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Innovating Innovation: The Rise of Venture & Startup Studios

Updated: Mar 6, 2020

Join fellow peers who lead innovation in an intimate deep-dive discussion with Studios directly to hear how they work and what they’ve built

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About this Event

Studios are the newly fused marriage of Venture Capital Firms and Startup Founders.

Usually, startup founders decide if they want to give equity to a venture firm but what happens when it’s the venture firm starting the company and deciding which founder they want to give equity to?

“Studios are company builders. ​They solve real problems by matching great business ideas with proven entrepreneurs and then they take those ideas, test them, and back them with funding, along with a set of defined resources, in order to launch and grow powerful startups ready to scale.“ - GSSN, The Global Startup Studio Network

In this deep dive discussion, expect to learn about different studio models, the stories of how they started, what they do that's different than the rest, where they see this field evolving into, and of course, hear about the companies that are coming out of them!


6:00 PM - Networking & Drinks

6:25 PM - Intro on NYCIC6:30 PM - 10 minute Presentations from each speaker

7:00 PM - Panel & Discussion with speakers and audience

8:00 PM - Networking & Drinks

9:00 PM - Close

Who attended: 

Innovation Program Leaders e.g. Incubators and AcceleratorsHigh Growth FoundersVenture CapitalistsTech and Business Media RepresentativesGenerally cool and smart people who can stimulate thoughtful discussion


Alper Celen is the founder of ENHANCE, a venture builder specializing in online vertical marketplaces that improve lifestyles in the Middle East and Africa. Enhance wholly owns, the leading online gifting platform in the Middle East. Previous to Enhance, Alper was the founder of online food ordering service in Saudi Arabia (acquired by DeliveryHero in 2015). Alper is an active investor and advisor in the Middle East high-tech ecosystem. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Alper was a management consultant in his own boutique consultancy Commit and previously held leadership roles at McKinsey & Co., Nokia, Ansys, IBM, and NASA subcontractor Millitech. Three satellites he helped design are still in Earth orbit.

Yuri Iskhakov is the founder of NANO, a digital agency, and Ai Venture Studio.

As an agency, NANO takes on the role of a technology partner and helps customers plan and implement solutions by leveraging subject matter expertise, human-centered design, artificial intelligence and multiple data science disciplines, such as machine learning, NLP, Deep-Learning and Cognitive Computing.

As an Ai venture studio, NANO LABS assembles smart teams of engineers and entrepreneurs who know how to build great companies. NANO LABS has created 5 ventures including Joolez - a diamond ring marketplace, Deviate - a talent marketplace, ErgoAi - work injury monitoring app, Reco - product recommendation platform, and True Learning - Adaptive Learning Platform for online courses.

Matt Survis heads up Corporate Development efforts at Entangled Group, a Venture Studio focused on enabling a more equitable transition from an Industrial Economy to a Knowledge Economy through the creation and acceleration of high impact education and future of work companies. Entangled Group takes an ecosystem approach to education’s ecosystem problem, leveraging professional services, startup services, and venture creation to drive innovation.

Before joining Entangled, Matt worked in mergers & acquisitions at a boutique investment bank in New York City. Prior, he founded and built a non profit organization in the civics education space. Matt graduated from the University of Pennsylvania summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). Outside of work, Matt is a fitness enthusiast, history buff, and avid NY Giants fan.


The NYC Innovation Collective’s mission is to support the growth of the overall innovation ecosystem by empowering the countless innovation leaders who help run it. We facilitate knowledge exchange, opportunity creation, and interpersonal connection for the community by providing year-round programming via our networking socials, deep-dive roundtables, public panels, city-wide demo days, and annual summits.

Some of our members include directors and managers of innovation programs such as Incubators, Accelerators, Studios, and Labs in every industry/vertical and are backed by funds, corporates, universities, government, or founders directly. As a result, we have one of the largest global networks of founders, investors, mentors, vendors, and resources.

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