Judges
Global Judges
For our Global Showcase, our amazing judges will select the best teams from our top local events around the world to highlight globally after Techstars Global Startup Weekend.
Co-CEO at Techstars
David Cohen
David Cohen is the Founder and co-CEO of Techstars. David has been an entrepreneur and investor for his entire life. He has only had one job interview in his career, successfully got that job but then quit shortly thereafter to start his first company. Since then, he has founded several companies and has invested in hundreds of startups such as Uber, Twilio, SendGrid, FullContact, and Sphero. In total, these investments have gone on to create more than $80B in value.

David is the co-author (with Brad Feld) of Do More Faster; Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup.
You can find David tweeting at @davidcohen and blogging on the web at DavidGCohen.com.

Director at Google for Entrepreneurs
Mary Grove
Mary Grove is the Director of Google for Entrepreneurs, leading Google's efforts to support startups and entrepreneurs in more than 100 countries around the world. Mary is passionate about building community and has worked with groups of entrepreneurs in Pakistan, Iraq, Gaza, and Afghanistan, and previously led numerous international partnerships for Google.

Mary earned her BA and MA from Stanford University. She is the co-founder of Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit that connects youth from the Midwest to Silicon Valley. She has served on the Board of UP Global, the Techstars Foundation and the Stanford Alumni Association.

Director at Startup Chile
Rocío Fonseca
Rocio is the Executive Director at Start-Up Chile one of the biggest and most diverse startup community in the world. She has a MS in Management at MIT, is a Master in innovation and entrepreneurship and Biotech Engineer. Her passion is to help people to transform their ideas into business.

The most recognized player in Chile's Startup Journey is Start-Up Chile. Now in its 16th generation, the accelerator brings between 250-300 companies a year to Santiago — out of a pool that has grown significantly with each successive round of applications. Businesses are evaluated along a trajectory and invited to apply to one of three distinct acceleration classes.
Venture Capital Business Development at Amazon Web Services
Debbie Levi
Debbie Levi is part of the Venture Capital Business Development team at AWS managing relationships with top tier VCs and their portfolio companies on behalf of AWS and broader Amazon. Prior to joining the team in 2016 she was part of the Israeli VC community for about 5 years (most recently at Viola Ventures (FKA Carmel Ventures) and JAL Ventures). Before becoming a VC Debbie managed marketing teams at a series of start-ups (Mytopia, mySupermarket and Kasamba (acquired by LivePerson) and spent time in corporate America (News America Marketing, a division of News Corp). Debbie holds a MBA from Bar Ilan University and a BA in Psychology and Communications from the University of Michigan. Debbie is a NYC native and an alumna of Stuyvesant High School.
Managing Partner at Wamda Capital
Fadi Gandhour
Fadi Ghandour is the Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, an organization consisting of a Venture Capital fund that invests in technology-enabled companies in the Arab world. He is also the Founder and a Board Member of Aramex, a global logistics and transportation provider.

Fadi is a member of the Board of Abraaj Capital, the Board of Endeavor Global and the Board of Trustees at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Council of the MIT Media Lab.

He is also the Founder and Chairman of Ruwwad for Development, an initiative that helps disadvantaged communities across the region overcome marginalization through activism, civic engagement, education and financial inclusion.
Regional Judges
Regional Judges will select the best Techstars Global Startup Weekend teams from each region to showcase on a global level.
Meet our Amazing Regional Judges!
Golden Gates Ventures,
Managing Partner
Jeffrey Paine
Managing Partner at Golden Gate Ventures, an early stage seed fund for startups in Southeast Asia with strong ties to Silicon Valley. An avid learner of the startup process, ecosystem development and ideation research. Started hooping and learning Swift along with 3 Southeast Asian languages.
Region: Asia Pacific
Partnership Manager, APAC
Mike Kim
Currently leading APAC Partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs.

Mike is passionate about empowering and supporting the next generation of entrepreneurial pioneers in Asia.
Region: Asia Pacific
MD Techstars Adelaide
Terry Gold
My job is to help startup entrepreneurs
Region: Asia Pacific
Program Manager at Campus São Paulo at Google
Fernanda Caloi
Campus São Paulo is Google's space for entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and build companies that will change the world. At Campus, entrepreneurs get unparalleled access to mentorship and trainings led by their local startup community, experienced entrepreneurs, and teams from Google.
Region: Brasil
Co-founder of bxblue
Gustavo Gorenstein
Guga is the co-founder of bxblue, the leading platform to compare, choose and get payroll deductible loans online in Brazil
Region: Brasil
CEO & Partner at Startup Farm, Co Founder at Dinamo
Alan Leite
In 2014 I co-founded Dinamo, a movement in the area of public policies focused on the startup ecosystem's themes in Brazil.
Region: Brasil
CEO and Partner of INNOVATORS
André Monteiro
- Professor of PostGrad in Entrepreneurship - ESPM SP
- Mentor of Stanford Graduate School of Business - Stanford Ignite
- Influencer of MIT Technology Review - Innovators Under35
- Venture Partner for investment funds and has helped many startups raise money.
Region: Brasil
Co-founder and Managing Partner @ Altered Ventures
Mario Valle
With more than 18 years of experience in the video games industry, Mario is considered one of the pioneers in the Latin American gaming ecosystem and also an active global evangelist for investment and entrepreneurship in game development and new technologies within emerging markets such as Latin America, Africa, South East Asia and Middle East.

