Techstars Startup Weekend Istanbul Online
7-9 May 2021
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and presentations.

If you've ever been to a Techstars Startup Weekend, you know it's one of the most thrilling 54 hours you can imagine. You experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressures that make up life at a startup. As you work, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors and sponsors — all who are ready to help you refine your idea.

A Techstars Startup Weekend Online takes the best of our in-person experience and amplifies it with the scope and reach of the best digital tools available.
Learn, Network, Startup
Event Organisers
Patrick Bosteels
I was a serial entrepreneur in Europe, but now a startup community builder and running workshops for startups. See and
Selected by the organising team to help you throughout the weekend
Hakan Duman
Managing Partner AJH Edison: The main field of activity of AJH Edison is to aim Turkey located companies being able to get a share from the European Union Funds. For this purpose, preparing required roadmap, writing projects and applying European Union Funds processes and collaborating with project partners where needed.

Additionally, AJH Edison deals with International Business Development in European Countries and acts as a bridge between Turkish and European markets, supports Turkish companies to take place in European Countries by finding right company, directing the right project where available.

Mehmet Erkek is an engineer and an entrepreneur who worked in various local and international projects related software, data engineering and data science areas.

He is the Co-Founder and
Kerem Engin
Buğra Avcı
Buğra Avci is a social worker and currently works as Deputy Secretary-General of Habitat Association in Turkey

He started volunteering in Habitat Association as a peer trainer during his university days. Since 2017, he has been working with Habitat Association in different positions.
Hilal Gerçek
I work as Deputy General Secretary for Habitat Association and also Managing Director of GEN Turkey (Global Entrepreneurship Network Turkey) which runs operations under Habitat Association.

Spent 6+ years for social impact and entrepreneurship based programs and projects in NGO's, international companies, social enterprises and Start-up's. Passionate about entrepreneurship, building ecosystems and bringing people and corporations together for disruptive and sustainable change.
Simone Lis, a German native in LA, is a digital education expert and founder of MatchlabN - the first global community to train Corporate Professionals in Digital Fluency. We combine collective intelligence with a expert-led community approach of Innovators from Silicon Valley and beyond.
Prof. Dr. Esin Bozyazi
Esin Bozyazi is Professor of Entrepreneurship since 2013 and founder of the company COP Crossover Projects as well Vice President of the Institute for Social Sustainability. She is keynote speaker, author, trainer, visionary, researcher, board advisor and creative sprit.
Her mission and concern are to promote entrepreneurial mindset and creativity for human-centerd businesses.
With over 20 years of experience in management, consulting and higher education as well as further education she supports ideas and projects that bring added value for the economy and society. She also advances professional founding processes of start-up companies or to the successful conclusion of a project with.
Melanie Stütz
Melanie Stütz is entrepreneur, adventurer and pilot. She grew up in an entrepreneurial family, fled as a child from East to West Germany shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and 20 years later she became the first female pilot to fly around the world in a flying car.

Today, as CEO of IDEASCANNER, she drives entrepreneurial thinking with a pre-flight check for business ideas in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship education. To do this, she democratizes the knowledge of successful venture capitalists by leveraging artificial intelligence. As software as a service, IDEASCANNER helps learn from the mistakes of others by making business ideas measurable and showing how to improve them.
Zeynep Erden Bayazıt
Zeynep Erden Bayazıt graduated from Boğaziçi University and holds her master's degree in Business Administration at Marmara University and PhD from Sabancı University. Academically, she has been a member of faculty at Management Engineering Department at Istanbul Technical University since 2006. Her work is focused on organizational theory and entrepreneurship. She has been teaching management and entrepreneurship courses at undergraduate and graduate programs. Since 2014, she has been acting as the founding academic director at İTU GINOVA Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

She is also the founder of COYAG an initiative supporting children with cancer.
Ahmet Kayhan
Advisor to the CEO & Chairman of Dogus Group and Executive Board Member of Dogus Group Dubai.

