We build unicorns


We are a private equity investment group supporting technological innovation across multiple industries. We form strong partnerships with business founders and help them build companies on solid foundations. We share and utilise everything we have learnt over the 20 years of building successful companies, including the outstanding skills of our internal team. We help overcome obstacles and break limits which growing companies encounter while expanding to foreign markets. Rather than focusing solely on profit, it is of great importance to us that our activities are of benefit to the wider society.


We build unicorns


We are a private equity investment group supporting technological innovation across multiple industries. We form strong partnerships with business founders and help them build companies on solid foundations. We share and utilise everything we have learnt over the 20 years of building successful companies, including the outstanding skills of our internal team. We help overcome obstacles and break limits which growing companies encounter while expanding to foreign markets. Rather than focusing solely on profit, it is of great importance to us that our activities are of benefit to the wider society.

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Czech roots,
global ambitions

The business potential of our companies is what we believe in. We enjoy helping promising technology companies in reaching their full potential not only in Czech Republic but also abroad. We help avoid mistakes we have seen in hundreds of companies over our time working in this field, and we provide you with the confidence much needed to fulfill your vision. Aside of Czech Republic and Slovakia, our companies also expand to other countries, including  Poland, Germany, USA, Spain, UK, Italy, Romania, Hungary and Croatia.

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Financial injection
with strategic support

We provide both financial and strategic support. We assist financially in growth acceleration and we advise in determining your company’s priorities. We will include our in-house teams in Marketing, Human Resources or in Finance and together we can set up an effective organisation. We understand the issues you are encountering and we will be able to solve them. We stand behind successful companies with multi billion valuation, such as ePojisteni.cz, FAVI or Aukro. Our investments are in the range of 10M to 500M CZK with a target to scale the project at least to ten times of its initial size. We are strong not just in acquisition but also in the selling of companies.

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Added value
for businesses and society

We increase the value of not only companies but also of our society. The more successful we become in building companies, the more we can support positive changes in the society. The country we live in is important for us, which is why every year, we support chosen NGOs with a percentage of the value of our portfolio (CZK 50M in 2020), alongside with our time and experience.

We are right for you if...

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You have a growing business


You can demonstrate a proven demand for your product. You want to grow your business further but you realize you cannot do it all alone. Organizing a larger team is not as simple as a one-office project. You need contacts, as well as financial, human resources and strategic support for expansion within your current markets or into new regions. You are ready to scale up. We are here to help you with that. 

We can adapt to the size of your project and provide an investment and strategic guidance tailored to the needs of your project. Let's have a chat together!

Let's chat!

You are at the beginning


Together with David Šiška we created a seed fund Purpose Ventures, where we support early stage ventures in the areas of Sustainable environment, Healthy lifestyle and Human potential.

I want to learn more!
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You are thinking about a new job


For our internal projects, we are seeking extraordinary people with a proven ability to grow. We are not afraid to roll up our sleeves and we expect the same from you. We apply meritocracy to value our projects, we give capable people the opportunity to participate in our success.

We offer opportunities in various career fields (analysts, developers, managers, marketers, etc.). If you are ambitious, a builder in nature, you have climbed the career ladder from the bottom up and are searching for further professional growth in a strong team, we are the right opportunity for you. 

Write us an email at jsme@palefire.com including a link to your LinkedIn profile and a few sentences about your life´s journey and goals.

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Join our successful ventures

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We already know it

We know the daily worries of start-up founders, we went through it ourselves, building companies from zero, growing through acquisitions, doing business abroad and building partnerships with some of the world's largest companies. We analyzed many different markets and their segments. We know what is keeping you awake. Allow us to take a look at your plans and already after the first meeting you will be able to see our approach, understanding and ideas for further growth. We want to be part of your team and help you make the right decisions.

We will help you gain perspective, motivate and organize your team, find new talents and contacts, we will help with marketing, we will give you the means and the courage to grow your business.

We founded Pale Fire Capital in 2015 and after selling ePojisteni in the summer of 2018, it became our priority. From small companies, we built businesses with valuations over CZK 4 billion. Our companies, such as Favi, Zuri, Aukro and Mobilní Rozhlas are successfully growing in their home markets, as well as internationally.

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Get to know our team

Dušan Šenkypl, David Holý and Jan Barta - a group of hard-working patriots with vast experience in business - form the core of the Pale Fire. Building, improving, sharing their know-how and investing is what they are passionate about. They provide resources, dedicate time and energy towards enthusiastic, creative and talented people upholding high moral values who are devoted to create a better world through their dedication to hard work, people who are eager to develop themselves and their companies and avoid unnecessary dead ends on their journey, people who want to keep learning and growing, who listen and who want to move their companies forward in order to create better working conditions and a better place for living. These are exactly the people that PFC is looking to cooperate with and become valuable partners within their business.

 

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Dušan Šenkypl

He specializes in setting effective organizational structures, sales team and product development operations. He created several global ecommerce and technology projects used by more than 200 million of users. He built ePojisteni.cz and NetBrokers Holding, a dominant fintech player with more than 500 employees, which was bought by a German media group Bauer Media in 2018. He enjoys sports and dedicates portion of his time to non-profit projects.

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Jan Barta

He is responsible for finding and analyzing investment opportunities. Next to that, he enjoys helping portfolio companies with strategic discussions and evaluating their opportunities and threats. Already during his studies at the University College London, Jan was involved with several internet businesses, putting to work his creativity and strategic insights. He regularly dedicates part of his time to non-profit projects.

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David Holý

He creates marketing strategies for portfolio companies. Since 2004, he has been involved in e-commerce product development. He was for instance product manager for AVG Toolbars, with 225 million installations globally. He helped to build ePojisteni, where he served as CMO and Tarifomat CEO for 10 years. He is transforming marketing strategies of Aukro, as well as sales and product processes in the global project Munipolis/Mobilní Rozhlas.

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Petr Krajíček

His field of expertise is primarily in all accounting and tax aspects, he also takes care of the administration of all companies and transactions. He started to work together with Jan Barta more than 10 years ago in his Elephant Orchestra project and he helped him with many investment projects. He implements financial management and backoffice agendas for several portfolio companies. In his free time, Petr is the principal of a theater group LASO.

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David Šiška

He is responsible for finding new investment opportunities and supporting portfolio companies in our new fund Purpose Ventures. David has experience with strategic management, building effective organizations and products, with international expansion, as well as with logistics. In 2010, he co-founded a startup that helps students to find a good quality education abroad. Since 2013, he has been building Bonami.cz, where he also served as CEO. He supports the startup ecosystem in the Czech Republic by co-organizing Founders. He likes to study psychology and philosophy.

We support the non-profit sector

We have long supported non-profit activities that seek to transform areas with a key impact on the quality of life in the Czech Republic. Only in 2020, we donated more than CZK 50 million to Czech non-profit organizations. It is our goal to increase our support of the non-profit sector to at least CZK 200 million annually by the year 2030.
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Jeden svět na školách
Teachers Live

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Hlídač státu
Rekonstrukce státu

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Glopolis
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Nadace partnerství

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Člověk v tísni
Institut prevence a řešení
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Stay informed

Follow the latest news at Pale Fire Capital, as well as at our portfolio companies thanks to our news section. Read on to find out what is currently happening.

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We are continuously searching for new projects and members of the team

If you feel like you share our values and have an interesting project, gather your courage and contact us. We will be happy to very openly share our point of view and give you ideas how to develop your project further.
Come try it, just as Favi did back then.