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.

Global Partnerships Lead, Google for Entrepreneurs
Genna McKeel
Bio coming soon.

President, adigital
Carina Szpilka
Carin is currently a founding partner at KFund Venture Capital. She began her professional career in the financial sector working at Banco Santander and Argentaria (now part of BBVA). In 1998 she was part of the team that founded ING Direct in Spain, where she was CEO from 2010 to 2013, having held the same position in ING Direct France from 2008 to 2010. She also serves as an independent board member at Abanca, Meliá Hotels and Grifols.
Partner at Golden Gate Ventures
Michael Lints
Previously Michael worked as a consultant and project manager at one of the largest insurance companies in the Netherlands, after which he started his own IT business, an IT System Maintenance Company. In 2007, Michael founded his own venture fund focused on Dutch SME's before joining Golden Gate Ventures as a venture partner.
Google Developers Regional & Accelerator Lead, SpLATAM
Paco Solsona
I am part of Google Developers Ecosystem team, and lead our community, mentors, and startup-related programs for Spanish-speaking LATAM (SpLATAM). We foster one of the strongest and cohesive network of leaders, influencers, and partners in the region; and together we are helping developers, and entrepreneurs thrive. From the many activities we support and our Google-led events across the region, to our flagship program Launchpad Accelerator.
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!
Global Innovation Project Open Innovation Team Manager, Rakuten
Haruna Tanaka
Haruna is Corporate Liaison of Rakuten Accelerator Powered By Techstars, responsible for open innovation initiatives at Rakuten, a global innovation company with over 1 billion membership worldwide.
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
CEO & Cofounder, HUBBA & Techsauce
Amarit Charoenphan
Amarit is the CEO & Cofounder of HUBBA, an Innovative Ecosystem Builder that is part of the Google for Entrepreneur Partner Network. He is also the Cofounder of Techsauce Media, Thailand's leading tech media, which is best known for Techsauce Global Summit.
Region: Asia Pacific
Managing Director, Rakuten Accelerator, Powered by Techstars
Dhritiman Hui
Before joining Techstars, Dhritiman was an Investment Director at Tuscan Ventures – an investment firm based in India, and prior to that an Investment Director BW Ventures, a global investment firm that funded both startups as well as provided growth capital to and brick-and-mortar companies.
Region: Asia Pacific
Program Manager, Google for Entrepreneurs
Fernanda Caloi
Fernanda is reaching her 7th year working for Google in Brazil, the last 3 focused on the development of the startup ecosystem in Brazil and Latam on the Program Manager role for the Google for Entrepreneurs team.
Region: Brazil
Manager of Solutions Management Unit (Sebrae Nacional)
Marcio Brito
Bio coming soon.
Region: Brazil
Head of Community at Darwin Startups
André Hotta
More than 5 years working with startups environment and communities. For 3 years I was responsible for the cultivation and sustained growth of vibrant startup ecosystems in Brazil via community support and the delivery of Techstars Community Programs like Startup Weekend, Startup Week and Startup Next.
Region: Brazil
City Manager - São Paulo at Sympla
André Braga
Computer Science from Federal University of Pernambuco and MBA in Digital Marketing from Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM) - SP, André Braga is a member of Growth team at Sympla, Brazil's largest event platform.
Region: Brazil
Co-Founder of NXTP Labs
Marta Cruz
Co-Founder of NXTP Labs, one of the most active technology investment funds in Latin America with a portfolio of more than 190 startups. She was selected as PowerWomen in Fintech by InnoTribe. Promoting equal opportunities, leads the iniative for the creation of Day of the Woman Entrepreneur in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Region: Latam
Director, Global Public Policy at Visa
Alejandra Cervantes Parás
Alejandra Cervantes-Paras is a Director of Public Policy at Visa where she covers Latin America and The Caribbean as part of the Global Public Policy Team. Alejandra has more than a decade of experience at the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the Mexican Ministry of Finance, and Prospera, one of Guadalajara's first social enterprises.
Region: Latam
Partner & VP of Growth at Laboratoria
Gabriela Rocha
Gabriela is Partner & VP of Growth at Laboratoria, a social enterprise that empowers Latin American women by training them as developers and connecting them with promising jobs in the tech sector. Before launching Laboratoria in Mexico, Gabriela worked as a public policy consultant in Mexico City.
