The Czech technology company Nano Energies, which operates as the energy flexibility aggregator on 5 CEE markets, has changed its owner. Mathematician and entrepreneur Petr Zahradník, one of the three existing shareholders, has agreed to buy out the 37.5% stake held by the company founder, Petr Rokusek. Zahradník also acquired the 25% stake that has been held by investor Tomáš Janeček since 2012. By signing the joint contract on October 13th 2023, Zahradník becomes the sole owner of the group as well as the board of directors chairman.
Over the last fifteen years, Nano Energies has expanded as an independent energy flexibility aggregator onto five CEE markets - the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Croatia. "Nano Energies was founded in 2008. A year later, we ran a pilot project managing electricity consumption for ten households while having a distant vision of decentralizing the Czech energy sector. Today, fifteen years later, the company manages nearly 100 megawatts of industrial customers, helping to maintain the stability of the Central European transmission grid," says Nano Energies founder Petr Rokůsek, who will remain serving on the company's board of directors with an advisory vote. "There is always room for improvement in the energy sector; many things can be done differently and better. Petr Zahradník is needed for the new upcoming phase. He has a gift for integrating ideas and visions. All that is now needed for Nano Energies' path towards a significant change in the European energy markets," added Rokůsek.
Tomáš Janeček, who invested in the company ten years ago, commented: "There are few companies with such a strong vision as Nano Energies. I believe that this company has a great business future ahead. And I would like to thank Petr Zahradník for deciding to go all in."
Petr Zahradník joined Nano Energies as an investor three years ago when the company was planning its expansion into other European markets. "Dreams without an excellent strategy and execution remain just dreams. Saying that I do not doubt that Nano Energies' vision of a sustainable business with a great social impact will become a reality. I can see Nano Energies controlling the flexibility of major electricity resources and turning wind farms and greenhouses on and off. We are heading towards becoming a company that controls gigawatts of electricity sources with a fully automated control model," Zahradník outlines his practical plans for the company.
All parties to the transaction have agreed not to disclose the amount or specific terms of the transaction.
Petr Zahradník founded and manages Qminers, a leading Central European algotrading company. He dreams of creating jobs in Prague for excellent talents working on world-class products. Under his leadership, this ambition has been fulfilled for over 10 years by the team of passionate mathematicians and programmers at Qminers, who apply algorithms on the most relevant global exchanges. With the same vision, Petr has been active in the modern energy sector since 2020 - as an investor and chairman of the board of Nano Energies, a Czech technology company that operates an aggregator of flexibility and is working on the efficient transition of the Central European energy sector to renewable energy sources. Petr is also a mentor and investor in other domestic tech startups and is involved in several beneficial projects and foundations. But he is also an avid violinist, rock climber, glass lover and happy father.
Petr Rokůsek is a visionary entrepreneur and investor in modern energy. In these pursuits, Petr has focused on demonstrating options for a smart combination of nature and technology. While still a student at the Czech Technical University, Petr founded his first venture with a Dutch business partner in 1995, establishing what is now a leading visual display group, Jansen Display, which was acquired by the US’s Sign-Zone in 2018. Later, in 2022, Petr acquired the traditional Slovak design wooden furniture manufacturer Javorina. He currently resides in Liechtenstein and spends his workdays partly in Switzerland and the Czech Republic researching energy innovations and sustainable wood production. Petr has also founded Bluelight.LI fund, which invests in business ideas with a positive impact on our environment.
Tomáš Janeček is a successful Czech entrepreneur and investor. He co-owns RSJ and RSJ Private Equity, an investment fund active in new technologies, renewable energy, IT and health foods. Tomáš joined Nano Energies in 2012, interested in the idea of a modern energy company helping people to establish energy independence. With his wife, Tomáš also founded a Montessori-style preschool, Duhovka, which has grown into a unique, comprehensive bilingual Czech-English educational system for children 18 months to 19 years of age.
About Nano Energies
Czech technology group Nano Energies, founded in Prague in 2008, offers companies and households the opportunity to manage electricity efficiently and responsibly through flexible management of consumption and production. The company builds virtual power plants in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia to help maintain the stability of local grids and pave the way for developing renewable energy sources. Nano Energies was founded by Petr Rokůsek, who, until this announcement, has held a 37.5% stake in the company. Petr Zahradník held the same stake. Tomas Janecek was the third shareholder, with a 25% stake.