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Top 100 startups will meet world class mentors, investors, companies and media in 4 days. Exhibition stand, opportunity to access demo day, mentor hours, workshops, boat tour and even maybe chance to be on the main stage as finalist are for just selected startups. Apply now to join!Startup Application
Tim Draper founded Draper Associates in July, 1985, which when joined by John Fisher and Steve Jurvetson became the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (now DFJ). Investments include Skype, Hotmail, Tesla, Baidu, Theranos, and Overture, among many others. With Draper Associates, investments include Twitch.TV, YeePay, Indiegogo, Docusign, Parametric Technology and AngelList. He is the creator of viral marketing, a marketing method for spreading a software application from customer to customer, instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and Skype among hundreds of others including Gmail and Yahoo!mail. He founded the DFJ/Draper Network, a global network of venture funds who work together to improve service to entrepreneurs, covering 30 cities around the world. He has been listed as #46 of the most outstanding Harvard alumni, #7 on the Forbes Midas List, #1 Most Networked Venture Capitalist by Always On, and #98 on the 2014 Worth Magazine 100 Most Powerful People in Finance. He has won numerous awards and honors and is regularly featured in the press as a leading supporter of entrepreneurship.
Tim Draper received a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University with a major in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He served on the California State Board of Education in 1998-1999, and led a movement for Local Choice in schools culminating in becoming proponent for a statewide initiative for School Vouchers in November, 2000. He currently leads an initiative to create six new states in California (SixCalifornias) to encourage competition and choice in government. In 1994, he created a non-profit for young children to learn about business and entrepreneurship called BizWorld, a 501c3. In 2011, he created Draper University of Heroes, a residential and online school based in San Mateo, Ca to help extraordinary people accomplish their life missions.
Adora Cheung is currently a partner at Y Combinator.
She previously served as the CEO and Co-Founder of Homejoy Inc. and was on the Board of the Homejoy Foundation.
Prior to Homejoy, Adora worked at Slide (acquired by Google) as a lead Product Manager where she had the opportunity to learn about startups.
When Adora left Slide to start her own company she joined forces with her brother Aaron Cheung to form Pathjoy, a startup connecting life coaches to clients online. With Pathjoy the duo were accepted to the Y-Combinator, a prestigious incubator in Mountain View. After two years the duo founded Homejoy in July 2012 and since then Adora has successfully grown the Homejoy team from just her and her brother, to a team of over 120 employees and platform that serve hundreds of thousands of households in over 30 cities across the US, Canada, UK, and Germany.
Adora holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Rochester and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Clemson University.
Robert Schwentker is a technologist and blockchain educator based in Silicon Valley. He recently joined the UN Women Innovation team to explore how blockchain technologies may improve the efficiency and effectiveness of international assistance for women refugees. He has extensive training, startup relations, programming & systems experience at financial service organizations like PayPal, American Express & Citigroup. As Founding President of Blockchain University & DLT Education, Robert has educated over 1,000 entrepreneurs & intrepreneurs, and inspired over 200 blockchain projects in the US, Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia, Singapore & Japan. He serves as adviser to several VC funded blockchain startups, to Cisco's Blockchain Innovation Lab, and to the BSafe.network blockchain neutral research project for universities globally.
Bill Kenney is a founder, convener and connector. He is the founder and CEO of Test My Pitch, an online platform that develops communication skills. He has started and built 6 companies. Bill is an active community builder and a member of the Startup Champions Network. He and his wife live in Essex, CT, USA and both enjoy sailing and cycling.
Eamonn Carey is a Managing Director at Techstars. He recently ran the Techstars Connection in partnership with AB InBev program in New York City. He was formerly an entrepreneur in residence on the Barclays/Techstars Accelerator in London and an advisor, mentor and occasional investor in multiple startups and accelerators around Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the past, Eamonn started, succeeded and failed with several startups in Europe and the Middle East - including Farmvillain - an app which some described as the 'South Park of Facebook'. He first started building games (as an eight year old) to impress girls in the late 1980s. His efforts were unsuccessful. His love for games lived on in spite of that fact.Since then, he has worked with Kiip - helping them win their first clients and establish their footprint and offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Currently, Eamonn is a board member and advisor at Lingvist, where he helps with product, marketing and business development.
