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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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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Jorge Próspero dos Santos

Manager Portugal 

Jorge is an experienced real estate professional with over 20 years in the industry and a proptech entrepreneur. Jorge is now joining The Startup Club team as a Manager in Portugal, specialising in the real estate and prop tech 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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Mathilde Vadde

Director 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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Michelle Mallette

Manager New York 

Michelle is a Serial Entrepreneur who has a passion for starting and growing companies. She is joining as The Startup Club Manager in New York City, with a focus on FinTech industry series.

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Jesitta Hagan

Manager UK 

Jesitta is a Business Consultant, specialising in marketing services in Beauty & Wellness industries. 

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Interested to join our team?

Learn more and send your application on this page