Serhat Pala

Co-founder and Managing Partner

Serhat is a serial entrepreneur who has built, grown, and sold companies of small and medium sizes since immigrating to the United States in 1998, both with and without institutional investor funding. Serhat has over two decades of experience working various roles including CEO, Chief Commercial Officer, COO, Board Member, and Advisor.

Serhat’s areas of focus include technology, healthcare, digital health, data, SaaS software.

Prior to joining Breakaway Serhat was a cofounder at Confirm Biosciences, which was acquired by one of the largest lab providers in the US. Confirm BioSciences significantly grew year after year (Inc Fastest Growing 500 List six-time member 2013-2018) as a diagnostic testing commercialization company and a leading provider of high-quality, comprehensive screening tools and solutions across the full spectrum of health and wellness.

He is the author of “Getting Unstuck: Getting Unstuck 101: Transitioning from Employee to Entrepreneur” . Serhat is also a frequent contributor to outlets such as Inc Magazine, Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine. 

Serhat holds a BA in Economics from Bosphorus University (Turkey) and an MBA from SDSU.

Zeynep Ilgaz

Co-founder and Managing Partner

Prior to joining Breakaway Zeynep was a cofounder and CEO of Confirm Biosciences, which was acquired by one of the largest lab providers in the US.

Mrs. Ilgaz is a firm believer in giving back to the community. At Confirm, she started the philanthropic arm of Confirm Biosciences, “We Care, People over Profit,” whereby 5% of all profits was donated back to the community. 

Mrs Ilgaz is a frequent contributor to outlets such as Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, and the Huffington Post.

She and her husband recently established the Ilgaz- Pala Family Aztec Cooperative Fund Endowment – to support aspiring student entrepreneurs in their journey. On the personal side, she has been married to the love of her life for 24 years; they have 2 boys and 4 dogs.

Haydar Nur

Analyst
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