Top 100 Startups

Game changer startups are the stars of this show. They are selected among 160,916 startup applications from 166 countries. They are the most promising startups of the region. These startups are the ones to be watched closely by the mentors, angel investors, VCs and global companies at Startup Istanbul.

14-16 April 2020 In the center of the world, Istanbul Register

Are you ready to challenge up in Startup Istanbul?

Top 100 startups will meet world class mentors, investors, companies and media in 3 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!

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Ahmed Ramahi
“What makes Startup Istanbul a great opportunity that it’s located in Istanbul and you take and startups up and not only in in the MENA region but in the whole world. That’s we see great people, many startups coming from East and West and many VCs and investors are attending so this is a great opportunity for us to meet with these people to network and to get the maximum out of this.” — Ahmed Ramahi WeDeliver, Winner of Startup Istanbul in 2019

What do you get from Startup Istanbul

High-level Exposure

High-level Exposure

You will be exhibiting 3 days long in the main hall where every visitor passing through. We also gladly share brief executive summaries of 100 Startups within and also in our newsletters and social media channels. Your pitch videos will help you more to expose even after the event. 
Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

We organized the Demo Day for only Top 100 Startups to pitch on stage. It’s a 2,5-minute pitch and your performance is very important to get the attraction of investors and to get selected by the jury. You will be pitching on stage in front of the judges who are world-class angel investors, VCs, and corporates who look for early-stage startups to invest in.


Top 100 Startups are the main actors of Startup Istanbul. Everything will be organized for you to get the most out of it. You’ll meet new companies and country representatives at the Corporate Lounge and Country Lounge. Exhibiting 3 days and side events such as Boat Tour will help you to get new people easily.
New Customers

New Customers

New people means new potential customers. You will be able to meet hundreds of tech lovers during 3 days of the event. Global companies’ executives, other scaleups or startups, organizations, media members and so on.
Go Global

Go Global

Startup Istanbul welcomes guests from 65 countries. If you want to make contact from new markets and go global, here is the chance. Listen to the insights about different markets from people who live in.


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Previous Finalist Startups

Event Highlights for Startups

Demo Day

Demo Day

Demo Day is made for only Top 100 Startups to pitch on stage. You will be pitching on stage in front of the judges who are world-class angel investors, VCs, and corporates who look for early-stage startups to invest in.
Bosphorus Boat Tour

Bosphorus Boat Tour

Meet new people coming from all around the world along with an amazing view of Istanbul Bosphorus.
Final Pitch

Final Pitch

After the Demo Day performances, jury will the decide the Top 10 finalists. Huge exposure on stage as one of 10 Startups and competition to be the winner.
Award Ceremony

Award Ceremony

The jury will decide the winners right after your pitches. Breathtaking moments start right there.
  • Fethi Sabancı Kamışlı
    Fethi Sabancı Kamışlı Esas Ventures Founding Partner
  • Merilin Lukk
    Merilin Lukk Startup Estonia Startup Visa Project Manager
  • Magnus R. Gaarder
    Magnus R. Gaarder nFront Founding Partner
  • Ali Karabey
    Ali Karabey 212 Managing Director

How to join?

Top 100 Startup

  • Apply for Startup category
  • Registration upon approval
  • 3 Startup tickets for co-founders
  • Demo table in the exhibit hall of 3 days
  • Digital branding within
  • Access to Bootcamp
  • Online Training before the event
  • 3 Tickets for Boat Tour in Bosphorus
  • Visibility to our network of 200+ investors
  • Social media mentions to our 550K followers
  • Mention in the newsletter to our 150K readers
  • TOP 100 badge for your site/app
  • Publish video of Demo Day presentation after the event on our channels
  • One-to-one pitching training
  • Quickfire pitch on the main stage in DEMO DAY