‘Startup Istanbul’ - Leading Tech Conference for Digital Minded Companies in Eurasia
Istanbul being the capital of some world’s greatest empires presents an amazing blend of history and modernity. With its key location situated between Europe and Asia, and its 18.000.000 habitants, İstanbul is an important center for many sectors.
Startup Istanbul is the leading startup event which brings together founders, investors and executives in the region. It's a gathering of the leading startups, internet companies, business angels and venture capitalists from Asia and Europe. Istanbul is the perfect setting for a tech conference for Digital Minded Companies, Ventures and Startups with global ambitions in the region. This event is made of networking. Hours of networking with best founders, executives, entrepreneurs and investors all around the region. This year’s event will have more than 500 selected startups and more than 4.000 attendees.
On 6-7th of October selected 100 startups will gather in Istanbul and meet best mentors from US and Europe. On 8th of October 50 startups will be selected by the mentors and they will pitch to the jury. 15 of them will be selected for the final event.
On the 8th of October, 50 selected startups will pitch to investors. Only investors are invited to the demo day. In the end, top 15 will be selected for the finals to pitch on the Startup Istanbul stage on 10th of October.
Unites Europe and Asia
Istanbul being the capital of some world’s greatest empires presents an amazing blend of history and modernity. With its key location situated between Europe and Asia, and its 18.000.000 habitants, İstanbul is an important center for many sectors. Today the city is visited each year by millions of travelers who come to catch a glimpse of its ancient city walls, enchanted churches, palaces and mosques, while savoring the delightful tastes of the city’s rich cuisine. İstanbul offers an unforgettable experience with its colorful daily life and dynamic nightlife.
We select the best 100 startups from more than 40 countries. They will be trained on 1-2 October in Microsoft Office, Istanbul by several valuable mentors. 50 of them will pitch to the investors on the 3rd of October and compete to be one of the 15 finalists who will be on stage on 5 October. Firms like Gaming Battle Ground, Web HR, Nims, Mellisa Climate, Uplift Aeronautics, Bundle, MyToddler, Breeze, Loyalty Passport and iGrow have been shortlisted.
That’s not all, 500+ investors would also be participating in this conference. Names like Google Ventures, Hummingbird Ventures, Y Combinators, Naspers, Microsoft Ventures, Early Bird Venture Capitalist, ATOMICO, Runa Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, iLab Ventures and Seven Ventures are sure of featuring in Startup Istanbul.
A lot of other companies will be coming in the event as attendees. Big enterprises and MNC’s such as Ebay, Turkcell, Yandex, Bla Bla Car, Intel, P&G, Samsung, Twitter, Facebook, ING Bank and Amazon are expected to take part in the conference.
Media houses from all over the globe would also be a part for covering the event. News giant corporations like Bloomberg, WSJ, Tech.eu, Havard Business Review, The Next Web, Ekonomist, Capital, Digital Age and Forbes would be there.
Overall 80+ countries from all over the globe would be involved with this event. Right from U.K., Belgium, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Norway, Sweden, Finland to Greece, Turkey, Belarus, Iran, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia would be coming. Not to leave alone participants from the South- Asian Countries like Pakistan, India, South Korea and Malaysia are also going to participate.
Programs for Chosen Startups (6-10th October)
- 6th October : Mentorship Days
General & one on one mentorship sessions
Private Dinner & Bosphorus Tour
- 7th October: Mentorship Days
General & one on one mentorship sessions
2 Days of Mentorship
Chosen startups get 2 days of training and mentorship from the best mentors in Europe and US. Mentorship days include:
• Mentorship sessions with all startups
• 1-1 private meetings with mentors
Some of the previous mentors are Rahul Sood (Microfot Ventures), Andrea Barrica (500 Startups), Tristan Kromer (Lean Startup coach & Advisor), Eamonn Carey (techstars), Ross Kingsland (Inception Business Solutions) and so on.
- 8th October: Demo Day
After 2 days with mentors, 50 startups are chosen by the mentors. Chosen startups are announced on the night of 7th and they pitch investors on 8th of October on Demo day. Demo day is closed and only for invited investors. Executive summaries of chosen startups are prepared carefully and sent to investors before the demo day.
- 9th October: Free Activity Day
9th of October, Sunday is a free day for startups to experience Istanbul. Several activities, such as private breakfasts, boat tour, lunches, meetings are organized by companies on free day for startups.
- Startup Booths
Post 6-7-8th of October, chosen 100 startups will have 1m2 booths. Booths will be manufactured and designed by Startup Istanbul team and will be ready for you before your arrival. (No rollups are allowed)
6-7-8th of October are the days only media, investor & VIP ticket owners, mentors and startups can join. Chosen startups will be networking with the right people that matters for their business.
- Speed Networking
Have you ever met with 1 person in every 90 seconds? You will at Startup Istanbul. Chosen 100 startups will join to speed networking session and meet with investors, executives and media.
- 10th October: Conference Day
Startup Istanbul Conference & Finals & Award Ceremony
Speakers on Stage
Gathering of 4000+ attendees, startups, investors and tech executives. A gathering
of the leading startups, internet companies, business angels and venture capitalists
from Middle East, West Asia, East Europe and the US. Startup Istanbul is made of
networking. 50+ top tier speakers will be on the stage, talking about startups,
investments, top trends and tech ecosystem.
Startup Personalities like Rahul Sood, Manager at Microsoft Ventures; David S.
Rose, Founder/CEO of Gust; Nevzat Aydın, CEO of Yemeksepeti.com; Michael
Seibel, Partner - Y Combinator; Dave McClure, Founding Partner at 500; Mike
Butcher, Editor at Large TechCrunch are invited as speakers.
Venue:- Suleyman Demirel Kultur Merkezi / Suleyman Demirel Culture
Later, on 10th of October, at the stage of Startup Istanbul chosen 15 startups will be pitching on the stage to 4000+ participants & media. And 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions would be announced. Istanbul’s Technical University (ITU) will be the venue for all the 4-5 days of conference. Volkswagen Arena (VW Arena) is located at the center where the business, culture and art worlds meet. The venue has been the host for top events to well-known stars and performances. Located within UNIQ Istanbul and surrounded by restaurants & bars, WV Arena stands as a great venue. WV Arena is located in the business center of Istanbul.
For more info visit:- Startupistanbul.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
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