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It is tough to be a venture fund in Eastern Europe. The region, broken down into more than 20 countries, has diverse economies, from struggling Moldova to prosperous Slovenia. Besides it is separated by languages, causing further communication difficulties.
Yet Jan Habermann of Credo Ventures is optimistic that the Credo Week, a set of meetings between Venture fund and the entrepreneurs in Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia will be a productive networking event.
“Our objective is to increase our brand awareness, to let entrepreneurs know that there is capital available for them. We would like to play an important role in building an ecosystem, which brings together investors, entrepreneurs and industry observers. so even if we won’t find an investment opportunity this time, it will offer us a chance to introduce ourselves to the entrepreneurial community and start a dialogue,” he explains.
Credo Ventures has raised its 20 million Euro early stage fund from private individuals. It aims to invest in the businesses operating in IT, internet and healthcare industries and which have a potential to grow globally.
The size of a typical investment is between 250 000 to 2 million Euros. Geographically the fund invests in Central and Eastern Europe, and would also look at companies operating in multiple locations (for example if the R&D team is based in Romania, whilst the key people reside in the United Kingdom).
Come and meet the team of Credo Ventures on the following dates:
31 August 2011 Ljulbljana, Slovenia
9:00 – 12:00 Kiberpipa, Kersnikova 6, 1000 Ljubljana Slovenija
31 August 2011 Zagreb, Croatia.
17:00 – 22:00 Business Center Almeria, Vjekoslava Heinzela 69, Zagreb, Croatia (Entrance B, 2nd Floor)
1 September 2011 Budapest, Hungary
13:00-18:00 Ybl Palace – Ybl Palota, 12 Károlyi Mihály, 1053 Budapest, Hungary
2 September 2011 Bratislava, Slovakia
09:00 to 12:00 Palffyho palac, Zamocka 47, Bratislava, Slovakia
+44 (020) 3290 3544
vita at goaleurope dot com