About us

Arete Investment Ltd. explores not only the most outstanding international talents and the most future-proof ideas but also those corporate partners who agree with the company’s values and who are open to innovation. Additionally to investment, Arete also provides professional mentoring and business development consultation to ventures.

Arete Ltd. prefers those sectors where the mature innovative businesses contribute to the wellbeing of society. Therefore we focus on areas with a great impact on improving the lives of many - such as health and sport, working and learning, mobility and urban development, and financial technology.


Our values

Future-proof attitude

The businesses selected by us contribute to the future sustainability of our communities thus influencing their environment in a positive way.


We pay close attention to the cooperation of people with different professional backgrounds and different nationalities as well as to the participation of female entrepreneurs.


The backbone of our daily work are our excellent and dedicated team, long-standing processes, and professional experience and capacities earned through decades.

Our team


 János Csák
János Csák

Economist, sociologist, ambassador, literary translator, advisor on corporate governance, leadership coaching and strategy development. Board Member of the Central-European Center of the Bank of China and Richter Gedeon Nyrt. Hungary’s Ambassador of the UK between 2011- 2014. He has been on the Board of numerous companies throughout his career (in Europe, the USA and Australia). Former President of MOL and Westel, and former Member of the Board of CreditAnstalt Investment Bank. He was the CEO of Investel between 1993-2000 and CFO of the telecommunications company Matáv from 1994. He worked as treasury advisor at Ameritech in Chicago in 1996. He was the owner of Heti Válasz between 2004-2009. He was a guest researcher at the Heritage Foundation in Washington in the field of political economics. Member of the Supervisory Board of the Saint Francis Foundation of Déva. In 2003, he established the Kálmán Széll Foundation. In 2010, he was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic for his achievements in economics and social activities. He has been the Chairman of Design Terminal since 2016.

Péter Szabadhegy
Péter Szabadhegy

Graduated summa cum laude in Accounting from the State University of New York. He acquired his Master’s Degree at the London School of Economics before continuing his post-graduate studies at the University of Chicago. He has invested in numerous businesses and been the leader of several others. He worked at the Chemical Bank in New York as a Risk Analyst for five years, before being appointed Vice-President at the same organisation. From 1991, he helped build the Advisory Department focusing on the Hungarian banking system at Deloitte &Touch. Between 2004 and 2013, he cooperated in the launch of many SMEs, both as an investor and an expert. He has been a Member of the Board of Design Terminal since 2016.

Gergely Böszörményi-Nagy
Gergely Böszörményi-Nagy

Graduated from Budapest Corvinus University with a degree in international studies and is currently in his final year of MBA studies at the Central European University Business School. He was responsible for strategic communication at the State Secretariat for Government Communication between 2010-2012. He has been the CEO of Design Terminal since 2012. In 2014, he was chosen by Forbes Hungary as one of the 30 most successful young leaders, while Google, the Financial Times and the International Visegrád Fund named him one of the most prominent digital leaders of the region. He is a founding member of Brain Bar, one of Europe’s largest festivals of future thinking.

Márk Hetényi
Márk Hetényi

Márk is the new type of bank leader - he has joined the bank more than two years ago as a COO and his goal was to transform the then 65-year old MKB to Hungary’s best digital bank. He was later promoted to Chief Digital And Retail Officer. With his experience in consulting, auditing and finance, he brought a new approach to MKB: he implements total digital transformation - rebuilding the IT architecture and reorganising the business processes. He believes in cooperation and open innovation. His goal is for MKB Bank to become the partnerbank in the regional fintech scene. He is a board member at large of the American Chamber of Commerce.

Hetényi Márk
János Pereczes

What are we looking for?

Global focus

We are looking for those international talents who aim for the global market.

Common value creation

Our verticums are set by sectors that contribute to the wellbeing of society: health and sports, working and learning, mobility and urban development, and financial technology.


We search for businesses that has at least an MVP or a prototype besides a stable team. Naturally we help in everything else during the intensive incubation process.

What do we provide?

Support in business development

Our experienced team and international mentorpool provides personalised business development consultation to ventures that are ready for investment.

International network

We supply an international network and experience to the most talented teams for their global market entry.

Office space

Our teams can work together with the best startups in downtown Budapest.