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Our Story

The Startup Club was founded in 2019 by Olga Kuznietsova and Oliver Doering with a vision of building a truly international startup community.

What was first named Milan Entrepreneurship Network - a series of pitching events organized by our CEO Olga in Italy - grew into a global startup network. Building upon the online entrepreneurial groups started on LinkedIn, Facebook and Xing by our CFO Oliver, The Startup Club expanded to over 70,000 members. We started doing international events in the first few months of existence, and since then, we expanded in over 15 different countries with over 20 associates building our community across local startup ecosystems.

All our activities, including numerous pitch nights and investor networking conferences, are now taking place online, uniting international players across a variety of growing sectors. TheStartup Club leverages over 50,000 investor connections around the world with a mission to introduce entrepreneurs to funding opportunities.

Benefits of being part of our community

Startups in fundraising

Through our investment-focused events, we help startups get through to funding opportunities.

Our events

Startups in development

Through the variety of services, from pitch deck to advertising, we help startups in their development journeys.

Our services

Investors looking for new deals

Our events and continuous membership allow you to discover new innovative ventures across the globe.

Membership

Becoming an entrepreneur

From our blog to our website forum and online networking groups, connect with like-minded entrepreneurs.

Our blog

Our Team
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Olga Kuznietsova

Co-Founder

Previously founder of Milan Entrepreneurship Network, is the CEO of Startup Club. With Bachelor from King’s College London and Masters from Universita Bocconi, Olga has vast experience in digital communications and event management. 

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Belinda Wong

Manager Hong Kong

Author and Director of Leader Corporate Services Limited. Member of SME committee and Taxation Committee of the HK General Chamber of Commerce. ​

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Dulal Das

Director of Valuation Services

Dulal is a Senior Corporate Finance Leader with over 30 years of rich experience. Dulal will be leading The Startup Club Valuation services. 

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Azeez Olawale-Arish Yusuff 

Manager Africa

Azeez Ahmed is passionate and excited about social impact and technology-driven start-ups. He has led go to market, partnerships, growth and projects in emerging and frontier markets for large and small companies. Azeez is 2x Founder, a board Advisor, a startup Mentor, sales leader, fundraiser and a coach to startups.

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Oliver Doering

Co-Founder

With over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry and vast network in the startup ecosystem, Oliver is CFO of Startup Club. He created and now manages our global online community, including social groups and our email database.

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Mathilde Vadde

Chief Growth Officer

Previously co-founder at Eco Fashion Labels. Experienced in project management, business administration and online marketing. Leading Fashion Tech, Green Tech and Food Tech event series. 

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Batuhan Kamu

Manager Italy

Batuhan is a Head of Sales at Turing Talent, a technical recruitment agency based in London. He brings with him a wealth of sales experience in Europe and Turkey, as well as a passion for the Health Tech startup space

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Jennifer Lully  

Manager USA

Chief Operating Officer / Founder of Broken Mirror, an Eco Fashion Brand. Investment Counselor with over 10 years' experience in finance, relationship management, and business administration. Jennifer is experienced in business, digital marketing, writing, technology, project management, and sustainability.

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Interested to join our team?

Learn more and send your application on this page

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