Demo Day of Outstanding Startups

Startups are the stars of this show. They will shine on stage with their quickfire pitches. The audience is made of invited-only investors, corporates and tech companies who look forward to listening to the most promising startups coming from all around the globe.

Join now this spectacular show in the most beautiful city of the world.

15-16 April 2018 In the center of the world, Istanbul Ticket Request

Are you ready to challenge up at Startup Turkey?

Top startups will meet world class mentors, investors, companies and media in Startup Turkey. The most promising startups will be selected to join this demo day and they will pitch on stage.

Invited-only investors, VCs, accelerators and tech companies’ executives will be there to meet the outstanding startups.

Startup Application

Startup Turkey 2018 Winners

Finalist Startups

David Rose
What you're seeing here at the Startup Turkey, is showing that this is becoming a regional center for entrepreneurship. — David Rose, Founder of GUST

Speakers in Startup Turkey 2018

  • Fadi Ghandour
    Executive Chairman
    Wamda Group
  • Yousef Hamidaddin
    Innovation & Accelerator Advocate
    Out of the Box Unit
  • Evan Burfield
  • Alex Salkever
    “The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Can Change the Future”
  • Deniz Tunçalp
    Chief Marketing & Operations Officer
    ITU ARI Teknokent
  • Bill Kenney
    Founder & Client Advocate
  • Ertugrul Belen
    BNA - Business Networking Academy

Previous Years Speakers, Mentors & Investors

  • David S. Rose
  • Chris Skinner
    The Financial Services Club
  • Sebastiaan Vaessen
    Head of Strategy
    Naspers Group
  • Hasan Haider
    Venture Partner
    500 Startups
  • Omar A. Syed
    Abraaj Capital
  • Mike Butcher
    Editor at Large
  • Khaled Talhouni
    Managing Partner
    Wamda Capital
  • Faruk Eczacıbaşı
    Vice President
    Eczacibasi Holding
  • Andrea Barrica
    Venture Partner
    500 Startups
  • Jeff Burton
    Strategic Advisor
  • Mudassir Sheikha
    Co-founder / CEO
  • Martin von Haller Groenbaek
    Bird & Bird
  • Christopher Schroeder
    Startup Rising
  • Teruhide Sato
  • Ross Kingsland
    Inception Business Solutions
  • Serdar Kuzuloğlu
    Mserdark Consultancy
  • Nick Tommarello
    Founder & CEO
  • Marie Paoli
    Director of Partnerships Programs
  • Fadi Bishara
    Founder & CEO
  • Issa Aghabi
    Venture Capital
    IFC World Bank
  • Fares Ghandour
    Wamda Capital
  • Federico Guerrini
    Forbes - Zdnet - La Stampa
  • Kaushal Chokshi
    Founder & President
    Scaale Group
  • Alexander Konoplyasty
    Managing Partner
    Buran Venture Capital
  • Kentaro Sakakibara
    Samurai Incubate
  • Ari Korhonen
    Lagoon Capital
  • Anil Advani
    Managing Partner
    Inventus Law
  • Bill Kenney
    Founder & Client Advocate
  • Ramzy Ismail
    Program Manager
  • Hasan Aslanoba
    Aslanoba Capital
  • Aamer Khan
    Entrepreneur, and Technologist
    U.S. Diplomat
  • Chad Kaul
    Senior Director
  • Yousef Hamidaddin
    Innovation & Accelerator Advocate
    Out of the Box Unit
  • Sam Mallikarjunan
    Principal Marketing Strategist
  • Jon Crawford
  • Samar Singla
    Founder and CEO
  • Numan Numan
    Managing Director
    212 Capital
  • Nazareno Mario Ciccarello
    Professor of Entrepreneurship
    IE Business School
  • Barbaros Özbugutu
    Co-Founder & CEO
  • Yunus Emre Güzer
    Founder & CEO
  • Roger Cowdrey
    Team Leader
    GOPA Turkey

Full of Connection and Inspiring

Here is what you can expect from Startup Turkey


We know it's never enough for Istanbul. Enjoy Bosphorus with a private boat tour.

Demo Day

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


Invited only investors and corporates meet with selected startups

Startups from Earlier Years


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

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Official Airline

Turkish Airlines is the official airline of “Startup Turkey” and special discounts are offered on certain booking classes. In order to proceed with the online booking tool for Turkish Conventions please visit the Turkish Conventions website and use the event code “102TKM18” under delegate section.

Important disclosure about the event

Startup Turkey 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.