Phystech Leadership Fund

Phystech Leadership Fund (PLF) is a sector agnostic pre-seed & seed VC managed by Flashpoint and I2BF and backed by 30+ successful alumni tech executives and entrepreneurs from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).

Our mission is to improve the success rate of startups founded by MIPT alumni by helping them to expand globally and leveraging global expertise and the alumni community.
Connected capital
All investors provide some combination of capital and help. The capital component is probably the least of what the Phystech Leadership Fund provides to its portfolio companies

We invested in 100+ tech founders across the globe and helped them avoid major pitfalls while connecting to western VC ecosystem.
Smart community
We united over 30 MIPT investors: from IT professionals from leading at tech giants (Yandex, Google, Avito, etc) as well MIPT entrepreneurs who scaled their businesses to billions of dollars in revenues.

Our goal is simple - maximize your chance of reaching becoming global and growing your business 10-100x fold.
Global assist
Flashpoint и i2BF have a physical presence in 8 countries (USA, UK, Israel, Poland, Latvia, Hungary, Russia, Cyprus) with over 40 professionals able to assist you on your path to build a global business

We provide a global network of experts to our entrepreneurs.
Phystech Leadership Fund is following the global trends
in uniting alumni with passion for technology and startups
MIPT is following the success of the world's leading universities from the US (Stanford, MIT, Harvard), Europe (Oxford, Cambridge), and Israel (TAU) and launched a seed fund that provides start-ups and entrepreneurs with access to capital, diverse investors, and a supportive community to develop and scale your compnay.
Meet Our Team
We united a team of like-minded people to offer our founders relevant expertise in scaling their businesses and maximizing their outcomes
Anton Fedorov
IC member, MIPT '08 alumni
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Anton is a Partner at
Flashpoint VC heading the Israel market with over nearly a decade of experience in helping grow portfolio companies, corporate finance and trading stocks, as well as co-founding a startup.
Denis Kaluskin
IC member, MIPT '09 alumni
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Denis is a Principal at
I2BF, with 7 years of experience investing globally in variety of sectors, including IoT, Robotics & Automation. Denis has experience in B2B sales, banking, as well as co-founding a startup.
Alex Konoplyasty
IC member
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Alex is a General Partner and
a co-founder of Flashpoint VC. Alex has over 20 years of experience in VC investing and finance with dozens of M&As and a number of IPOs under his belt
Alex Korchevsky
IC member
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Alexander is a Partner at
I2BF heading Moscow office with over 13 years in VC with a focus on SaaS, Robotics, IoT, and other B2B. Alex is also a mentor at Alchemist and 500 Startups.
Our investment approach
We invest in founders
in according to our belief system
Global ambitions
Only truly global problems can maintain the founder's passion for a decade long. Stoically solving it step by step with laser focus is what excites us.
Value accretive
We are rather givers vs takers. Even if we don't end up investing, we would like to assist our prospective MIPT founders in their mission to build a global business.
Being team centric
Success can be found only when the team is aligned. We value founders who understand their own strengths and the necessity to close the competency gaps.
Having laser focus
We believe at the beginning of every founder's journey, they need to employ hyper-focus on getting to the next critical milestone
Data-driven mindset
When we invest, we strive to unite with founders that can clearly article which sets of hypotheses they would like to prove or disprove and why.
Founder friendly
We tend to be very flexible and legally lean when it comes to structuring our investments, tailoring to the needs of the founders
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Phystech Leadership Fund's strategy?
We are a sector agnostic pre-seed and seed VC. We target startups with a global focus and early revenue. We favor technology businesses, however, can also back deep tech companies with unique technology.
Are you focused only on MIPT alumni?
Yes. The laser focus on MIPT alumni enables our portfolio companies to leverage the global alumni community to acquire clients and experts, hire talent, raise capital, etc. The fund was launched by MIPT alumni with most LPs being alumni as well.
How much capital does PLF invest?
Phystech Leadership fund invests at entry up to $200k. The entry check size will depend on various parameters, such as company stage, existing performance, ability to scale quickly and amount of capital the business model requires.
Does PLF lead round or is a follower?
As a fund, we are agnostic, we've done both ways. In cases, where we are highly convinced of the investment opportunity, we have the ability to bring some of our Limited Partners to co-invest directly with us, increasing overall check size multifold.
Does Phystech Leadership Fund do follow-ons?
The fund reserves about 50% of its capital to participate in the next rounds. We tend to support our founders the longest possible, staying mindful, however, of the total fund we manage and the overall fund's risk management policies.
What value does Phystech Leadership Fund bring?
We leverage Flashpoint and I2BF global infrastructure with 100+ portfolio companies and 10+ offices in the US, EU, and Israel, our global VC network, and assist with global expansion, fundraising, hiring, technology expertise, marketing, etc.
If you are a MIPT founder, please reach out to us, we're here to help
Phystech Leadership Fund will try to assist you even if you aren't raising capital
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For any fund inquires you can reach out also directly via e-mail at anton@flashpointvc.com or dkalyshkin@i2bf.com
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