Updated: Nov 9
We've just come back from Istanbul, and we're thrilled with how our first event has gone!! 🚀🇹🇷🏆
We held a pitch competition for ten of Türkiye’s best early-stage startups.
Our jury included $600m-exited Nevzat Aydin, Global Chief of unicorn app Getir, Hatice Evren, Central Asia director of Plug and Play Tech Center, Lale Can Gözübüyük, and General Partner of Startup Wise Guys, Günce Önür.
We had representatives from nearly every major EMEA venture fund, and counted over $9bn AUM directly present at our event. We also had state TV coverage, UK government officials, and over 30 startups present. 🌍
4 out of 10 of our pitching teams are already under talks for investment since our event. 🔥
We can't wait to build on this success in Mexico City and Bangalore. 🇲🇽🇮🇳
Huge thanks to our partners Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Yöneylem Araştırma Kulübü and the fantastic team led by Lütfi Furkan ŞİMŞEK, İrfan Burak Savsar, Nefin Ercan, Duru Yüksel, and Hazar Soyer for making this event truly special.
Thank you also to our insightful speakers Basak Taspinar-Degim and Feyyaz Ünal, along with our brilliant UK virtual jury led by Laura McGinnis (Balderton Capital), Constantin Scholz (Embryo Ventures), Edward Yee (Forbes 30u30, Founder of nsave), Harriet Lester (Zinc VC), and Tochi Ginigeme (100 Women in Finance, Oxford Seed Fund). 🇬🇧🚀📍
Lastly, congratulations once again to our top three teams! 🏆🎉
🥈 MOVE ON