Clint Nelsen is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Startup Labs. Clint is also Co-Founder of Startup Weekend where he worked as a Director for 4 years. Through the course of his work he has been featured in many publications around the world including the New York Times, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, Glamour Magazine and has spoken at Stanford University and serves as a mentor to many startup accelerator programs. Currently, he and Kathleen Kennedy serve as the two board members building an organization called “The Common Good”. Based in Seattle; Clint is obsessed with startups. In his spare time Clint is a pilot, enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, camping, and photography. Prior to Startup Weekend Clint was a finance analyst valuing privately held companies; he received his degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin in 2006.
Tugce Ergul works as a Managing Director at Startup Labs and was the Southern Europe Manager of Startup Weekend. Her investment focus is on new web technologies, mobile applications, and innovative application of technology to existing markets. Tugce is also the Chapter Lead of Girls in Tech Italy, an international organization focused on the empowerment, engagement and education of women in tech. She started her career as an investment banker and was working at Young Turk Ventures, a Turkish VC fund, before joining Startup Labs. Tugce received her undergraduate degree in Finance from Sorbonne University with honors, and holds a master’s degree in International Management from Bocconi. She actively works with startups and entrepreneurs in cities around the world and regularly speaks at events around Europe regarding entrepreneurship and startups. Tugce is an active member of the European VC network. She is fluent in English, French, Turkish, Azeri, Spanish, Italian and speaks some Portuguese.
Hrish works as a Managing Director at Startup Labs. He joined the firm in 2013 and specializes in designing, building and scaling transformative consumer products and companies. Hrish is also a founding Managing Partner of EastLabs, a seed stage venture capital fund based in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is a Supervisory Board Member at TechMinsk, the first international pre-accelerator tech entrepreneurship school based in Minsk, Belarus. Prior to Eastlabs, Hrish Lotlikar served as Vice President for Spencer Trask Ventures, where he sourced, analyzed, and executed investments in internet, biotechnology, health care, consumer/retail, telecommunications, and media. Previously, he was an investment banker at HSBC Securities in New York, and at UBS Investment Bank in investment banking/M&A and in global business development at management consulting firm Aon Hewitt. Hrish earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Med from Rice University, a Master of Public Health and MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois at Chicago. A U.S. Congressional Scholar, Hrish Lotlikar served as a Board Member of the New York Executive Forum, and is a member of the New York City Venture Connection and the New York Private Equity Network.
Marcus works as the Director of Startup Labs in Latin America. Prior to this he served as the Managing Director of Wayra Mexico - Telefónica's accelerator arm -, focused primarily on IT and Communication high-impact businesses. By the end of 2012, Wayra already accounted for 13 offices in 12 countries, both in Latin America and Europe, becoming the largest high-tech incubator/accelerator worldwide.
Marcus is a recognized serial entrepreneur with eighteen years as an executive manager and entrepreneur in both Mexico and the US, heading startups in the telecom, internet, software and life sciences sectors. Previously he was the CEO of Innovamedica/Abdeo, a medical device research & development outsourcing firm based in Mexico City with sales offices in Silicon Valley. The company was acquired by Alandra Medical in 2010. Marcus also served as the CEO and Founder of Simitel, a VoIP developer, and Peerant, Inc. Mexico´s first ITC spinoff in Silicon Valley.
Marcus has taught entrepreneurship at CENTRO, Mexico´s premier arts and Design College where he also led the entrepreneurship incubator. He has been an active speaker at several industry, academy and government events including Latin America´s private equity forum, Latin America´s Venture Capital Association, MIT and many other venues. He has also won several entrepreneurship and innovation awards including the Intel Entrepreneurship Award in 2004 with Simitel and in 2008 with Innovamedica. Marcus remains committed to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in Mexico. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989.
Rami Al-Karmi is a Venture Partner at Startup Labs where he primarily focuses on early-stage investments across Middle East. Rami currently serves on the boards of trustees at Elia Nuqul Foundation, and as a Partner at FastForward Accelerator in Palestine. He acts as an advisor to management / board member to more than 30 successful ventures in the region.
Prior to joining Startup Labs, Rami served as the CEO of N2VLabs (the early stage investment arm of the N2V Group - the largest internet investment holding company in Arabia).