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 2019 Winners

Startup Istanbul 2019 Scaleup 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
  • Fethi Sabancı Kamışlı
    Esas Ventures
    Founding Partner
  • Salman T. Jaffrey
    Chief Investment Officer
    Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Ventures
  • Merilin Lukk
    Startup Visa Project Manager
    Startup Estonia
  • Oussama Ammar
    The Family
  • Firat Ileri
    Hummingbird Ventures
  • Osman Kent
    Atlantic Bridge – Venture Partner
    3Dlabs - Co-Founder & CEO
  • Magnus R. Gaarder
    Founding Partner
  • Vijay Tirathrai
    Managing Director
  • Cem Garih
    Alarko Group
  • Masaru Ikeda
    The Bridge
  • Kei Hareyama
    Founder - Angel Investor
    Rock Climbing Partners
  • Khaled Talhouni
    Managing Partner
  • Deniz Erkus
    Managing Partner
    Chairwoman & Managing Partner
  • John Sharp
  • Erik Vynckier
    InsurTech Venture Partners
  • Sohail Gondal
    Founder & Managing Partner
    Endeavor Venture Partners
  • Ali Karabey
    Managing Director
  • Dr. Abdul Malek Al Jaber
    Founder & Chairman
    MENA Apps

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.

Sponsors & Partners

Main Sponsor

Sponsors & Partners

Media 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.