Efi Ben Artzy

What brought me to Poland is business and searching for opportunities. Poland is a good place for business and investments, and the market is very promising with big potential. It is growing and there are lots of people hungry for success. In my opinion, Poland is also a safe place to live in and has many exciting places to travel to.

Efi was born in 1979 in Israel. But both his grandparents were born in Poland in Tuczyn (nowadays Ukraine) and these family roots make for him Poland a sentimental place. Efi has been working both as a manager and as a consultant in various companies in Israel, Europe, and the US. He has a diverse background in companies’ excellence in various industries (Manufacturing, Services, High-tech, Healthcare, Startups, etc.). He has been leading operational and business transformations to improve companies’ value to customers; improving customer experience and success by implementing top-notch processes and better products. Efi is improving complex global operations and developing leaders and managers to achieve business growth. Among others, he is a mentor at Google for Startups and other startups accelerators, and working with Fintech, HR, Marketing, Gaming, Services, and Impact startups to achieve innovation and better product development.

In social and human sphere, Polish and Israeli people share many similarities in their respective national characters. One of them is that both the Poles and Israelis love to complain…but also to help.

Efi is also teaching young teenagers and kids how to develop innovative ideas and fulfill them in the real world. Innovation in Israel results from the very nature of that small country fighting for its existence since its beginning. One of the biggest accelerators of innovation is the army. Israel does not have many resources, so it has to innovate. Efi is also a guest lecturer in SWPS and Collegium Da Vinci in Poland, teaching lean management, lean startups, and entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur, he also established three companies of his own. He holds M.A in history and political science from TAU, he is a certified lean management coach and holds a certification in management and leadership from Wharton School in Pennsylvania. What brought him to Poland is business and searching for opportunities. Efi views Poland as a good place for business and investments and he thinks the market is very promising with big potential. It is growing and there are lots of people hungry for success. In Efi’s opinion, Poland is also a safe place to live in and has many exciting places to travel to. Also, the cost-of-living vs the value our country has in the offer is quite good, education in private schools is of a high standard. But the best value of the country are people. This is why Efi sees his future here in Poland – at least for few next years.

The most prospective sphere for cooperation between the two countries is business and culture. If we focus on those two things, Poland and Israel can do great things together.”

For Efi there is a great cooperation between Israelis and Poles – only politics sometimes is an obstacle. Many Israelis live in Poland and make business here and vice versa – Polish people are involved in business in Israel. Of special interest is the cooperation between startup ecosystems in both countries with much investment of Israeli startups in Poland and Polish venture capital in Israel. What needs to be highlighted is also the cultural cooperation, tourism that is thriving, and cooperation in Real estate ecosystem.

In Efi’s view, an interesting common feature of both countries is the impact of the global warming on their environments. On the other hand, in social and human sphere, Polish and Israeli people share many similarities in their respective national characters. One of them is that both the Poles and Israelis love to complain…but also to help. Efi thinks that the most prospective sphere for cooperation between the two countries is business and culture. He is convinced that “If we focus on those two things, Poland and Israel can do great things together”.