We help founders from day zero, when the DNA of their businesses first takes shape
At PIF, we care about the health of people and the environment in which they live. We attract doctors, engineers, programmers and entrepreneurs who share these values and want to bring breakthrough concepts to market. We want to partner with those who are passionate and driven. We choose not to work with people who are primarily interested in making money. We invest in entrepreneurs with a passion to innovate in healthcare and green technologies and turn them into world-changing businesses.
EBAN honored us with the Impact Investment of the Year in Europe (2010)
Most venture capital (VC) investments fail—not because the product is wrong or the market does not exist. If it were the case, VCs would not have invested at the first place. The principle reason start-ups fail is poor execution. Most technical entrepreneurs – especially in emerging economies like Poland – are either too young or the come from the ivory tower of academia. They have never worked in real businesses, let alone managed one.
PIF supports them with in three non-financial ways:
1) A shared service center for the accounting, legal, IT and presentation needs of our portfolio companies.
2) Business experience. Each of our partners has over 20 years of experience. We have been directors of major international consultancies, as well as CFOs and CEOs of operating firms. Early on, we identify missing and recline in each team and recruit missing executives. We personally and actively support each team through consulting and mentoring.
3) Expertise. We work with business and technical experts, in Poland and abroad, in healthcare and green technologies.
We prefer brutal honesty to hypocritical politeness. We seldom vote against management teams in our board roles, but we can have strong opinions.
Once we pick a management team, we back it and don’t second-guess it. We are less about sweet talk and more about helping you build a business. We are definitely not about controlling ownership in your business.
Wojciech is a visionary leader, entrepreneur, and recognized expert in innovation strategy. He has advised clients in a range of industries including high tech and industrials. Wojciech has over 20 years of experience, including 10-years in PE/VC. He obtained a diploma in Private Equity & Venture Capital from Bocconi University (Milan). He is a Certified […]Read more
Senior executive with a solid track record of rapid and radical improvement in both top and bottom line. Piotr’s 30-year career has been split almost evenly between consulting firms and non-consulting firms. As Senior Consultant at KPMG, Senior Associate at McKinsey and Country Head of Insurance and Strategy at Accenture, he participated in and led […]Read more
Dariusz has twenty-five years of experience in high managerial positions. He worked in Ernst & Young Poland, at the beginning as a Chief of Market Advisory Department and next as a Senior Manager and Chief of Strategy and Operational Improvement Department. He also served as a Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer of Capgemini Poland, then […]Read more
Marcin is an expert in strategy, operational efficiency and business development. Developed and implemented a number of projects to optimize business activities and restructuring programs for multinational corporations, leading Polish companies and firms from the SME sector. He participated in the investment’ processes of a value exceeding 1 billion euro (M&A / greenfield). Experience in […]Read more
Tomasz combines consulting experience with many years of managerial practice in financial services, pharmaceutical, energy, consumer goods and retail sectors. For the last 15 years Tomasz has been managing projects in strategy development and implementation, restructuring as well as merger and acquisitions areas. He worked for large privately owned companies, small and medium enterprises as […]Read more
Jacek is a top executive manager with strategy consulting background proven in transitional environment especially in the healthcare sector. Up to 2015 he held a CEO position in one of the largest Polish food&beverage businesses. Previously, Jacek was an Advisory Director in PwC, leading the Strategy Group in Warsaw, where he did around 100 consulting […]Read more
Marek combines extensive knowledge and competence in international expansion process management and introducing companies into foreign markets, operational management and sales. He has broad experience gained in international corporations. His former employers include JP Mergers & Finance, one of the leading German companies in the scope of M&A, technological and financial consultancy (Partner, Senior Adviser), […]Read more
Manager with broad experience in managing and implementation of various, interdisciplinary projects. For more than ten years he worked in leading auditing and consulting companies (Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young); as a Senior Manager, he was responsible for development and management of teams and methodologists in the field of project and programme management, impaired project […]Read more
Expert in the field of generating business and financial models, financial modelling and project development in such industries as: power engineering, fuel industry, construction, automotive industry. In his professional career, he implemented numerous investment projects, e.g. in the fuel industry, cooperating, for instance, with Exxon Mobil/Esso, DEA, Orlen, Rafineria Gdańska/Lotos. He is the author of […]Read more