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Building Startup Foundation: Perspectives from an Investor vs Entrepreneur | Alper Celen, Enhance Ventures

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What are the key elements to navigate your startup success?

Join us in our latest podcast episode with Alper Celen, Founding Partner at Enhance Ventures, as he shares his journey of venture building, exploring the challenges of a startup in different maturity stages before exit and strategies accelerating business growth. 

🔍 Key Topics Covered:

  • Guiding startups through the future of finance and commerce 
  • Building a strong startup foundation: identifying and engaging key stakeholders
  • Global rise of venture capital, fueling a robust startup ecosystem

Buckle up to listen to this captivating podcast as we delve into Alper’s venture-building experience and position yourself as a dynamic entrepreneur in this rapidly evolving digital economy.

Episode Guest

Alper Celen

Founding Partner at Enhance Ventures

Alper is the founder of Enhance Ventures and a pioneer of venture studios in the Middle East region. Alper’s impact extends worldwide, where he serves as a Board Member of the Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN) and Master Instructor of Studio Boot Camp by GSSN. He’s also known as #studioman his nickname in the ecosystem of venture studios. 

Podcast hosts

Ronit Ghose

Global Head, Future of Finance at Citi

Ronit Ghose is the Global Head, Future of Finance, Citi’s think tank for the future of money and technology. Ronit’s current areas of focus include Digital Assets, the Metaverse, Web3, the applications of AI to Finance and other frontier topics. Previously, Ronit was Global Head of Banks and Fintech Research for Citi.

Ronit is an Advisor to various Governments, Universities, VC investors and tech firms in the UK, UAE and Africa. Prior to joining Citi, he worked at the British Bankers’ Association and was a research assistant in the UK Parliament for a former Prime Minister. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford & a postgraduate diploma from the University of London.

Gaurav Dhar

Group CEO of Marshal Fintech Partners

Gaurav is a seasoned leader in the FinTech industry and currently serves as the Group CEO of Marshal Fintech Partners in Dubai. He is also a board member of Deem Bank, The Mena Fintech Association and TiE Dubai.

With over 19 years of experience at Marshal, he has established himself as a pioneering force in the development of FinTech ecosystems and solutions. 

By devoting his personal time to working with innovators, he has built an extensive network of relationships with VCs, incubators, accelerators, start-ups, and angel syndicates, both locally and globally.

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