The Startup Event Connecting East & West

Istanbul is a magical seal which unites East and West since the ancient times. Without a doubt, Istanbul is certainly the most beautiful place of the world.


Now tech companies, executives, startups and investors from 65 countries get together in this lovely city.

Early Registration

Are you ready to challenge up at Startup Istanbul?

Top 100 startups will meet world class mentors, investors, companies and media in 4 days. Exhibition stand, opportunity to access demo day, mentor hours, workshops, boat tour and even maybe chance to be on the main stage as finalist are for just selected startups. Apply now to join!

Startup Application

Startup Istanbul 2017 Winners

Steve Blank
You know Startup Istanbul, it just feels like one of these great events in the United States... It has wonderful speakers, it has a great mix of entrepreneurs from not only around Turkey but around the entire region. It's just an incredibly exciting place to be. — Steve Blank
  • Tim Draper
    Founder
    Draper University
  • Adora Cheung
    Partner
    Y Combinator
  • Bill Kenney
    Founder
    Test My Pitch
  • Eamonn Carey
    Managing Director
    Techstars
  • Amal Dokhan
    Director for Entrepreneurial Leadership
    Babson Global Center
  • Hans van Grieken
    Deloitte
    Consulting - Technology Director
  • Andy Tsao
    Managing Director
    SVB
  • Vera Shokina
    Managing Director
    SVB
  • Claus Verner
    Business Development Manager
    Amazon Web Services
  • Mike Butcher
    Editor at Large
    TechCrunch
  • Richard McGuinness
    Regional Vice President of Sales
    Salesforce
  • Zaya​ ​Kadyrova
    Principal
    ​Technology​ ​Venture​ ​Capital​ ​at​ ​EBRD
  • Kaspar Korjus
    Managing Director
    Estonia / e-Residency
  • Robert Schwentker
    President
    DLT Education
  • Erhan Erkut
    Vice-Rector
    MEF University
  • Asra Nadeem
    Program Director
    Draper University
  • Ozan Sonmez
    Managing Director
    T-Jump
  • Yousef M. Hamidaddin
    Innovation & Change Advocate Anchored
  • Omar A. Syed
    Partner
    Abraaj
  • Utku Azman
    Managing Director of EMEA
    Citus Data
  • Amy Tez
    Performance Coach
  • Dan Toma
    The Corporate Startup
    Author
  • Eren Akbaba
    Cloud Platform Consultant
    Oracle
  • A. Kıvanç Güler
    Cloud Digital Domain Consultant
    Oracle
  • Mario Aguilera
    Founder and CEO
    Tespack
  • Ferruh Mavituna
    Founder
    Netsparker
  • Burak Dayıoğlu
    CEO
    ATAR Labs
  • Kei Hareyama
    CEO, Founder
    Rock Climbing Partners
  • Yinal Özkan
    Country Manager
    Amazon Web Services
  • İhsan Elgin
    Founder
    Core Strateji
  • Onur Koc
    CTO
    Microsoft Turkey
  • Mehmet Büyükekşi
    Chairman
    Turkish Exporters Assembly
  • Oliver Naegele
    Founder and CEO
    Blockchain HELIX AG
  • Aslı Kurul Türkmen
    Director of Entrepreneur Search and Services
    Endeavor Turkey

4 Days Full of Connection and Inspiring

Here is what you can expect from your 4 days at Startup Istanbul

Mentorship

Startups pitch and get feedbacks from several mentors.

Demo Day

Selected startups pitch to the investors on a private demo day.

Excursion

We know 4 days is not enough but still fine to enjoy beautiful Istanbul.

Conference Day

Join the 4,000 attendees coming to Istanbul this year and listen to top-tier speakers.

Startups from Earlier Years

Istanbul

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, Istanbul 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. Istanbul offers an unforgettable experience with its colorful daily life and dynamic nightlife.

Sponsors & Partners

Strategic Partner

Sponsors

Partners

Official Airline

Important disclosure about the event

Startup Istanbul is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff including volunteers should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.