Bolesław Drapella

Founder @, LP @ Black Pearls VC



Over 20 years of experience in e-business. Entrepreneur specializing in the online sectors of aviation, tourism and hotel industries, online advertising industry and, more broadly, in the real estate industry. In the past, he held the positions of VP of BizDev, CMO, CCO, COO, CHRO and President of the Management Board of a company listed at the Warsaw Stock Exchange. He was also a manager of hotels in the UK. Investor in Black Pearls VC fund. Founder of
In the past, he was the President of the Management Board of AirHelp Poland and the Chief Operating Officer in the AirHelp Group. The company helps travelers to obtain compensation due to delayed, canceled, and overbooked flights. AirHelp has helped more than 10 million passengers by gaining millions of dollars for its clients. The company has recorded amazing growth and increased its employment from 50 to 600 employees worldwide, with offices in Hong Kong, New York, Berlin, Kraków, Gdańsk and several other locations worldwide.

Investor at Black Pearls VC, where he is involved in supporting the fundraising and shares his extensive experience with the portfolio companies. He also supports companies as part of supervisory and advisory boards.

Founder of, wherewith other mentors he is supporting companies in their wise growth & international scaling. He also runs Sauna Talks podcast, where he shares his vast know-how around management & scaling up companies.