About us

Who We Are

PEOPLE

Black Pearls' most valuable asset is the knowledge, experience and skills of these people.

Marcin P. Kowalik

Managing Partner

Marcin P. Kowalik entrepreneur and investor with over a decade of experience in business. Founder and managing partner of Black Pearls VC. For seven years he has been managing seed / VC funds. Actively supports the development of Polish economy through participation in the Committee of Stakeholders of the National Centre for Research and Development and on the board of the National Key Cluster Interizon. Privately, husband and father of three children.

Specialises in projects related to education, intelligent transportation systems, ICT, life quality technologies and downstream applications in space industry.

Marcin P. Kowalik

Michał Jaskólski

Investor, business angel

Co-founder of Grupa Nokaut S.A. listed on the main Warsaw Stock Exchange market and Morizon S.A. – real estate company listed on NewConnect stock market. CEO of Nokaut.pl and business angel. Online since 1997. Involved in creating online products since 1999. Used to be a web designer, web developer, senior analyst, team leader, project manager and product manager as freelancer and in many different companies including Wirtualna Polska and GetResponse. Fascinated by the new technologies, ideas and startups. Geek and early adopter. Captures the world around by taking photos and listens to alternative music (often – live).
Michał Jaskólski

Maciej Grabski

Investor, business angel

Entrepreneur, investor, business angel. Served as a Vice President at Wirtualna Polska SA. Mr. Grabski is a Co-Founder and Member of the Board of Directors at Business Angel Seedfund Sp. z o.o. S.K.A. Mr. Grabski has been a Member of Supervisory Board at Pekabex S.A. since January 2007. He is a co-creator of the market success of Wirtualna Polska and is responsible for business development and contacts. Mr. Grabski successfully carried out a TP SA investment in Wirtualna Polska, and ended his capital involvement in it with a high rate of return. He is an experienced investor in enterprises at early development stages. In the 1990s, Mr. Grabski invested in the automobile market (spare part trade), and in tourism. He negotiated involving strategic investors in INTEL and Prokom.
Maciej Grabski

Jarosław Pilarczyk

CEO B&T Signaal Poland

Entrepreneur, ICT specialist, investor, investment manager in Black Pearls. From the beginning of his professional career he was involved in the ICT sector, especially in the B2B and R&D projects. In 2009-2012, Jaroslaw was the CEO of the TA Group – technology company, which is a pioneer in development of solutions in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Since 2013 he is the CEO of the B&T Skyrise. Jaroslaw is responsible for conducting R&D for B&T Signaal – Norwegian company specializing in ITS sector. 
For 2 years he has been involved in the development of startups as a investor and advisor. Jaroslaw graduated Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice – with specialization in Computer Science. He is specialized in the field of Agile Project Management, inter alia, Scrum and Kanban.
Jarosław Pilarczyk

Alexander Lubański

Managing Partner

Entrepreneur, investor. Co-founder and managing partner in Black Pearls.
He served executive positions in Europe’s largest network of Academic Business Incubators – AIP Foundation. In 2006-2009 he was director of one of the largest European Union Fund units in Poland. He acquired funding for capital funds worth tens of millions of Euro’s and worked as an advisor with Business Centre Club. In recent years he has focused on new business projects within the hi-tech industry, real-estate and finance. Co-founder, investor, member of board or member of supervisory authorities in over a dozen companies.
Alexander Lubański

Maciej Skórkiewicz

Investment Director

Maciej Skórkiewicz has over 20 years of senior executive experience, fundraising, investments, IPOs, public trading in securities and M&As. Maciej is a former CEO of Inveno Venture Capital fund. For 11 years he was a Director of Investor Relations Department in polish biggest ICT company Prokom Software. Before joining Black Pearls VC, Skórkiewicz was also a CEO and finance vice-president and board member of several companies, where he focused on operations for the rapidly expanding business.

Since early 90s Maciej has been connected to the polish capital market, both as an investor and founder of Sopot’s Brokerage House where he was responsible for the organization of brokerage house foundation and supervising the merger with another company. In 2014 Maciej formed a consortium and effectively applied in the competition for funds from the EU JEREMIE initiative, resulting in the capital fund (FIZ AN) with a capitalization of 50 million PLN was founded. Maciej is a graduate of University of Gdańsk faculty of economics.

