We will talk about the startup ecosystem in Turkey, investments, opportunities for foreign startups, and many other interesting topics.
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7:00-7:05 PM CEST – Welcome Speech
7:05-8:00 PM CEST – Panel discussion
8:00-8:30 PM CEST – Pitch Night with 3 founders
Questions for the speakers you can ask on sli.do/SDI
This event is brought to you with the kind support of Startup Disrupt, CzechStartups, Google, 500 Startups Istanbul, ScaleX Ventures, Philip Morris International, and others.
SAGE HQ, Zillion Pitches, YellowX
500 Startups Istanbul
Ozan is a serial founder of many companies & some startups:
Global Startup and Innovation Consultancy Company (YellowX - https://yellowx.co), Students Academy for Global Entrepreneurs (SAGE www.sagehq.co) and an AI powered Pitching tool for founders (Zillion Pitches – www.zillionpitches.com) are currently alive and kicking.
He is an experienced angel investor, brutal startup mentor and the founder/designer of many early-stage tech startup accelerators with +10 years of global experience in Larger Middle East North Africa + Turkey & Silicon Valley.
He recently became one of the founders of Metaverse Union, a platform targeting to create projects and advocate for the right ways of supporting & building the Metaverse Ecosystem Globally.
He is actively mentoring for programs and institutions such as Endeavor, EBRD Star Venture, Village Capital, Accelerate 2030, KAUST Taqadam and 500 Startups, helping various early stage technology companies and Intellectual/Science based founders. He is one of the founding directors of Founder Institute Ankara graduating 20 startups in 2 years during the pandemic.
He is selected to be the first Turkish professional to become a UC Berkeley SCET Global Ambassador in 2021. He was the Head of Growth for Global Innovation Catalyst, focusing on scaling experiential learning programs to foster innovation economy as a certified instructor by Stanford University Center for Professional Development. He is the head of EMEA Region for UC Berkeley’s Innovation Accelerator Group, and he has contributed to the formation of the MIT Enterprise Forum’s Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp in MENA for 8 years.
In 2019, he created the first Impact Focused Global Startup Accelerator for UN Development Program in partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and World Food Program based out of Turkey and built a mentorship program for NY Based Building Markets that targets Refugee Built Small and Medium Businesses.
He has built an accelerator program and invested in #globalturks in Silicon Valley between 2016 & 2019. His portfolio startups had been accepted to 500 Startups, Techstars, Consensys, Hax and DU Ventures.
He worked for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, building 3 different Accelerators for Impact (9/10ths), Consumer Tech (New Ventures) and Deep Tech (Hikma), between 2013 and 2016. His initial career started 20 years ago in Financial Management and Reporting with Deloitte and Istanbul Bilgi University (later acquired by Laureate Group).
He has a BA in Economics and an MBA. He has also continued MS in Environmental Sciences. He has been contributing to multiple published books on Venture Capital, Fintech and Impact Entrepreneurship.
He has been a dedicated reader of Sci-Fi, Utopian/Dystopian Literature, ask him anything geeky and he’ll love to talk about it.
He started STAGE-Co, a startup community platform focusing on increasing the quantity and quality of startups in Turkiye and also to ignite intrapreneurship for smarter companies.
Stage-Co’s motto is Coworking.Collaboration.Cocreation and to connect the loop, Patrick and partner Neşen Yücel started Stage Coworking with the first venue in Urla (Urla Coworking) in 2019 and continue to work for the startup and innovation scene also in their own venue.
Patrick is the proud Co-Founder of CoderDojo Türkiye, a volunteer network teaching kids (6-17 years old), how to code, HiGI Association (Herkes için Girişimcilik ve Inovasyon Derneği) serving to support entrepreneurship and innovative mindset for everyone and Now Sprint! Accelerator.
Before 212, Dilek worked at Groupon as a Director, Management Consultant at Accenture and Business Developer at Koc Group.
Currently, Dilek is working closely with ScaleX Companies at the board level and investing deal by deal basis.
Dilek is one of the first Kauffman Fellows, chosen from Turkey and distinguished by scholarship. She is also founding member and leader of Arya Women Investment Platform. She has been an invited mentor and speaker at ITU (Istanbul Technical University), ODTU (Middle Eastern Technical University), KWORKS, Endeavor and Stanford University.
Dilek is chosen as one of the most successful Women Leaders in Turkey in 2017 by her contributions and impact on Tech Sector.
Enis Hulli aims to cultivate and grow the Turkish startup ecosystem, help talented entrepreneurs of the broader region and the diaspora in building explosive businesses that will integrate with Silicon Valley. His goal is to position 500 Startups Istanbul as the leading actor in the region in order to re-shape the future of innovation at EMEA. 500 Istanbul is an early-stage VC fund within the San Francisco based 500 Startups network, a leading global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator with over 2,200 investments in more than 60 countries and venture partners in more than 25 countries.