Startup Weekend Izmir

    Friday, March 25 - 27, 2016

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Izmir

Friday, March 25 - 27, 2016

Friday, March 25 - 27, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Kazım Dirik Mah. Üniversite Caddesi 122/A
Izmir, Turkey 35100

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Join for a great weekend of learning and fun!

Discover this amazing new co-working space, Originn, and enjoy creating a startup during 54 hours with new ideas and new people!

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Friday March 25th

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

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday March 26th

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
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Handover or check Pitch

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Fatih İşbecer
CEO Monitise

Fatih İşbecer is a Turkish Entrepreneur, engineer, innovator and an angel investor.
İşbecer founded Pozitron, a pioneering mobile banking, commerce & payments company and served as its CEO until it was acquired by the British Monitise Group. Fatih İşbecer currently serves as CEO of Monitise MEA overseeing the company’s Middle East and Africa operations. He is also the General Secretary of Galatasaray SK since May 2015 and a member of Galata Business Angels, Turkey’s first angel investment network.

Event Judges

Dr. Emrah Tomur

Joachim Behrendt
Founder - Investor

Hulusi Berik

Ayse Inal

Coaches and Mentors

Oğulcan Selçuk Akbulut

Serkan Içer

Ercan Gumus
Managing Partner / Cool Digital Solutions

Managing Partner / Cool Digital Solutions

Organizing Team

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

  • Patrick
  • Esra
    Gonen - Originn
  • Fatma
    Hacioglu - Yasar University


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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