Ezel Kokcu is a 25-year-old technology entrepreneur that now lays claim to three successful and innovative start-up enterprises over the last 7 years. She specialises in education, technology, diversity, global expansion and global investment raising.
Ezel started the museum mobile app, STQRY at just 18 after leaving her computer science degree at Victoria University. Breaking barriers constantly as one of the youngest product managers in her trade. Within three years, STQRY became the number one technology provider to museums the world over, raising $7m of funding, a global team size of 60, accrued a database of more than 500 customers worldwide with offices in New Zealand, United States, France and Singapore.
In 2016, Ezel left STQRY to pursue her new venture, Non-Stop Tix, a ticketing platform developed to fix the growing consumer dissatisfaction around the steep booking fees and poor customer service which plagued the existing companies. It achieved almost overnight success. Non-Stop Tix was sold to a local promoter in the same year that it was developed.
Ezel is now working on her latest startup, Passphere, which is a global-ready ticketing system that will inspire creators to take control. It offers experiences that connect and technology that truly evolves.
“We’re building Passphere to solve the problem that event organisers have today, which is not knowing who their customers really are,” Ezel Kokcu
*How SQRY made people fall in love with museums and cultures
*The art of raising investment and challenges around it
*How to build a successful platform-based business
*Women breaking into the technology sector
Continuing her journey, Ezel has now Co-Founded the event and analytics platform. Passphere, recently announced it has raised an official seed round of capital to fund their New Zealand, United States and Australia expansion. Funding was led by New Zealand based individuals who have experience in cloud-based ticketing and IT space.
Ezel has a passion for entrepreneurship that was formed at a young age. Ezel spent 3 months travelling around Turkey teaching English in schools for underprivileged children. She then returned to New Zealand to begin working on a degree in Computer Science at Victoria University. While studying, Ezel was involved in a start-up doing social and digital marketing that sparked a passion in starting and growing businesses. Shortly after, starting the discovery and exploration app that disrupted the Museum and Cultural market, STQRY. As Co-Founder of STQRY, Ezel’s ideas and narratives help to guide and shape the business every day.
STQRY is now known as Area360 and is shaping the way visitors and organizations engage and share stories on a daily basis. With capital backing from one of the most reputable Venture Capital firms in the United States, Area360 were able to raise $5.5M in funds and are now developing and selling in over 4 countries to over 500 organizations worldwide. The team in New Zealand has grown to 35 and another 7 in the United States.
Ezel then decided to move full time into her next venture as Co-Founder of Wellington-based Ticketing startup, Non-Stop Tix. After 18 months of operation, the company was sold to a New Zealand-based private investor.