Selected startups will get together in Istanbul and meet the best mentors from mainly US and Europe. Every startup will pitch to the mentors and get feedback for 2 days.
If you’re a selected startup, you get up to 3 tickets for your co-founders, opportunity to access Demo Day, Mentor Hours, Startup Workshops, Boat Tour with mentors and much more.Startup Application
Amal is a passionate professional in designing experiences, guiding corporates and startups to innovation and customer centric design, providing creative solutions, achieving mastery in service industry, manipulating the tools of marketing to evoke customers emotions. She is also immersed in working on corporate innovation to instill the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing social and business environment leading to great rewards and returns
Throughout her career Amal gained a diversified range of experience in management and marketing related roles particularly in education and consultancy. Currently, Amal is part of the Entrepreneurship Center in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in a number of roles including the New Ventures Acceleration and Corporate Innovation program. Prior to that she worked in the KAUST Seed Fund where she developed marketing and events, while also providing a range of services to startup clients. Amal has previously managed an educational organization; during that time she designed programs and started several innovative initiatives to be implemented by the educators to improve the mindsets in order to foster creativity in the work place and the educational tools.In parallel to this she started her own business, which organized sports events and offered commercial consultancy to large organizations. During her masters degree research period in the University of Wollongong she managed to be exposed to large organizations and built marketing strategies to several entities such as Dubai government departments, Kempinsky hotel, Infiniti Cars and other service providers. She was also involved in a joint venture with another start up in Dubai focused on creating media and production services to other agencies including Starcom Dubai, Yahoo Dubai and many others. She also co authored two business articles focused on services marketing during her masters .
Ozan Sonmez is Managing Director at T-Jump Startup Hub in San Francisco. Mr. Sönmez is also Europe and MENA Coordinator & Facilitator at Angel Labs. Mr. Sönmez previously managed 9/10th Startup Accelerator Program KAUST of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.
Globally-minded change-maker. I have built my whole career in private-sector-focused economic development. I am a big believer in the power of entrepreneurs to change the world -- and great investors to help them do it!
I run Endeavor's San Francisco office, where I lead our efforts to connect a portfolio of 700+ high-growth companies with US-based mentors and investors. I oversee an awesome team running the Endeavor Investor Network – a program designed to connect venture capital and growth equity investors with high-impact entrepreneurs and local investment partners across Latin America, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. In the past few years, we've helped Endeavor companies raise more than $1B in equity capital.
I am also a Managing Director of Endeavor Catalyst, an innovative co-investment vehicle through which Endeavor can invest into its portfolio companies. Launched in January 2012, Endeavor Catalyst has raised more than $100M across two funds and made 50+ investments to date in 20 different emerging markets across Latin America, EMEA and Southeast Asia. Investments include Globant (NYSE:GLOB) in Argentina, Yemeksepeti.com (acq'd Delivery Hero $589M, 2015) in Turkey and Fetchr in the UAE.
Bill Kenney is a founder, convener and connector. He is the founder and CEO of Test My Pitch, an online platform that develops communication skills. He has started and built 6 companies. Bill is an active community builder and a member of the Startup Champions Network. He and his wife live in Essex, CT, USA and both enjoy sailing and cycling.
Until May 2017, he was working for French President Hollande as a communication officer. Prior to his time at the French Presidency, he has worked as an international communications consultant in Paris, advising governments, politicians and corporations and as a business journalist in Istanbul (Turkey) and Mumbai (India). He is also member of the board of Open Diplomacy, a Paris-based think tank established in 2010.
Eamonn Carey is a Managing Director at Techstars. He recently ran the Techstars Connection in partnership with AB InBev program in New York City. He was formerly an entrepreneur in residence on the Barclays/Techstars Accelerator in London and an advisor, mentor and occasional investor in multiple startups and accelerators around Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the past, Eamonn started, succeeded and failed with several startups in Europe and the Middle East - including Farmvillain - an app which some described as the 'South Park of Facebook'. He first started building games (as an eight year old) to impress girls in the late 1980s. His efforts were unsuccessful. His love for games lived on in spite of that fact.Since then, he has worked with Kiip - helping them win their first clients and establish their footprint and offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Currently, Eamonn is a board member and advisor at Lingvist, where he helps with product, marketing and business development.
Mr. Kaspar Korjus (29), as Managing Director of e-Residency, is building the first transnational digital identity platform in the world. e-Residency is a new fully digital nation for global citizens, built on inclusion, transparency and legitimacy to empower citizens globally and to achieve world-wide digital and financial inclusion. Kaspar is listed by Forbes Estonia `30 under 30´ people as #1 in Technology and Finance and elected by US CTO Megan Smith as one of the 20 global digital leaders. Kaspar is also the founding curator of World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community in Estonia and board member of multiple blockchain and fintech related companies.
