We are entrepreneurs and operators

Our goal is to be aligned with the interests of the Founders to the maximum. We learn hard to understand the business and build roadmaps. We always want to bring fresh ideas, new thinking, and different perspectives. We are seed investor but provide support across the board beyond that.

Investment Team

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Marcel Animucki

Associate
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Maciej Balsewicz

Co-founder & Managing Partner
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Błażej Bereta

Investment Manager
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Anastasiia Koshalko

Office Manager & HR expert
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Paweł Maj

Investment Director
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Leszek Orłowski

Investment Director
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Alina Rozanova

Associate for CEE
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Victoria Umanska

Associate

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Rafał Brzoska

Venture partner
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Marek Dziubiński

VENTURE PARTNER
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Tomasz Hanczarek

Venture Partner
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Rossen Hadjiev

VENTURE PARTNER
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Dariusz Żuk

Venture Partner
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Tomasz Misiak

VENTURE PARTNER
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Marian Owerko

VENTURE PARTNER
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Tadeusz Uhl

ADVISOR

Marcel Animucki

Associate
Investments are about:

Building value

The most important lesson I’ve learned:

Don’t waste time

3 words, which describe successful founder:

conscientiousness, hungry, receptive

Which niche do you find promising?:

Cloud computing.

Who inspires you?:

Historical figures

Background:

Advisory, investments

Companies I've worked for:

CSWP Audit, OX Partners

Favorite quote/ Personal credo:

Fortune favours the audacious

Location:

Warsaw

Maciej Balsewicz

Co-founder & Managing Partner
Investments are about:

Finding the right match between investor and founders mindset and expectations.

The most important lesson I’ve learned:

Don’t take things on its face value.

3 words, which describe successful founder:

Perseverance, responsibility, resourcefulness.

Which niche do you find promising?:

Cutting intermediaries from still many markets.

Who inspires you?:

People who created large and successful organizations but stay humble.

Background:

Advisory, private equity, business

Companies I've worked for:

Integer, PineBridge Investments, EY

Favorite quote/ Personal credo:

If you don’t grow you die.

Location:

Warsaw

Błażej Bereta

Investment Manager
Investments are about:

In case of early-stage startups - making educated decisions under conditions of limited information

The most important lesson I’ve learned:

1.01^365 = 37.8
0.99^365 = 0.03

3 words, which describe successful founder:

persistent, passionate, disciplined

Which niche do you find promising?:

Cybersecurity

Who inspires you?:

Happy people

Background:

HEC Paris, Warsaw School of Economics

Companies I've worked for:

Wirtualna Polska, Societe Generale

Favorite quote/ Personal credo:

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go

Location:

Warsaw

Anastasiia Koshalko

Office Manager & HR expert
Investments are about:

Taking risks to succeed

The most important lesson I’ve learned:

Don’t judge, be open to new ideas, opinions, and views

3 words, which describe successful founder:

leadership, strategic thinking, and communication

Which niche do you find promising?:

Artificial intelligence

Who inspires you?:

My Team

Background:

Recruitment, HR

Companies I've worked for:

EVO.company, AES Corporation, OTP Bank

Favorite quote/ Personal credo:

Location:

Warsaw

Paweł Maj

Investment Director
Investments are about:

Finding the right people in the right project at the right time.

The most important lesson I’ve learned:

The only constant thing in life is change.

3 words, which describe successful founder:

Passion, vision, consequence

Which niche do you find promising?:

Any niche where new technologies can improve business efficiency

Who inspires you?:

People with vision

Background:

Consulting, investments

Companies I've worked for:

Skyline Venture, Skyline Investment S.A., EKO-Mysiadło

Favorite quote/ Personal credo:

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” - Winston Churchill

Location:

Warsaw

Leszek Orłowski

Investment Director
Investments are about:

You have to take chances, don’t wait till somebody gives it to you.

The most important lesson I’ve learned:

You gotta take chances, don’t wait till somebody gives it to you

3 words, which describe successful founder:

Persistence, vision, open-minded

Which niche do you find promising?:

Industry 4.0 in wider sense.

Who inspires you?:

Successful people with vision, who are humble and don’t stop

Background:

Consulting, investments

Companies I've worked for:

PwC, Black Lion (currently: Soho Development SA)

Favorite quote/ Personal credo:

Nothing is easy, but who wants nothing

Location:

Warsaw

Alina Rozanova

Associate for CEE
Investments are about:

When the company needs only one “push” to make the next great leap in its growth.

The most important lesson I’ve learned:

Learning every day is what keeps you on the top.

3 words, which describe successful founder:

Consistency, networking, global vision.

Which niche do you find promising?:

Quantum computing

Who inspires you?:

Founders that go profitable without fundraising

Background:

Community building, public relations, and creative communication for companies;

Companies I've worked for:

CAP School, Singularity University in Kyiv, Seedstars, EMERGE Global Ventures, Touch.

Favorite quote/ Personal credo:

Always following new challenges, never standing at the same place.

Location:

Tbilisi

Victoria Umanska

Associate
Investments are about:

Changing lives. I find it incredibly inspiring when people can drive new businesses, create new working places and change our day-to-day life starting with a single idea and the laptop.

