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Marc Nager President/CEO UP Global , Startupweekend

Marc Nager (pronounced Naw-ger) is the CEO and Co-Director of Startup Weekend. Both a Swiss and US citizen, Marc has enjoyed an amazing 26 years enjoying the outdoors, pursuing seemingly risky endeavors, and traveling down multiple career paths.

With a degree in International Business from Chapman University in Southern California, Marc left his MBA program after the first semester to pursue new direction. Scratching his own itch to learn how to launch a startup, Marc found the opportunity to acquire Startup Weekend, LLC and to transform it into a non-profit with the help of co-directors Clint Nelsen and Franck Nouyrigat. Passionate and curious about the world of startups, Marc has found a way to help others pursue their ideas and dreams. Startup Weekend has landed him in over 40 cities around the world where he’s listened, observed, and helped over 450 of the earliest stage startups. Among others, his pursuits have garnered exposure in national media outlets such as Entrepreneur Magazine and Forbes.

Marc considers himself a do-er, an orchestrator of passions and talents, and an instigator. He has strong faith in always investing your time, energy and resources into “doing the right thing.” As an ambitious go-getter, he is dedicated to expanding his experience and understanding of startup ecosystems around the world. His efforts focus on increasing the levels and quality of support available for passionate entrepreneurs and communities. Entrepreneurship is something that can be both taught and learned, and Marc's on a mission to ensure the world takes advantage of that.

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