Our Story

The Startup Club was founded in 2019 by Olga Kuznietsova, Bryan Emerson 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 55,000 members. We have started doing international events in the first few months of existence, and since then, we have expanded in over 10 different countries with over 20 managers building our communities across local startup ecosystems. 

Our COO Bryan - angel investor, mentor, founder of Starlight Capital and co-founder of New York Private Equity Forums - has over 20 years of experience in helping startups fundraise through a series of investor networking events. The Startup Club, with over 100,000 investor connections around the world, brings this format internationally, in addition to pitch nights and startup meet-ups!

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

Chief Executive Officer

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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Oliver Doering

Chief Financial Officer

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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Stephen Brewer

Vice-President USA

Formerly a US SEC licensed investment banker and real estate investor. Experienced in US institutional technology commercialization.  

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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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Amine Nadraoui

Manager Italy

Holding a degree in International Business, Amine is passionate about entrepreneurship, marketing and sales. Amine is a point of contact with the Italian startup ecosystem.

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Abdul Al-Qasaily

Manager Turkey

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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Michael Cormier

Manager Dallas

Managing General Partner at Proveja Capital and CEO of Rise Global Inc., Michael is a true specialist in business operations, government, and economic development. 

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Sumit Singh

Manager India

Experienced Sales and Marketing, Sumit has a successful record in product management. Sumit holds MBA focused on International Business from ESB Business School, Reutlingen University and SPJIMR Mumbai. 

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Bryan Emerson

Chief Operations Officer

Founder and President of Starlight Capital, and one of the two Co-Founders of New York Private Equity Forums, Bryan is the COO of Startup Club. With vast experience in helping startups secure funding and grow, Bryan now manages the Startup Club team globally.  

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Sohini Ghosh

Public Relations Manager

Linguist and Researcher with Bachelors at Asutosh College, Calcutta University, India and Mastered From Jadavpur University, Sohini believes in hard work and dedication in every work taken up by her.

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Jamal Maxey

Director Germany

Women in Tech, Edtech, and GreenTech enthusiast and entrepreneur - innovating with digital Montessori education and developing a Green Innovation Technology Park. Owner at www.myguideberlin.com - open for partnerships with local Berlin businesses.

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Belinda Wong

Manager China

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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Ritesh Jain

Manager Italy

With Msc in Aeronautical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Ritesh has worked in a number of startups, sparking his passion for entrepreneurship. 

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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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Gilda Odera

Manager Kenya

With 30 years of experience in Marketing Services sector, ICT, ISP and BPO, Gilda is passionate about entrepreneurship and transformation of communities.​

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Jay Doshi

Manager India

Director at Finexic Consultancy Services and Advisory Pvt. Ltd., Jay demonstrated history of working in the investment banking industry with interest in Venture Capital, Real Estate, and Corporate Finance.

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