Startupbootcamp Istanbul is now accepting applications!
Istanbul has always been an important gateway between east and west. It is a center of attraction due to its multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan characteristics. The city is a gateway to the Turkish market with a population of 75 million and an active web presence. Comscore reports Turkey as second in Europe in terms of internet engagement. Istanbul is also a port to the MENA region, with a population of 380 million. Therefore, many multinationals currently use Istanbul as a base for the surrounding regions.
John Grant from Wired magazine defines Istanbul as an entrepreneurially mature place. Today, Istanbul is poised to be a hub of entrepreneurship activities for Eastern Europe, CIS, the Middle East and North Africa. The Startupbootcamp Istanbul program will operate with the vision of becoming such a hub. It will enable western startups to access eastern markets and visa versa. The rather relaxed visa processes make it easy for many people from different countries to come and be a part of the vibrancy of Istanbul.
Istanbul program is hosted by Bahçesehir University.
For many years, Bahcesehir University has been a major supporter of Turkish entrepreneurial ecosystems. It has hosted events by various business associations, entrepreneur organizations, angel networks, venture capitals, ecosystem developers and living labs.
The central location of the Bahçesehir University adds to its attractiveness in business networks. The campus is located in Besiktas, right on the Bosphorus. The location is a hub for water and bus transportation in Istanbul. It has vibrant social life with many places to go and things to see and do. Therefore it is a preferred rental location for students.
The Startupbootcamp office at Bahcesehir University is a very modern 500m2 space with all the facilities an accelerator program may need.
You are invited to accelerate your business with the Istanbul experience.
For any questions about the program you can contact the team.
And follow us on @sbcIstanbul for updates about upcoming Pitch Days.