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ABC Silicon Valley is one of the top 25 business accelerators in the world and it is disrupting society by pushing the startups beyond their limits ….. All the Way UP! 

We recruit the finest international startups and expose them to Silicon Valley’s wealth of resources and capital while changing their mindsets by involving them in the dynamic creativity and exceptional driving forces of Silicon Valley.

ABC Silicon Valley is the headquarters of the Acceleration Business City. With its personalized approach and program, it represents a global home for startups.

The Team

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Visionary,  entrepreneur,  innovator.  Words which best describe 28 year-old Dejan Roljic. Whether he is founding a company or helping  others  establish  theirs,  Dejan  Roljič  is not “just another suit” in the business world.

He started early – when only 16, he founded  his  first  business  and  found  his  entrepreneurial passion hands-on. Soon he joined a team  of entrepreneurs  and  developers  that started a company from San Francisco and  got  involved  into  the  startup  scene  with  all  of its pains and gains. He spent a lot of time in  China  closing  business  deals,  which  got  him  accustomed  to  that  region’s  business  culture. Based on his experience and continuous drive, he founded Shanghai Summer School, taking students across the globe to Shanghai and teaching them how to start  and succeed in business.

His  next  company  Formtaste  Innovations  quickly  grew  beyond  national  borders  and  took him to Amsterdam to be accelerated by what was then the best European accelerator Startupbootcamp, where he got funding and business support. In 2014,  hungering  innovation,  he  decided to  establish  ABC  Accelerator  in  Ljubljana with  a  goal  to  connect  the  region  and  position Slovenia on the entrepreneurial map. Today, ABC Accelerator is growing, establishing offices in Munich and Silicon Valley, and  starting  in  2017,  opening  its  branches  in Bangalore India and Chile.

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Ana Lukner is an internationally respected entrepreneur, visionary and inspirational speaker. A strategist at heart, Ms. Lukner is passionate about people and frequently addresses large audiences, including TEDx, in the U.S. and throughout Europe to share insights into business success and philanthropic leadership. Educated at San Jose State University with emphasis in international business, Ms. Lukner went on to receive her MBA with emphasis in Marketing. In 2012, Slovenian National Newspaper named Ms. Lukner National Person of the Year, and in 2013 she was named National Woman of the Year by a respected Slovenian national lifestyle magazine. Among her top honors, Slovenian President Borut Pahor recognized Ms. Lukner in 2012 for her outstanding achievement in philanthropy and ethical leadership.

Most recently in 2015, she received the Ethics & Social Responsibility award from the European Union Association. Ms. Lukner is fluent in English, German and Slovenian. As ceo of BE-EL, Ms. Lukner cofounded two other international entities.

Ms. Lukner  founded  her  non-profit organization Anina zvezdica – Ana’s little star, which is the biggest, transparent non-profit organization in Slovenia. She is an active member of Silicon Valley Capital Club and the Rotary Club of San Jose. She patented her own life philosophy TruHoMa (True and Honest Mankind), which is her inspiration in everything she does in life.

She is now also a Managing Director of ABC Silicon Valley.

Board members

Bill Wiles is an Executive and Entrepreneur with more than thirty years of experience in global business including founding and running corporations, creating and implementing business development and strategic plans, developing key strategic relationships, raising private and venture funding and mergers & acquisitions. He is focused on startups, growth phase businesses and companies in transition primarily in evolving technology sectors.  Bill has a proven record of growing businesses and building teams both in the US and Internationally.

Previously Bill held executive roles at WFW International, ORG Corporation, Scent Sciences Corporation, Heitz Technologies, SyberSay, Veridicom and XETI.

In addition, he also held roles as U.S. and international sales and management at Silicon Graphics, Apple Computer and 3M.  Bill holds a J.D. from University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; and a B.S. in Business from West Virginia University; He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and Hawaii Bar.

Josh Burroughs is a real estate developer, leader and strategist focusing on high-density transit oriented development in Silicon Valley along with sustainable smart tech for the built environment.  As the Senior Director for SWENSON, principle-centered values have dovetailed into the many hats he’s worn in his career.  Josh supervises and directs all aspects of land acquisitions, entitlements, forward planning, and land development including project underwriting, permit approvals, partnership / joint venture formations, debt and equity placement, management of consultants, and project / asset disposition.

Josh serves on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of San Jose, the Bellarmine College Preparatory Alumni Council, Board of Governors for the Silicon Valley Capital Club, Silicon Valley Board of the Urban Land Institute, Board of Directors for the San Jose Downtown Association, St James Park Advisory Board, Advisory Board for BE-EL GmbH, and as Chair of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Wheelchair Foundation.

Nicholas Adams is an international award winning publicist and strategist. He founded NINICO Communications in 2011 after several years in the public relations industry.

Mr. Adams believes in the power of return on involvement through person-to-person engagement. He is a proud fourth generation San Josean and strong advocate of the arts community. Mr. Adams is a voting member of the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, member of the Symphony Silicon Valley board of trustees and member of ABC Silicon Valley – one of the top 25 business accelerators in the world. He’s an active member of Silicon Valley Capital Club, Rotary Club of San Jose and Victorian Preservation Association of Santa Clara Valley.

In 2010, he was appointed by former Mayor Chuck Reed to the San Jose Arts Commission, where he enjoys serving as a cultural ambassador on behalf of his favorite city. Mr. Adams resides in downtown San Jose’s historic Northside Neighborhood.

Since 2014, the Silicon Valley Business Journal has consistently ranked NINICO Communications among the top 25 public relations and advertising agencies throughout Silicon Valley. Headquartered in San Jose with offices in Los Angeles, the agency connects people and cultivates relationships by planning meaningful and relevant strategies. A member of the Public Relations Society of America, NINICO builds successful long-term partnerships with clients willing to attain objectives with sound, strategic advice.

Sunny Saini is an international businessman who has spent his diverse career connecting people and navigating the intricacies of complex business deals.  He currently sources new technology in support of Google’s massive datacenter deployments that powers all of its services.  Starting out in a top lobbying firm, Sunny grew his own company that dabbled in the areas of bulletproof armor, emergency housing, medical devices and, at one point, had the largest solar power plant in India.  Born and raised in Silicon Valley, his appetite for seeking out innovative ideas and technology is never satiated.  Sunny is a proud member of Rotary International and spends valuable time as a proud husband, father and Ultimate Frisbee player.

Jeff Burton recently served as the Executive Director at SkyDeck | Berkeley, the University’s only cross-discipline startup accelerator from its beginning until the end of 2014.  He was the third employee of Atari’s International Home Computer Division, responsible for its business development throughout Europe and the Middle East.  Just as Venture Capital investments awoke to the power of home computing and the potential of entrepreneurs, he joined former classmates as a founding team member of Electronic Arts in 1982. There he led the company’s international expansion from inception until its IPO.

With the advent of the Internet and the dominating role of software development, he founded and/or led a series of software companies including License to Mail, Cardsmith, The Hive Group, and Just Arrive, all of which were the result of ideas and skills of recent Stanford University graduates.  Jeff obtained his undergraduate education and MBA at Stanford University and has lived in the Bay Area for the past 40 years.

He believes that technology and the unifying strength of multicultural exchange in the pursuit of problem solving and business growth can lead to profound economic, social, and global benefit.  He is a long-term personal network builder in Europe and Silicon Valley over the past 40 years, resulting in strong, enduring professional relationships.

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