SAGE develops and delivers skillsets training programs designed to engage k12 students and young adults in the world of entrepreneurship and innovation


Founder Ozan Sonmez

Ozan Sonmez is a serial founder, angel investor, and esteemed startup mentor with over a decade of global experience in investing and building startup programs. His affiliations with UC Berkeley, Stanford CPD, and MIT EF Pan Arab highlight his active role in various innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems. Ozan has designed and executed programs for tech startups, and social and environmental impact founders with organizations like 500 Sanabil MENA, Endeavor, and Village Capital. He’s also mentored in Corporate Intrapreneurship & Innovation Programs for Fortune 500 Companies & Global Brands like Ford and Siemens’s Next47. Besides his professional accolades, Ozan is a proud #girldad who cherishes reading and writing.

Thought Leader Amal Dokhan

Amal Dokhan is a seasoned executive and Partner at 500 Startups MENA. Formerly, she held leadership positions at Global Entrepreneurship Network GEN Saudi and Babson Global. With rich experience at KAUST's Entrepreneurship Center, she's a skilled startup consultant, program designer, and Angel Investor, supporting numerous successful ventures. A trusted advisor and board member, she's spoken at international platforms like TEDx and Davos. Amal holds degrees from King Abdulaziz University and the University of Wollongong, and prestigious certifications from MIT Sloan and Berkeley.

Mark Searle

Mark Searle is a versatile entrepreneur and seasoned executive, traversing a rich landscape of sectors including enterprise software, big data, information security, manufacturing, and food-tech. Equipped with a unique proficiency in aligning diverse groups and cultures within an organization, he masterfully balances activities to drive peak performance. In high growth environments, his dynamic leadership and agile problem-solving skills truly shine, making him a beacon of success. Mark's exceptional track record echoes his talent for turning challenge into opportunity and leveraging diverse technology experiences into a unified, formidable business strategy.


  • What is SAGE

    SAGE, Students Academy for Global Entrepreneurship, is an entrepreneurship training program designed to engage students and young adults in the world of entrepreneurship.

  • Who are the teachers, and who is behind SAGE?

    SAGE is a global team. Our founders are world top mentors and entrepreneurs. We work together with UC Berkeley Spinout Innovation Acceleration Group.

  • What do you teach?

    We teach innovation and entrepreneurship. We help young adults to have a strong foundation and understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation. So they can determine good business ideas from bad ones, present and pitch ideas, network effectively, and more.