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Season 2021

Country Partners



Georgia's Innovation & Technology Agency


MOST Business Incubator


Startup Moldova

Republic of Moldova



Ukrainian Startup Fund





Ekinsel Akca


Ekinsel is currently working as a Business relations Wrangler at StartIST, the country partner of the Euro-Asian Startup Awards, putting into place skills in computer sciences, communication, and financial analysis. Ekinsel also analyze the needs of startups and support delivering services based on their needs.

Regional Jury Members

Ozan Sonmez

Ozan builds startups for communities of students and entrepreneurs. He invests in startups, provides services to Investors and Accelerators in Sillicon Valley, Turkey, Middle East, South East and Europe. Ozan is a Startup Mentor, Judge, Program Developer and Instructor (500 Startups (Next47), UNDP SDGia Impact Accelerator Program Designer, African Business Heroes (Jack Ma Foundation) Judge, Village Capital IBM and Impact Mentor).

Natalia Bejan

Natalia has experience in project management and consulting, having delivered projects in 15 countries, for financial institutions from Europe and Asia.

Starting February 2022, Natalia took on the leading execution role at Startup Moldova Foundation, engaging into the process of enabling Moldovan startups, community and future founders through instruments supporting the growth of strong, high potential local startups.

James Nakagawa

Mr. Nakagawa is a World Economic Forum (WEF) Technology Pioneer Award Winner in Healthcare & Medicine in Davos and is considered one of the “Grandfathers of the Digital Healthcare industry.” James mentors startups and founders globally as well as having a broad network of startups in over 60 countries. Prior to founding Mobile Healthcare Inc, James was President and Founder of TWI Ltd (a Tokyo pre-IPO company) helping senior management in Wall Street financial institutions tailor and develop web-centric solutions for delivering Japanese online trading services.

Joanna Sitkowska

Currently, Joanna is a Senior Product Owner, and additionally cooperate with high-tech startups as a Business Advisor or Mentor.

She is responsible for products development strategy, technical background and business analysis. She specializes in building products using artificial intelligence mechanisms and conversational interfaces into any application (chatbots, voice user interfaces, virtual assistants).

Erdal Kilinc

Focusing on business, project and people management, he worked for several global companies in Canada, Turkey, Qatar and Finland. Now works at Deal Room Events as CEO & Co-founder. R&D, Facility Management, System Development, Mechanical Completion, Plant & Building Commissioning, Sustainable Development, Quality Management and now Event Management are among his expertise. He is also involved in start-up coaching.

Deal Room Events started as an MBA project and turned into a successful business. As CEO & Co-founder of Deal Room Events, Erdal defines himself as an operational excellence master of the event industry.

Deniz Tuncalp

Deniz Tuncalp is the Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). He had various managerial, technical, and consulting positions in the ICT industry in Turkey and Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe. The Startup Journal ranked him among the top 10 individuals with the highest impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Turkey in 2021 (9th) and 2022 (2nd). During his service, he established ITU Cekirdek Startup Incubator, ITU Magnet Scaleup Center, and Innogate International Acceleration Program.

Florent Diverchy

Florent Diverchy works mainly as a Marketing Intelligence Manager for Produpress, sales house of some of the biggest websites in Belgium. Expert in all aspects of data usage in digital marketing, including privacy & ethics, Florent also acts as a coordinator, lecturer & mentor for the Master in e-commerce of ECS Brussels, where he teaches Brand Strategy & Differentiation. He also puts this expertise to the service of various incubators, start-up advisory boards, marketing organizations & the European Commission.

Ayman AbouSehly

Ayman AbouSehly aim to play as a corner stone to develop enterprise in any senior managerial level.

At present time he is the IT director of ZAS soft Egypt.

Panis Pieri

Panis is the founder of Startups364.

Among others, he is hosting and producing the podcast Live with Panis. The podcast features interesting stories of technology entrepreneurs from around the world. He is also involved in different non-profit initiatives around the world as a startup mentor or startup judge. Furthermore, he is contributing startup and innovation content to major publications globally.

His message is ”Keep innovating.”

Huong Nguyen

Huong Nguyen has 12 years of experience in IT before becoming the founder of Edtech startup in 2014, then she worked as ecosystem builder in ASEAN region from 2016. Now Huong is the co-founder of Entrepreneurs Hub which supports startups with mentoring, coaching and raising funds.

Prathima Kadari

Prathima is a pro-active and goal oriented professional with extensive experience in the automation/embedded/data science/internet of things software industry with specialized projects. Highly effective at engaging people across organizational functions and working through teams to achieve shared objectives.

Chief Technology Officer@Micro | Building Innovative Solutions | Partnership Manager@Omdena | Data Science Mentor@StarAgile | Hyderabad / Bengaluru Chapter Co-Lead & Lead ML Engineer@Omdena | Top 1% in GitHub | Avid Speaker | Hackathon Mentor & Judge | Freelancer

National Finalists