Startupbootcamp, Europe’s largest startup accelerator, launched its Istanbul program in January this year as a regional launchpad for startups in the Middle East and North African markets. Following 6 months of application collection, the first set of 9 startups have finally been announced today with the promise that at least half of the resources allocated for Istanbul Program will go to startups located outside of Turkey.
Ersin Pamuksuzer, the managing director of the mentor-driven program and renowned serial entrepreneur in Turkey, said that half of the the capacity of Startupbootcamp Istanbul will be used for Turkish startups whereas 30% and 20% will be allotted toMENA and Central Asian startups respectively.
The program team also includes Omer Yucel, the director of corporate relations in Bahcesehir University which hosts the program, and Dr. Abdul Malik El Jaber who created two different startup programs in the Middle East.
The 9 selected startups will receive a financial support of €15,000 each, an office space for up to 4 months and a range of mentorship and sponsorship services, all in exchange for 8% of equity in the startup. First demo day is scheduled to take place on 16th of September in Bahçeşehir University.
The selected startups are as follows. You can also find the video where Ersin Pamuksuzer is talking about Startupbootcamp Istanbul Program.
315Studio focuses on utilizing iBeacon technology in order to provide indoor marketing and guidance services, enriched with gamified experiences.
Benimcep is a used smart phone and tablet intermediary platform connecting buyers and sellers by controlling and certifying all items sold on the platform.
Cafe Zula is a multi platform solution, providing deeply personalized content aggregation for content consumers and crowdsourced content creation.
Intelligent Papers is a cloud based digital textbook platform that replaces heavy textbooks and enriches the education experience.
Moderasyon creates and adopts natural language processing techniques, semantic api services and design heuristics to automate comment approval and generation process.
Raven is a collaboration software platform to enable developers and designers to work together on projects in a more effective way.
Sence Bence is an established crowdsourcing platform for companies to get feedback from the youth. They have the strongest youth marketing agency in Turkey as their investor.
SetSec created a mobile “one tap” payment wallet. The solution simplifies the user experience while creating the wallet and making payments.
Tag2Sense is a multi-sensor based logistics platform providing an efficient shipment tracking and monitoring system.