The Startup Event Connecting East & West

Istanbul is a magical seal which unites East and West since the ancient times. Without a doubt, Istanbul is certainly the most beautiful place of the world.

Now tech companies, executives, startups and investors from 65 countries get together in this lovely city.

18-21 October 2019 In the center of the world, Istanbul Register

Are you ready to challenge up at Startup Istanbul?

Top 100 startups will meet world class mentors, investors, companies and media in 4 days. Exhibition stand, opportunity to access demo day, mentor hours, workshops, boat tour and even maybe chance to be on the main stage as finalist are for just selected startups. Apply now to join!

Startup Application

Startup Istanbul 2018 Winners

Steve Blank
You know Startup Istanbul, it just feels like one of these great events in the United States... It has wonderful speakers, it has a great mix of entrepreneurs from not only around Turkey but around the entire region. It's just an incredibly exciting place to be. — Steve Blank
  • Sten Tamkivi
    Chief Product Officer
  • Deniz Tunçalp
    Chief Marketing & Operations Officer
    İTÜ ARI Teknokent
  • Asra Nadeem
    DraperU Ventures
  • Ali Sabancı
    Board Member
    ESAS Holding
  • Martin von Haller Groenbaek
    Bird & Bird
  • Fethi Sabancı Kamışlı
    Founding Partner
    ESAS Ventures
  • Bill Kenney
    Founder & Client Advocate
  • Mehmet Emre Zorlu
    Board Member
    Zorlu Holding
  • Arnaud Castaignet
    Head of Public Relations
    Republic of Estonia's e-Residency Programme
  • Marko Srsan
    Program Director
    Techstars London
  • Kei Hareyama
    CEO and Founder
    Rock Climbing Partners
  • Sohail Gondal
    Founder & Managing Partner
    Endeavor Venture Partners
  • Özgül Özkan Yavuz
    Secretary General
    Istanbul Development Agency
  • Emilian Popa
    Digital Growth Africa (DiGAME)
  • Ozan Sonmez
    Managing Director
    Growth Circuit
  • Merilin Lukk
    Startup Visa Project Manager
    Startup Estonia
  • Metin Salt
    General Manager
    Vestek & Vestel Ventures
  • Kaan Demircan
    Open Source Software Business Leader
  • Tim Draper
    Draper University
  • Adora Cheung
    Y Combinator
  • Bill Kenney
    Test My Pitch
  • Eamonn Carey
    Managing Director
  • Amal Dokhan
    Director for Entrepreneurial Leadership
    Babson Global Center
  • Hans van Grieken
    Consulting - Technology Director
  • Andy Tsao
    Managing Director
  • Vera Shokina
    Managing Director
  • Claus Verner
    Business Development Manager
    Amazon Web Services
  • Mike Butcher
    Editor at Large
  • Richard McGuinness
    Regional Vice President of Sales
  • Zaya​ ​Kadyrova
    ​Technology​ ​Venture​ ​Capital​ ​at​ ​EBRD
  • Kaspar Korjus
    Managing Director
    Estonia / e-Residency
  • Robert Schwentker
    DLT Education
  • Erhan Erkut
    MEF University
  • Asra Nadeem
    Program Director
    Draper University
  • Ozan Sonmez
    Managing Director
  • Yousef M. Hamidaddin
    Innovation & Change Advocate Anchored
  • Omar A. Syed
  • Utku Azman
    Managing Director of EMEA
    Citus Data
  • Amy Tez
    Performance Coach
  • Dan Toma
    The Corporate Startup
  • Eren Akbaba
    Cloud Platform Consultant
  • A. Kıvanç Güler
    Cloud Digital Domain Consultant
  • Mario Aguilera
    Founder and CEO
  • Ferruh Mavituna
  • Burak Dayıoğlu
    ATAR Labs
  • Kei Hareyama
    CEO, Founder
    Rock Climbing Partners
  • Yinal Özkan
    Country Manager
    Amazon Web Services
  • İhsan Elgin
    Core Strateji
  • Onur Koc
    Microsoft Turkey
  • Mehmet Büyükekşi
    Turkish Exporters Assembly
  • Oliver Naegele
    Founder and CEO
    Blockchain HELIX AG
  • Aslı Kurul Türkmen
    Director of Entrepreneur Search and Services
    Endeavor Turkey

4 Days Full of Connection and Inspiring

Here is what you can expect from your 4 days at Startup Istanbul


Startups pitch and get feedbacks from several mentors.

Demo Day

Selected startups pitch to the investors on a private demo day.


We know 4 days is not enough but still fine to enjoy beautiful Istanbul.

Conference Day

Join the international crowd coming to Istanbul this year and listen to top-tier speakers.

Startups from Earlier Years


Unites Europe and Asia

Istanbul being the capital of some world’s greatest empires presents an amazing blend of history and modernity. With its key location situated between Europe and Asia, and its 18.000.000 habitants, Istanbul is an important center for many sectors. Today the city is visited each year by millions of travelers who come to catch a glimpse of its ancient city walls, enchanted churches, palaces and mosques, while savoring the delightful tastes of the city’s rich cuisine. Istanbul offers an unforgettable experience with its colorful daily life and dynamic nightlife.

Previous Sponsors & Partners

Main Sponsors



Important disclosure about the event

Startup Istanbul is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff including volunteers should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.