Ozan Sonmez 5.0
The Brutally Honest Startup Mentor @YellowX
Ozan Sonmez
I help founders to go global. Invested in Startups in San Francisco/Turkey and Middle Easy
Donates her income:  Dar├╝┼č┼čafaka Cemiyeti
English, Turkish

Ozan Sonmez About

I am an angel investor, experienced startup mentor and an accelerator manager with +10 years of global experience in investing and building startup programs. I have built programs that invested to more than 20 Startups #globalturks in Silicon Valley. His investments were later accepted to 500 Startups, Techstars, Consensys, Hax and DU Ventures. I am currently the Head of Growth for Global Innovation Catalyst from Silicon Valley. We focus on scaling experiential entrepreneurship programs backboned by Stanford CPD, to foster the development of an innovation economy. I am a certified trainer by Stanford University CPD. I am the head of EMEA Region for UC BerkeleyÔÇÖs Innovation Acceleration Group and I have contributed to the formation of the MIT Enterprise ForumÔÇÖs Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp in MENA. In 2020, I launched the Virtual Regional Pre-Seed Accelerator of Founder Institute based in Silicon Valley, targeting startups from Turkey and Middle East with my amazing partners. In 2019, I created the first Impact Focused Global Startup Accelerator for UN Development Program in partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and World Food Program. I have built multiple Intellectual/Science and Topic based Startup Accelerators in Middle East and Turkey. Since 2008, I have been an expert, mentor, and judge in regional & global programs such as: Global Startup Battle (TechStars Initiative), VietChallenge for Vietnamese Startups, Startup Bootcamp Accelerator, Enpact (Germany), MIT EF Pan Arab Business Plan Competition Seed Stars Mena, Startup Istanbul & Startup Turkey, Hult Social Business Competition, Arab Mobile App Challenge, Wamda MixN Mentor, Intel Business Challenge MENA, Startup MENA, MIT GIST, UC BerkeleyÔÇÖs Global Social Ventures Competition. I am known to have a brutally honest but constructive style in coaching Startup Co-founders; which gave him the nick name ÔÇśShoulder to Cry OnÔÇÖ.

Topics I Can Answer Your Questions

  • Access to Silicon Valley and Reputable Accelerators (Silikon Vadisine ve ─░yi H─▒z
  • Fund Raising (Melek Yat─▒r─▒mc─▒ Arama)
  • Pitching (Yat─▒r─▒mc─▒ Sunumu)
  • Positioning (Konumlama)
  • Going Global (Global'e A├ž─▒lma)

Certificate information

  • Stanford Center for Professional Development Instructor Development Program
  • Harvard Online - Disruptive Strategy
  • NBIAA - Business Incubation Manager
  • Draper University Hero Training


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