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Take Off Startup Summit

Take Off Startup Summit

Take Off Startup Summit Istanbul 5-6 December 2023

Take Off is an international startup summit, stands out as the premier startup event in the region. Since its inception in 2018, the summit has evolved into the largest gathering of diverse players in the startup ecosystem, including venture capitalists, angel investors, corporate venture capitalists (CVCs), limited partners (LPs), startups, mentors, and corporations. 

The Take Off Startup Summit in Istanbul (2023) aims to foster a global network that connects domestic startups with leading international counterparts, expert mentors, and institutions invited to the summit. The goal is to position Türkiye as an attractive destination for international entrepreneurship ecosystem stakeholders, enabling them to achieve their business expansion and networking objectives such as Web Summit, Slush and CES. 

Outcomes of the event 

At the Take Off event, ICYF International Incubation Center attended with five outstanding startups (Workiom, Tech2Bio, Goldframer, Robolabs, Akountmate). ICYF IIC booth attracted visits from over 200 players within the ecosystem. Also, we were privileged to welcome distinguished guests to our booth. Among them were: Mr. Mehmet Fatih Kacir, the esteemed Minister of Industry and Technology of Türkiye graced our booth with his presence, adding a touch of industry expertise to our discussions, Mr. Ahmet Burak Dağlıoğlu, President at the Investment Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye brought his insights on investment to our conversations, elevating the impact of our interactions, and Mr. Cahit Ertemel, President of Genc Musiad, whose presence enriched our discussions on the youthful energy and innovation within the business landscape. Adding to the honor, a delegation from the IsDB and Al Baraka Group also visited our booth, further highlighting the significance of our presence at the Take Off Startup Summit.While providing information to those interested in participating as startups, detailed information about ICYF and IIC was also shared with visitors.
The award winners at the Take Off Startup Istanbul Summit are as follows;

  1. Grand Prize Winner: Co Print 
    Prize: $200,000 Investment
    Sponsor: T3 Foundation
  2. Second Grand Prize Winner: Syntonym 
    Prize: $200,000 Investment
    Sponsor: Ministry of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Türkiye
  3. Best Startup in Incubation Program: Pivony (awarded by ICYF) 
  4. Best Early-Stage Startup: Invamar (ICYF International Incubation Center’s Startup) (awarded by Aselsan) 
    Prize: ₺500,000 
  5. Best Early-Stage Startup: Hyperever (awarded by Aselsan) 
    Prize: ₺300,000 
  6. Best Disaster Management Tech Startup: Forest Guard (awarded by Esas Holding): 
    Prize: $10,000
  7. Best Early-Stage Startup: Salty Enerji (awarded by Aselsan) 
    Prize: ₺200,000 
  8. Best Woman Entrepreneur: From Your Eyes (awarded by Ford Otosan) 
    Prize: ₺150,000 
  9. Best Startup: Venso Cloud (awarded by Kuveyt Turk Participation Bank) 
    Prize: ₺100,000 
  10. Best Startup: Hevi AI (awarded by Istanbul Development Agency) 
    Prize: Experience Prize at Web Summit Qatar 
  11. Best Startup: Kodgem Technology (awarded by Istanbul Development Agency) 
    Prize: Experience Prize at CES
  12. Startups selected for Acceleration Program by T3 Startup Center & Cube Incubation: 
    5D STUDIOS, Akıllı Vale, Chargemate, DeepScope 360, INOPOLYME, Medglanis, PALGAE, PullExo, Tulpar Innovation and Maintenance (TIM), Vertical Farmers
  13. Best Woman Entrepreneurs in Women in Innovation (by Woman and Democracy Association (KADEM)): 
    From Your Eyes
    Salty Enerji 
  14. Best Startups in ARYA ARPC Acceleration Program (awarded by Fark Labs): 
    From Your Eyes
  15. Best Startup in Akademi Programı: Hyperever (awarded by Bilgiyi Ticarileştirme Merkezi) 
  16. Best Startup in ITU Seed Acceleration Program: Clypp (awarded by İTÜ ARI Teknokent) 
  17. Best Startup in YTU Startup House Acceleration Program: ZTech / Kidu (awarded by YTÜ Yıldız Teknopark) 
  18. Best Startup in Albaraka Garaj Ön Hızlandırma Programı: Counterfake (awarded by Albaraka Türk Katılım Bankası A.Ş.)