Vacuumlabs, Hellephant & Sparring - Story of business transformation

Campus City - Staromestská 3 Bratislava, 811 03 Bratislava
Tue, Jun 25, 2019, 6:30 PM (CEST)

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Ok, so you decided you want to become an entrepreneur. Start your own company with a goal to become sustainably successful with your existing business model. Good, but is that all to it? Well, no. 

There's more than one way to skin a cat. In other words, there's more than one way to outline your company lifecycle. The journey of business transformation is a way few people choose and even fewer of them end up successful. Guys from Vacuumlabs, Hellephant and Sparring did both. In the upcoming Startup Grind Bratislava, they'll discuss how to adapt to the change, how to conclude a strategic partnership and scale up and how to control the company lifecycle and drive the business in the right way. 

All the pitfalls and opportunities of their business transformation story via three different points of view.


Matej Ftáčnik (CXO, Vacuumlabs)
Matej is the CXO & co-founder of Vacuumlabs, a Slovak technology company of 170+ experts in building products & services with modern tech stacks. Matej is also a co-founder of The Spot - Booster, the first Slovak startup creative space & accelerator, that has been shaping the local startup ecosystem with a wide range of community-oriented activities (education, networking, mentoring) and business activities (acceleration, corporate consulting, fundraising support) since 2012. Matej has organized the first three Startup Weekends in Slovakia, won the national Startup Awards in 2011 with startup, co-founded Startup Camps (monthly meetups in 5 Slovak/Czech cities), hosted StartupSummit in Prague (250+ attendants from CEE) and has been active in evangelizing startups and entrepreneurship on Slovak universities and in media.

Maroš Zeleňák (CMO, Chief of Design @ Vacuumlabs, ex-CEO at Hellephant)
After the studies and marketing experience in Red Bull, Maroš founded and directed a branding & digital product studio Hellephant. Hellephant was acquired by a technology company Vacuumlabs in 2018 and converted into in-house design and marketing department. Nowadays, Maroš is a Partner and a member of the board of directors at Vacuumlabs and is responsible for managing the design and marketing team and for all company’s branding and product design initiatives for clients from San Francisco to Tokyo.

Marián Porvažník (CEO, Sparring)
After his studies at the University of Oxford, Marián has experienced lifecycle of 10s of innovative companies. As CLO and board member of one of the fastest growing software companies in CEE, he has put his knowledge to good use and co-founded Sparring, a legal service for tech entrepreneurs. Major relishes in contracts, negotiation and dispute settlement both under Slovak and UK laws. Usually, he is buried to the neck with strategy, board counselling, financing, and corporate architecture.


Tomáš Vyšný (Co-founder, The Booster Labs)
Tomáš is a co-founder at The Booster Labs, an innovation studio working with financial service corporations on research, validation and conceptualization of innovative products. He is also an investment advisor at 365.fintech, corporate VC investing in fintech startups in CEE and beyond. He holds a Master’s degree in Business & Management from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Join us for a 3-hour mixer complete with an innovative environment, great company, and some snacks.
We are looking forward to all of you to help us shape the local startup community!

Main Partners: Campus Cowork, DECENT, Webglobe Yegon
Local Partners: GONNA BE LIVE,
Media Partner: Startitup



Tuesday, Jun 25
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM (CEST)


Campus City
Staromestská 3 Bratislava811 03

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