Building companies

outside the "First World",

so it becomes "First".

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About me

Marek Zmysłowski is a Polish-born entrepreneur and executive, focused on Online Business and Real Estate, passionate about Emerging Markets and Private Cities

He co-founded – a 2-in-1 Solar Roofs producer, Jumia Travel – Africa’s Biggest Hotel Booking Portal listed on NYSE as part of Jumia Group, and Samana Group, a Real Estate Venture Capital firm focused on the Samaná Peninsula in the Dominican Republic.

Marek is a bestselling author of “Chasing Black Unicorns,” a former snowboard instructor, and a bartender, but his real life goal is simply to leave this World in slightly better shape than what it was when he arrived.


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 deeply knowledgeable about the African tech ecosystem. His vast experience with high growth ventures in emerging markets has been a great resource for our portfolio companies.

Fredrik Andersson
Investment Manager, Seedstars

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