Startup Grind Europe-Asia Connect

Tbilisi, Georgia

Nov. 8 - 10, 2019

Startup Grind is the largest international network of startup founders, with over 600 chapters around the world and a reach of 2 million.

Join the 3rd largest Startup Grind conference in the world. Hosted at the ancient Silk Road destination Tbilisi, Startup Grind Eurasia Connect will bring together speakers from the world's most famous companies, entrepreneurs, educators and investors who are happy to share their experience.

This will be an event unlike any other the region has seen with:

  1. 1500 delegates
  2. 30+ speakers
  3. 100+ investors
  4. 20+ countries

The event will include a wide variety of sessions and formats, bringing you the latest developments in innovation, technology and talent, will include highly conducive networking opportunities, extensive exhibits, and talks by some of the hottest and most insightful founders. Themes include: FintechsBlockchainTravel TechVenture...

Derek Andersen
Mikayel Vardanyan
CPO and General Manager - PICSART

"Dr. Mikayel Vardanyan is a seasoned executive with a strong engineering background and extensive managerial experience. He has spent over a decade in the IT industry, founding, leading and growing companies to impressive scales, while presenting at international conferences and events. He also is an angel investor and advisor for tech startups. Currently, Dr. Vardanyan is General Manager & Chief Product Officer at PicsArt, the leading creative platform for social media storytelling with 100+ million monthly active users and over half a billion downloads. He leads and coordinates product development, monetization initiatives, and day-to-day operations for PicsArt’s 300+ employee Armenia office. Dr. Vardanyan’s experience crafting positive organizational culture and navigating complex problems defines him as a leader who seeks innovative strategies and execution while inspiring teams to tap into their potential to grow, explore, and co-create. Dr. Vardanyan, being an innovator himself, co-founded and served as General Manager of Monitis, a leading application performance monitoring SaaS company, acquired by GFI Software in 2011 and as of July 2014 part of TeamViewer. He also served as board member and co-founder of Sourcio, which was later acquired by HelpSystems. "

Derek Andersen
Sheel Mohnot

Sheel is the founding partner of the 500 startups FinTech Fund, which he has run for the past 3 years. His own startup experience includes 2 successful FinTech exits – a payments company (FeeFighters) and a high-stakes auction company (Innovative Auctions). He's invested into over 80 companies in the past 6 years, mostly in the fintech space. He formerly worked as a financial services consultant at BCG and started his FinTech career at the non-profit p2p lender Kiva. He lives in San Francisco and enjoys travel.

Derek Andersen
Amrit Dhir
Head of Global Operations - GOOGLE FOR STARTUPS

Amrit Dhir leads operations and expansion for Google's global network of physical spaces for entrepreneurs ( He works with technology startups drawing from his experience in new business development for some of Alphabet's most innovative products and groundbreaking technologies: projects in Google Research (i.e. machine learning, natural language processing, etc.), the Cultural Institute (e.g. Google Art Project), Google[x] (now X), and Google Life Sciences (now Verily). He's also learned from some spectacular failures and a background in law (itself a kind of a failure). Amrit is additionally an angel investor, a regular volunteer, an aimless writer, a dabbler in languages, the Hakeem Olajuwon of Fantasy Basketball, and effectively homeless.

Derek Andersen
Gamal Moukabary
Founder & CEO - BONIFY

"Moukabary is founder and CEO of Bonify ( a Berlin fintech startup helping people benefit from their own financial history and data. They are ""a creditworthiness start-up with a vision"". The central hypothesis is that customers can use their own credit data to have sellers compete for their business. Early customers are attracted by free credit checks and financial optimization tools. He has a diverse background including previously serving as CEO at Regis24, Consultant at McKinsey, and helping build peer networks of chief executives through involvement with Young Presidents Organization. "

Derek Andersen
Bill Reichert
Managing Director - GARAGE VENTURES

Bill Reichert has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. He has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, MiaSole, D.light Design, ThermoCeramix, & VisaNow, among others. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, & Academic Systems.

Derek Andersen
George Arison
Founder & CEO - SHIFT

Sheel is the founding partner of the 500 startups FinTech Fund, which he has run for the past 3 years. His own startup experience includes 2 successful FinTech exits – a payments company (FeeFighters) and a high-stakes auction company (Innovative Auctions

Derek Andersen
Zachery Coelius

Zachery Coelius is currently an early stage technology investor and advisor. His notable investments include Cruise Automation (bought by GM for $1B+), Branch Metrics, SkySafe and a dozen other startups. He is an advisor to twenty companies including Hellosign, Swarm (bought by Integral Ad Sciences), Balanced Payments (Stripe) and many others. Mr. Coelius is also four-time entrepreneur. In his last company he was the co-founder and CEO of Triggit, an advertising technology company that was one of the first Demand Side Platforms, where he raised over $25m in venture capital and exited in 2015 to Linkedin and another financial buyer. He ran Triggit from 2005 to 2015, growing it from 4 to 60 employees and over $30m in revenue. Zachery attended the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate where he was named by the USA Today as one of the top 20 college students in the nation in 2004. He was also the recipient of the George Mitchell scholarship where he received a master’s degree in International studies at the University of Limerick.

