Oktogo.ru, the leading Russian online hotel booking and travel company. With over 5,000 hotels in Russia in its database and 250,000 hotels world wide, Oktogo.ru boasts the largest and most relevant hotel offering for both Russian and foreign travelers in the country. The company is the market leader in the booming Russian online travel market.
The Company was funded by leading European funds, Mangrove Capital Partners and Ventech Capital and angel investors, including Javier Perez-Tenessa, founder and CEO of Odigeo, Fabrice Grinda, founder of OLX, and Jose Marin, founder of IG Expansion.
Marina is a CEO and Co-Founder of Oktogo.ru, Russia’s leading online hotel booking service. Marina is responsible for running all facets of the business and has a proven executive management track record combined with a deep understanding of the Online Travel and Hospitality business and associated technologies.
Prior to Oktogo.ru, Marina successfully launched and ensured the continuous growth of an Online Travel and Hospitality practice in DataArt, a leading US and UK based software development company. Before that she was a management consultant in McKinsey & Co, advising technology clients on designing and implementing sales strategies as well as post merger integration. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Kolesnik also was a co-founder of Mail.ru, a leading Russian internet portal, a predecessor of Digital Sky Technologies.
Mangrove Capital Partners (www.mangrove-vc.com)
Mangrove Capital Partners is a Luxembourg-based venture capital investor providing funding for early stage, expansion, and growth capital projects. The company prefers European-based investments in businesses relating to the Internet and software development. The firm sees itself as a growth accelerator and is willing to invest at any stage prior to product launch.
Ventech Capital (www.ventech.fr)
Ventech Capital is an early-stage investment firm actively engaged in the life sciences and information technology sectors. Ventech will typically provide $2 million to $5 million in series A funding and then an additional $5 million or so to help the company reach the point of IPO. Ventech has several funds invested in opportunities in Europe, China, and the United States.
ABRT Venture Fund (www.abrtfund.com)
Russia’s ABRT Venture Fund is a VC firm providing seed funding as well as investments for the startup, early-stage, and growth capital phases. Of particular interest to ABRT are technology and software development projects – specifically those related to social networking.
f the firm’s investments are centered in Russia and Ukraine, and range between USD 1 million and USD 50 million. Company headquarters are in St. Petersburg.