Meet the Team

The people behind the magic


Our team in Mexico

Carolina Mariño

Director, LATAM

Carolina Mariño

Saeed Amidi

CEO & Founder

Saeed Amidi

Saeed Amidi is the Founder and CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center.

Saeed also holds the position of General Partner in Amidzad. The fund has been investing in technology companies for over 15 years and holds successful investments in over 70 technology companies, some of which are: PayPal, Powerset, Danger, Bix, Powerset, DropBox, Lending Club, Zoosk, etc.

A serial entrepreneur and a seasoned executive with over 28 years of experience in founding, operating, and growing successful companies. He has successfully started and grown businesses both nationally, as well as internationally, in countries like: Spain, Germany, France, and Austria.

Saeed’s current passion is inspiring and helping entrepreneurs and startups out of universities. His objective is to identify great entrepreneurs with a passion to execute on their ideas.

Saeed is an active member of the technology community and a frequent contributor to numerous charitable foundations. He is also an active member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), a world-class network of Fortune 500 CEOs, accomplished serial entrepreneurs, and veteran financial executives.

Alejandro Cobos

Director, Mexico

Alejandro Cobos

Alex is a native of Mexico City, manages operations at Plug and Play Tech Center in Mexico City, works both with global tech startups and organizations, both public and private, to connect their technology and entrepreneurship ecosystems to Silicon Valley. Alex is based in Mexico City and aims to enable Mexican entrepreneurs to access the various resources of Silicon Valley in order to accelerate and validate their business models.

Jupe Tan

VP, International Ops

Jupe Tan

Jupe is overall responsible for international initiatives at Plug and Play, which includes the Plug and Play Accelerator programs for international startups as well as partnerships with multi-national corporations and governments from around the world. Plug and Play International has accelerated more than 300 startups from around the world in Silicon Valley and has launched programs and activities in Singapore, Canada, Spain, Russia and Germany. Plug and Play has also invested in over 50 international startups globally. Prior to Plug and Play, Jupe worked for National University of Singapore (NUS). At NUS, Jupe was Program Director of NUS College in Silicon Valley, where he was responsible for managing the Silicon Valley operations for NUS. Jupe has led Plug and Play’s investments in ThoughtBuzz, First Meta and Zukami. Jupe holds a BA in Economics from National University of Singapore.

Yael Oppenheimer

International Operations Manager

Yael Oppenheimer

Yael works with tech startups and international organizations, both public and private, to connect their technologies and entrepreneurship ecosystems to Silicon Valley. She is a native of Montevideo, Uruguay but is now based in Sunnyvale, California where she enables international entrepreneurs’ access to various resources of Silicon Valley in order to accelerate and validate their business models. As the Manager of International Operations, Yael directs Plug and Play's Acceleration program and serves as the point of contact for the selected entrepreneurs. During her time at Plug and Play, she has worked with over 50 international startups from more than 10 countries. Yael was previously a Business Manager for Software Company in Uruguay where she helped international startups build their technologies with a team of 30+ engineers and designers. She was also an Assistant Professor at ORT University in Uruguay, teaching Financial Mathematics to Business Majors. She spent some time at Babson College, one of the top Entrepreneurship colleges in the United States, and graduated from ORT University with a degree in Business Administration. Yael speaks fluent English and Spanish and is very proud of her multicultural background.

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