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Startup Istanbul Challenge: Meet The Selected Startups #4

Startup Istanbul event offers to the selected startups the opportunity to receive mentorship and training from very experienced mentors, entrepreneurs and investors. The startups will receive 2 days of training. On 1-2nd of October, selected 100 startups will get together at Istanbul and meet best mentors from mainly US and Europe. Every startup will pitch to the mentors and get feedback. 2 full days, startups will get the chance to work with the best mentors. In the end of second day, a special dinner event will be organized for startups and mentors.

The Demo day: On the 3rd of October, 50 selected startups will pitch to the jury at the room full of 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 5th of October.

In this series we will introduce to you the 100 selected startups, which will be part of Startup Istanbul 2015 event.

Melissa Climate

Sofia, Bulgaria

Melissa  makes every air conditioner smart and more energy efficient.

YUZU

Morocco

Yuzu is an ingredient preparation and delivery service. The price is close to doing your groceries yourself but on top of that you we do the chopping, weighing, cleaning, vacuum packing and delivery. All you have left is put your fresh ingredients on the stove and it is ready in less than 20 min.

SocialDice

With SocialDice innovative online hiring solution tailored to MENA, hiring is easy, smart and fun. Employers will build their career site, simultaneously post on several leading job sites (like bayt.com and LinkedIn), drill down to top talent using AI that ranks candidates, hire collaboratively and build meaningful relationship with candidates.

Arastta

Istanbul, Turkey

Arastta is the next generation of eCommerce software built with modern technologies such as Symfony, MVC, Bootstrap, jQuery, Swift Mailer etc. Thanks to it’s modular and lightweight structure, Arastta provides an awesome marketplace for theme and extension developers. Arastta is a Free and Open Source project with contributors from all over the world.

Couplinked

Istanbul, Turkey

Couplinked is a dating app where all members have higher education. In the 3 months after app went live, it is seen that the idea of educated members resonates with the target market as expected. The goal is to create a global dating brand for educated people.

Ghost

South Africa

A television and video platform for independent artists. Our aim is to solve the lack of revenue independents receive on digital platforms and to provide them with global visibility. On our platform independents get paid through likes and sponsorship. Our target market is upcoming artists in various genres of the arts including: poetry, dance, music, comedy, animation, acting, magic, motivation, stunts and overall entertainment.

Expensya

Tunis

We help businesses that want to solve the problem of expense management. Forget spreadsheets, forget paperwork nightmare, we handle your expenses, in cloud and mobile, with smart pre-fill. Just take a photo of a receipt, and Expensya will do the rest. With our solution, an expense can be created by an employee in Sydney, approved by the manager in Los Angeles, reimbursed, and integrated by an accountant in the accounting of the company based in Istanbul, and all that in a few minutes only. We are just offering today the expense management of tomorrow.

Evunto

Tunis

Evunto is a Hands Free Check-In Solution For Business Events. It’s like be served as VIP guest when the registration hall is full of attendees. We use iBeacon technology to identify attendees at the registration hall and check them in automatically.

Donkey Republic

Denmark

Donkey Republic is a global service for city bikes. We coordinate rental, maintenance, redistribution of city bikes with proprietary smart locks on any bicycle. Users can find bikes within 200m, reserve, and use bikes with their mobile set. They can park the bikes where they’d like. We operate both own bikes and also allow shops and private bike owners to rent their bikes on our platform.

Workbuk

Workbuk is a mobile platform which allows anyone with a portfolio to easily create a custom mobile application. Workbuk is perfect for photographers, fashion models, architects and many other segments who use portfolios to showcase their work. Users can now easily take all their work everywhere, share with friends and business partners, and access content even when offline.

─ September 18, 2015