November 14, 2017

Three women instrumental in building and scaling the global chapters of Keiretsu Forum today announced they’ve started a new firm, SAYJ GLOBAL PARTNERS, specializing in customized services for investors and companies who want to cut through the noise in expanding startup markets.

“Few people can lead a global expansion process from scratch,” said Judith Iglehart, “and we all shared that experience.”  Iglehart, one of three SAYJ Global founding partners, was until recently the President, International at Keiretsu. Iglehart pioneered, marketed, and scaled the Keiretsu global expansion and managed 26 offshore chapters with varying cultural and business needs.  “In addition to our knowledge of the international start up ecosystem, our team has 30+ years combined experience building strong relations with foreign partners and expanding the knowledge from the Valley to more than 30 major cities worldwide.  With SAYJ, we are using our expertise to help entrepreneurs and investors navigate among competing angel groups, VCs, family offices, super angels, and funds.”  

“We know that targeted, personalized advice about US and global markets is needed around the world” said Shelley Bays, a SAYJ founding partner.  Bays, an industry veteran of the EU and UK financial markets is currently President of Keiretsu Forum chapters in Paris and London. “International startups know their needs today can’t always be served through the current processes in place to find funding” said Bays.  “Boutique services based on needs of both our client companies and investors are an underserved niche.  We are working with companies who want to move quickly to a lead position in their sectors.” 

“SAYJ is partnering across the globe”, said Asli Isinak Gozoren, SAYJ founding partner and former President of Keiretsu Istanbul.  “We’re already working with key accelerators in cities underserved by access to the Valley.  In coming months, I’ll be participating in a major conference in the Middle East to expand partnerships in the region and also working with partners in Latin America on programs tailored for trade, government and women’s groups to increase cross-border investments.” 

“To be clear,’ said Iglehart, “SAYJ is not a fund or an angel organization. Instead, SAYJ provides bespoke services to companies, with the goal of helping them achieve success faster than is possible with many other growth options now available.”

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