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.


Becoming an entrepreneur

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

Our blog

Our Team

Olga Kuznietsova


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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Jamal Maxey

Director Germany

EdTech, GreenTech and Food & Beverage startup-investor event expert - innovating with digital Montessori education and developing Indo-German and UK-India startup support eco-system links. Also, a proud business owner at www.myguideberlin.com

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Oliver Martin Seitz

Director Brazil

Solid career developed in national and multinational companies in the Financial and Services Provision areas such as Munich Re Group, Thyssen Krupp, KPMG. Consultant for Investors in Europe, Americas and in Executive Committees and Boards of Directors.​

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Gary Turner

Associate Washington

With over 25 years of experience in business and enterprise technology, Gary worked with companies like Microsoft and helped start several small businesses. He is also the founder and COO of the Commercial Capital Advisors Network. ​

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Abdo Qassem

Manager Israel

Abdo is a serial entrepreneur, software engineer, and digital marketing expert. He is a Co-founder at ShareShipper, Co-founder & CTO at Horse-Insights, and the Abdo Qassem Group LLC director.

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Mathilde Vadde

Manager Czech Republic

Chief Operating Officer/Founder at Eco Fashion Labels. Experienced in project management, business administration and online marketing. Leading Fashion Tech event series. 

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Oliver Doering


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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Usama Almalki

Director GCC

Savvy Operations Senior Executive in Healthcare Field with reputation for delivering inventive business strategies and client-focused solutions. Broad experience building profitable start-up divisions, growth business lines, deal transactions and streamlined operations.

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Abdul Al-Qasaily

Director EuroAsia, North and East Africa

Holding vast experience in business management and mentorship, Abdul is a Chairman of Q&R International, an international consultancy supporting entrepreneurship and startups projects in Turkey, Middle East, Africa and Europe.

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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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Ish Anand

Manager India

Founder & CEO of Business Doctors India, Board Advisor, ECommerce Transformation Advisor Master Mentor. Founder & Director of Relia Smart Ltd. Mentor - Wadhwani Foundation - VFT Program

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Firas Malki

Manager Toronto

Firas has worked in the global telecom industry for more than 15 years, gaining experience in marketing, product management and strategy. As a seasoned marketer, he is passionate about technology, digital marketing, and entrepreneurship. Firas has his own consulting business [Malki Consulting] in which he helps SMEs and fellow entrepreneurs advance their business and transform into the digital era.

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