OUR NOMINATING PARTNERS FOR BEST OF X POLSKA 2017:
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One of the elements of Allianz’s strategy is to become a leader in digitalization, that is to establish digital processes in the organization and introduce innovative solutions into our insurance portfolio and services.
Meeting the customers’ technological expectations will contribute to the improvement our operational skills, will help define new standards of service and, finally, will help ensure high satisfaction levels of Allianz’s internal and external customers.
We are looking for high-tech ventures. Our goal is to look for entrepreneurship spirit in any shape and any form that might be out there.
The German-Polish Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1995 and now the biggest Chamber of Commerce in Poland (1000 member companies), supports bilateral business ties and provides a range of services for German and Polish companies. It’s first task is to foster bilateral business partnership of both countries, in particular: to inform potential investors about opportunities in neighbouring country by publishing key facts, attending trade fairs, organising more than 200 networking events annually and accompanying German and Polish investors on visits to Poland and Germany. The special kind of chamber’s activity is supporting the Polish start-up scene and matching the new companies with established Polish and German investors.
Arkley is a Venture Capital Fund based in Poland and San Francisco that specializes in hardware startups. On top of investing capital, we offer over a decade of first-hand experience in developing businesses and a network that reaches deep into Silicon Valley.
We invest private money, but do a lot more than just funding. We work closely with our portfolio companies on both a strategic and an operational level. So that our startups can focus on what they are best at, while we help them develop in other areas. We have had 4 successful exits – of which 3 IPO’s – and our current startups are global leaders in their fields.
BLACK PEARLS VC
Black Pearls VC is a venture capital firm focusing on Life Quality Technologies.
We look for the best entrepreneurs in Poland and the Baltic Sea Region who develop and commercialize world-class deep tech & enterprise software solutions.
We invest primarily in Polish entrepreneurs, but we also support exceptional firms from the rest of Central Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea Region.
We support innovations improving the quality of human life to address most pressing social changes, particularly within the scope of demographics, labour and business.
We back entrepreneurs across various stages of development. We usually invest at the seed and early growth level, but we are also interested in exceptional projects in their R&D phase. Our sweet spot are investments between € 100k and € 1m.
EXPERIOR VENTURE FUND
Experior Venture Fund (EVF) is the leading Polish VC investment fund, and the only women funded VC in Europe, engaging up to EUR 3m in small and medium technology enterprises with a high growth potential.
The Fund's focus is Poland and CEE. In 2016, EVF was one of the most active funds in CEE.
The Fund’s investment capital of EUR 20m comes from 30 private investors and National Capital Fund. EVF has invested in 15 early-stage companies and achieved 1 successful exit so far.
HugeThing is an intensive acceleration program, based in Poland. The program is dedicated to startups working on a scalable, innovative idea. We aim at providing series of methods and resources for their development and growth.
A single edition of Huge Thing consists of 18 weeks of workshops. During first few weeks, each startup will work with an individual mentor. Each startup will participate in group-workshops from Monday to Wednesday. Thursdays and Fridays are dedicated for the implementation of acquired knowledge and work on a product.
Inovo VC is an early stage / growth fund. We invest in companies that have at least a working proof of concept and a proven channels to grow their business. We invest in companies with global potential and help them to get on a faster growth curve. We invest mainly in SME SaaS companies with proven traction, clear growth idea and at least 10k Euro monthly revenue.
LEWIATAN BUSINESS ANGELS
Since 2005 Lewiatan Business Angels (LBA) has been the largest and most active Polish network of private investors. LBA assists in gaining capital for companies on an early stage of their development, including seed and start-ups, which yet could not be financed by banks nor by venture capital companies, and helps to identify the best source of Angel financing for each individual business.
LBA team reviews about 200-300 investment projects a year. There is no industry focus. However, LBA discourages financial and real estate related projects. Only about 20-25 projects are presented to the selected investors or to all club members on the regular pitching sessions. At all times investors make their decisions on their own. The typical ticket size is in the EUR 100-300k range, although the single largest investment recorded over EUR 1m.
MCI CAPITAL S.A.
MCI, founded in 1999, is one of the most dynamic private equity groups in Emerging Europe focused on digital transformation. Currently, with the use of Private Equity / Venture Capital funds, MCI implements early stage, growth stage and expansion/buy-out stage investments in CEE Region, Germany and Austria (DACH), Turkey, Israel and Russia.
The assets under management are above PLN 2,2 Bn (USD 500 M). Through investment funds, MCI Capital has so far closed over 60 investment projects and near 30 full exits. Since 1999 till now MCI generated net IRR at the level almost 25%. MCI Capital SA is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since February 2001.
As the first company builder in Poland, punk.team supports startups and help in financial, marketing and general aspects. We offer our knowledge and experience to ambitious young entrepreneurs. We are not using EU funds. Thanks to that, we can reduce paperwork to the minimum and get down to work immediately.
We will support startups technologically and help to build a mobile app or service, give a strong suport in marketing, PR, law and accounting.
We invest in break-through technology and business innovations.
Globally. Vito Ventures backs ambitious founders and startups applying technology to solve fundamental problems of society ranging from climate change to energy security. We believe that superb engineering and radical entrepreneurial thinking is needed to tackle major challenges of the upcoming decades.
With our investments we empower startups, which will make a difference both within their industry and beyond. We look out for teams who question the status quo and think big. Our founders should be rigorous executors and creative visionaries who are restless to disrupt their industries.
We support successful early stage and growth phase startups with no geographical limitation. Through our industrial investor base, we have access to extensive resources (e.g., R&D facilities, global market reach, mass production capabilities). Our portfolio companies can actively leverage our investor’s domain expertise and knowledge base in the fields of Cooling-, Heating- and Energy-technology, Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things. Whether it is developer capacity or prototyping experience, we want to build bridges and open doors whenever possible.