We explore, develop
and commercialize
innovations

about

About

We have invested in dozens of projects at various stages of development and made many successful exits with outstanding rates of return.

Since the inception of our company we engage in R&D activities constituting the foundation of innovation. We benefit in this area from the long-standing experience, know-how and network of Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization, our strategic partner – The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft – thanks to our close cooperation with the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy in Leipzig.

Companies are failing every day, but people don’t. We believe that in contrast to individual investments, putting a bet on exceptional talents and teams of innovators, and building long-term relationships with them, constitutes the most valuable asset.

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  • Filip Granek, CTO and Co-founder at XTPL

    The development of a nanotechnology startup requires taking effective action on many fronts: R&D activities, cooperation with international patent office in the field of intellectual property protection, fundraising, establishment of contacts with scientific and industry partners at home and abroad.

    In all these areas we can count on the great support and active involvement of the Leonarto team. The modus operandi of Leonarto perfectly reflects the meaning of the phrase “smart money”.

    Filip Granek, CTO and Co-founder at XTPL
  • Łukasz Pawełek, General Director at Bioavlee

    Leonarto is for Bioavlee an invaluable partner in formulating and implementing strategic plans towards sustainable development. The focus on providing an atmosphere of openness that supports unfettered exchange of ideas, views and experiences are the features of our daily relationships.

    The support and advice of an experienced team of specialists at Leonarto invariably turn out to be very useful for us in building strategic advantages and key operational improvements.

    The existing cooperation with Leonarto has brought Bioavlee benefits beyond our expectations.

    Łukasz Pawełek, General Director at Bioavlee
  • Patrycja Wizińska-Socha, Co-founder and CEO at Nestmedic

    The transition path from idea to our product (Pregnabit) required a combination of competences and resources from many areas. Getting to the stage where we are today would not be possible without the professional and relational support of the Leonarto team.

    Patrycja Wizińska-Socha, Co-founder and CEO at Nestmedic
  • Wojciech Roskiewicz, Managing Director, B+R Accelerator @ Fraunhofer MOEZ

    The place of development and absorption of innovation is not limited to the domestic market. Many solutions must look early to alternative markets. Internationalization is our daily bread at Fraunhofer MOEZ. We are pleased that we can share our experiences in this field with Leonarto and support R&D projects with the Polish element in identifying their potential in selected markets.

    Wojciech Roskiewicz, Managing Director, B+R Accelerator @ Fraunhofer MOEZ
  • Filip Granek, CTO and Co-founder at XTPL

    The development of a nanotechnology startup requires taking effective action on many fronts: R&D activities, cooperation with international patent office in the field of intellectual property protection, fundraising, establishment of contacts with scientific and industry partners at home and abroad.

    In all these areas we can count on the great support and active involvement of the Leonarto team. The modus operandi of Leonarto perfectly reflects the meaning of the phrase “smart money”.

    Filip Granek, CTO and Co-founder at XTPL
  • Łukasz Pawełek, General Director at Bioavlee

    Leonarto is for Bioavlee an invaluable partner in formulating and implementing strategic plans towards sustainable development. The focus on providing an atmosphere of openness that supports unfettered exchange of ideas, views and experiences are the features of our daily relationships.

    The support and advice of an experienced team of specialists at Leonarto invariably turn out to be very useful for us in building strategic advantages and key operational improvements.

    The existing cooperation with Leonarto has brought Bioavlee benefits beyond our expectations.

    Łukasz Pawełek, General Director at Bioavlee
  • Patrycja Wizińska-Socha, Co-founder and CEO at Nestmedic

    The transition path from idea to our product (Pregnabit) required a combination of competences and resources from many areas. Getting to the stage where we are today would not be possible without the professional and relational support of the Leonarto team.

    Patrycja Wizińska-Socha, Co-founder and CEO at Nestmedic
  • Wojciech Roskiewicz, Managing Director, B+R Accelerator @ Fraunhofer MOEZ

    The place of development and absorption of innovation is not limited to the domestic market. Many solutions must look early to alternative markets. Internationalization is our daily bread at Fraunhofer MOEZ. We are pleased that we can share our experiences in this field with Leonarto and support R&D projects with the Polish element in identifying their potential in selected markets.

    Wojciech Roskiewicz, Managing Director, B+R Accelerator @ Fraunhofer MOEZ
our-team

People

At Leonardo, we believe that passion and diversity of competencies on the team are the key prerequisites for the creation of original solutions and the pursuit of ambitious objectives.

