Author: Marcin Popiel

Foundation for Polish Science, Leon Kozminski Academy and Black Pearls VC  will support Polish startups that have developed unique, advanced technologies with great market potential. Creation of new investment fund will be they key to do it. The model of cooperation between the institutions of science and business implies active searching for investment projects in the academic and scientific community,  providing them with management support, investment capital and assistance in entering international markets. The concept will be realized by establishing a new investment fund focused on Deep Tech projects based on unique, scalable and difficult to copy technologies developed by Polish startups. With potential success of application to the Polish Development Fund Starter Program and participation of private and institutional investors, the funds capitalisation will reach € 15m. The Foundation for Polish Science has been in operation since 1991. It is

We have been thinking for some time about doing this, time has come to act. We decided to use medium.com as the platform has international range and thus - is perfect for companies operating in global environment. We already have an experienced blogger in our team. Black Pearls VC Venture Partner Ewa Treitz has written a few interesting texts dedicated to VC/innovation industry in Poland and CEE, as well as on robotics (one her fields of expertise). Also, Black Pearls VC Managing Partner Alexander Lubański made his debut recently and commented on the newly-published Polish Startups Report 2017. Expect more of our activity on Medium in the following months, we hope you will find it interesting to know us a little bit more. https://medium.com/black-pearls-vc

As it is still quite young, Polish innovations and VC industry needs knowledge, good practices and worldwide network to keep up the global pace and use its great potential. We decided that the cradle of the industry is the best place to get them from. Palo Alto, California, Kauffman Fellows – Class 22. That’s where our Marcin P. Kowalik spent a week of his time in June. Our Managing Partner is actually the second Black Pearls VC team member to take part in the Program, as Ewa Treitz succesfully completed her course last year.

For the first time, company from Poland won the international Startup Europe Awards, promoted by the European Commission. Wojciech Syroski, founder of Robocamp, received the award in Brussels in June. 84 startups from 14 diferent countries participated in the finals. We are writing about this, as the victors have common past with Black Pearls VC, being one of the first companies our Managing Partner, Marcin P. Kowalik, decided to invest in.

We had a great pleasure of joining the infoShare's Digital Healthcare Hackathon. Our Venture Partner Piotr Pągowski was a Jury member and CFO Hubert Szczołek was a business development and financing expert. After two days of working with great startups  our representatives decided to distinguish some teams and their projects (StethoMe, Laparo and CardioCube) for their compliance with our Life Quality Technologies principles and invite them for further talks regarding future cooperation. Black Pearls VC supports innovations improving the quality of human life to address most pressing social changes, particularly within the scope of demographics (aging societies), labour and business. With our LQT Fund II recently established with support of National Centre for Research and Development, we are looking for top-quality R&D projects to develop and commercialize.  

Another step in the implementation of Black Pearls VC growth strategy has been taken. We have become a member of Invest Europe (previously EVCA) – the association representing Europe’s private equity, venture capital and infrastructure sectors, as well as and their investors. The organisation is guarding the industry’s professional standards, demanding accountability, good governance and transparency from the members.