Amal is a passionate professional in designing experiences, guiding corporates and startups to innovation and customer centric design, providing creative solutions, achieving mastery in service industry, manipulating the tools of marketing to evoke customers emotions. She is also immersed in working on corporate innovation to instill the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing social and business environment leading to great rewards and returns
Throughout her career Amal gained a diversified range of experience in management and marketing related roles particularly in education and consultancy. Currently, Amal is part of the Entrepreneurship Center in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in a number of roles including the New Ventures Acceleration and Corporate Innovation program. Prior to that she worked in the KAUST Seed Fund where she developed marketing and events, while also providing a range of services to startup clients. Amal has previously managed an educational organization; during that time she designed programs and started several innovative initiatives to be implemented by the educators to improve the mindsets in order to foster creativity in the work place and the educational tools.In parallel to this she started her own business, which organized sports events and offered commercial consultancy to large organizations. During her masters degree research period in the University of Wollongong she managed to be exposed to large organizations and built marketing strategies to several entities such as Dubai government departments, Kempinsky hotel, Infiniti Cars and other service providers. She was also involved in a joint venture with another start up in Dubai focused on creating media and production services to other agencies including Starcom Dubai, Yahoo Dubai and many others. She also co authored two business articles focused on services marketing during her masters .
Andrew Tang is a partner at Draper Dragon Fund and Draper Associates, where he invests in early-stage technology companies and assists with their business development, particularly international market entry strategy and partnerships. He also serves as CEO of Draper University, which is an incubator and entrepreneurship education program located in Silicon Valley.
Andy has over 15 years of operating, research and development, investment banking, and investing experience in the high-tech space. He cofounded Draper Dragon Fund in 2006 to focus on cross-border investing, leading and managing investments in companies such as Verse Payment, Yeepay, Jin Jing Electric Motors, Alto Beam, Vicarious Artificial Intelligence, and Broadbus (MOT). Prior to starting his fund, he was a partner and member of the investment committee at ABB Technologies Ventures and Infineon Ventures, an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston’s technology group in Palo Alto, and a senior engineer and marketing manager at Intel where he was responsible for chip-design and market-enabling for Pentium and Itanium processors.
In his spare time, Andy teaches finance and fundraising classes to student entrepreneurs, and enjoys the adventure of life with his wife and two sons.
20+ years as a commercial banking executive, most of which were focused on financing high growth technology, life sciences and clean tech sectors, with extensive international experience.
My goals for the SVB Global Gateway are to faciliate cross border business for venture capital firms and technology companies between the US and the major innovation hubs globally, which include Brazil/Latam, China, UK/Europe, Russia, Turkey and Australia. We provide market entry assistance and introductions to accelerate international expansion, and banking solutions for technology and innovation based businesses seeking US market entry.
I also seek to establish banking relationships on behalf of SVB Global Private Equity Services, including debt finance solutions for VC and PE firms outside the US.
Specialties: Global commercial banking solutions, cross border debt financing, international market expansion
Vera Shokina is a Managing Director with Silicon Valley Banks’s Global Gateway group. In this role she assists international venture capital funds and innovation companies in the emerging markets with their US and international market expansion. Prior to joining SVB Vera was a Partner, CFO and COO of Runa Capital, $200MM venture capital fund, where she was responsible for all finance, legal, operations and investor relations functions.
Prior to joining Runa in 2010, Vera spent five years as a VP with Silicon Valley Bank where she was responsible for building relationships with technology start-ups and oversaw a $50M USD venture debt portfolio for early-stage VC-backed software and services companies. Additional Silicon Valley experience included work at GE Capital and Goldman Sachs & Co. Before moving to the US, Vera worked for Citibank Moscow where she managed a portfolio of loans and traded Russian equities for institutional foreign investors.
Active in both professional and civic communities, Vera is a former president and board member of the American Business Association of Russian Professionals (AmBAR), a non-profit business association of more than 10,000 Russian-speaking professionals based in Silicon Valley, and founder and board member of ArtWeekend, European Children School of Higher Arts. As part of her work with AmBAR, Vera organized a delegation of 20 prominent Silicon Valley investors representing firms managing $60+ billion and brought them to Moscow to meet with Russian business and government leaders to cement ties between the high tech communities of the two regions.
Vera holds an MBA from the Moscow Finance Academy and a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages from Moscow State Linguistics University.
Scott Hartley is a venture capitalist and former partner at a $2 billion Sand Hill Road investment fund, and author of the best-selling book THE FUZZY AND THE TECHIE, Financial Times business book of the month and finalist for the Financial Times and McKinsey & Company's Bracken Bower Prize. He has worked at Google, Facebook, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and the White House, as a Presidential Innovation Fellow. He holds three degrees from Stanford and Columbia, and is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mike Butcher is currently Editor of TechCrunch Europe. In addition he is involved in a project to bring European technology entrepreneurs and investors together in a club environment called TechHub (@TechHub), in London initially. A long time journalist, Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. He is a former editor of New Media Age magazine, the leading new media weekly in the UK, and the European edition of The Industry Standard magazine.
