venture capital funds in Poland. He began his professional career working in technology R&D in Poland and USA.
Jerzy holds. M. Sc. in Electrical Eng. from University of Rochester (USA), and M. Sc. in Telecommunications and Ph.D. in Computer Eng. both from Warsaw University of Technology. He also competed advanced Management Development Program at IMD in Lausanne.

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Katarzyna Kopeć

Lawyer at Innovation Nest

Katarzyna Kopeć
I started to develop my law and financial skills as a senior associate in one of Swiss Investment Banks, where I was preventing money laundering. In 2011 I began my legal training, and moved to one of Cracow’s Law Firms, where I have been working as a corporate law specialist. I am an expert in the field of law concerning companies and other business organizations.
The road to my success was strewn with on simple rule: when I say­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ I can do it and when I say I can not do it, in both cases I’m right. ­­­­ Cooking, music, and sports, that’s where I fling myself into. On a daily basis I’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and that helps me to perform multiple actions related to various areas of my life at one time. I am a Graduate of Law and Administration at Jagiellonian University, currently in progress of legal training at the District Chamber of Legal Counsels at the Krakow.

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Kinga Stanisławska

Managing Partner and Founder at Experior Venture Fund

Kinga Stanisławska
Kinga is Managing Partner and Founder of Experior Venture Fund (EVF).
She has been involved in investing in technology companies across Central and Eastern Europe for the past 17 years. She actively supports portfolio companies in value creation, strategic initiatives and fundraising processes, working closely with EVF portfolio companies.
Kinga is Vice President of the Polish PE & VC Association (PSIK). She is involved in multiple mentoring projects with start ups, in particular those led by women. She is member of the European Innovation Council High Level Group advising Commissioner Carlos Moedas on innovation and funding in EU.

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Łukasz Młodyszewski

CEO at Empik Photo

Łukasz Młodyszewski
Łukasz is the founding partner and the chief executive officer of Montis Capital – Venture Capital Fund. Previously, he served as the head of management board of the ‘Marguerite Fund’, and the member of the management board since 2010. Focused on
the equity investments in infrastructure, energy and the transport sector. He also served as a director in the largest bank in the CEE region – Bank PKO BP S.A., coordinating activities in the infrastructure and new technologies. Previously actively supporting foreign investments of the Bank in the CEE region. He served as the member of different supervisory boards, in the infrastructure and banking sector. Frequent speaker in many conferences and workshops, concerning infrastructure, PPP, VC and new technologies.

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Małgorzata Walczak

Director of PFR/ NCBR CVC Fund of Funds at PFR Ventures

Małgorzata Walczak
Experienced Investor and business Angel with a demonstrated history of working in the investment management industry. Strong entrepreneurship professional with MBA from University of Minnesota/SGH. 
Director at PFR Ventures, PFR NCBR CVC Fund of Funds, before that Managing Partner, Founder at ENEA Innovation Venture Capital Fund.
In 2007 she created first VC Fund in Poland consisting of private and public funds – HelixVenturesPartners together with MCI and National Capital Fund. 
Previously, she has been involved in operational and general management at the positions of CEO in large companies, listed on WSE – e.g. as a CEO of Optimus S.A.; The Mint of Poland, Proxy and Director of Electronic Payment Department; Compaq Computer/HP – Marketing Director; UN – UNTAET East Timor Mission – Bobonaro Disrtict Coordiantor, Lotus Development – IT Software, Marketing Coordinatior.

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Marcel Müller-Marbach

Head of Equity Investments - Legal Service at European Investment Fund

Marcel Müller-Marbach
Marcel Müller-Marbach is managing a team of in-house lawyers which is in charge of advising on EIF’s equity business activities. His responsibilities extend to the formation of new funds-of- funds managed/advised by EIF and the on-going legal management of an existing portfolio of above 700 PE/VC/mezzanine/loan funds, including secondary transactions. Marcel started his career as an attorney-at- law in 1999 with Clifford Chance, where he spent five years (Frankfurt and Washington D.C. offices) focusing on international litigation and dispute resolution.
Marcel is a law graduate of the University of Heidelberg and holds a Licence on Droit of the University of Paris-Nanterre.

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Marcin Hejka

Co-Founder and General Partner at OTB Ventures

Marcin Hejka
Co-Founder and General Partner of OTB Ventures, VC fund investing in technology companies in CEE. From 1999 to 2017 at Intel Capital, first as Investment Director responsible for CEE investments and then as VP and Managing Director for EMEIA. Marcin was the Vice-Chairman of the Polish PE and VC Association between 2004 and 2010. He has invested and/or was a Board Member in numerous tech companies, including: AVG, Mall.cz, Yandex, WP.pl, Sigfox, Ozon, Fortumo, Centrum.cz, KupiVIP, Elmodis, Speaktoit (APi.ai), Index.hu, CG Trader, Nokta. He has also been a Supervisory Board Member at Bank Komunalny S.A. (1995 – 1999), Kredyt Bank S.A. (1997-1999), Agora S.A. (2008-2013) and Dromex (1998 – 1999). Marcin studied economics at the University of Gdańsk

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Nick Stocks

Principal at White Star Capital

Nick Stocks
Before joining White Star Capital in 2016, Nick was a Principal at Global Founders Capital, a $1bn stage agnostic VC fund where he led over 30 transactions from Seed to Series B across Europe, the USA, South-East Asia, India, and Latin America in companies such as Canva, Nested, Grover, GoodLord and Albert. Since joining, Nick led or co-led investments in Echo, Butternut Box, Clark and Packhelp among others.
He was one of the first members of the team at UKCloud, a British cloud company focused on the public sector. He also worked with Access Industries-owned AINMT to launch a national mobile broadband network in Brazil.
He graduated from the University of Warwick and holds an MBA from London Business School. Born in Iraq, and raised in Portugal, he speaks English and Portuguese fluently. Nick is based in London.