Maciej Skórkiewicz

Tomasz Woźniak

Member of the board

Experienced senior ICT executive and director for portfolio companies. Tasks include team building, company growth and management, fund raising, investments, finance procurement, business plan review and execution, client acquisition and management, project development. Over 15 years of experience in Internet products creation, traffic growth and management.
Tomasz Woźniak

Krzysztof Kanawka

CEO Blue Dot Solutions

He graduated from doctoral studies at the Imperial College London, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, England. Earlier, a graduate from the Münster University of Applied Sciences (Chemical Engineering), Germany and AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow, Poland.
Member of SSETI Team (Student Space Exploration & Technology Initiative), Swarm CubeSat-class satellite System Engineering; Vice President of SSETI Association; Member of SSET ESEO Team (European Student Earth Orbiter); Member of Scientific Committee KONES 2013 (International Congress of Driving Forces and Means of Transport.
Krzysztof Kanawka

Ewa Treitz

Venture Partner

Entrepreneur and investor. Ewa served in multiple management roles at Venture Capital and Corporate Venture Capital funds in Germany, Sweden and USA. Between 2012 and 2015 she was responsible for venture investments in innovative European startups for a large US corporate 3M, based in St Paul, Minnesota. She represented 3M in multiple Boards of Directors of its portfolio companies. Prior to that she worked as an associate at Sustainable Technologies Fund in Stockholm, a mid-size cleantech expansion-stage fund with a focus on the Scandinavian market.

Founder and CEO of a promising company in the area of advanced robotics. The company builds on years of research in artificial intelligence and robotics at the Technical University in Munich and is currently in stealth mode.

Sice June 2014 Ewa has been a member of Kauffman Fellowship – an executive education program for top Venture Capital investors worldwide, based in Palo Alto, California.

Ewa is a graduate of Uppsala University in Sweden (MSc) and Jacobs University in Germany (BA), where she studied environmental technologies and economics. Ewa is a native Polish speaker and is fluent in English, Swedish, and German.

Ewa is based in Munich and her areas of expertise are energy & materials, electronics, SaaS and robotics.

Ewa Treitz

Wojciech Wasiukiewicz

CEO/Board Member Solwit Eco

Entrepreneur and Leader of Software development and deployment organizations in HiTech/IT/Telecom and Business Process Automation areas. 20+ years in Software/systems engineering & management. Focused on innovation and execution as well as healthy PnL.
Areas of expertize: Software & IT Infrastructure Engineering, Embedded, IoT, Wired & Wireless networking, Cloud computing, Mobile Technologies, Business Process Modelling, Design, Development & Deployment processes, Agile Methodologies, Team building & Organizational Development, Outsourcing.
Wojciech Wasiukiewicz

Piotr Pągowski

Venture Partner

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Piotr Pągowski

Maciej Piwko

CEO Everytap

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Maciej Piwko

Jarosław Wasilewski

CEO Funiversity

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Jarosław Wasilewski

Krzysztof Droszcz

CEO Rebel Module Global

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Krzysztof Droszcz

Andrzej Gruźdź

CEO James Button

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Andrzej Gruźdź

Bartosz Rychlicki

CEO Quantum Lab

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Bartosz Rychlicki

Jacek Kawalec

Executive Vice President VoiceLab

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Jacek Kawalec

Tomasz Szwelnik

CEO VoiceLab

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Tomasz Szwelnik

Our strategy is to create and manage capital funds delivering smart money to early stage companies.

The Black Pearls team quickly and effectively supports the implementation of new technologies to markets.

Our team works with commitment and passion. Clients’ satisfaction is our greatest reward.

The key members of our team are experienced entrepreneurs. Diversity in expertise is one of our main strengths.

Client focus, quality, expertise and trust. These core values guide the daily work of Black Pearls.

We are more than just a team. We build an international community of innovators based on our professional relations.

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