On Friday June 12th, StartersHub opened its doors to entrepreneurs from Turkey, EMENA (Europe, Middle East, North Africa) and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) regions.
Acting as a catalyst in the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, StartersHub offers startups everything they need under one umbrella, including funding, service providers, strategic partnerships, business expertise, mentorship and an inspiring workplace with its 1,000 square meter facility at the heart of the business district in Istanbul.
StartersHub is backed by Gedik Girisim, a 22 million TL investment fund with MV Holding and Gedik Yatirim as the main investors.
StartersHub includes Startupbootcamp Istanbul – part of the largest European and second largest global acceleration program. StartersHub will also run industry specific programs with strategic partners in Financial Technologies, Gaming, Life Sciences, Internet of Things and Big Data.
“Entrepreneurs are the true engine for the economy, bringing new technology and innovative ideas to market, creating better services, new products, increased efficiency and jobs” said Ebru Dorman, Executive Board Member of MV Holding.
Netmarble, one of the world’s largest game developers and publishers, has teamed up with StartersHub as an investor and strategic partner.
Mr. Seungwon Lee, President Overseas of Netmarble Games who attended the opening said, “We’re pleased to contribute to startups in the game industry with our knowhow and support to make them global success stories.”
Bahcesehir University’s Director of Co-op Omer Yucel said: “As Bahcesehir University, we believe that the startup ecosystem in Turkey will develop rapidly, and we continue to provide all possible support towards that.”
MV Holding was founded in 1993 by Murat Vargı, a prominent Turkish entrepreneur. MV Holding is co-founder of Turkcell, the leading GSM operator of Turkey and the region and KVK, the leading mobile phone distributor in Turkey. The group continues to create value in the technology, hospitality, real estate and renewable energy sectors.
Gedik Yatirim, established in 1991 and publicly traded in Istanbul Stock Exchange (Symbol: GEDIK), is the biggest private-owned research and brokerage house in Turkey with over 60,000 domestic and foreign clients. Gedik Yatirim provided consulting services to 5 of 21 SMEs that went public in the Emerging Companies Market (GIP).
Netmarble, established in 2000, being the pioneer of Free-to-Play business model, is one of the largest gaming companies in the world. Based in Seoul / South Korea, Netmarble has multiple branches all around the world including USA, Japan and Turkey. Netmarble leads the game culture in the world with fun games such as Marvel Future Fight, Paramanya, Efsane Savaşları and Seven Knights. Netmarble also owns the major game portal Joygame.
Bahcesehir University is founded by Ugur Education Foundation in 1998 and is one of the leading private universities in Turkey with 8 faculties, 17,000 registered students and international campuses in Silicon Valley, Boston, Washington DC, Toronto, Berlin, Rome and Hong Kong. Bahcesehir University is among the most committed institutions supporting the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Turkey.