Michaela Jacová

Founder, StartupAwards.SK and Investment Manager, Neulogy Ventures
Age 35, Slovakia
for being a pioneer in capital fund management
startup ecosystem

About Michaela Jacová

Michaela Jacová, when asked by “The New York Times” about the difficulties faced by overseas students in the U.S. back in 2005, didn’t beat around the bush. A Slovakian native, MS. Jacová admitted she was disappointed with the companies’ attitude towards her origin. Despite completing a major in political science at the prestigious Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, she was “knee-deep in the uncertain and often unsettling task of finding postgraduate employment,” as “The Daily Princetonian” eloquently put it.

A decade later Ms. Jacová supports other talented people from Slovakia and their enterprises as the Director of the StartupAwards.sk, by awarding grants for projects in the fields of technology, art and design, science, and social policy. She is also an investment manager in the fund management company Neulogy Ventures, which focuses on information and communication technologies, new energy, and medical diagnostics innovations.

Ms. Jacová received a B.A. degree from Princeton University and an M.A. degree from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. A polyglot, she speaks Slovakian and English, as well as Czech, German, French, and Arabic. She cites the strong and kind women in her entourage as the biggest source of her inspiration.