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Startup Challenge Announcement (Who will take the stage?)

Selected startups will have a place on stage at the Startup Istanbul event on 30th of September to all Venture Capitals and Angel Investors. Get Your Tickets Now.


Startup Istanbul offers a great chance for startups to get guidance, advice and assistance from the top mentors who have a real world point-of-view. We have received a high number of applications and there are really many promising startups and entrepreneurs at this year.
Mentorship & Training is an exciting program that helps entrepreneurs through the transition of their companies from a startup to a big company. The program will ensure startups have a network of mentors and inspire them to become a successful companies in their business fields. They will participate many trainings and get a realistic preview of what to expect, and a set of strategies to help them succeed.
MS_1Startup Challenge at Microsoft Istanbul Office
Selected 100 startups will gather in Istanbul and meet the best mentors from US and Europe. On 29th of September all startups will pitch to the jury and 20 of them will have a place on stage at the Startup Istanbul.
Mentorship & Training program  will start on the 27th of September with a 2-day intensive training for the selected startups. The trainings will be held in the Microsoft Office Istanbul. After the trainings the startups will pitch to the jury on the 29th of September to get the pitching spots at Startup Istanbul, will be located at Lutfi Kirdar Congress Center.

Only the startups who have attended to the trainings and selected by the jury will be able to pitch on stage at Startup Istanbul

Here is the program:

  • 27 September Saturday

09:00 Welcome & Networking + Coffee
09:45 Burak Buyukdemir – Etohum
10:00 Marvin Liao – 500Startups
10:30 Vitaly Golomb
11:00 Networking Break
11:15 Bas Van den Beld
11:45 Eren Bali – Udemy
12:30 Lunch
1 Paralel Session 2 Paralel Session
14:00 7 Startups Pitch – Mentoring 7 Startups Pitch – Mentoring
15:30 Networking Break
16:00 7 Startups Pitch – Mentoring 7 Startups Pitch – Mentoring
17:30 Networking & Closing
20:00 Mentors Dinner – Invitation only

  • 28 September Sunday

09:30 Welcome & Networking + Coffee
10:00 Ozan Sonmez
10:30 Adam Berk
11:00 Networking Break
11:15 Mike Reiner
11:45 Gary Stewart
12:30 Lunch
1 Paralel Session 2 Paralel Session
14:00 7 Startups Pitch – Mentoring 7 Startups Pitch – Mentoring
15:30 Networking Break
16:00 7 Startups Pitch – Mentoring 7 Startups Pitch – Mentoring
17:30 Networking & Closing
20:00 Mentors Dinner – Invitation only

  • 29 September Monday

09:00 Welcome & Networking + Coffee
1 Paralel Session 2 Paralel Session
09:30 15 Startups Pitch 15 Startups Pitch
11:00 Networking Break
11:30 15 Startups Pitch 15 Startups Pitch
13:00 Lunch
1 Paralel Session 2 Paralel Session
14:30 10 Startups Pitch 10 Startups Pitch
15:30 Networking Break
16:00 10 Startups Pitch 10 Startups Pitch
17:30 Final Startups Announced
20:00 VIP Dinner – Invitation only

─ August 9, 2014