PARTNERS

Bartłomiej Gola

Bartłomiej Gola

BARTŁOMIEJ GOLA

GENERAL PARTNER

Bartek is a general partner of SpeedUp Group. He's involved in early-stage project implementation in the areas associated with martech, marketplace, IoT and hardware. He has a wealth of experience in the marketing & advertising industry – he went through all the career positions all the way up to managing partner of the BLT Group (co-founder and shareholder) and TEQUILA\ Poland. He's been in the startup sector for over 8 years; starting as an investor in several initiatives implemented by other business partners, he's a co-creator of about a dozen technology startups. His knowledge and experience help support portfolio companies in business model development and testing, managing and creating business strategies as well as negotiations. He preps them for acquiring consecutive rounds of funding and supports them in the sale of shares, and cooperation with big business partners. For the last couple of years, Bartek has been intensively supporting the development of the Polish startup community.

Tomasz Czapliński

Tomasz Czapliński

TOMASZ CZAPLIŃSKI

MANAGING PARTNER

Tomek joined SpeedUp Group in 2011 as a manager of one of the funds in the group. Currently he is one of the managing partners and is responsible for investment related activities within SpeedUp BRIdge Alfa. He conducts investment processes in companies from the area of R&D and fintech as well as investor relations and corporate vc. He supports portfolio companies with his expertise in financial management, business modeling and negotiations. He built his experience working for many years at various levels in companies operating in the field of strategic consulting. He specializes in due diligence and company valuation. He is a PhD student at the Faculty of Management at the Poznań University of Economics. In his free time he learns to fly planes.

Kuba Dudek

Kuba Dudek

KUBA DUDEK

MANAGING PARTNER

Kuba is Managing Partner at SpeedUp Group. He joined SpeedUp Group in 2012, initially handling matters of project preliminary verification. He's currently responsible for business analysis of selected projects and manages investment processes. Particularly project evaluation, budget development and creating business models. Kuba also supports the fund's portfolio companies in building their value. He mostly works with enterprises from the information management sector, gaming and medicine. Prior to joining SpeedUp Group, Kuba had worked, among others, for Fortis Lease and BNP Paribas.

Marcin Fejfer

Marcin Fejfer

MARCIN FEJFER

MANAGING PARTNER

Marcin handles SpeedUp Group investments in ventures in the areas of martech, marketplace, finch, medtech, saas and gaming. His responsibilities include: conducting investment processes, building value of portfolio companies and relations with foreign investors. Prior to joining SpeedUp Group, he had worked for tech companies in Poland, Portugal, Denmark and India. His knowledge and experience in negotiating, building and testing business models support portfolio companies. He also assists them in preparations for consecutive investment rounds. He's a graduate of Global Innovation Management and holds a double diploma from the University of Strathclyde and Aalborg University. He's one of the creators of Hive61 and a co-organizer of Startup Weekend Poznan.

Monika Synoradzka

Monika Synoradzka

MONIKA SYNORADZKA

MANAGING PARTNER, CEO HUGE THING

Monika is a CEO of Huge Thing and together with Huge Thing’s team she is responsible for the company's development in the area of acceleration of startups and activities aimed at supporting companies and the government in cooperation with startups. Moreover, Monika is the person who manages the overall communication of the SpeedUp Group. She is responsible for relations with the media and cooperation with strategic companies, institutions and organizations from the market of new technologies. She has several years of experience working communication, organization of events and cooperations between startups and companies. Thanks to her knowledge and experience, she helps companies from the portfolio plan communication, establish relations with the media and business partners. Over the years, she has been supporting the development of the startup environment in Poland. She is one of the organizers of meetup.vc.

Michał Lehmann

Michał Lehmann

MICHAŁ LEHMANN

MANAGING PARTNER

Michał is a managing partner and co-founder of SpeedUp Venture Capital Group. He supports portfolio companies in developing business strategies and issues concerning sales processes. He mostly cooperates with companies operating within the fields of cleantech and medtech. Michał is also responsible for leading the processes of selling companies, dealing with investors and the buyers. He has vast experience in marketing, especially in the area of product rollout within new markets. In the years between 2006-2008, he held the position of vice-president at TEQUILA\CEE (within TEQUILA Worldwide headquartered in New York) – a global holding company consisting of 44 companies present in 34 markets worldwide. Prize-winner of several dozen direct marketing and advertisement contests such as: Boomerang, Golden Arrow, Kreatura, Effie or Złote Orły.

