Team

Experienced and complementary team

GPV is run by a complementary and experienced team of Internet entrepreneurs, corporate financiers, and investment professionals, with experience gained throughout Europe, United States, Africa, and Asia. GPV also offers a broad network of global business contacts, allowing portfolio companies to enter foreign markets with the highest degree of support and backing.

Zeev Holtzman

Chairman of the Investment Committee

Founder and Chairman of the Giza Venture Capital group. More than 30 years of experience in VC and investment banking. Chairman of the Investment Committee of Giza Polish Ventures. Founded the Giza Group in 1985 and Giza Venture Capital in 1992.

Founder and Chairman of the Giza Venture Capital group. More than 30 years of experience in VC and investment banking. Chairman of the Investment Committee of Giza Polish Ventures. Founded the Giza Group in 1985 and Giza Venture Capital in 1992.

Apart from VC investing, he was also a representative of Credit Suisse First Boston and Alex Brown in Israel; held top positions in the largest Israeli financial institutions and in Technion (Israel Institute of Technology). Zeev holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Zygmunt Grajkowski

Managing Partner

25 years of experience in corporate finance and new technology investments. From 1996 to 2002, Partner at Enterprise Investors – a company managing the largest VC/PE funds in the CEE region.

25 years of experience in corporate finance and new technology investments. From 1996 to 2002, Partner at Enterprise Investors – a company managing the largest VC/PE funds in the CEE region.

Zygmunt was previously a director of the M&A department at Price Waterhouse Poland. Since 2003, as part of his company Value Based Management Consulting, he has completed more than 70 capital and strategic consulting transactions in Poland and Central Europe.

Zygmunt graduated from the Faculty of Electronics at Wrocław University of Technology and holds a postgraduate diploma in Capital Investments and Financial Management from the Wrocław University of Economics.

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Marek Borzestowski

General Partner

Entrepreneur; founder of Internet companies. Over 15 years of experience as a co-owner and board member of Wirtualna Polska, InteliWISE, Gruper.pl, and Mind The Kids. Founder of the first Polish Think Tank – The Sobieski Institute.

Entrepreneur; founder of Internet companies. Over 15 years of experience as a co-owner and board member of Wirtualna Polska, InteliWISE, Gruper.pl, and Mind The Kids. Founder of the first Polish Think Tank – The Sobieski Institute.

Graduate of Gdańsk University of Technology, Marek also studied at the Swansea University. He conducted research at Kernforschungszentrum in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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Tal Mizrahi

Partner & CFO

At GPV, Tal is responsible for finance, accounting, administration and tax issues, and contributing his financial expertise to the fund's investment activity.

At GPV, Tal is responsible for finance, accounting, administration and tax issues, and contributing his financial expertise to the fund's investment activity.

Previously, Tal was the Director of Finance at PortAuthority Technologies, a security software company acquired by Websense Inc. in 2006. Prior to that, he served as VP - Finance at Zinook, an investment company focused on seed stage technology companies, and was Senior Associate at Kesselman & Kesselman, PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tel Aviv.

Tal is a certified public accountant and holds an LLM in law from Bar Ilan University and a BA in accounting and business management from the College of Management.

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Wojciech Olszenka

Partner & Investment Manager

Wojciech has 10 years of experience in strategic consulting, mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the new technology area. He specializes in business analyses of technological companies, including identification of key intellectual assets.

Wojciech has 10 years of experience in strategic consulting, mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the new technology area. He specializes in business analyses of technological companies, including identification of key intellectual assets.

Wojciech has performed numerous due diligence analyses and has actively participated in the creation of long-term development strategies for several dozen companies, including innovative technological startups.

At Giza Polish Ventures, Wojciech is responsible for the analysis of investment projects and subsequent support in the management process of portfolio companies. He is a graduate of University of Economics in Katowice and holds a postgraduate diploma in IT studies from the Silesian University.

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Ewa Abel

Partner

Junior Partner at Giza Polish Ventures. Ewa holds a BS in Business and International Finance from Oxford Brookes in Great Britain as well as a MS in Finance from EDHEC Business School in France.

Junior Partner at Giza Polish Ventures. Ewa holds a BS in Business and International Finance from Oxford Brookes in Great Britain as well as a MS in Finance from EDHEC Business School in France.

She has previously worked as an analyst in the investment banking sales department of Diamond Capital in Nigeria. At Giza Polish Ventures, Ewa is responsible for initial analysis of the investment prospects and—in the further stages of the investment process—for business and intellectual capital due diligence.

