Ahu Serter is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a focus on investing in technology, smart transportation and women led businesses.
Ahu started her career as a hedge fund manager in New York, she is now the Chairman of the Board of Farplas, a Fortune 500 Company, a conglomerate comprised of companies in automotive, appliance and tourism. She also founded Farplas’ CVC, F+ Ventures, investing in start-ups for disruptive innovation in the field of smart transportation, especially in companies that combine automotive, electronics and software competences for more sustainable mobility alternatives. Throughout her career, she founded or invested in companies such as art hotel brand, Casa dell’Arte, Hotels of Arts and Leisure, Mata Automotive, producer of luxury car interiors for Tesla, Aston Martin, Hecha Cookware for modern gourmets.
As a female entrepreneur/investor and mother of 3 daughters, she felt that female potential is greatly overlooked. Named after her youngest daughter Arya, she founded ARYA Women Investment Platform where she brings successful women investors, men and fathers of daughters to invest in ambitious female entrepreneurs. Since its inception, the beginning of 2014, ARYA invested more than $500K in women-led businesses.
Ahu is the recipient of the Enterprising Women of the Year 2015 award in the $100 M+ category. Ahu holds a B.A. in management from Bilkent University, Ankara and received her M.B.A. in Investment Management from Pace University, New York. She speaks Turkish, German, English and Spanish. She splits her time between her offices in Istanbul and in Boca Raton.