I build Companies

outside the First World,

so it becomes First.

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About me

Marek Zmysłowski is a Polish-born, experienced entrepreneur and executive, focused on online businesses in Frontier and Emerging Markets.

He co-founded HotelOnline.co – a Hospitality Technology Company, and Jumia Travel – Africa’s Biggest Hotel Booking Portal, with backing from Rocket Internet and Goldman Sachs. In 2014, he was chosen as one of the Ten Most Important People in Tech by IT News Africa Magazine. He is a Lead Mentor at Google’s Launchpad and World Bank’s XL Africa Program.

Marek is also a former snowboard instructor and holds a racing license in motorsports, but his real dream is to be a stand up comedian. Hopefully a funny one.

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What people say

Marek has a unique hands-on experience in building fast growth Tech companies in Emerging Markets. He is a valuable mentor with contagious passion and positivity, it’s always great to have him on board!

Maria Dubrovska
Program Manager, Google

Marek is a rare example of someone knowledgeable, that knows how to transfer his insights in a way, that makes people want to listen.
A seasoned entrepreneur with a unique, firsthand experience in Africa. He knows everyone and everyone knows him :)

David Van Dijk
Director General, African Business Angel Network

Marek stands out in everything he undertakes. On top of having a substantial experience of the African tech and entrepreneurship space, Marek has a unique ability to share his knowledge in an accessible and entertaining way. As a former coworker, I learned a lot from his authentic and insightful communication style and experience in the industry.

Candace Nkoth Bisseck
Innovation & Business Transformation Facilitator, Stanford Seed

Marek delivers results. Always fully committed and super clear in communication, which makes him easy to work with.
He’s an effective executive and a natural leader, an example to others in many ways.

Felix Hartz
Global Venture Developer, Rocket Internet

Marek is my go-to-expert when it comes to Emerging Markets and Tech. I have been able to draw on his expertise countless times
and I'm so appreciative of how generous he always is with his knowledge.

Camilla Swart
Ecosystem Manager, Rise Incubator Manager

Marek is a unique individual. Combining the raw essence of business development skills as well as a deep analytical perspective to the project at hand. Armed with a deep understanding of the tech ecosystem, great global network and the business hunger of the young generation he is definitely one to watch.

Aleksander Libera
Advisor of the Board, Polish Investment and Trade Agency

Marek is passion personified. He is also a very original thinker and I am lucky to have him as a business partner.

Victor Asemota
CEO, Swifta Systems

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