Region: Latam
Junior Achievement Programs Director at Cordoba
Paula Pastor Flores
Paula is the Junior Achievement Programs Director for Cordoba. Previously, she designed and implemented two new educational programs based on environmental issues and business creation. She's also served as the Academic Director at the International Forum of Entrepreneurs.
Region: Latam
Principal at Backstage Capital
Del Johnson
Del Johnson is a Principal at Backstage Capital, a seed stage VC fund that has invested in 100 companies started by women, people of color and LGBTQ founders. His focus is sourcing and vetting potential portfolio investments, as well as supporting operations on the East Coast.
Region: USA & Canada
Managing Director of Techstars Kansas City
Lesa Mitchell
Lesa Mitchell is a Managing Director of Techstars Kansas City where she invests in companies and supports their scale. Lesa's career has included roles as a corporate executive, entrepreneur and consultant to multi-national corporates expanding their innovation footprints.
Region: USA and Canada
Startup Advisor in Launch, Growth, Analytics, Fundraising
Ann Lai
Harvard graduate (A.B. in Chemistry & Physics, S.M. in Applied Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences) with expertise in applying quantitative methods and data analytics to developing business strategies in what is traditionally considered to be "qualitative" fields.
Region: USA and Canada
Managing Director at Techstars Boulder
Natty Zola
Natty Zola is a Managing Director for Techstars Boulder and Partner at Matchstick Ventures. Previously Natty was Head of Consumer Products for MapQuest. Before MapQuest, he was a founder of Everlater.com, a travel blogging platform and CRM system for tour operators, that participated in Techstars in 2009 and was acquired by AOL in 2012.
Region: USA and Canada
Innovation Expert + Advisor, Super Connector
Bindi Karia
Bindi is incredibly passionate about all things startup in Europe and connecting the dots between Investors, Founders, Corporates and Government, and as a result, has worked in and around technology startups for most of her career.
Region: Europe
Head of Google for Startups Spain
Sofia Benjumea
Sofia is the Head of Campus Madrid, creating a vibrant, transformative and collaborative community where entrepreneurs and tech startups can flourish and grow through meaningful connections, knowledge and unique opportunities.
Region: Europe
CMO at appear.in
Sean Percival
Sean is an American investor and entrepreneur from California. He has invested in over 120 startups and founded several of his own. Previously Sean was a Partner at 500 Startups, a venture fund and globally acclaimed accelerator program.
Region: Europe
Managing Director of the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars in Tel Aviv
Hilla Ovil-Brenner
Hilla is the Managing Director of the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars in Tel Aviv. A serial entrepreneur in the high-tech industry for the past 15 years. A true believer in innovation and team spirit. A lawyer in Israel and NY, founder of 3 companies one is listed on TASE, a mentor and an investor.
Region: Europe
Founder and CEO RiseUp
Abdelhameed Sharara
Abdelhameed Sharara, is the founder of RiseUp Summit; the biggest entrepreneurship summit in Egypt and the Middle East with more than 3000 attendees. The summit is known for bringing all the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt and MENA together for the first time.
Region: Middle East and Africa
Entrepreneurship Consultant
Ali Hili
Ali is a serial entrepreneur, from a member in TAG EPDForum, to founding Hilark for Tech Solutions, to leading the German government vocational/business development project in Jordan, to becoming the entrepreneurship consultant for Zain Iraq.
Region: Middle East and Africa
Startup Consultant
Alexandra Fraser
Passionate about building a vibrant, sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem and culture in South Africa. With over a decade of experience in the early stage funding space, working for government, academia and corporates, I have seen and evaluated over 4000+ businesses in a wide variety of sectors.
Region: Middle East and Africa
Managing Director of Techstars Accelerator in Partnership with GINCO
Vijay Tirathrai
Vijay is a serial entrepreneur, mentor and a seasoned C-level executive. He has over 30 years of international experience in start-ups, business development and transformation roles covering several industries; namely retail, manufacturing and associations management.
Region: Middle East and Africa