Yavuz Kaynar is a Fund Manager at the European Investment Fund managing the EUR 200M Turkish Growth and Innovation Fund and EUR 160M Istanbul Venture Capital Initiative. Prior to EIF, Yavuz was part of EBRD's EUR 100M Venture Capital Fund, financing early and growth stage companies in the region. Before joining EBRD, Yavuz was the CTO of iLab Ventures, one of Turkey's largest Internet investment and portfolio management houses. Yavuz has extensive experience working with start-ups competing in the Internet space as well as Fortune 500 companies developing new products to reach wider audiences via the internet. Yavuz received a BS degree from University of Virginia in Systems Engineering and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.