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everything is like a dream,
therefore anything is possible

people matter
work on what’s truly important

Polish Investment Fund provides venture assistance and strategic advice
to entrepreneurs working on breakthrough technologies.

We play a crucial role throughout the value chain of enterprise creation,
from the earliest stages of intellectual property development to mid and later-stage.
Since its inception,
we have successfully partnered with owners and management teams to achieve their goals by applying our deep industry
and operating expertise and acting as trusted partners.

have courage
– ignore conventional wisdom

We assume that a reasonable portion of the risks and milestones associated with seed-type investments have been mitigated, though we understand there is still significant technology and execution risk. While our focus remains on the capabilities of the underlying technology, we want to understand what risks remain (and what you’re doing to mitigate them), as well as your production / go-to-market approach.

But clear identification of the key success variables and missing pieces is important.

don’t assume — analyze

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.

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Wojciech Szapiel

Managing Partner

Wojciech focuses on strategy, transaction structuring and portfolio development. He also oversees the development of PIF’s Executive Network. Wojciech serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Boards in portfolio companies. In addition, he was an Investment Director in Science2Business the largest incubator of innovation to the Polish scientists, engineers and creators. Previously, he was Head […]

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Wojciech Szapiel

Managing Partner

Wojciech focuses on strategy, transaction structuring and portfolio development. He also oversees the development of PIF’s Executive Network. Wojciech serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Boards in portfolio companies. In addition, he was an Investment Director in Science2Business the largest incubator of innovation to the Polish scientists, engineers and creators. Previously, he was Head of the Public Sector in Capgemini, Sales Director in Comarch S.A. and National Power Plc in London. Wojciech is a lecturer at various universities and frequently speaks in Poland and abroad on innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Wojciech graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology Business School prestigious program of the Academy of Leadership Psychology. He also holds a degree in Intellectual Property Law from University of Gdansk, Finance Management from Leon Kozminski Academy, MA in Quantitative Methods in Economics & Information Systems from Warsaw School of Economics and BA in Management from National Louis University. He is currently studying the Corporate Innovation at the Stanford University.

Marek Racięski

Partner

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), […]

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Marek Racięski

Partner

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), Capgemini Poland – leader in the field of consulting, technology, outsourcing services (Vice-President), ComArch S.A. (Vice-President responsible for sales strategy development), Danfoss Poland (Vice-President), Digital Equipment Poland (Sales and Marketing Manager and Managing Director, responsible for managing of the Sygneta company in Poland and the Baltic states), Compaq Computer Corporation (Senior District Sales Manager, Europe-Middle East & Africa). In 1993, he collaborated on Polish branch of the Compaq Computer, effectively managing the company’s expansion in the Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian markets.
He graduated from the Advanced Management Programme, INSEAD (France).

Jacek Markowski

Partner

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 […]

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Jacek Markowski
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Jacek Markowski

Partner

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 rescuing, project risk management, as well as business process optimization. He carried out several dozen consulting projects for companies from the power engineering, fuel, telecommunications and financial sector. He specializes in issues from the field of renewable power engineering and waste management.
Jacek graduated from the Szczecin University and Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Mines De Saint-Etienne.

Dariusz Brzeziński

Partner

He has a 20-year experience in strategic and corporate finance projects for international corporations, including those from the list Fortune 500, leading polish firms and companies from SME sector. 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 […]

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Dariusz Brzeziński

Partner

He has a 20-year experience in strategic and corporate finance projects for international corporations, including those from the list Fortune 500, leading polish firms and companies from SME sector. 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 Vice-President of DGA SA and President of APAX Consulting Group.
Dariusz acquired a master’s degree at Warsaw School of Economics. He also finished the management program at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark and many specialized courses and trainings.

Adam Kopiczko

Partner

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 […]

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Adam Kopiczko

Partner

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 a publication on alternative vehicle power supply and application of ecological fuels, both in popular and in specialist press.
Adam graduated from National Louis University.

Marcin Łaskawski

Partner

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 […]

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Marcin Łaskawski
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Marcin Łaskawski

Partner

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 the area of strategy, process optimization, change management, financial controlling and operating gained in consulting firms (Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young), international corporations (Carrefour Group) and Polish companies, at the highest levels of managerial. Marcin is active in the area of new technologies and projects at an early stage of development. He participated in the structuring and verification of dozens of innovative startups.
He graduted from University of London with the MBA from the financial management. In addition, he completed management & marketing, and strategic management at the National Louis University (BA/MA), dedicated management program for financial directors in the ESCP-EAP (Paris) and a number of specialized courses and training.

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