Since 1996 he has launched or re-launched numerous media web sites and in 2000 he was nominated as NetMedia’s European Internet Journalist of the Year. In 2004 he was voted ‘One of the 100 Innovators of the UK Internet Decade’ by GfK NOP, the fourth-largest custom research business in the world. In July 2008 he was put at No. 47 out of the Top 100 people in London’s creative industry by The Independent newspaper and The Hospital Club.
In August 2008 TechCrunch Europe was awarded the best “Web 2.0 and business blog” in the UK, by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine. In 2009 it was named as one of the Top 10 blogs out of the UK. Also in 2009 he was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 he was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. In April 2010 he was named as one of Britain’s Top 100 “digital power-brokers” by Wired UK magazine. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. Mike’s personal blog is mbites, while he Twitters as @mikebutcher.
Mr. Kaspar Korjus (29), as Managing Director of e-Residency, is building the first transnational digital identity platform in the world. e-Residency is a new fully digital nation for global citizens, built on inclusion, transparency and legitimacy to empower citizens globally and to achieve world-wide digital and financial inclusion. Kaspar is listed by Forbes Estonia `30 under 30´ people as #1 in Technology and Finance and elected by US CTO Megan Smith as one of the 20 global digital leaders. Kaspar is also the founding curator of World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community in Estonia and board member of multiple blockchain and fintech related companies.
Asra Nadeem is the Entrepreneurship Programs Director at Draper University, an incubator and entrepreneurship education program located in Silicon Valley. She primarily works with entrepreneurs and stakeholders to design and implements programs that build and grow global startups tackling the world’s most intractable problems. In the last 2 years alone, these startups have raised $40M in seed funding and have gone to YC, Techstars and 500, amongst other accelerators.
Asra has over 15 years of experience with product and market development for startups in the Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia. She was the first female product manager in Pakistan for Rozee.pk, led Bayt.com's special projects team to build web infrastructure for government organizations and MNC's in the MENA region and successfully launched the first dating website for Muslims; Naseeb.com.
She frequently speaks and writes about empowerment through technology and automation and mentors entrepreneurs in emerging markets to enable social change. Asra can be found reading and funding research to build vertical cities or inventing new recipes for world's best hummus.
Ozan Sonmez is Managing Director at T-Jump Startup Hub in San Francisco. Mr. Sönmez is also Europe and MENA Coordinator & Facilitator at Angel Labs. Mr. Sönmez previously managed 9/10th Startup Accelerator Program KAUST of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.
Previously Bakhrom was leading investments in European and the US technology companies with Virgin Green Fund as a Founding Principal and TLcom Capital as Investment Director. Bakhrom also was Internet Finance Director and Associate Director of Planning and Analysis in Virgin Media. Bakhrom started his career as technology investment banker with Cowen & Co and CSFB/DLJ. Bakhrom holds two Master degrees on academic scholarships from the London School of Economics and Cambridge University, and an honors Bachelor degree from Tashkent State Technical University in Uzbekistan.
Yousef Hamidaddin leads the Innovative Solution Board an initiative from the Foundation of HRH the Crown Prince of Jordan, and was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Oasis 500. His current focus is on developing funding models for startups and SME’s across the region to be launched this year, and creating innovative funds that can deliver the rebuilding requirements for distressed countries such as Syria, and Yemen.
For the last 3 years he has been focused on building and deploying a regional innovative strategy starting from Jordan & worked on developing innovative funds to deliver solutions that address the a region to be well positioned to be an "open lab” - a term he coined for early adoption that can take solutions globally. Yousef launched the Creative industries Fund for Jordan, the Oasis 500 Space Venture Initiative in partnership with the European Space Agency, and the European Investment Bank. He also launched a dedicated fund for Yemeni Entrepreneurs, and worked on exporting the Jordan model where he worked on launching Startup Jamaica in partnership with the World Bank, and is a reference on startup trends in the region. A board member of ICTAC (ICT Advisory Council) to the Minister of ICT, a board member of [email protected] (Information & Communication Association of Jordan) which is a voluntary non-profit, private organization representing, promoting and advancing the Jordanian software and IT services industry in the global market. He sits on the Technology & Innovation Cluster Committee under the Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation, & appointed as part of the Jordan Technology Relaunch Team labelled as Reach 2025.