Arkadiusz Piechocki

Arkadiusz Piechocki

ARKADIUSZ PIECHOCKI

MANAGING PARTNER

Arek is a co-founder and a managing partner of SpeedUp Venture Capital Group. He works with portfolio companies operating in areas of IoT, martech and big data. He mainly advises them in areas related to business strategy, product creation, sales channels, and marketing. He also supports them in defining clear and concrete business goals, their implementation, as well as operations related to processing and utilizing databases and supporting the process of building their value. He has many years of experience in the marketing industry, which he's been developing since 1995. He managed a marketing department in a large FMC company and had a years-long adventure with direct marketing as co-creator of TEQUILA\Poland's and DATA Solutions' success. Arek thinks that despite the mess accompanying the birth of a new business, only those companies which develop a strong DNA achieve real success.

INVESTMENT TEAM

Jagoda Żychlewicz

Jagoda Żychlewicz

JAGODA ŻYCHLEWICZ

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

Jagoda is an Investment analyst. Her work focuses on searching for interesting projects, their analysis and selection. She carries out activities associated with controlling. She also works with portfolio companies; assisting them in the documentation side of the investment process.

Robert Grygorowicz

Robert Grygorowicz

ROBERT GRYGOROWICZ

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

Robert holds the position of Investment Associate. He joined the company in early 2018. He is responsible for analyzing investment projects, controlling, and taking care of some portfolio companies.

MAKARY MULCZYŃSKI

Investment Analyst

Makary holds the role of investment analyst. He is also a student at Università Bocconi majoring in International Economics and Management. Makary is mainly responsible for scouting new projects, analyzing markets and supporting investment processes.

JAN FOLLENDORF

Junior Investment Analyst

Janek is a junior investment analyst. He joined SpeedUp Group at the end of 2021. He is responsible for finding new projects, analyzing them, and supporting investment processes. Janek is also studying Finance, Audit, Investment at the Poznań University of Economics and Business.

OPERATIONS

Damian Wielechowski

Damian Wielechowski

DAMIAN WIELECHOWSKI

Senior Communication
and Marketing Manager

Damian manages the external and internal communications of SpeedUp Group, including Huge Thing. He joined the team in 2017 and since then has been working with business representatives, business environment institutions, public administration, media and the academic community. In addition to activities related to Speedup Group, Damian supports the fund's portfolio companies in the area of marketing and PR. He has served on the jury of many competitions, including ImpactCEE, and acted as a mentor at startup events such as hackathons and Startup Weekend. Damian is also the author of the Poznan Startup Guide and co-author of the Krakow Startup Guide, as well as organizer of many events dedicated to startups and investors.

Anna Borowiec

Anna Borowiec

ANNA BOROWIEC

ADMINISTRATIVE BUSINESS PARTNER

Anna joined the SpeedUp Group team in the middle of 2012, taking on a role of being in charge of the SpeedUp Innovation fund's administration. She's currently responsible for proper document circulation within the group and the administrative aspect of the investing process. She also assists in the operational activities related to investor relations, cooperation with portfolio companies as well as event planning. Prior to joining SpeedUp Group, Ania had worked for, among others, the City of Poznan's Euro 2012 Office. Ania is also one of the organizers of the Poznan Offline Party.

Maja Marcyniak

Maja Marcyniak

MAJA MARCYNIAK

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Maja joined the SpeedUp Group team in 2019 and she is responsible for ensuring office efficiency, proper document circulation and supporting the work of the board. Over the years, she had worked in various positions related to administration.

HUGE THING

Monika Synoradzka

Monika Synoradzka

MONIKA SYNORADZKA

MANAGING PARTNER, CEO HUGE THING

Monika is a CEO of Huge Thing and together with Huge Thing’s team she is responsible for the company's development in the area of acceleration of startups and activities aimed at supporting companies and the government in cooperation with startups. Moreover, Monika is the person who manages the overall communication of the SpeedUp Group. She is responsible for relations with the media and cooperation with strategic companies, institutions and organizations from the market of new technologies. She has several years of experience working communication, organization of events and cooperations between startups and companies. Thanks to her knowledge and experience, she helps companies from the portfolio plan communication, establish relations with the media and business partners. Over the years, she has been supporting the development of the startup environment in Poland. She is one of the organizers of meetup.vc.

