Part of Miton’s founding team, Milan always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur, even as a child. Trained in information technology at the Technical University of Liberec, Milan used to oversee Restu – which was later bought by Makro – and is now helping to grow the services of UlovDomov, Grason, Qerko and StartupJobs. But the list of his activities doesn't end there. As Milan himself likes to say, he’s never accepted that there are only 24 hours in a day.
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When visiting Jablonec nad Nisou in the north of Czechia, be sure to take a stroll around the town’s reservoir. A walk around the lake will take you to the levee, where you can recharge your batteries at the Volt microbrewery. In doing so you are sure to please Milan Zemánek, one of Volt’s owners who is slowly building the brewery into a place for meeting up with friends, tasting new beers and simply having a good time.
That’s Milan to the ‘T’ – never standing still, enjoying life and the company of others, discovering new things. And that’s also his role in Miton. “I like working on several things at the same time,” says the father of three.
In addition to brewing beer, Milan likes to spend his free time on vintage cars. For Miton he’s a bit of a scout and connector – it’s Milan who is often called upon to check out various startups, get to know their founders, and figure out whether they are a good fit for a Miton collaboration.
That’s how he recently brought the Brno-based company Ulovdomov.cz and their project IdeálníNájemce.cz into the Miton family – a project on which Milan is spending quite a bit of his time. In the past he had worked on the development of Restu, a restaurant booking and review service that was bought by Makro in 2018.
These days Milan is most fascinated by new developments and projects in gastronomy. The company’s portfolio includes Grason, an online service that connects restaurants with hospitality staff who are available for work. Milan is also working with the founders of the payment app Qerko, which makes settling the bill in a restaurant a real cinch.
At the heart of every well-run restaurant is a good cash register system, and Septim is one of largest and best cash register systems used by restaurants in Czechia. Miton has now invested half a million Euro into Septim in exchange for a minority stake. The goal of the investment is to transform Septim into a modern platform for the restaurant industry and to strategically enhance Miton’s portfolio of companies working in the ‘smart restaurant’ space.
If you’ve ever spent a holiday on a boat or a yacht, you know it’s an amazing experience… unless it was marred by an unscrupulous boat rental company. Thankfully new technology is reaching the world of boating, so instead of squabbling in some port, customers can choose their perfect vessel with the click of a mouse. Just log onto Boataround, a service into which Miton has invested over half a million Euro.
Where you don’t need a server to pay your bill and the manager finds reliable personnel through an app.
At Miton we have been watching the hospitality startup scene for a long time. As a result, we can now welcome two new startups to our portfolio – Grason and Qerko. We have been with both projects since their beginnings and have invested a total of 500,000 Euro.