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Our story

Zaka was founded by two serial entrepreneurs whose combined experience exceeds 65 years and 12 business sectors.

They have joint forces to help ambitious founders to successfully launch and grow their business. Our startups therefore have the opportunity to get business advice from the successful ones as well as to benefit from their rich network of experts and business partners.

Jan Kasper

Jan is a serial entrepreneur since 1988. He owns and co-owns more than 47 companies, active in 9 industries, with revenues of 570 million EUR. He is experienced in sectors of communication, energy, car dealership, leisure & hospitality, real estate & development. Jan used to be a hobby marathon runner, he also co-founded the Bratislava Jazz Days festival and he is a fan of  NBA, Champions League and fine red wine.

Peter lešák

In 1991, Peter co-founded the company Nay, which became the largest major retail company with more than 75 stores in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Peter’s family holding exceeds revenues of over EUR 500 million and has also other activities in organic farming, development and management of retail real estate (shopping centers), wine trade, finance and others. In 2008, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by EY – Slovakia.

Being a family venture office means

Not bound by typical VC periods or structures.

Speed and flexibility in investment – CLA, SAFE, ASA, Equity, Co-Investments, you name it.

Investing private money and therefore have personal motivation to support our startups in the long run.


“As a founder I really like the supportive and personal approach offered by ZAKA. Strong expertise which is coming from their entrepreneurial background.”

“Ambitious founders require ambitious funders. My past exit to Rakuten showed just how important this is. Zaka's energy, expertise, and investment, propel us towards building the next unicorn!”

“Being one of our very first believers, ZAKA has played a crucial role in guiding our progress and growth. Their team's dynamic and forward-thinking approach truly sets them apart, providing us not just with the funding, but also with invaluable insights and support.”

“ZAKA VC supported Sensible Bio early on its mission to enable the next generation of live-saving mRNA medicines by turning living cells into mRNA factories. Working with Jan, Natalia, Andrej, and the whole team at ZAKA VC has been fantastic – they are always generous with their time and advice. I recommend them as partners and investors to every mission-driven startup and founders who want to build something big that matters.”