More important than what we do is why we do it.

Startup Genius is on a mission to help 98% of the people around the world who don’t have access to innovation ecosystems.   By enabling existing innovation ecosystems to provide emerging entrepreneurs with a self-serve model, everyone can engage in the Innovation Economy and we all prosper.  Our goal is to help ordinary people do extraordinary things by supporting the existing  ecosystems with a marketplace to bring it all together.

We believe that all entrepreneurs need a little help in their journey.  We’re not alone as hundreds of thousands of programs exist but still so few can participate.  So our philosophy is to help those who help the Entrepreneurs.

Our mission was born in Silicon Valley but our passion starts and extends far beyond the tech and startup hubs of the world. We believe firmly that with a bit of guidance and a touch of community support, anyone can become a Startup Genius.


The Startup Genius executive team has over 70 years of entrepreneurial experience.


Gal Bar-or

Serial entrepreneur and CTO with 30-yrs product and technology experience

Greg Hitchan

Founder, Tri Valley Capital and advisor to Lawrence Livermore Labs

Marnin Kligfeld, Ph.D.

30-yrs experience in acquisitions and education technology

Wayne Tamarelli, Ph.D., MBA

Professional angel investor in over 50 early-stage tech companies

Ryan Williams

Startup lawyer, business consultant, passionate about helping entrepreneurs move forward.