Unleashing tech potential of mission-driven founders from CEE and Ukraine

About us

1991 Ventures is a London-based seed venture fund investing in mission-driven CEE and Ukrainian founders, which benefits from the self-funded network of the 1991 Accelerator in the CEE.

1991 Ventures is empowering mission-driven founders from emerging markets of CEE with funding and tailored (bespoke) mentorship.


1991 Ventures is built on the extensive and affluent legacy start-up program

of 1991 Accelerator, which was managed by SocialBoost since 2016


Originally built as an impact investing program,

1991 generated a pipeline of over 200  companies and aided them to raise over $10m in VC grants following Demo Days


With impact in mind, the expertise of 1991 stretches across multiple sectors,

all connected with data and deep tech via govtech, civic tech, cybersecurity, fintech, mobility, smart city


Donor, governmental & corporate support, aided with industry connections in the CEE,

makes 1991 a recognised ecosystem player with an exhaustive pipeline and unrealised potential for investments and new ventures



1991 stands for ESG standards regardless of the specific startup sector or fraction of the business startup is involved with.

We follow SDG priorities combined with the biggest challenges of a modern day navigating the signals from the market, government, and international organizations.


Denis Gursky

London Business School Sloan, ex-PM’s Adviser, Aspen Institute, UVCA Board

Denis co-founded 1991 Accelerator in 2016. With 11 years of entrepreneurial experience. Together with Viktor, Denis have established SocialBoost in 2012 which today is a recognised international development firm. Denis is the WEF Global Shaper.

Viktor Gurskyi

Co-Founder of SocialBoost, Barcelona Smart City Awardee

Viktor co-founded 1991 Accelerator in 2016 and SocialBoost in 2012. Expert in platforms, co-founded Participatory Budget and Dosvit platform for cities. Viktor is the Peace Ambassador of One Young World.

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