Derek Andersen
Zoltan Varga

"Zoltan Varga is described in Wikipedia as one of the most significant investors in Hungary. At the beginning of his career he was the Chief Executive Officer of the First Hungarian Venture Capital Fund Management Company and Centech New Hungary Venture Capital Fund. He is CEO of Central Médiacsoport Zrt., one of the largest media group in Hungary. He founded, together with private and institutional investors, the venture capital company Central-Fund Kockázati Tőkealap-kezelő Zrt., which now owns HSBC Credit Zrt., has/had a shareholding in Wizz-Air, EME Zrt. and Eispro Kft. from May 2014. Consolidated revenues of the group reached HUF 70 billion in 2014, with a staff of almost 2,000 people. He is founder and CEO of Centrál group which has been operating since 2004 on the Hungarian market. Established as a factoring company, the group has expanded its activities and now is involved also in receivables and property management and financial consulting. He graduated from the University of Pécs at the Faculty of Economics. During his studies he worked for the Dresdner Bank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. In 1990 he joined the Budapest Stock exchange board and in 1991 the Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), where he first worked in the London and later in the New York office of the company and in Budapest he managed the sales and commercial departments as deputy manager until 2001. Varga believes wealth also means responsibility, therefore it is important for one to invest into society. He founded a successful mathematics foundation in his home town, Bonyhád and is a devoted supporter of several foundations like Bátor Tábor (Bravery Camp) and Mosoly Alapítvány (Smile Foundation), but he also sponsors Budapesti Fesztiválzenekar (Budapest Festival Orchestra) and Vígszínház (Theatre). At present, he works on a project supporting the talented at mathematics. He is building a mathematics empire on his property near Zirc."

Derek Andersen
Tamaz Georgadze
Founder, CEO - RAISIN

As CEO he leads Raisin and takes in particular care of partner bank acquisition, business development, legal and regional expansion efforts. Prior to building and scaling Raisin, Tamaz has spent 10 years with McKinsey & Company, the last 3 years as Principal leading also McKinsey Savings and Investment products Service Line for EMEA countries. He served some of the very largest retail, universal and wholesale banks throughout Europe and in Asia. Tamaz holds a PhD in agricultural economics, graduated with honors in law (both from University of Giessen) and international economics (from Tbilisi State University).

Derek Andersen
Brigitte Baumann

Brigitte Baumann has been named an angel investor of the year in Europe, served as president of the European Business Angels Network, personally invested in almost 100 companies, and was named one of the Top 50 Women in Startup and VC in Europe. Now she leads Go Beyond, an online angel investing platform.

Derek Andersen
Marian Gazdik

Director at Startup Grind London. Founding Partner at IPM Growth, a VC company investing in extremely ambitious technology companies from the Central & Eastern Europe. Advisory board member at T-Mobile Czech Republic & Telekom Slovakia. Founder of BrainTrust, a think-tank helping top tech CEOs scale globally. Ex-Orange, ex-Reebok. Marian was featured in New Europe 100 (organised by Financial Times, Google, Respublica and Visegrad Fund), the list of outstanding challengers who are leading world class innovation from Central and Eastern Europe.

Derek Andersen
Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit

CEO & co-founder at MarsBased, and Regional Director at Startup Grind for Southwestern Europe. MarsBased is a 10-people full-remote development consultancy from Barcelona specialised in web and mobile applications developed with Ruby on Rails and Javascript frameworks. Àlex runs the sales/marketing area and is in charge of communications & growth of the company. His background in consulting & development (ex-Deloitte, ex-VASS) and his international profile helps him with the technical and the business perspective. His experience with volunteering (over 5 years at ESN) have helped him to build one of the strongest communities in Barcelona through Startup Grind, events for developers, curating Startup Digest, and managing a Slack community for entrepreneurs and startups in Barcelona.

Derek Andersen
Daniel Reilly
Community Manager - STARTUP GRIND

A mobile developer, head of product, entrepreneur and problem solver who has spent his career building and enabling people to build new and impactful things. He also runs the Glasgow chapter of Startup Grind where he helps educate, connect and inspire entrepreneurs within the community. 

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About Georgia

Georgia's legendary hospitality and creativity will provide a welcoming and exciting environment for every guest. With brilliant nature and exceptional cuisine Georgia is one of the friendliest countries in the world. Welcoming nature of Georgian people is one of the main reasons why world travelers keep coming to Georgia and return home with whole new experiences. Moreover, recognized as the candle of wine you have the opportunity to discover great Georgian wine and Georgia's unique method of Qvevri wine making that represents the UNESCO World Heritage. With visa-free entry for almost 100 countries Georgia offers a welcoming environment for every visitor from anywhere in the

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