Startup Weekend MENA @Istanbul organised by Stage-Co, partners ATÖLYE istanbul and Techstars

    Wednesday, September 30 - October 2, 2015

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend MENA @Istanbul organised by Stage-Co, partners ATÖLYE istanbul and Techstars

Wednesday, September 30 - October 2, 2015

Wednesday, September 30 - October 2, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

ATÖLYE istanbul
Bomonti Beer Factory
Istanbul, Turkey

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A first for the region, Startup Weekend MENA

Great opportunity to work in an international environment with Techstars team present!


Wednesday September 30th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. We will give a short brief on Lean Startup to kickstart you all. You may stay and work till 1 am. Then we close till 9 am.

Thursday October 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
We present you all together in the main stage to the Coaches. They help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

7:00 pm
Make up your mind
work work work, don't forget to use the MENTORS! We close doors at 1 am. Open again at 9 am.

Friday October 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Test Pitches with Patrick

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 pm
Pitch to Investors and Techstars team
Final presentation before the international jury, including Techstars partners. We finish around 15.30h.

4:00 pm
It is over, but you can stay
Time for the Unconference with Techstars and more great startup enthusiasts. You need to register separately!


Brett Nakatsu
Director of Expansion at Techstars

Event Judges

Mustafa Kilicaslan
Investor, Vice Chairman

Dilek Dayinlari
Venture Capitalist

Enis Hulli

Aslıhan Kurul Türkme

Coaches and Mentors

Burak Yaman
Coordinator - Koç University Incubation Center

Ali Erhat Nalbant
Kadir Has University iNEO TTO and Founder Institute Istanbul CoDirector

Mine Dedekoca

Nesen Yucel

seeing work, doing work :-)

Eren Kocyigit
Digital Marketing specialist

Hakan Gonca
Investment Manager at Milestone Capital Partners

Oğulcan Selçuk Akbulut

Eytan Ovadya
Country Manager Turkey at Travelersbox

Burak Sarizi

Gulin Olcer
DDB Turkiye

Ender Oztas
investment management

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Istanbul is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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patrick bosteels
Chief Connector & Enabler Stage-Co

Patrick Bosteels was a serial entrepreneur with failures and successes. Co-founded Stage-Co & CodeDojo Turkey. He refers to himself as a cineast and photographer. He worked long enough on a farm to understand how difficult it is. Creative and always positive. Innovation to him doesn’t mean a sh*t if it doesn’t solve a problem in a sustainable way. He loves organizing and bringing people together. 

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