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Michał Olszewski and Radosław Czyrko: Why is it worth investing in early stage startups? (podcast)

Tar Heel Capital Pathfinder and Movens Capital are VC funds that focus primarily on early stage startups. Such funding requires not only courage, but also investment intuition, knowledge, faith in the project and proper preparation. But why can such investments be profitable for VC funds?

– Most people hearing about investing in startups at an early stage of development may think that it is easy and pleasant. For me, however, such projects are more interesting. You work a lot more with people than with numbers, you create more ideas and new ideas, which is extremely inspiring. Working with young people from the very beginning gives a lot of satisfaction. Investing at this early stage is difficult and statistics say that most funds investing at an early stage will make a loss. Investors by the fact that it is more difficult – expect a higher rate of return, even a hundredfold – says Radosław Czyrko of Tar Heel Capital Pathfinder.

In the latest episode of Podcast, we also discuss the topic of exits from investments, the so-called exits and how to do it well.

– We had two exits from companies that we made before Movens Venture Capital was constituted in the form in which it operates today, i.e. under the startup program. Those were Netsprint and Packhelp. We exited those as part of other investment funds. It’s a practice that has taken shape in recent years,” says Michal Olszewski of Movens Capital.

Check out the latest episode of the Podcast.

Listen also:

  • Adam Jesionkiewicz became famous on the startup scene thanks to his company Ifinity. However, he sold it in 2021 and devoted himself entirely to his project – Astrography. That is, a startup selling high-resolution fine-art space photos. Thanks to the development of his company – Adam was awarded in the Kreators 2022 ranking in the bootstrapping category.
  • Marcin Woźniak is CEO and founder of Art-Synergy startup and originator of Platforms that aim to digitize the music and culture industry. These worlds – as it turns out – are exceptionally behind when it comes to digital solutions;
  • 190 million PLN in a Series B round, growth from a team of a few people to 250 employees – this is just a short part of the story of Packhelp – one of the most mature startups in Poland. Wojciech Sadowski – awarded in the Kreatorzy 2022 ranking – in the Podcast talks about his startup, getting funding from abroad and the changes brought about by the pandemic in the e-commerce and packaging industry.


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