Ozan Sonmez is an experienced entrepreneur, mentor and startup accelerator manager and is a certified Angel Investor Trainer. He helped form and advised various angel groups and startup accelerators globally. Ozan has spent most of his career in management positions in public and private companies and currently dedicates his career to strengthen and foster entrepreneurial ecosystems.
His global efforts to build healthier entrepreneurial ecosystems and his passion for startup accelerators and angel investing led him to become a lead instructor at Angel Labs (based in San Francisco) to host education and training sessions all over the world and create two Startup Accelerators in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (based in Saudi Arabia). He serves as a mentor to startups in leading accelerator programs around the world and is a regular guest at various universities & entrepreneurship events speaking about venture & angel investing and startup acceleration.
He started in Deloitte as a Financial Services Professional then served in Laureate Inc.’s (NASDAQ:LAUR) Turkish Subsidiary in various positions (Finance Manager, Vice Director of MBA Programs, Advisor to Graduate Business School) where he also instructed MBA’s “Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship”. He later worked with Dutch Based Angel Wings Ventures’ Istanbul Office working in Impact Investing. He was the Venture Solutions Coordinator at Ozyegin University Startup Accelerator in Istanbul until his relocation to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to King Abdullah University of Science and Technology to create & manage its Startup Accelerator.
He is an active speaker, mentor & instructor with leading programs like MIT EF Pan Arab, MixNMentor, Startup Istanbul & Startup Turkey, Flat6Labs, Arab Mobile App Challenge, Intel Business Challenge MENA, Startup MENA, MIT GIST and Berkeley’s Global Social Ventures Competition. He was nominated & participated to the International Leaders Program on Social Entrepreneurship in 2013 by the US State Department.