Polish start ups to get access to new EU-backed investment fund

An EU-supported investment fund will provide more energy to Poland's flourishing start-up scene. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Polish start-ups will be able to tap into an EUR-55 million fund backed by the European Union.

Cogito Capital, a Warsaw-based venture capital firm, has announced the closing of the multi-million-euro Cogito Fund 1, in which the European Investment Fund (EIF) is the main investor.

The European money comes under the auspice of an EU plan, sometimes called the “Juncker Plan”, to invest in start-ups.

Cogito’s fund is focused on late and growth-stage B2B software, fintech and mobility companies. Cogito will predominantly invest in Polish and Central European companies that have the potential to expand or are already growing in other European markets and the USA.

 Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission vice president, says the agreement with Cogito will see 'high-potential' European companies gain the support they need.STEPHANIE LECOCQ/PAP/EPA

“The Juncker Plan's European Fund for Strategic Investments is playing an important role in assisting start-ups across Europe gain access to finance to innovate, grow and expand,” Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission vice-president, said in a statement.

“This agreement will see even more high-potential European technology companies gain the support they need to take their next steps,” he added. 

Along with European cash the fund has also attracted money from professional investors and funds managed by the Polish Development Fund (PFR).

'We are delighted to be launching our first fund with such strong institutional support from the EIF,' says Cogito's Janik.  Szymon Łaszewski/PAP “We are delighted to be launching our first fund with such strong institutional support from the EIF as the anchor investor and the PFR as the local investor, making Cogito the first such case for CEE-focused growth-stage fund,” Sylwester Janik, Cogito's general partner, said in the press release.

Maciej Ćwikiewicz, president of PFR Ventures, added: “We are happy to invest in Cogito side by side with the EIF. The combined commitment goes to a team with significant experience in global investments and understanding of the Polish market and the CEE region.” 

As of June 2019, the Juncker Plan has mobilized nearly EUR 410 billion in investment funding, including EUR 18.1 billion in Poland. The plan is currently supporting 952,000 small and medium-sized businesses across Europe.

Cogito Capital was founded in 2018 by Sylwester Janik and Martin Jasinski, who have 25 years of experience in the world of venture capital.