Region: Latin America
CEO @ Centraal - México's Google For Entrepreneurs Tech hub
Rogelio Cuevas
CEO @ Centraal - México's Google For Entrepreneurs Tech hub
Region: Latin America
Co-Fundador de CoMedia, Generando Contenido y experiencias de Innovación en América Latina
Carolina Rossi
En el área académica es co-autora del libro "Comunicación Estratégica: Siete casos para la reflexión" (2012) y ha sido mentora de varias iniciativas como: "Startup World", "Lean Startup Machine Latam", "StartUp Weekened" y asesora en la creación del Centro Innovación Social Universidad Finis Terrae.
Region: Latin America
Managing Partner and co-founder at Dalus Capital
Diego Serebriski
Experienced equity investor with a current focus in growth equity and venture capital as Managing Partner of Dalus Capital and Managing Director at Alta Ventures Mexico Fund I. Previously a Managing Director at Advent International Corp., a leading global private equity firm, with a strong presence in Latin America
Region: Latin America
Global lead Google Launchpad Accelerator & Google Launchpad AI Studio
Roy Geva Glasberg
#The startup guy #corporate disruptenuer
Region: USA and Canada
Chief Community Officer & Co-founder @ Revolar
Jacqueline Ros
(Techstars Boulder & Techstars Retail Alumni)
Region: USA and Canada
Co-Fundador de CoMedia, Generando Contenido y experiencias de Innovación en América Latina
Christopher Schroeder
Christopher M. Schroeder is an American entrepreneur, advisor and investor in interactive technologies and social communications. He is author of the recent best seller, and first book on startups in the Arab World, Startup Rising -- The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East -- with a forward by Marc Andreessen. Schroeder was the CEO and Publisher of washingtonpost.newsweek interactive and co-founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital backed startup HealthCentral.com, sold in 2012. He is an investor in disruptive enterprises including Vox Media, Skift, iBotta, Zignal Labs, and emerging growth market fin tech enterprise Segovia among others, and as a limited partner in leading Silicon Valley venture capital funds. Schroeder serves on the board of advisers of the American University of Cairo School of Business, American University School of International Service, Endeavor Global, 500 Startups in emerging markets, the Global Entrepreneurship Network, 1776 and the boards of directors of the American University of Beirut, The German Marshall Fund and the American Council on Germany. He is on the Investment Committee of The Wamda Fund, one of the largest venture capital funds in the Middle East. He has co-led the Economic Recovery and Revitalization working group of the Atlantic Council's Middle East Strategy Task Force, co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and Steve Hadley. He has written and speaks extensively on startups and innovation as well as emerging growth markets and the Middle East for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Politico, Fast Company, ReCode, TechCrunch, Pando Daily, Business Insider, MIT Technology Review, among many others, and has been featured on Charlie Rose and Fareed Zakaria's 360. He was named one of LinkedIn's first 50 Influencers. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Region: USA and Canada
Managing Director, Techstars Impact
Zoe Schlag
Over the last decade, I've worked with founders from idea through acquisition, in both developed and emerging markets, across multiple industries, and from a range of backgrounds, from ex-guerrilla fighters to industry experts, mothers of child laborers to corporate execs, and slum dwellers to technologists.
Region: USA and Canada
Principal, Adara Ventures
Liz Fleming
As Principal, Liz supports the Managing Partners in identifying, evaluating, and managing investments as well discovering new ways to attract new investments and adding value to the existing portfolio positioning Adara at the heart of the startup ecosystems it operates in.
Region: Europe
Global Head of Partnerships, Google for Entrepreneurs
David Grunwald
David looks after worldwide partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs, where he builds and manages relationships with tech hubs, accelerators and other organizations working with startups. At Google since 2010, David previously ran an EMEA business development team. He has mentored and advised dozens of startups and has been an active angel investor in London.
Region: Europe
Co-Founder & CMO at Natural Machines
Lynette Kucsma
Passionate about healthy eating, technology and marketing. I'm a Co-Founder and CMO of a company that makes 3D food printers, using REAL food to print. Natural Machines are the makers of Foodini, the first smart kitchen appliances speeding up the process of making food with fresh ingredients: encouraging more people to eat healthier and rely much less on processed foods. All via next generation Internet of Things/IoT 3D food printers with Artificial Intelligence/AI.

Region: Europe
Managing Director of Techstars
Chris Adelsbach
Through my role as Managing Director of Techstars I enjoy mentoring founders who are re-inventing financial services. I am particularly passionate about banking the un-banked, utilising blockchain, leveraging A.I. in traditional banking and using reg-tech solutions to take cost out of bloated compliance functions.
Region: Europe
Co-founder of Jusoor
Dania Ismail
Dania works closely with startups across the region as an investment advisor and supports several entrepreneurship programs, competitions, and workshops.
Region:
Middle East and Africa
Tarek Sayed
Region:
Middle East and Africa
Expansion @ YOCO
Marcello Schermer
Building, Growing & Supporting Startups and Businesses in Africa
Region:
Middle East and Africa
Managing Director of Techstars
Yossi Hasson
Running the Techstars FinTech accelerator program with Barclays as partner. The program is based in Cape Town and chooses 10 promising FinTech start-ups from around the world (out of hundreds) for seed investment, mentorship, office space, and training.
Region:
Middle East and Africa