Ozan Sonmez

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor & Trainer

Ozan is a serial founder and a startup program creator with a global focus and passion. He is an angel investor, brutal startup mentor and program director with +12 years of global experience in investing and building startup programs. He is affiliated with UC Berkeley, Stanford CPD, MIT EF and various innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems. He has not only helped scalable high tech startup founders but also social and environmental impact founders in programs created by 500 Sanabil, Endeavor, EBRD, Village Capital, Accelerate 2030, KAUST, Africa Business Heroes (Jack Ma Foundation) and more.

Ozan Sonmez

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor & Trainer

Ozan is a serial founder and a startup program creator with a global focus and passion. He is an angel investor, brutal startup mentor and program director with +12 years of global experience in investing and building startup programs. He is affiliated with UC Berkeley, Stanford CPD, MIT EF and various innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems. He has not only helped scalable high tech startup founders but also social and environmental impact founders in programs created by 500 Sanabil, Endeavor, EBRD, Village Capital, Accelerate 2030, KAUST, Africa Business Heroes (Jack Ma Foundation) and more.

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Biography

He recently became one of the founders of Metaverse Union, a platform targeting to create projects and advocate for the right ways of supporting & building the Metaverse Ecosystem Globally.

He is one of the founding directors of Founder Institute Ankara graduating 20 startups in 2 years during the pandemic. He is selected to be the first Turkish professional to become a UC Berkeley SCET Global Ambassador in 2021. He was the Head of Growth for Global Innovation Catalyst, focusing on scaling experiential learning programs to foster innovation economy as a certified instructor by Stanford University Center for Professional Development. He is the head of EMEA Region for UC Berkeley’s Innovation Accelerator Group, and he has contributed to the formation of the MIT Enterprise Forum’s Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp in MENA for 8 years.

In 2019, he created the first Impact Focused Global Startup Accelerator for UN Development Program in partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and World Food Program based out of Turkey and built a mentorship program for NY Based Building Markets that targets Refugee Built Small and Medium Businesses. He has built an accelerator program and invested in Global Turks in Silicon Valley between 2016 & 2019. His portfolio startups had been accepted to 500 Startups, Techstars, Consensys, Hax and DU Ventures. He worked for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, building 3 different Accelerators for Impact (9/10ths), Consumer Tech (New Ventures) and Deep Tech (Hikma), between 2013 and 2016. His initial career started 20 years ago in Financial Management and Reporting with Deloitte and Istanbul Bilgi University (later acquired by Laureate Group).

He has a BA in Economics and an MBA. He has also continued MS in Environmental Sciences. He has been contributing to multiple published books on Venture Capital, Fintech and Impact Entrepreneurship.

He has been a dedicated reader of Sci-Fi, Utopian/Dystopian Literature, ask him anything geeky and he’ll love to talk about it.

Topics

  • Why is Next Generation Entrepreneurship Important?
  • Is the Metaverse an Utopia or a Dystopia?
  • Intrapreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship
  • From Izmir to Silicon Valley, How Did I go?
  • Innovation

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