Sherpa for Startups - Advice from a brutally honest mentor

Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 2:00 – 3:15 PM UTC

Ozan is known to have a brutally honest but constructive style in coaching Startup co-founders; which gave him the nick name ‘Shoulder to Cry On’. We will talk about pitching for founders, acceleration programs, entrepreneurship for students, metaverse, and anything around these topics. Startuppers; Do not miss this opportunity, prepare your questions.

About this event

Ozan is the founder of SAGE HQ, Zillion Pitches & YellowX. 

He is UC Berkeley SCET Global Ambassador, and Founding Chapter Director of StartupGrind Istanbul, and also an e-resident of Estonia. 

He is an angel investor, experienced startup mentor and an accelerator manager with +10 years of experience in investing as well as building startup programs and ecosystems in US, Middle East & Turkey.

Ozan is currently the Head of Growth for Global Innovation Catalyst, focusing on scaling experiential learning programs to foster innovation economy in partnership with Stanford Center for Professional Development’s Idea to Market Program. He is a certified trainer by Stanford CPD delivering GIC iX Online Program Workshops. He is the head of EMEA Region for UC Berkeley’s Innovation Accelerator Group.

He is also launching the Founder Institute Regional Virtual Pre-Seed Accelerator targeting Startups from Turkey, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, and Syria.

Ozan was the Lead Program Designer of SDG Impact Accelerator; the first Global Social Impact Accelerator Program in Turkey built by UNDP and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey in partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & World Food Program. SDGia inaugural batch was targeting to find scalable solutions to the Refugee Problems in Turkey such as Sanitation and Livelihood Improvement & Security.

He was the founding Managing Director of Growth Circuit Accelerator (GCA) in San Francisco which invested to the highest number of Startups built by Global Turks abroad. Ozan helped international startups with at least one Turkish founder, to launch in Silicon Valley through partnerships with partners like UC Berkeley, Draper University, USMAC and ABC Accelerators.

He was the founding managing director of “Labsout” an IP to Innovation Program built for METU, the largest Technology University in Turkey. Labsout Graduates have worked on research around energy, sustainability and materials science and commercialized technologies as spin-offs.

Prior to moving to San Francisco, he founded 9/10ths Accelerator, the largest non-equity seed funded Impact Accelerator in Saudi Arabia in KAUST for the Ministry of Labor of Saudi Arabia and Human Resource Development Fund.

He has initiated the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology’s 2 Startup Accelerators between 2014 and 2016. New Ventures Accelerator was a generalist accelerator without a seed fund, and its graduates created a good track record, winning international awards and raising seed capital in the region. Hikma was the first IP Based Accelerator Program built solely for the Research enabled inventions. Hikma graduates have raised significant funding from KAUST Seed fund and other players in last 3 years providing solutions for Climate Crisis, Water Preservation and Energy Distribution as well as Sustainable Agriculture.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM UTC


2:00 PMIntro
2:05 PMChat
2:45 PMQ & A
2:55 PMWrap Up
3:00 PMNetworking


  • Naimul Abd

    Coompanion Stockholm

    Regional Director Nordics Startup Grind