Amy is an actress turned Performance Coach who uses her unique blend of acting and transformational experience to change the way you communicate your business forever. She will share her insights to creating a Winner's Pitch so that no matter whom you are talking to, you will own the “stage”.
Amy has worked with a multitude of entrepreneurial leaders in London, San Francisco and Istanbul, including TEDx speakers, CEO's and high-profile actors.
Yousef Hamidaddin leads the Innovative Solution Board an initiative from the Foundation of HRH the Crown Prince of Jordan, and was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Oasis 500. His current focus is on developing funding models for startups and SME’s across the region to be launched this year, and creating innovative funds that can deliver the rebuilding requirements for distressed countries such as Syria, and Yemen.
For the last 3 years he has been focused on building and deploying a regional innovative strategy starting from Jordan & worked on developing innovative funds to deliver solutions that address the a region to be well positioned to be an "open lab” - a term he coined for early adoption that can take solutions globally. Yousef launched the Creative industries Fund for Jordan, the Oasis 500 Space Venture Initiative in partnership with the European Space Agency, and the European Investment Bank. He also launched a dedicated fund for Yemeni Entrepreneurs, and worked on exporting the Jordan model where he worked on launching Startup Jamaica in partnership with the World Bank, and is a reference on startup trends in the region. A board member of ICTAC (ICT Advisory Council) to the Minister of ICT, a board member of [email protected] (Information & Communication Association of Jordan) which is a voluntary non-profit, private organization representing, promoting and advancing the Jordanian software and IT services industry in the global market. He sits on the Technology & Innovation Cluster Committee under the Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation, & appointed as part of the Jordan Technology Relaunch Team labelled as Reach 2025.
Prior to joining Citus, Utku served in senior business development and strategy roles at Intel and Oracle in EMEA, building regional collaborations, leading strategy development and assisting software sales.
Previously, Utku worked as a consultant at McKinsey's Business Technology Office in London, working on various strategy projects in enterprises across Europe. Earlier in his career, Utku worked as a Product Manager at Google and as a Systems Engineer at Alcatel-Lucent.
Utku holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from London Business School.
Founding Partner of AstroLabs, an entrepreneurship platform that convenes top global startups at its Google-partnered tech hub, AstroLabs Dubai, and delivers courses on topics in digital business through AstroLabs Academy. Helping build thriving communities of tech entrepreneurs in MENA.
Nick Jaworski was named one of the top 250 Social Media Marketers in the US by Agilience, Nick has lived around the world, built personal influencer profiles through social, and ran corporate-wide social media strategy for schools before founding his own agency.
He is passionate about early childhood education and donates much of his time to advocacy work in the field at both state and national levels. He often travels and speaks on the topics of digital marketing as well as early childhood.
Rina Onur grew up in Istanbul, Turkey, and collaborated with Lauren Kunze on the storylines for The Ivy. Rina and Lauren were best friends and roommates for four years at Harvard and they started working on The Ivy during their junior year.
After majoring in Economics at Harvard, Rina has worked at investment banks and in private equity management in London and Istanbul, where she comes up with story ideas when the boss isn't looking.
Rina and Lauren are currently working on the second book in The Ivy series, with two more books to follow. They refuse to say how much of it is true.
I am an associate professor of marketing, entrepreneurship department chair, freelance business consultant and associate at FC Sports Marketing. I teach and do research in the areas of managing uncertainty, interorganizational relationships, new product launch, lean startup innovation for corporates and venture capital / startup accelerators.
My consulting is focused on helping companies both large and small to solve problems. We live in uncertain times and I help companies to improve their operational value streams in these times of uncertainty.
This includes areas such as using lean startup principles in corporate innovation; developing international market entry strategies from partner selection to execution; distribution channel design; and M&A investment decisions.
Enis aims to cultivate and grow the Turkish startup ecosystem to better integrate it with Silicon Valley. His goal is to position 500 Startups as the leading actor in the region in order to re-shape the future of innovation at EMEA.
Asli Kurul Turkmen is the Director of Search and Services at Endeavor. She previously worked as a Consultant at Hewitt Associates and as Organization Effectiveness Consultant at Watson Wyatt.
Asli holds a Bachelor degree in Learning and Organizational Change and Economics from Northwestern University. She also holds a Master degree in Organizational Psychology and Consultation from Columbia University.