Konrad Pankiewicz

Konrad Pankiewicz

Managing Partner, Investor View Details
Cezary Iwan

Cezary Iwan

Investment Director View Details
Anna Karpeta

Anna Karpeta

Associate Partner, Investment Manager View Details
Prof. Karol Kozak

Prof. Karol Kozak

Technology & R&D Consultant View Details
Marcin Bruś

Marcin Bruś

Business Development Director View Details
Konrad Krajewski

Konrad Krajewski

Business Development Manager View Details
Magdalena Surowiec

Magdalena Surowiec

Managing Partner View Details
Konrad Pankiewicz

Konrad Pankiewicz

Managing Partner, Investor

A graduate of the Wrocław University of Economics, Faculty of Management and Computer Science. For 16 years has been working in sales and marketing. Co-founder and CEO of SMT Group (formerly ADV). He has 9 years of experience in capital markets and is responsible for almost all acquisitions and new businesses (subsidiaries) within the SMT Group. He was directly responsible for the debut of ADV.pl SA on the NewConnect market and the transition of the company – Grupa ADV SA – to the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Under his supervision, the Group went public with SMT Software SA and Codemedia SA. He was directly responsible for attracting institutional investors to the shareholding of the SMT Group.

As CEO of SMT SA (WSE) Konrad raised its value from PLN 24 million in 2007 to 202 million n 2015. In 2011 he received a special award in the Entrepreneur of the Year competition organized by Ernst & Young “for innovative and unique solutions in the area of digital communications, innovative technologies and e-commerce.”

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SMT SA, the European Medical Fund SA, XTPL SA and Codemedia SA. Member of the Supervisory Board of Bioavlee Sp. z o. o. and Storic Sp. z o. o.

Cezary Iwan

Cezary Iwan

Investment Director

Economist, obtained Master’s and PhD degrees from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Scholar of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung).

From 2010 to 2014, Cezary coordinated all activities related to the identification, evaluation, and commercialization of innovations through the formation of early-stage technology start-ups at the Wrocław Research Centre EIT+, under the framework of the project „Accelerator EIT+ of innovative companies with hybrid industry profiles” (total budget PLN 13 million) financed from public funds under Measure 3.1 of the Operational Program Innovative Economy (POIG). 14 companies were established as a result of the implementation of the project. Additionally, in the time period 2012-2014 Cezary was involved in the ownership supervision through membership in the supervisory boards of most of the portfolio companies of WRC EIT+.

Economic Expert of the National Centre for Research and Development and Polish Agency for Enterprise Development.
Graduate of the scholarship program “Top500 Innovators: Science, Management, Commercialization” of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education at Stanford University in California (2012).
He gained his first professional experience in international corporations, participating in, among others, the creation of the Wrocław branch of Google.

Anna Karpeta

Anna Karpeta

Associate Partner, Investment Manager

Graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics (Finance and Accounting) and the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main (International Business).

In the years 2013-2016 she was the director and co-owner of the investment fund Platinum Seed Incubator, which at that time was the grant beneficiary under Measure 3.1 of the Operational Programme Innovative Economy. She took an active part in the evaluation of business plans, pre-incubation of companies and supervised the activities of more than a dozen portfolio companies.

She gained prior professional experience in international financial corporations, including Deloitte, KPMG, Bosch, Global Audit Partner.

Anna is the president of the Platinum Foundation, which aims to promote entrepreneurship, the creation of instruments of cooperation between science, business and public institutions based on modern solutions, as well as the development of international cooperation in the implementation of innovation.

Prof. Karol Kozak

Prof. Karol Kozak

Technology & R&D Consultant

Prof. Karol Kozak is in charge of Biomedical Computer Science Unit at Fraunhofer Society and Medical Faculty, Dresden University of Technology. He plays a leading role in defining the strategy for organizing management of large scale image data. He is responsible for internationalization of R&D activities between industry & academia.

During his PhD time Karol Kozak became an expert in statistical pattern recognition applied to large scale screening data. Karol Kozak has been influential in the development of image NoSQL/InMemory Databases for Life Science and data mining tools for High Throughput, High Content Screening (HCS) over the 8 years at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetic in Dresden (Germany) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland).

He studied Computer Science and Electro-technique at the Technical University in Radom, Poland, and Computer Science at Technical University Dresden, Germany. He received his Dr. rer. nat. degree from Max Planck Society in cooperation with Silesian University of Technology, Poland. Karol Kozak was awarded in 2012 as Junior Professor for Bioinformatics at Philips Marburg University, Germany (offer was not accepted). He became doctor habilitatus in the field of biotechnology. He accepted in 2014 visiting extraordinary professorship position at Computer Science Department of University of Economy in Wroclaw, Poland and associated professor at University of Warszawa.

