Julia Krysztofiak-Szopa

the CEO of Startup Poland @ Startup Poland

Julia is a passionate entrepreneur, dedicated manager and startup coach, experienced working with founders worldwide since 2008.

She currently serves as the CEO of Startup Poland, a Warsaw-based non-profit organization that strengthens the startup ecosystem in Poland through research, education and public advocacy initiatives. As the owner of the biggest curated database of Polish startups, the organization publishes the annual report on the state of Polish startup ecosystem, identifying its drivers, growth barriers, industry opportunities and trends. As of 2016 Startup Poland coordinates similar research efforts in Czech, Slovakia and Hungary.

Julia moved back to Poland a year ago from Zurich, where she’d been leading growth for Dealmarket, a private equity dealflow platform. Prior to that, she lived in California, where she  founded a fashion startup Wellfitting Inc., and served as the first Program Director at Blackbox Accelerator in Palo Alto. At Blackbox she established its unique startup bootcamps, that have helped over 200 non-American founders raise funding in Silicon Valley.

Julia studied philosophy and Artificial Intelligence. Her personal mission is to empower entrepreneurs to dream bigger in their early stage startups.