The investment team behind the Rockaway Capital’s successful investments in start-ups like Productboard, Brand Embassy, Gjirafa, or Storyous is launching a new venture capital fund, the Rockaway Ventures Fund, with…
Andrea Lauren is enhancing the capabilities of the investment firm’s management with fintech expertise and experience in investment banking, where she played a role in deals in the volume of more than CZK 675 billion.
“I’ve known Jakub Havrlant for several years and I have the utmost admiration for what he and the Rockaway team have built over the past four years. Rockaway is undoubtedly a major strategic internet investor not only in the Czech Republic, but in the whole region,” says Andrea Lauren, explaining her reasons for joining Rockaway.
In her role as an investment partner, Andrea will be responsible for the area of fintech, which covers, for example, the companies Chytrý Honza, Storyous and Fundlift. “I personally see tremendous potential to build up fintech services for the Rockaway group’s current customers as well as for providers of products and services. Fintech is an area in which major things are currently happening. Furthermore, I’m glad that I can be part of such a dynamic and motivated team.”
Andrea is coming to Rockaway from the Czech investment bank Roklen, which she co-founded in 2014. Within Roklen she served as the CEO of the first Czech crowdfunding investment platform, Fundlift, in the development of which Rockaway also participated. Andrea is originally an investment banker by trade and has more than 15 years of experience in the area of corporate finance. From 1999 to 2011, she worked for the global investment banks JPMorgan and HSBC in London, where she was involved in managing M&A transactions in the private sector and for the government. The combined volume of those deals was in excess of CZK 675 billion. Andrea is also the chairwoman of the Czech Fintech Association. She is a graduate of Odense University (Denmark) in the field of business administration and a chartered financial analyst.