He has published one book, 6 books/book chapters and 49 papers in scientific journals with high impact factor in the areas of computational methods for large scale biomedical data. He is a member of: Society for Biomolecular Screening, CUDA Nvida Center, German BioImaging, European BioImaging.

Karol Kozak is co-founder and CTO at Nauru Sp. z o. o., a technology company engaged in software development for multidimensional data visualization. The company was established on June 15, 2012, thanks to the funding of the Wrocław Research Centre EIT + Sp. z o. o. within the framework of measure 3.1 POIG (Operational Program Innovative Economy).

At Leonarto Prof. Kozak serves as a consultant in the following areas: evaluation of investment projects, management of R&D activities and cooperation with foreign partners.

Marcin Bruś

Marcin Bruś

Business Development Director

An experienced leader with a strong track record of building high performing teams and businesses. Combines expertise in both traditional marketing and digital tools, to build brands and sales in the fast changing, mobile and social world. Currently, Marcin leads commercialization and value growth for a portfolio of early stage companies.

Previously, Marcin worked as Head of CEE at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Marcin worked for nearly 12 years in brand management in Procter & Gamble. He worked on 3 of the company’s billion-dollar brands in Poland and in Switzerland (HQ for CEEMEA).

Strong track record of several major business turnarounds, game-changing marketing innovations, and advertising developments. Extensive experience in internal and external roles (sales/ shopper marketing at global retailer level).

At Leonarto, Marcin is responsible for investment supervision, daily support for portfolio companies, and commercialization of R&D projects.

Konrad Krajewski

Konrad Krajewski

Business Development Manager

Informatics and management graduate from the Wroclaw University of Technology.
He gained experience in production studio Xantus SA and Synaptise SA, company which realizes R&D projects.

At Leonarto, Konrad is responsible for search new projects with high investment potentia, development, and commercialization R&D projects.

Magdalena Surowiec

Magdalena Surowiec

Managing Partner

15 years of experience in management and marketing has been gained by working in Lemon Sky, one of the leading digital agencies in Poland.
Starting from the role of Project Manager, she had the opportunity to co-create and implement effective marketing campaigns for brands such as Nestle, Orange, Tesco.
In the years 2010-2014 she was the President of the Management Board responsible for the long-term growth of the company. Market position, agency value, customer portfolio sparked interest in global advertising companies, and as a result, in March 2014, Lemon Sky became part of J.Walter Thompson’s -the oldest world wide agency.

In addition, lecturer at the University of Wrocław, shares with students her experiences how to build brand image in the world of traditional and digital media.

Magda has extensive experience in developing business strategies, building effective teams (especially in the tech-creative environment), managing crisis situations, planning and implementing sales and marketing strategies.

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Value proposition

FOR ENTREPRENEURS & INVENTORS

We invest in technology-driven business ventures at early stages of development. We provide inventors with all the necessary resources and comprehensive professional, operational and networking support at each part of the value creation chain.


Whether you are working on an innovative medical device, a new solution in the area of robotics, a web-based platform, or a new drug, let us know about it.

If we recognize the market potential of your project, we will eagerly roll up our sleeves and help you succeed, using our experience, know-how, and network of contacts.

FOR COMPANIES

In addition to investing in early-stage technology projects, we also provide expert services. These cover business consulting, technology brokerage, managerial and analytical support, as well as customer acquisition and financing for innovative projects (from private and/or public sources).


We help companies from various industries to solve technological problems and to introduce new products and processes. One of the key success drivers is our extensive network in academia and close cooperation with numerous R&D centres in Poland and abroad.

FOR INVESTORS

We cooperate readily with seed capital investors and VC funds to engage in co-investments and to exchange information, experiences, and contacts. We believe that creating rivalries among investors doesn’t create a lot of value. For us, working together to build great companies and stimulate entrepreneurship is what creates a lot of value.

With this message in mind, we created our own business angels network (Leonarto Business Angels) and a community of VC investors (VC Leonarto Associates).

portfolio

Portfolio

We invest in technological projects with high commercial potential and global ambitions.
Please find below the profiles of our portfolio companies.

BIOAVLEE
diabetic experts
Pregnabit
Venusmedic
S2 Sp. z o.o.
XTPL
Storic
QUARTICON
partners

Partners

Alliances and multifunctional collaboration for development and value creation are encoded in the DNA of Leonarto.
We proudly present to you our strategic partners.

Leonarto Alfa
top500 innovators
tech Brainers
Malujda - Kancelaria Radcy Prawnego
Design Thinking

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