Julia Szopa studied Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence before embarking on a global career in tech start ups. As CEO of Startup Poland, Julia works to help build Poland's growing tech startup scene. Poland's economy is growing fast. Tech entrepreneurs from outside Poland are taking notice. In this episode of Heart of Poland, Julia describes her personal journey into the exciting startup ecosystem and how Startup Poland has helped shape the country's understanding and attitude to business. Along the way she describes the unique business qualities Poles have - and some of the challenges of doing business in Poland.
Michael Dembinski is one of thousands of children of Polish exiles who grew up in London in the 1950s. His mother had survived the Siberian gulags. His father had fought in the Warsaw Uprising. His parents, like thousands of other Poles, had to rebuild their lives in a foreign land. If they went back to Poland - they faced arrest, imprisonment or worse.In this episode of the #heartofpoland show, our host Patrick Ney talks to Michael about his experiences growing up in the UK and then returning to Poland with his parents for the first time. His deep connection to the country of his parents brought him back to Poland in 1997 where he currently works as the Chief Advisor to the British Polish Chamber of Commerce and as a blogger and media commentator.