Luděk Palata has been active in the field of venture capital and private equity since 1994. By 1998 he was a member of several teams investing in the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Czech Republic. Between 1998 and 2005, he managed Czech and Slovak operations of private equity funds sponsored by the Flemish investment company GIMV. From 2005 to early 2014, he worked for the American company Riverside, a global investor in small and medium-sized businesses. During his professional career, Luděk Palata has realized number of investments and successful sales of companies in many countries in both Eastern and Western Europe.