Natalia Sadownik

Natalia Sadownik

NATALIA SADOWNIK

Project Coordinator

Natalia joined Huge Thing in 2019. Currently, she is a second degree student of the Warsaw School of Economics in the field of Data Analysis. As part of the Huge Thing team, Natalia is responsible for operational activities related to the organization of events, preparation of workshops and implementation of programs for startups and corporate partners.

agnieszka cichocka

Head of Acceleration

Agnieszka joined Huge Thing in 2021. She is responsible for our acceleration programs. She is passionate about art, technology, and gendered innovations. Previously, Director of District Hall Warsaw and Startup Development Department Manager at Incubator Starter. Co-creator of Techseed.me technological acceleration program and the first coliving space in Poland for digital nomads.

Zuzanna Kowala

Innovation Manager

Zuza joined Huge Thing in 2021. She is responsible for acceleration programs like GovTech Inno_Lab and Żabka Future Lab. Also as Maryla, Zuza supports large organizations in processes related to innovation. That includes, among others: design of processes, innovation framework design, structuring the work of innovation teams and facilitating cooperation with startups. Before joining Innovation Monsters, Zuza led projects at Żabka Polska, earlier connected with automotive at Volkswagen Group Polska. In Żabka, she was responsible for project management, coordinating the teamwork according to the best practice – she was looking for the best way to keep the process alive. Zuza is also a sportaholic, innovation seeker, and book lover.

Maryla Wojcieszek

INNOVATION SHAPER

As Innovation Shaper at Huge Thing, Maryla supports large organizations in processes related to innovation. That includes, among others: ‘as is’ diagnosis, analysis and (re-)design of processes, innovation framework design, structuring the work of innovation teams and facilitating cooperation with startups. As the Interim Head of Knowledge, Maryla is responsible for materialization and transfer of knowledge as well as talent management within the Huge Thing team. She designs and creates new products / services based on the internal knowledge resources as well as new models of its delivery and dissemination. She’s also a workshop designer and facilitator. Experienced designer of (public) programs supporting the startup ecosystem in Poland. In her professional experience, as an Expert in the Startup Development Department at PARP, Maryla co-created, among others, Scale UP program - the first public acceleration program connecting startups and corporations. A gardener and a LEGO fan.

Magda Stachowiak

Project Manager

Magda joined Huge Thing in 2021. Responsible for our acceleration programs Gov Tech inno_Lab. Previously, she cooperated on our projects for Gov Tech and corporations. Associated with the Poznań Startup Community. Experience in organizing events. She worked in advertising and interactive agencies, creating brand campaigns and loyalty programs. She is passionate about personal development, psycho-biology and supporting women in creating a business. The creator of the projects Kobiecy Poznań Przebudzenie and Joy of life.

Mateusz Szymański

Junior Program Manager

He’s been working at Huge Thing since June 2022. Tech and innovations enthusiast, especially those with positive social impact, greentech and healthtech solutions. Previously he worked in the sales and product departments, where he was responsible for outreach activities and product communication. Mateusz is a co-creator of the social campaign “Paragraphs without blunder” which mission was to educate high school students about their rights. During spare time he likes to read various books or articles about international politics and the economy, trying to understand these issues from different perspectives.

Kaja Kulas

Program manager

Kaja joined the Huge Thing team in May 2022. She has gained experience with developing projects in Poznan Science and Technology Park. For several years connected with the startup ecosystem, she helps international startups in growing their businesses in Poland and across Europe. In Huge Thing responsible for educational programs for startups, organising mentorings, trainings and workshops. Also, Kaja takes care of relations, community building, recruitments and explorations of startups’ needs to bring them the best value of our programmes.

WANT TO JOIN OUR TEAM?

Interested in new technologies and fascinated with startups. Convinced that you must like your job to make the most of it. He or she should loves challenges and changes, appreciates to have a free hand in action but does not forget about responsibilities. And the most important - likes to learn and is a true team player. Sounds familiar?

SENT US YOUR CV TO JOBS@SPEEDUPGROUP.COM