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Adam Donocik

Business Analyst

Business analyst at Giza Polish Ventures, Adam is a graduate of St. Albans School and Georgetown University, holding a joint degree in political science and economics with the highest honors (summa cum laude). Before GPV, Adam gained his professional experience in an Israeli social gaming startup and an energy-oriented investment fund.

At Giza Polish Ventures, Adam's responsibilities include searching for the new investment projects, conducting business due diligence, and drafting investment memoranda and term sheets. Before GPV, Adam gained his professional experience in an Israeli social gaming startup and an energy-oriented investment fund.

He is a graduate of St. Albans School and Georgetown University, holding a joint degree in political science and economics with the highest honors (summa cum laude); member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. Also studied at the SOAS, University of London, where he focused on Chinese language and Chinese legal history.

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Shmuel Chafets

Venture Partner

Over 10 years of experience in business development and creating enterprise strategies. Previously a VP at EBP, a Polish-based holding company focusing on infrastructure and alternative energy, and in GCS, a leading Israeli consultancy dealing with Central Europe. Shmuel has also served in several positions in the Israeli government and parliament.

Over 10 years of experience in business development and creating enterprise strategies. Previously a VP at EBP, a Polish-based holding company focusing on infrastructure and alternative energy, and in GCS, a leading Israeli consultancy dealing with Central Europe. Shmuel has also served in several positions in the Israeli government and parliament.

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Yuval Avni

Venture Partner

Dr. Yuval Avni is a trained medical doctor and holds a Bachelor’s degree (with honors) from the Technion (Israeli Technology Institute) in medical science. As a practitioner with long-standing experience in medical technologies, in Giza Polish Ventures Yuval will deal with analysis of investment projects in the fields of biotechnology and new medical equipment.

Dr. Yuval Avni is a trained medical doctor and holds a Bachelor’s degree (with honors) from the Technion (Israeli Technology Institute) in medical science. For many years he worked as a general and vascular surgeon in the Carmel Medical Centre in Israel. He conducted broad clinical and academic research in the areas of human genetics, general surgery and vascular surgery. He is currently the VP in Giza Venture Capital. As a practitioner with long-standing experience in medical technologies, in Giza Polish Ventures Yuval will deal with analysis of investment projects in the fields of biotechnology and new medical equipment.

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Andre Spark

Venture Partner

Andre has twenty years of experience on both the buy and sell side of emerging markets and technology investing. He co-managed Credit Suisse First Boston's investment banking operations in Warsaw, was a Director responsible for the European semiconductor and IT hardware industries at CSFB Technology Group in London and made technology and internet investments for Prokom Software.

Andre has twenty years of experience on both the buy and sell side of emerging markets and technology investing. He co-managed Credit Suisse First Boston's investment banking operations in Warsaw, was a Director responsible for the European semiconductor and IT hardware industries at CSFB Technology Group in London and made technology and internet investments for Prokom Software.

Andre is a graduate of Cornell, Harvard, and the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude. He started his career as a corporate finance lawyer at the Cravath firm in New York.

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Anna Łuczyńska

In-house Counsel

Lawyer with several years of experience in advising clients on investment transactions. From 1995 to 2005 worked at renowned Polish law firm, advising private equity and venture capital investment funds.

Lawyer with several years of experience in advising clients on investment transactions. From 1995 to 2005 worked at renowned Polish law firm, advising private equity and venture capital investment funds.

Associated with GPV since 2012; deals with legal support of investment processes and issues related to the wider corporate law. Graduate of the University of Łódź, also graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics with postgraduate diploma in Finance and Banking.

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Marcin Zając

Financial Controller

Over 10 years of experience in creation of financial models reflecting company operations, including large international stock-listed companies, as well as small innovative startups. Marcin prepared evaluation models for several dozen companies.

Over 10 years of experience in creation of financial models reflecting company operations, including large international stock-listed companies, as well as small innovative startups. Marcin prepared evaluation models for several dozen companies.

At Giza Polish Ventures, he is responsible for preparing financial models of the analyzed innovative companies and constructing on their basis evaluation instrument with the use of methodologies relevant to knowledge-based companies, that is evaluation of the intellectual assets enriching traditional methods like EVA, DCF, or APV.

He graduated from Private School of Business and Administration and holds a postgraduate diploma in Managing the Value of Company from Warsaw School of Economics.

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