Gürcan is Partner at ACT Venture Partners and managing a €25 Million deep-tech Venture Capital fund. He has over 18 years of experience in the innovation & technology space particularly in product development, project & venture financing, and global partnerships. Prior to ACT, he worked at Hexagon Studio, Turkey’s premium engineering design company. From launch to management he was responsible for R&D and technology development projects, covering the automotive, defense, and manufacturing industries. As an active task group member of EU technology associations, he conducted joint innovation projects with tech actors in the ICT, transport, and manufacturing sectors. He held various positions at TUBITAK (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) for over 12 years, assisting over 2000 researchers, firms, startups, and R&D centers in funding and partnerships. He conducted over 300 technology evaluations & assessments. He achieved over EUR 50 Million of funding for innovation projects. Gürcan is a Mechanical Engineer by training and earned an MS degree and pursued doctoral studies at Middle East Technical University in Science and Technology Policy. He also taught innovation management in Yeditepe University Faculty of Medicine.