Panel Discussion


Thursday, August 26, 2021


6 pm CEST

What any investor needs to know about venture building studios

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Startup studios are interchangeably known around the globe as venture studios, venture builders, or company builders. These venture builders are getting a lot of attention these days. If ten years ago, there were fewer than a handful, today, there are more than 500.

Studios are incredibly effective in building early-stage startups. ​​These unique companies go beyond financial capital and the usual 3-month of acceleration to provide founders with full support throughout the lifetime of the venture. So the founders can focus on scaling the business: design, engineering, finance, marketing, HR, IT, and recruiting.

Venture building studios will begin to outpace traditional venture returns as asset classes in the next 5 to 10 years. But the capital needed to get up to speed is high, and they are often overlooked by investors who continue to invest in traditional VC funds.

So, why should investors start considering backing the startup studio model?

Join this roundtable event on Thursday, August 26th to find our more.

Start Date

Thursday, August 26, 2021

6 pm CEST

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Key topics of discussion

  • What is a venture building studio? What are the different types of VB studios?
  • Why are studios an attractive investment?
  • What should investors look for in studios?
  • What’s next for venture building studios?

Our Speakers

Diana Florescu

Managing Partner, Grai Ventures

In the last seven years, she has held various marketing and sales roles working at all levels up to CxO. Her projects span multiple sectors including technology, gaming, consulting, media and entertainment, retail, among others.Formerly she led global marketing at Startupbootcamp and Rainmaking, two of the world’s largest network of accelerators and corporate innovation companies. She is a board member of Wolves Summit, CEE’s largest tech conference.She has honed her global perspectives by working and living in five countries including the UK, USA, Qatar, Germany and Romania. In 2016 she was awarded Lloyd’s Banking People’s Choice. Diana is a UCL MSc Entrepreneurship Graduate.

Michal Wrzolek

Tar Heel Capital Pathfinder

10 years of experience in investment banking (buy-side, sell-side M&A transactions, valuations) and management consulting (strategy development and implementation, business plan verification). Over 50 successfully finished strategic and transaction-related projects for clients from diverse sectors including Manufacturing, Services, Financial Services, TelCo & Consumer Goods.

Tomasz Rudolf

Executive Chairman, The Heart

Tomasz is a serial entrepreneur and corporate innovator. Co-Founder and executive chairman at The Heart, corporate company builder, co-creating new ventures with Mastercard and other leading multinationals. Over the last 20 years, he has built companies and helped global corporations innovate. Worked for some of the best companies in the world such as 3M, Aon, Abbott, AkzoNobel, Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Post, Deutsche Telekom, Goodyear, HJ Heinz, Netia, Masterfoods, Poczta Polska, Polish Telecom, PWC, Saudi Aramco, Sage, Warsaw Stock Exchange, and many more.

Moderated by

Ahmad Piraiee

Director StartupGrind Warsaw

Ahmad is the Director of Startup Grind Warsaw, a community of 2,500 members that meets regularly to support and learn from each other. He is the Country Manager at thirty3, a public speaker, and a startup mentor sitting on the board of advisors of several European and international ventures.

Venture building studios are neither accelerators nor software building companies. Find more about them and why are they an attractive investment

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Who is this event for?

This event is an opportunity to show investors and corporations what a venture building studio is and how they could gain high capital efficiency by partnering or investing in such companies. It’s also an invitation to serial entrepreneurs to understand the opportunities of joining a startup studio and becoming a founder of one of their spin-out ventures.

What any investor needs to know about venture building studios? Join us on Thursday, August 26th at 6 pm to find our more.

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