We are a team of experienced industry professionals managing a lower mid-market private equity fund, which provides capital to small and medium size high-growth companies primarily in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
We help our investee companies to effectively use the invested capital supporting growth and operational excellence and to improve their competitive position by expanding into new products and markets, growing productivity and strengthening their core competencies. Ultimately, our activity should result in stronger companies that employ experienced and talented professionals, are socially responsible, deliver strong returns over the long-term, and therefore contribute to the overall economic growth.
Naturally, our ultimate goal is to preserve and grow the capital of our investors. GGEF I has been established in August 2019 with the participation of reputable institutional investors such as European Investment Fund, Kooperativa pojišťovna (Vienna Insurance Group), Komerční banka (Amundi Czech Republic), financial group RSJ and a Czech family office SPM Capital. We are proud to team up with such renowned and responsible financial partners. In our investments we strive to keep high ethical and professional standards. We believe that our approach is appreciated by all participants of the investment process.
We continue a long-established and proven strategy of sector-focused investing across the region, which we know best. We seek to invest in well-positioned companies with solid growth prospects, the potential for operational and strategic improvements, and advanced business models.
We invest with high-quality management teams (either existing or newly appointed), which are capable of building long-term value. Key-value drivers are revenue, earnings growth, and expansion (both domestic and international; organic or by acquisitions). We aim to create value in our investments, mainly through operational expertise and improvements rather than by financial engineering.
We are an independent management team led by three seasoned industry professionals with an excellent track record and an average 17 years of investment experience. In addition, we co-operate with Genesis Capital Equity, an established private equity manager in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. All individual members of our team possess unique experience and skill set enabling them to execute the investment strategy and to effectively cover the targeted markets.
Our partners combine the successful history of value creation at portfolio companies and excellent returns on investments. Together they made more than 30 investments, and they allocated capital in excess of €100 million - all in relevant sectors and targeted markets.