The most important lesson I’ve learned:

Time is limited

3 words, which describe successful founder:

Business goals oriented

Which niche do you find promising?:

Machine2Machine payments, Intermediary sales optimization

Who inspires you?:

Ayn Rand

Background:

MarTech, Biz Dev for startups, Non-Profit

Companies I've worked for:

SALESmango, Tagvenue, CallPage, Senuto, Google via Arvato Finance

Favorite quote/ Personal credo:

Continuous effort is the key

Location:

Warsaw

Rafał Brzoska

Venture partner
I engage in VC because:

I share my experience with the young founders and it gives me great satisfaction when I help people who work hard at the beginning of the road.

My key message:

If everything is under control, it means that you are driving too slow.

Most important lesson learned:

Courage and ability to take high risks are crucial in business.

I am passionate about:

Travelling and diving.

Sector:

E-commerce, Logistics, Mobility

Background:

Business

Companies I work with:

Integer, SalesManago, Social Wi-Fi, callPage

Office:

Warsaw, Cracow

Marek Dziubiński

VENTURE PARTNER
I engage in VC because:

I would like to boost technological innovation development in Poland.

My key message:

Let’s make innovation today to shape our tomorro.

Most important lesson learned:

Always focus on true needs of the market and have ideas not only about the product, but also how and to whom exact you will sale it. Good product is not enough for success.

Sector:

Medical Devices, IoT, Healthcare

Background:

Medical engineering

Companies I work with:

Medicalgorithmics

Office:

Warsaw, San Francisco

Tomasz Hanczarek

Venture Partner
I engage in VC because:

I want to make a contribution to the development of my country by supporting Polish business in early stage.

My key message:

From the very beginning, you should want to create the largest company in the world. To be brave enough to compete with the largest ones and go until the end, that's what you need to have in your spine.

Most important lesson learned:

In quickly growing company we still need to stay flexible, free from corporate restrictions and thanks to that we can do more for the client. I believe that in business you can not lose your fantasy and have fun. You have to stay young all the time.

Sector:

Outsourcing services, Gaming, e-commerce

Background:

Business

Companies I work with:

Work Service, Stukpuk.pl

Office:

Wroclaw

Rossen Hadjiev

VENTURE PARTNER
I engage in VC because:

I would like to share my experience with young businesses and build success together.

My key message:

No pain, no gain - no risks, no wins.

Most important lesson learned:

Rush and emotions have no place in investments.

Sector:

Investments, Pharma, Retail

Background:

Private equity, business

Companies I work with:

StarPharma, Just GYM

Office:

Warsaw

Dariusz Żuk

Venture Partner
I engage in VC because:

VC is an important part of the ecosystem have been creating from 2004.

My key message:

Focus on the product which will solve people’s problem in a better way than the others.

Most important lesson learned:

Team, resources are so important in doing startups but timing is also crucial.

I am passionate about:

Having a positive impact on myself and the others

Sector:

Proptech, SaaS, IOT, Fintech,

Background:

>130 investments in startups (tickets from 30k to 1m Euro), >20 exits, created brands - AIP, business.link, AIP Seed. business.link - exit to Skanska in 2019.

Companies I work with:

with all invested companies and corporations working on implementing startups ex. T-mobile, Citi, mBank

Office:

Warsaw

Tomasz Misiak

VENTURE PARTNER
I engage in VC because:

I want to transform bold ideas into working businesses.

My key message:

1000 years ago the world could be changed by the king, 150 years ago by a great entrepreneur, today someone who has a great idea - use your chance.

Most important lesson learned:

People is the core success factor of every business.

I am passionate about:

Books and travel.

Sector:

Supply Chain, Staffing, VR, Telecoms

Background:

Business

Companies I work with:

Work Service, Teleakces, PushPushGo

Office:

Warsaw

Marian Owerko

VENTURE PARTNER
I engage in VC because:

I would like to give my own input in promoting young entrepreneurship in Poland.

My key message:

Investment is so easy like skiing through the revolving door.

Most important lesson learned:

Business is a daily struggle if you want to achieve not just success, but sustainable advancement.

Sector:

E-commerce, Modern Food, Retail

Background:

Business

Companies I work with:

Bakalland, Cenatorium, Gedeon Medica, Oshee, Nova Tracking, callPage

Office:

Warsaw

Tadeusz Uhl

ADVISOR
I engage in VC because:

I am involved in VC because I can participate in the process of building technological companies. By providing support for these ideas, I have the opportunity to share my experience and learn a new approach to business.

My key message:

Use the potential to build an advantage. With small steps you can build a stable company with high potential and strong foundations.

The most important lesson I've learned:

Every idea deserves a chance. The crazier the idea is, the greater the interest in the market.

I am passionate about:

New technologies and their applications in industry.

Sector:

Hi-tech, engineers, research and development, railways, aviation, SHM

Background:

Stanford, Tohoku, Leuven, Dresden, ETH Zurich

Companies I've worked with

AGH University of Technology, EC Grupa, Solaris, Wielton, Newag, Simens, Alstom, Airbus,Ballard, Hyuindai and many others

Office

Cracow