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As the daily deals industry matures, its first wave entrepreneurs are moving onto the new projects. I moderated a CEE daily deals panel just in March 2012. Since then the founder and CEO of the Czech and leading CEE daily deals site Slevomat Group Tom Cupr has founded an investment firm Slevomat Ventures which has backed the online food ordering service Pizzatime.sz.
Now, Tomasz Dalach, the co-founder of the Gruper.pl, the second after Groupon daily deals site in Poland has announced establishment of a new venture fund called Onlinepartners.pl. The company plans to offer seed funding, as well as strategic and operational support to startups and aims to be something of a mix of an investment fund and a startup factory. The founders of Onlinepartners Dalach and his long-time partner of Gruper time Marcin Mikolajczyk will not only invest, but will also support the startup founders with marketing, sales, PR, fundraising and myriad of other tasks startups need to deal with, but find shortage of time or resources.
Inevitably, the fund plans to back startups with high growth potential in the area of Internet, mobile solutions and new media. It has even made its first investment into the polish analog of 99designs called Corton.pl, founded by Bartosz Gryszko and Lena Kostylewa.
Corton.pl is a marketplace for crowd-sourced graphic design, aimed at small and medium-sized businesses. Another investor is Boguslaw Kajdrys, the president of CAD / CAM Solution and the winner of the Forbes’ diamonds in 2011.
We are not told about the size of the fund or intended investments, but given the experience of the founders it is well worth sending a funding deck over to to Dalach and Mikolajczyk.
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