Startupbootcamp Istanbul

About the Program

Startupbootcamp Istanbul is a leading acceleration program with no geographical or vertical limitations. It is aimed at all tech startups as a local chapter of the number 1 startup accelerator in Europe. Over 3 months, 10 selected startups will be provided with funding and incubation space along with intense mentoring focused on the Shape, Build and Sell stages of product and business development. At the end of the program, you will pitch your company to 250+ investors and partners on Demo Day.

The program is led by Çiğdem Toraman. Çiğdem has extensive background in technology, marketing, media, and commerce. She leads a team of 200+ mentors who will help you and your company turn your ideas into a profitable and growing business.

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  • Feb 15

    Applications open

  • May 29

    Applications close

  • Jun 28 - 29

    Selection Days

  • Oct 15

    Program begins

  • Jan 19

    Demo Day

What's the Deal?

3-Month Program

An intense 3-month program designed to support entrepreneurs scale their industry-changing technology businesses.


Expert-led sessions covering all scaling fundamentals - from business model canvas, lean methodology to fundraising

Corporate Partners

Connections to the leading corporates in your industry for pilot projects, partnership opportunities, and as customers

Global Network

Unmatched access to a global network of mentors, corporate partners, industry experts, and alumni across 40+ countries

Tailored Mentorship

Over 1000 carefully selected mentors who provide hands-on support and valuable introductions

Coworking Space

Free desks for your entire team in a dynamic coworking space for the duration of the 3-month program

Living Expenses

€15K in cash per team to cover living expenses during the program

Perks & Discounts

More than €450K+ in exclusive partner deals from leading technology providers such as Google, Amazon, Salesforce, PayPal, SendGrid, and others

Alumni Growth Program

Continued post-program support far after the 3-month program through annual alumni only events, deals and tailored introductions

Industry Events

Exclusive opportunities to take part in leading conferences and events

Investor Access

Meet most active VCs and Angel investors in your industry from around the world

Demo Day

A day to celebrate your achievements during the program with 400+ investors, corporates, mentors and press attendees

In return we ask for 8% equity. We don't take board seats, and we don't get preferred shares. All contracts are simple, transparent, and available for all to see. Startups will also benefit from the services provided by our on-site partners, including:
  • Access to financing and funds - up to €250K through StartersHUb
  • Government funds and grants
  • Business development and strategic alliances
  • Legal and financial support
  • Due diligence and valuation
  • Application and product development
  • Creative works
  • Go-to-market and growth hacking
  • Hardware design and production

What is a year at Startupbootcamp Istanbul like?

We, at Startupbootcamp, believe in teamwork, sustainable support, and building relationships that are going to last. Let the numbers speak for themselves: 17 happy alumni, 82% funding rate, $3.5M USD in funding in just two years. Come join us in 2016, apply now! Here is a brief video of what "Selection Days" is like:

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Startupbootcamp Istanbul Team

Çiğdem Toraman

Çiğdem Toraman

Managing Director
Pelin Gönül şahin

Pelin Gönül şahin

Chief Operating Officer
Goktug Gedik

Goktug Gedik

Marketing Manager
Hatice Tuğsavul

Hatice Tuğsavul

Ersin Pamuksüzer

Ersin Pamuksüzer


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