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Nikolas Westphal

Director at GP Bullhound

Nikolas Westphal
Nikolas is a Director at GP Bullhound. He is a passionate and highly experienced investment banker with more than eleven years of experience advising communications, media and technology (CMT) companies on mergers and acquisitions as well as a broad range of other capital market transactions. Most recently, Nikolas was a Vice President at Arma Partners, where he advised a broad range of European CMT clients on mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to this, Nikolas worked for six years in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division, serving European Media & Communications clients. In addition, he spent two years at Blackstone’s refinancing advisory (now part of PJT Partners). Nikolas has a track record of more than $40 billion of closed transactions to date. He holds a doctorate in financial economics from Leipzig Graduate School of Management – HHL.

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Patric Gresko

Head of Unit at European Investment Fund (EIF)

Patric Gresko
Patric Gresko co-leads the venture capital activity of the EIF, Which he joined in 2001. The EIF is the largest European venture capital fund-of-funds with more than EUR 4BN under management and a portfolio of over 250 venture capital funds, technology transfer operators and business angels covering all major technology sectors, life sciences and social & environmental impact. The Team That Patric co-leads comprises close to 40 passionate investment professionals from 15 different countries. Patrick started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Luxembourg as an auditor and consultant for the financial sector.

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Pavel Mucha

Founding Partner at Enern

Pavel Mucha
Pavel founded Enern Venture Capital with the first investment into Slevomat in 2011. He loves consumer businesses with a particular interest in next-generation service providers and businesses with strong network effects.
Pavel led investments into DocPlanner, Booksy, Rohlik, Slevomat or Letsbuild. He works closely with businesses within continental Europe.
Pavel is from Prague. Prior to the partnership, he lived and worked in multiple locations such as San Francisco, Munich, or Moscow.

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Piotr Pisarz

Investment Manager at DN Capital

Piotr Pisarz
Piotr is currently Investment Director in Corviglia Capital, a newly created fintech-focused growth fund investing globally. Previously, he was an investment professional in DN Capital and Finch Capital, where he led several investments in companies. like NoMagic, Trussle, Bux, Cermati, Fixico, Knip. He is an active mentor and angel investor, with stakes in companies like depilacja.pl, wedding.pl and Dataform. Piotr is also one of the founders of VEECEE.London, the largest network for VC professionals in London.
Prior to becoming a VC, he was an Investment Banker in CitiGroup covering an energy sector. Later on, he spent several years in Google where he focused on Finance, Hardware and Sales areas.
Piotr has a Masters degree from London Business School and B.Sc. in Finance and Accounting from Warsaw School of Economics.

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Piotr Wilam

Managing Partner at Innovation Nest

Piotr Wilam
Co-founder, general partner and leading investor at Innovation Nest (seed/VC fund), board member and co-founder at Innovation Nest Entrepreneurship School (SPIN); entrepreneur, founder of Pascal Publishing House and co-founder and first president of the management board of Onet.pl.

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Roy Gottlieb

Partner at Cardumen Capital

Roy Gottlieb
Roy is a partner with Cardumen Capital, an Israel-Spain VC. He is also the Chairman of the Young Venture Capital Forum, an organization that groups Israel’s venture capitalists and strives to professionalize and improve the skills of the VC community.
During his military service Roy served in a combative position in the Israeli Air Force Special Forces followed by a highly classified research position in The Technological Unit of the Intelligence Corps. Roy later joined Yigal Arnon & Co - a leading Israeli law firm. This was followed by an operational position in the New York office for an electronics engineering business executing military applications projects. Roy then joined lool ventures, an Israeli venture capital firm focusing on investments in the ICT markets. Following this position Roy joined Samsung Ventures, where he played a key part in multiple deals, including StoreDot, EarlySense, Corephotonics and more. He completed his Law and Business Administration degrees at the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya.

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Rozalia Urbanek

Investment Director at PFR Ventures

Rozalia Urbanek
Rozalia is an Investment Director in PFR Ventures – the largest Funds of Funds in CEE investing in venture capital funds. She manages Open Innovation Fund of Funds with focus on investments in technology sectors and is responsible for International Relations. She is involved in multiple startups and venture capital ecosystem projects. Previously she used to work for private equity funds (ForeVest Capital and PineBridge Investment) and in transaction advisory (EY). 
Rozalia holds CEMS MIM from Vienna University of Economics and Business and Master Degree in Finance from Warsaw School of Economics.

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Tomasz Rudolf

Co-Founder & CEO at The Heart

Tomasz Rudolf
Co-Founder and CEO of The Heart, European Center for Corporate-Startup Collaboration. Entrepreneur and business model innovation expert. He has almost two decades of experience working with corporate partners such as Marstercard, Ghelamco, Alior Bank, PKO BP, Philips, Orbis and more. Tomasz is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator in the field of corporate-startup collaboration, innovation & entrepreneurship. Top rated (#1) Founder Institute mentor. The Heart is a single point of contact for corporate innovation leaders who want to engage with ready-to-scale startups in Europe and Israel.

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