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 IdeálníNájemce.cz, 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.
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 fintech and gastronomy. These are areas where Miton and Milan are very active: the company’s portfolio includes the payment app Twisto as well as 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.