Accelerating and funding AI

We take early great tech projects a major level up: refining ideas, developing teams and scaling fast. To reach traction. 

Haxus is a funded venture acceleration firm led by serial entrepreneurs and focused on artificial intelligence startups at the seed or even pre-seed stage. We identify and partner with top teams to turn great ideas into brilliant ones and transform major market potential into reality. 

We’re very hands-on in supporting investees with strategy, financial reporting, legal matters, HR needs, communications and more.                

 Our partners have a remarkable track record in building up leading international businesses and bringing tech startups to the world. Registered in  Cyprus, Haxus is ready to back visionary AI initiatives wherever they emerge around the globe.                

Doing what nobody’s done

We invest in and partner with startup teams to transform great new ideas into brilliant ones that work 100%.

Haxus provides seed (and sometimes pre-seed) capital plus very strong business support to tech startup teams with the potential to succeed on a large international scale.                

Our focus is on AI ideas which can do something totally new. We’re very active partners. We help teams with strategy, finance and reporting, as well as legal matters, talent sourcing and effective communication.                

$300,000 to $2 million
Equity stake
10% to 25%

Current portfolio


Flo is the fastest growing AI-driven women’s health platform with over 11 million monthly active users worldwide and top positions in Health & Fitness Category in App Store and Google Play in 50+ countries.

RedRockApps helps people lose weight & keep fit using a complex machine learning-based solution of training plans and proper diet plans, adjusted to each user through analyzing biometric data. RedRockApps has over 16 mln downloads worldwide, this is #3 free fitness app in over 50 countries and is constantly featured on App Store.


Prisma transforms photos and videos into works of art. The app uses AI to learn and apply the styles of famous painters. Featured by The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg, The Guardian and more, Google named it “Best App 2016”.


OneSoil is an ag-tech startup developing an AI-powered precision farming platform to help farmers monitor fields, plan farming operations, increase productivity and save resources using machine learning for farm data and computer vision for spatial imagery.

Ommy uses AI to create animated emoticons of a user’s own face, based on a simple selfie. The personalized emoticons work in all social networks and messenger apps.


Toonbox is developing AR/VR games for children based on the popular Qumi-Qumi comics and cartoon series.

Previous investments

Aimatter (Fabby) acquired by Google. 

Fabby automatically edits your selfies like a professional designer. Simply shoot a selfie, and get instant results that will blow you away! Try our phenomenal features, that work automatically powered by neural networks.

Masquerade’s MSQRD app enables 3D face-swapping in photos and videos, using machine learning, face detection, expression recognition and more. It rose quickly on the App Store and Facebook bought the company in March 2016. provides offline mobile maps and navigation services based on OpenStreetMap data. After 7 mln downloads, it was acquired by Mail.Ru in 2014 to bolster the Russian internet company’s international expansion.

Experience and expertise

Haxus’s team comprises hands-on experienced investors and professionals with stellar IT-industry records and distinctive technology vision. We’re able to help with all aspects of developing a rapidly growing business.

Founding partner

Yuri Gurski has been building international IT and media businesses for many years as an executive, entrepreneur, investor and startup mentor. His areas of special expertise include strategy, operations, marketing, and management training.

Tech firms that Yuri founded, funded and advised have been acquired by Facebook (MSQRD live selfie video filtering, 2016), Russian internet giant Mail.Ru ( navigation services, 2014), the world’s largest online gaming firm Playtech (mobile fitness pioneer, 2013) and Israel’s Teddy Sagi (iPhone app developer Viaden Media, 2012). He is the founder and owner of the publishing house Ideanomix and the app developer Ideanomix Digital.

Yuri is a distinguished MBA alumnus of Kozminski University and a former best-selling author of technology books in Russian. He’s been repeatedly recognized as Entrepreneur-of-the-Year and Startup Mentor-of-the-Year in Belarus, and in ranked No. 1 on Probusiness magazine’s 2016 list of ‘Top Entrepreneurs Under 40’.

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Venture partner

Alexander Chekan is an experienced media executive, active mentor of IT startups and organizer of e-commerce industry events. He was in the top 30 on Probusiness magazine’s 2016 list of ‘Top Entrepreneurs Under 40’.

As the CEO of TUT.BY, now the largest private media group in Belarus, Alexander has overseen numerous M&A deals mainly for web products involving public companies as well as private equity and venture funds. He’s a member of the Coordination Council of the HTP High Tech Park incubator in Minsk and mentors at the TechMinsk accelerator. He was named national Mentor-of-the-Year at Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016.

Alexander holds an International Executive MBA degree from HEC Paris-affiliate BMI. He has also completed further studies in management and venture financing at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and other business schools in the European Union and the USA.

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Venture partner

Dmitry Gurski is an entrepreneur, mentor, and investor with a focus on the launch and development of innovative software businesses. He was in the top 30 on Probusiness magazine’s 2016 list of ‘Top Entrepreneurs Under 40’.He is a co-founder and the CEO of Ideanomix Digital, a developer of home and entertainment apps that have ranked well around the world.

 He is also a co-founder of the separate Ideanomix publishing house, whose books include more than 1200 educational and technology titles.

Dmitry holds an MBA degree. He has authored several books on computer programming and related mathematics.

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Legal counsel

Panos Georgiou is an experienced legal advisor to international corporations and former CEO with special expertise in IT law.

He holds a first degree in law from Bristol Law School and a master’s in EU Commercial Law from the University of Leicester. He has trained in Information Technology & Telecommunications Law at the University of Strathclyde.

Panos is also certified as an internal auditor under the ISO 9001:2008 quality management standard.

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Haxus Leads a $500,000 Round to Help OneSoil Disrupt Agriculture with AI

OneSoil, an ag-tech startup from Belarus that uses data and machine learning to increase agricultural productivity, announced it raised $500,000 in Seed round led by Haxus, a venture fund that specializes in AI, and joined by Yuri Melnichek and Leonid Lozner, angel investors.

Haxus-backed AIMATTER acquired by Google

AIMATTER, an AI-driven image processing startup from Belarus, was acquired by Google.

Haxus-backed Flo Raises $5M in Series A

Flo, the fastest growing AI-driven women's health platform, today announced it has raised $5M in a Series A round. The round was led by Flint Capital, along with Natalia Vodianova, a supermodel, social activist and a mother of 5, who also joined Board of Directors, and a few angel investors.

Haxus-Backed Startup Wins Prestigious Award at White Nights Conference

Mintfrogs, a startup backed up by Haxus, won a prestigious award at The White Nights Conference in Prague on February 14, 2017.


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