Cavit Yantaç, Microsoft Türkiye’de Yazılım Geliştirme Teknolojileri Genel Müdür Yardımcısı olarak çalışmaktadır. Yazılım Geliştirme Teknolojileri bölümü, uygulama geliştiriciler, öğrenciler, eğitim kurumları ve girişimciler ile çalışarak, mobil yazılım, bulut bilişim gibi konularda Microsoft teknolojilerini kullanmalarını desteklemektedir. Cavit Yantaç, 9 yılı aşkın süredir Microsoft Türkiye bünyesinde çalışmaktadır ve mevcut rolünden önce, Türkiye’nin önde gelen büyük kurumlarının Teknoloji ihtiyaçlarını çözümleyen Teknoloji Çözümleri Grubu’nu yönetmiştir. Cavit Yantaç, Microsoft’a katılmadan önce Nexum Boğaziçi firmasında danışmanlık ve yöneticilik yapmıştır; kendisi University of Georgia’dan MBA ve Boğaziçi Üniversitesi’den İşletme Bölümleri mezunudur.
Serhat Görgün e-ticaret ve mobil alanda faaliyet gösteren girişimlere yatırım, tedarik, teknoloji ve inovasyon yönetim danışmanlığı ve iş geliştirme hizmetleri veren GKARE Ltd Şti’nin kurucusudur. GKARE’den once Serhat Görgün Sabancı Üniversitesi'nin sahip olduğu Inovent Fikri Mülkiyet Hakları Yönetim Ticaret ve Yatırım A.Ş.'nin 2006 yılından, Şubat 2012 tarihine kadar kurucu genel müdürlüğü görevini yürüttü. Bir üniversitenin bünyesindeki ilk teknoloji transfer, fikri mülkiyet yönetimi ve yatırım şirketi olan Inovent, erken aşamadaki iş veya iş fikri sahibi girişimcilere, yatırım, teknoloji transferi ve fikri mülkiyet yönetimi konularında destekler sağlamaktadır. Inovent ayrıca GOSB Teknopark’ta yatırım yaptığı ve destek verdiği şirketlerinin bulunduğu Türkiye’nin ilk inkübasyon merkezlerinden birini de yönetmektedir. Serhat Görgün daha önce Türkiye'deki ilk ve tek ses teknolojileri şirketi olan Koç Holding bünyesindeki GVZ Ses Teknolojileri A.Ş.'nin kurucusu ve genel müdürü idi. GVZ'den önce Microsoft Türkiye'de kurumsal müşterilerden sorumlu yönetici olarak görev yaptı. 1995–1999 yılları arasında Türkiye'nin en büyük sistem entegratörü olan Koç Bilgi Grubu şirketlerinden KoçSistem'de satış uzmanı ve satış müdürü olarak çalıştı. Serhat Görgün Galata İş Melekleri Ağı’nın kurucu üyesidir. Ayrıca Ortadoğu Teknik Üniversitesi bünyesindeki METUTECH-BAN İş Melekleri Ağı’nın ve Türkiye Odalar ve Borsalar Birliği, Girişim Sermayesi Meclisi Üyesidir. Serhat Görgün 2006 yılından bu yana 20 şirketin kuruluşunda kurumsal veya bireysel yatırımcı olarak aktif rol oynamıştır. Serhat Görgün Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi İşletme Bölümü mezunudur.
İhsan Elgin is currently Founder of Core Strateji; a strategy firm that specializes in entrepreneurial transformation at leading companies and lean startup coach. "Entrepreneur in Residence” at Özyeğin University. He is also Co-founder of Startups.Watch (Turkey’s first and only early stage market analysis platform) & FinTech İstanbul (leading organization in the financial technology sector). Prior to these jobs he started Climateminder as the Co-Founder after 8 years of corporate life. Upon sold their business in the USA. He founded Fit Start-up Factory (Özyeğin University’s Accelerator Program for techno start-ups). Elgin also teaches courses on “Business Model Innovation”, “Corporate Start-up Engagement” and “Lean Start-up Management”. Furthermore, Elgin has several angel investments in FinTech and RetailTech sectors.
Ismail Haznedar is strategist and business consultant, with a successful professional experience in scale-up projects of SMEs and growth strategy consultancy. Presently he is the Managing Director of Stratejik Isler, a consultancy company focusing on growth strategy, business development and strategy execution. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Fellow Member of Strategic Planning Society (SPS).
Born in 1976 in Tetovo, Macedonia, Ismail Haznedar graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU), earning a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Business Management in 2000. He also completed Masters Degree on Marketing from Marmara University in 2005. He speaks Turkish and English.