Omar Syed is a Managing Director at The Abraaj Group and has over 16 years of private equity and consulting experience. Mr. Syed is focused on developing the Firm’s operations in Turkey, having recently raised a Turkey dedicated fund in excess of USD 500m focused on providing growth capital to mid market companies across diverse sectors.
Having joined The Abraaj Group in 2007, he was a part of the team that led the Abraaj Group’s first acquisition in Turkey, the Acıbadem Healthcare Group, as well as the Group’s most recent acquisitions in Turkey including Yörsan Group, Hepsiburada, and Fibabanka. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yorsan Group and a member of the Board of Directors of Hepsiburada.
Prior to joining Abraaj, Mr. Syed was a Vice President at American Capital, a publicly traded US private equity firm with over US$ 21 billion in assets under management. Mr. Syed spent six years at ACAS comprehensively developing his PE track record, transaction execution capabilities and portfolio management skills, focusing on US mid-market buyouts, growth financing and financial restructurings with investments ranging from US$ 50 million to US$ 500 million across various industries and sectors including industrial manufacturing, engineering and construction, transportation and logistics, consumer products and chemicals.
Mr. Syed began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Canada, working in their Assurance and Business Advisory and Transaction Services practices, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute.
Mr. Syed holds a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Management from McGill University and a Masters in Accounting from Concordia University.
Prior to joining Citus, Utku served in senior business development and strategy roles at Intel and Oracle in EMEA, building regional collaborations, leading strategy development and assisting software sales.
Previously, Utku worked as a consultant at McKinsey's Business Technology Office in London, working on various strategy projects in enterprises across Europe. Earlier in his career, Utku worked as a Product Manager at Google and as a Systems Engineer at Alcatel-Lucent.
Utku holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from London Business School.
Globally-minded change-maker. I have built my whole career in private-sector-focused economic development. I am a big believer in the power of entrepreneurs to change the world -- and great investors to help them do it!
I run Endeavor's San Francisco office, where I lead our efforts to connect a portfolio of 700+ high-growth companies with US-based mentors and investors. I oversee an awesome team running the Endeavor Investor Network – a program designed to connect venture capital and growth equity investors with high-impact entrepreneurs and local investment partners across Latin America, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. In the past few years, we've helped Endeavor companies raise more than $1B in equity capital.
I am also a Managing Director of Endeavor Catalyst, an innovative co-investment vehicle through which Endeavor can invest into its portfolio companies. Launched in January 2012, Endeavor Catalyst has raised more than $100M across two funds and made 50+ investments to date in 20 different emerging markets across Latin America, EMEA and Southeast Asia. Investments include Globant (NYSE:GLOB) in Argentina, Yemeksepeti.com (acq'd Delivery Hero $589M, 2015) in Turkey and Fetchr in the UAE.
I coach incredibly ambitious people to become authentic leaders, communicators, public speakers and pitchers who inspire, influence and connect. I don't make superficial tweaks to your communication technique, I go for lasting change.
I provide bespoke in-house training and communication masterclasses to organisations who want their teams and top talent to lead, influence and inspire.
I coach 1:1 intensives on authentic communication and speaking with influence for ambitious professionals in management and leadership positions. I also work with actors and performers.
I take the very best techniques of stage and screen to help a person perform with the high level of expertise and charisma of top actors. It is not only what we say that is important, but how we say it.
My coaching is sought out by entrepreneurs, high-level executives, CEO's, tech innovators, actors, film directors and anyone who is firmly committed to reaching the next level.
If you would like to work with me, please email me at [email protected] and tell me what you would like to work on.
Dan comes from an entrepreneurial background. He has been involved with technology startups across the world and is an innovation community leader in Europe. In the recent years, he focused more on enterprise innovation management, specifically on the changes large organizations need to make to allow for new ventures to be built in a corporate setting. He has worked with companies like Deutsche Telekom, Bosch, Jaguar Land Rover and Allianz. A big proponent of the ecosystem approach to innovation, Dan has also worked with various government bodies, in Asia and Europe, helping developing national innovation ecosystems and implement national innovation strategies. The work experience gathered from the public and private sector has been translated into various experiential courses that Dan has delivered for universities worldwide.
Istanbul being the capital of some world’s greatest empires presents an amazing blend of history and modernity. With its key location situated between Europe and Asia, and its 18.000.000 habitants, Istanbul is an important center for many sectors. Today the city is visited each year by millions of travelers who come to catch a glimpse of its ancient city walls, enchanted churches, palaces and mosques, while savoring the delightful tastes of the city’s rich cuisine. Istanbul offers an unforgettable experience with its colorful daily life and dynamic nightlife.
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