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The 15 Best Accelerators and Incubators from Istanbul

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Istanbul has seen an increasing number of accelerators, incubators and entrepreneurship programs emerge for startups and entrepreneurs to gain exposure, become more productive, or make connections.

It is still hard for Istanbul startups to get noticed by VCs, but these programs are proving to be extremely useful for startups looking for capital and other help.

That's why we've compiled a list of the 15 best accelerators and incubators in Istanbul.


15 Accelerators and Incubators in Istanbul

1) KWORKS Koç University Entrepreneurship Research Center

1) KWORKS Koç University Entrepreneurship Research Center

KWORKS is an entrepreneurial hub in Istanbul, assisting entrepreneurs with the growth of their technology-based businesses.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • Started in: 2015
  • Industries: Education, Incubators, Social Entrepreneurship, Universities
  • Number of investments: 3
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 56

You can find their website here.

2) Hackquarters

2) Hackquarters

Hackquarters has advanced 150+ companies and assisted 40+ corporations in collaborating with startups to develop.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Kaan Akın
  • Industries: Communities, Corporate Training, Information Technology, Innovation Management, Internet, Social Impact, Venture Capital
  • Number of investments: 54
  • Number of exits: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 24

You can find their website here.

3) StartupFon

3) StartupFon

Early-stage investment platform available online.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Gülsüm Çıracı
  • Industries: Angel Investment, Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing, Financial Services, Funding Platform, Venture Capital
  • Number of investments: 24
  • Number of exits: 1

You can find their website here.

4) Arya Women's Investment Platform

4) Arya Women's Investment Platform

Arya WIP is a platform for women-led entrepreneurship that provides acceleration and financing opportunities through strategic collaborations.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Ahu Serter, Deniz Alexandra Duygu
  • Industries: Finance, Financial Services, Women's
  • Number of investments: 8
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 6

You can find their website here.

5) Turk Telekom PILOT

5) Turk Telekom PILOT

The earliest and most successful corporate-run startup accelerator in Turkey is Pilott.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Duygu Oktem Clark
  • Industries: Consulting, Internet
  • Number of investments: 11

You can find their website here.

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6) AeroBased

6) AeroBased

Smart Space & People-Centered Solutions

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • Started in: 2020
  • Founders: Onur Guclu
  • Industries: 3D Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain, Internet of Things, Management Consulting, Robotics

You can find their website here.

7) İTÜ Çekirdek

7) İTÜ Çekirdek

TÜ ekirdek was established in 2011.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • Started in: 2011
  • Industries: Automotive, Gaming, Hardware, Health Care, Information Technology, InsurTech, Mobile Apps, Software, Sustainability
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 10

You can find their website here.

8) Innovate 21st

8) Innovate 21st

The Innovate 21st acceleration and investment program provides a knowledge foundation as well as venture funding to help firms succeed.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • Industries: Incubators, Venture Capital
  • Number of investments: 4

You can find their website here.

9) AB PLUS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

9) AB PLUS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

AB PLUS is a financial services firm that offers financing, significant business knowledge, and a large network.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Akin Arslan, Burcu Kale, Hakan Özçubukcu
  • Industries: Consulting, E-Commerce, Incubators, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Information Technology, Location Based Services, Software, Toys
  • Number of investments: 8

You can find their website here.

10) Girişim Fabrikası

10) Girişim Fabrikası

Venture Factory is a technology-based incubation organization that helps entrepreneurs with breakthrough company ideas get started.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • Started in: 2011
  • Industries: Finance, Incubators

You can find their website here.

11) Cube Incubation

11) Cube Incubation

Deep Tech Entrepreneurship Incubation Center

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • Started in: 2014
  • Industries: Advanced Materials, Air Transportation, Cyber Security, Military, Software, Space Travel

You can find their website here.

12) Startupbootcamp Istanbul

12) Startupbootcamp Istanbul

Startupbootcamp Istanbul is a premier acceleration program that is not limited by geography or verticality.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • Started in: 2013
  • Industries: Business Development, Business Intelligence, Finance, Financial Services
  • Number of investments: 22
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

13) Buldozer

13) Buldozer

Zer's business innovation and entrepreneurship initiative is called Buldozer.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey

You can find their website here.

14) Lonca Girişimcilik Merkezi

14) Lonca Girişimcilik Merkezi

Lonca Girişimcilik Merkezi is a technology startup and entrepreneur-focused venture capital business.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • Number of investments: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 24

You can find their website here.

15) BİGG Hızlandırma Programı

15) BİGG Hızlandırma Programı

The BGG Hzlandrma Program

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey

You can find their website here.

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