Ismail Haznedar is Former President of Junior Chamber International (JCI), leading global network of active citizens. Haznedar joined JCI Eurasia Istanbul in 2005. He became Chapter President in 2008, honored as Most Outstanding President of the Year, National General Secretary in 2009 and National President in 2010, with highest growth rate in Europe Area. He served as JCI Vice President assigned for Europe during 2011 and UN Affairs Commissioner for Europe during 2012. In year 2013 was appointed as Chief Executive Assistant to the President and in 2014 he served as Executive Vice President assigned for Europe. Haznedar was elected as 2015 President of the JCI, leading global organization during 100th Annivrsary and served as 2016 JCI Senate Chairman. He is honored to be a life time member and Senator, is Foundation Member and Certified National Trainer (CNT).
Specialties: Growth, Development, Strategic Planning, Competitive Analysis, Strategy Execution, Controlling, Leadership, Entrepreneurship
Mr. Ali H. Karabey serves as Managing Director, Partner and Co Founder of 212 Limited. At 212 Limited, Mr. Karabey focuses on investments in internet, communication and technology companies. Prior to 212, Mr. Karabey started consulting clients in the government and private sector on PPP, Project Finance, and Private Equity Advisory projects. He also worked at Arthur Andersen's Corporate Finance department, executing mid-market transactions in technology, media, and telecommunications industries. Mr. Karabey was also employed at Morgan Stanley and a Deutsche Bank to focus on its principal investments. At Deutsche Bank, he focused on its principal investments. In 2002, he joined Morgan Stanley Capital International and managed North American and European finance teams consecutively. Mr. Karabey was also involved in the valuation, due diligence, and the post-acquisition integration of acquisition targets. He serves on the Board of directors of Butigo.com, Insider since September 19, 2016, Balerin, Solvoyo, and Hazinem.com. He serves on the Endeavor Advisory Board. Mr. Karabey has over 10 years experience in finance, banking and financial operations. He graduated from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a degree in Finance.
Dan comes from an entrepreneurial background. He has been involved with technology startups across the world and is an innovation community leader in Europe. In the recent years, he focused more on enterprise innovation management, specifically on the changes large organizations need to make to allow for new ventures to be built in a corporate setting. He has worked with companies like Deutsche Telekom, Bosch, Jaguar Land Rover and Allianz. A big proponent of the ecosystem approach to innovation, Dan has also worked with various government bodies, in Asia and Europe, helping developing national innovation ecosystems and implement national innovation strategies. The work experience gathered from the public and private sector has been translated into various experiential courses that Dan has delivered for universities worldwide.
Zaya comes from a broad advisory experience in the technology, media and telecom sectors in EMEA. Previously, Zaya was a TMT investment banker with Morgan Stanley based in London, where she focused on internet, online classifieds, media and digital media clients, having worked on a range of deals such as private placements, IPOs, and leveraged buyouts. Additionally, she has extensive experience advising and mentoring start-ups in the UK. Zaya holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Mr. Hareyama has over 15 years of experience managing investment and business development for multinational technology institutions – including serving as Managing Manager at Karabiner Capital, and CEO at Rock Climbing Partners for the Impact Investment project.He is also the Chair on board of the Global Angel Investment Network for Business Angel Investment, and a serial entrepreneur. Then sits on the board of several major international startups, and serves as a transnational mentor for innovative companies pioneering new developments in a variety of industries.
His mission is being pioneering across the regions for the Social Impact industry. Their Project finance portfolio is major international startups in Europe, Japan, and the Middle East to foster innovation and corporate development. He was twice time to exit own startup which distributed digital VRM/CRM system for a service industry and digital simulation platform as like as DMP to using A.I agent based technology for a contents business were acquired several $M.
Mehmet Onarcan is angel investor and mentor. He has an active role in incubation and accelerator programs and angel networks in the Turkish ecosystem. He aims to help the startup scene thrive in Turkey and the region. He is an alumnus of Yildiz Technical University. He founded and presided Istanbul Esentepe Rotary Club in 2006-2007. He served as the Managing Partner of Project House, one of Turkey’s leading digital advertising agencies. He is the founder of Mentors Network Turkey and MDA Technology and Investment.
Atil started his career at Andersen Consulting. He has held senior management roles at Washington Post Newsweek Interactive, HealthCentral (acquired) and has deep expertise in building and growing companies, fundraising and acquisitions. As an entrepreneur, Atil founded ventures that build web/mobile solutions for consumers/enterprises. He advises two New York-based incubators and has a track record of investing in successful early-stage ventures. Atil holds an MBA from Duke and has a continuously decreasing standup comedy audience.
Cem Kocabasa is an entreprenur currently developing business for his startup Kamara. In 2008 his startup Sunumax created interactive rich media embeddable on websites. He gave a break to entrepeneurship with a year at Google. Now at Kamara they offer office & event spaces in Istanbul at 7 different locations and allow their users to focus on their work with no distractions. They are now serving more than a thousand startups along with large corporations such as Spotify and Google. Cem loves running and sailing when not working.