TLA CEE Leadership Team & Partners
We are the chaps behind TLA CEE, honoured to be supported by our growing bunch of partners in the CEE region, in London and globally!
Ales Smetana — Founder at Specialists Grid | Co-Founder at TLA CEE
Do not follow the paths of others. Make paths for others to follow!
With over 13 years of experience in the IT industry, Ales is an entrepreneur, investor and advisor with an international footprint, focusing on enterprise IT and tech education.
He is the founder of Specialists Grid, a unique marketplace specialising in enterprise IT solutions and products.
Ales is dedicated to help enterprises, start-ups and tech talents in the CEE region and around the globe. He is passionate about education and knowledge sharing in the IT industry.
Mate Kovacs — Mentor & Consultant, Founder at Water Lily Pond | Co-Founder at TLA CEE
Dedicated to Helping Brands Adapt to Change
With over 13 years of diverse experience in global brand development and marketing communications, Mate is a mentor and consultant with an international reach.
He is the founder of Water Lily Pond, a progressive marketing communications startup working with early- and late-stage startups and SMEs in the US and Europe.
Mate works with various European and global organisations and startup accelerators. He is passionate about branding, remote collaboration and knowledge sharing in the CEE tech scene and across the globe.
Sandor Kiss — Business Developer, Founder at EffectAim | Co-Leader at TLA CEE
Success, however you define it, never came from not trying.
With over 10 years of diverse experience in project management and consulting, Sandor is a business developer and strategist with an international background.
He is the founder of EffectAim, a business development startup helping early-stage companies and start-ups grow their ventures.
Sandor collaborates with social impact accelerators and loves to organise start-up events. He is passionate about Tech for Good initiatives and building tech ecosystems.
Zsanett Andresin — Innovation Consultant | Community and Ecosystem Manager at TLA CEE
Zsanett is an experienced professional with proven track records in the financial industry in Italy and Hungary. She accumulated significant knowledge in international project management by co-ordinating the marketing communication activities of 10 subsidiary banks at the Intesa Sanpaolo Banking Group and organising international hackathons and acceleration programs.
Zsanett is responsible for the E2E management of the accelerator at OTP Bank Hungary. The latest acceleration program attracted more than 300 applicants from 65 countries, and engaged 30 departments and business units across the banking group.