Poland

ESIL Angel: Jacek Blonski

Bio at a glance

Jacek Blonski is a Board Member of APER Angels Network, Managing Partner at Zernike META Ventures Ingenium Poland, an independent Board Member of Business Angels Europe and a Partner in META Group. Previously, he was CEO of Lewiatan Business Angels.

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APER Angels

APER Angels is one of the most active group in Poland in terms of the number of deals and value of the deals in the last 4 years co-investing very often with VC funds in the seed, series A and B rounds. From 2014 to 2018 investors associated with APER Angels invested more than 20M EUR into 26 deals in the co-investment model with BA Funds called Ingenium Poland that is operating under National Capital Fund initiative.

Early stage investing in Poland today:

  • Angel investing isn’t quite as well known or understood in Poland as it is in the United States, for example, but the infrastructure to facilitate it is developing.
  • There are at least eight regional or international networks in the country at present

My goals in Poland

  • Further development of the local BA market by growing numbers of angels, professionalization and bringing best practices from more experienced countries
  • Increasing number of deals and private BA investment into start-ups
  • Exchange best practice and know how between investors
  • Increase number of co-investment deals – either between BA’s and BA co-investment funds

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