Startupbootcamp unveils Istanbul tech accelerator programme

Scheme set to open up Eastern markets to UK start-ups

European start-up accelerator Startupbootcamp has today announced the launch of Startupbootcamp Istanbul, a programme designed to support the growth of Western technology businesses in the East.

Backed by leading Turkish entrepreneurs, the scheme will select up to 10 participants who will each receive four months free office space in Istanbul’s Bahcesehir University, €15,000 cash, €250,000 worth of partner services, mentoring from “over 100” entrepreneurs, and access to a portfolio of investors.

The programme aims to help develop the Turkish capital’s tech start-up scene, and the surrounding regions, by offering UK, European, and Middle Eastern entrepreneurs the chance to expand in new markets.

Ersin Pamuksuzer, heading up Startupbootcamp Istanbul, commented: “Istanbul has always been an important gateway between east and west.

“It has always been a centre of attraction due to its multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan characteristics, and is now poised to become a hub of entrepreneurship activities for companies across many regions. This is helped by the rather relaxed visa processes, which make it easy for people from different countries to enter the Turkish market. The Startupbootcamp Istanbul program has been set up to help develop such a hub.”

To apply for Startupbootcamp Istanbul, click here.


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