Hulya Koc

Co-Founder & Co-President Board Member


Hulya  began her career as a banker and continued on to become an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. In addition to founding & successfully exiting three companies, Hulya co-founded nonprofit organizations. Her most recent exit, an employment agency catering to
the childcare vertical (, grew to become an industry leader with 25 offices across the US and was sold to a consortium of US-based private equity firms. 
She has  received numerous awards one of which was ‘The Small Business of the Year” from the Honorable Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s Office.

In Sept.2012, Hulya co-founded the Istanbul/Turkey Chapter of Keiretsu Forum – the world’s largest angel investors platform. 

Hulya has been recognized for her outstanding leadership and mentorship of entrepreneurs by the US Small Business Administration. She continues to be a mentor for SCORE, the mentoring/counseling arm of SBA.

She advises and mentors international start-ups in a variety of fields such as high tech, retail and business services at Founders Space – an incubator in Silicon Valley ranked in the top ten in the US by Forbes Magazine and UC Berkeley in their Technology Entrepreneurship class.

Hulya also routinely presents seminars worldwide on angel investing and science of networking for several organizations.

Dedicated to improving the lives of children and entrepreneurs, Hulya globally volunteers extensively for several organizations. She has 
served on numerous non-profit Boards.

As a philanthropist and an active community organizer, Hulya has been granted the Lifetime Service Award by her community. Currently,
she is the Co- Founder, Co-President of ETAC – Empowering the Turkish-American Community USA. 

Hulya holds a graduate degree in business administration and education.

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