About Our Business

After decades in the financial industry spanning across investment banking, asset management and wealth management we decided to devote our skills and energy to things we love, people that inspire us and ideas that get us buzzing.

 

We love helping driven entrepreneurs with audacious, industry disruptive visions reach their goals. We love connecting people and ideas to create a multiplier effect.  We love leveraging our global network to hear from the best.

 

The Team

 

Milena Nikolova

Founder & Managing Partner

Milena has 20 years of finance experience across investment banking, wealth management and venture capital investing. 

 

As Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank in London, she advised leading European banks and insurance companies on mergers, acquisitions and IPO transactions totaling over $10bn in deal value. In Wealth Management in Singapore, she worked with ultra high net worth individuals on a wide spectrum of topics, including financial assets allocation, wealth planning or corporate structuring. 

 

Over the last 5 years Milena has been an active angel investor and startup advisor, while also devoting considerable time to charitable causes. She is a partner at Women on a Mission which aims to raise awareness and funds for women survivors of war or abuse. 

Milena is a CFA Charterholder and holds an MSc in International Accounting and Finance from the LSE.

Milena is passionate about tech innovation in incumbent industries and is an adventurer, salsa dancer and outdoor sports lover at heart. 

Ivan Vatchkov

Founder & Managing Partner

Ivan Vatchkov is a private investor focusing on fintech, healthtech and edtech. Prior to this he was a hedge fund portfolio manager for over 10 years at multi-billion dollar funds GAMA and Algebris Investments (Asia) in Singapore.

 

He has been a member of the Young Global Leader community at the World Economic Forum since 2014. Ivan’s expertise has been acknowledged and extensively quoted by Bloomberg™, Asian Investor™, CNBC™, Reuters™, FT™ and the Wall Street Journal™.

 

He is recognized as a thought leader in financial regulation, compensation incentive reform and the new Basel III hybrid debt market (‘CoCos’).Prior to Algebris Investments Ivan was a Director in the CFO office of Credit Suisse Investment Bank and an equity analyst at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

 

Ivan holds an MSc in International Accounting and Finance from the LSE and is a CFA charterholder.Ivan and Milena are engaged in extensive philanthropic work having established ReachOut.BG, a children’s charity based in Bulgaria dedicated to the support and education of abandoned children.

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