Executive Board Member/Co-Founder of
- REIDIN (REIDIN Data & Analytics) - a B2B real estate data and information company focusing on emerging markets and
- - a B2C real estate information and marketplace which connects its clients with the right professionals for their real estate needs in Turkey.

Areas of expertise:
- real estate
- startups
- blockchain
- network effects
- emerging markets
- big data & analytics
- venture capital
- strategic partnerships
Zafer Şen
Zafer, who was recently named an Endeavor Entrepreneur, co-founded OBSS in 2005 and has steered the company since it's conception. It's his vision, combined with mindset of an engineer fused with the drive of an entrepreneur, that shaped OBSS from it's early days as Turkey's only RedHat system integrator into a major force in software engineering and R&D. Before OBSS, Zafer was a business development manager at Anka, with varied responsibilities including biomedical device engineering R&D.

Zafer studied computer engineering at Bilkent University, one of Turkey's top ranked universities. It was while studying at Bilkent that Zafer was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, where he started several businesses with classmates to exploit internationally pricing and supply inefficiencies.
Hakan Ozdemir
Hakan Ozdemir graduated from the University of West Georgia with an MBA degree after completing his undergraduate education at Boğaziçi University. Ozdemir is a seasoned management professional with a broad experience in industry, infrastructure, healthcare and technology gained by companies such as AT&T, IMS Consulting Group (IQVIA), and Siemens. As Siemens Turkey Vice President and Country Head of Sales, he is developing and engaging projects, relationships, multi-level strategies to represent Siemens at all levels of executive customers and governments. Hakan Ozdemir, aiming to shape the future of business, is dedicated about delivering value to key shareholders and stakeholders.
Safak Muderrisgil
Great to attend Techstars Startup Weekend and meet entrepreneurs who have the drive to build something new! While I vote as a member of the jury, I am so keen on to figure out the take-aways from the contestants. There is always room for learning!
Pamir Yanık
The projects leader Pamir Yanık graduated from Bilkent University. He has worked as a risk analyst for two years at KPMG. As a result of the experiences he gained at different departments such as Marketing and Business Development at iyzico for 4.5 years, after the exit of iyzico to PayU, he became a part of the Fazla Gıda team, leaving his position at iyzico as Global Partnerships and Startup Relations executive. He has solid knowledge of sustainable food systems, recovery methods, Payment and Marketplace Management as well as Project Management and Business Strategy.
Hannah Boomgaarden
With my Corporate, Startup, and Media Background, I am always curious to test out new things and question the status quo. I am happy that I could turn my passion into my profession to connect people who can support each other. I love meeting, learning from, and supporting passionate people (or those who want to become one).

Along with my team, our 30 partners (Mercedes, Porsche, BASF, Hyundai, DPDHL, BP, and more) and over 250 global startups (what3words, Celonis, holoride, flip and more), we are connecting the dots between both worlds, working together on the future of mobility, production, sustainability & beyond – creating a unique and flourishing community! We are all about tech, collaboration, and open innovation at STARTUP AUTOBAHN and Plug and Play Tech Center (Silicon Valley based). We enabled over 350 PoCs/Pilots with a 40 % implementation rate.

Tech Tools
Here are the tech tools you will need during this online event!
Event Schedule
Friday 7 - Sunday 9
Kick off session Link here
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Global Startup Weekend Partners
Google for Startups
Google Cloud Platform helps startups build web/mobile apps and is offering participants $300 in credit to build their apps (link can be found here). Teams can use Google Trends + Market Finder to test if there is a growing demand for their product and in which markets.

> $300 USD in cloud platform credit
> Register at
GoDaddy Registry
GoDaddy Registry provides a domain name that many innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world use. As part of our partnership, each participant can register a free domain name with GoDaddy Registry (.co, .us, .biz). Read more here. Redemption codes will be given to participants by the organizing team.

> 1 x free GoDaddy Registry domain, per person
> Participants can redeem the code from:

For more information, visit GoDaddy Registry's site or reach out to
Local Sponsors and Partners
The Techstars Startup Weekend Istanbul team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.

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