Experienced professionals with diverse international backgrounds in engineering, finance, investment banking, private equity, entrepreneurship, and R&D management. Core team has been working together for the last 7 years and specialised in Seed to Series A/B journey.
An enthusiast in deep tech investments, Gökhan previously managed IP based deeptech investments for 5 years at Inventram, a corporate technology commercialization and early-stage investment company of Koc Holding.
Gökhan started his career as an engineer in the US. He lived and worked in California for over 10 years, designing and developing many complex electronics and software products at Lucent Technologies, Xilinx, Cadence Design Systems, and Moseley Wireless Solutions. He was also a founding member of SanBar Networks, a high tech start-up in Santa Barbara. In 2006, he moved London, then to Istanbul, and worked as an M&A professional at Global Investment Holding and PDF Corporate Finance, building investment experience in the local investment ecosystem.
Gökhan received his MBA at London Business School. He earned his MS degree and pursued doctorial studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He completed his undergraduate studies in Electrical & Electronics Engineering at Bilkent University.
An entrepreneur at heart, Okan previously set up and ran the regional operations (EEMEA) of Pera, a UK-based advisory services company focused on innovation driven growth programmes.
Okan coordinated the national office of EU programmes in TUBITAK (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) raising EUR 200MN R&D funds from the EU during his term. He was the Chairman of the EUREKA Network, based in Brussels, leading the EUR 1BN budget of the network. He worked closely with 2000+ researchers, startups, SMEs and corporates during his career in the technology space. He started his career as an analyst in the telecom sector at Telsim (later acquired by Vodafone).
Okan is an Industrial Engineer by training and holds a MS and PhD degrees in Science and Technology Policy. He conducted part of his PhD research at University College London. He also has an MBA degree from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA. Okan is a Chevening Scholar Alumni and was selected Entrepreneur of the year in 2016 by the British Council
A former investment banker with 20+ years in Emerging Markets. Prior to founding ACT, Erhan worked for Technology Reserve, a global tech-transfer platform.
He started his finance career as a trader at Peregrine, a Hong Kong based investment bank covering South-East Asian markets, and later worked at Renaissance Capital in Moscow, Paine Webber in New York, and Global Securities in Istanbul. In 2002 he moved to London, and helped set up Meridian Capital, which reached USD 2.5BN in NAV during his tenure. He traded and invested in various deals in Turkey, Central Asia, and Russia. Erhan worked as engineer for GE's Power Generation division in New York after university.
Erhan studied Mechanical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University and SUNY Buffalo. He received MBA and MS (Finance) degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park and completed the Investment Management Program at London Business School. Erhan is a Chartered Financial Analyst
A technologist with over 18 years of experience in technology & innovation space, previously, Gürcan was at Hexagon Studio, Turkey's premium engineering design company. From launch to management he was responsible for R&D and technology development projects, covering the automotive, defence and manufacturing industries. As an active task group member of EU technology associations, he conducted joint innovation projects with tech actors in ICT, transport and manufacturing sectors.
He held various positions at TUBITAK (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) over 12 years, assisting over 2000 researchers, firms, startups and R&D centres in funding and partnerships. He conducted over 300 technology evaluations & assessments. He achieved over EUR 50MN of funding for innovation projects. He is a Jury member at EIC Accelerator and EU Prize for Women Innovators.
Gürcan is a Mechanical Engineer by training, and earned an MS degree and pursued doctorial studies at Middle East Technical University in Science and Technology Policy.