Lyubov Guk

Founding Partner at early-stage VC/Accelerator

ABOUT ME

Investing and supporting UK's early-stage international founders with a global vision.
The UK Global Talent Visa Recipient and Tech Nation Visa Ambassador.
Principal organiser of UK's International Founders Open Office Hours.

EXPERTISE

  • Early-stage startups investing
  • Fundraising
  • B2B Sales
  • Entering the British market

PUBLICATIONS

Why we have to keep backing Ukrainian founders
Sifted — Feb 24, 2022

Five Things You Need To Create A Highly Successful Startup (or My story)
Authority Magazine — Aug 23, 2021

Go to market — or die
Sifted — Jul 29, 2020

The Biggest Mistakes Startups Make In Getting To A Product-Market Fit
Vestbee — Mar 31, 2020

Top Challenges Ukrainian Startups Face
Vestbee — Dec 30, 2019

EXPERIENCE

Blue Lake
Founding Partner
June 2019 — Present (3 years 6 months)
London, England, United Kingdom
I am building a London-based Blue Lake VC investing in exceptional international founders in the UK.

Electric Miles
Investor Director
February 2022 — Present (10 months)
London, England, United Kingdom
Electric Miles is building the world’s most intelligent Internet of Energy (IoE) EV charging solution.

uTrigg
Board Observer
June 2020 — Present (2 years 6 months)
London, England, United Kingdom
Emotion AI analytics for marketing & UI/UX specialists. A great example of a startup that originated from Ukraine and becoming a global company. Alumni of Startup Wise Guys (SaaS batch) and winners of the Horizon 2020 grant.

VimesVC
Partner
June 2019 — September 2020 (1 year 4 months)
Kyiv, London
- Managing the company's most complex projects with a particular focus on scaling clients‘ businesses internationally.
- Building and maintaining relationships with the key strategic clients and partners of the company in the UK and Eastern Europe.
Head of Ukrainian office
August 2017 — June 2019 (1 year 11 months)
Kyiv, London
- Providing executive leadership across the Ukrainian office of Vimes Consulting — a boutique strategic consultancy, a part of Vimes Group.
- Building a strong long-term relationship with corporate clients and strategic partners of the company in the UK and Ukraine.
- Managing the company's largest complex projects across a number of industries.
- Cooperating with the local and international business support institutions (EBRD, ITC, USAID, Institute of export of the United Kingdom, Export Promotion Office of Ukraine, Ministry of Economy of Ukraine).
- Organising business missions of Ukrainian companies to the UK, being commissioned by EU4Business and Export Promotion Office in Ukraine.
As a result of my application and negotiations with the EBRD team in Ukraine, in 2017 the company got the official status of pre-qualified consultancy as a part of the comprehensive business support programme provided by the Bank.
Business Development Manager/Project manager
January 2015 — August 2017 (2 years 8 months)

Co-working Space Vimes
Founding member
April 2015 — June 2017 (2 years 3 months)
Uzhgorod, Ukraine
- Launching and running the first coworking space in Uzhgorod (Western Ukraine).
I am a winner of the grant programme aimed to support internally displaced persons from Crimea and Lugansk/Donetsk oblast provided by YMCA organisation (est. in 1844 in London). The key criteria the project met were innovation, ability to build a strong community of entrepreneurs and new jobs
creation.
The coworking space I developed had a significant positive impact on the development of the city's small businesses and startups community.

Jabil
Financial analyst
August 2014 — January 2015 (6 months)
Uzhgorod, Ukraine

Amstor, Group of companies
International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) specialist
February 2013 — August 2014 (1 years 7 months)

EDUCATION

London Business School
Newton Venture Capital Fellowship program
(April 2022 — September 2022)

London Business School
Newton Venture Program
(September 2021 — December 2021)

Donetsk State University of Economics and Trade
Master's degree, Accounting and Audit
(2007–2012)

Current Role: Founding Partner
Company: Blue Lake

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