TAKE OFF Istanbul: International Startup Summit successfully accomplished its work in Istanbul
Take Off Istanbul International Startup Investment Summit, a joint initiative of ICYF-DC, Turkish Technology Team Foundation and Investment and Promotion Agency of Presidency of Turkey, has started on 20 September 2018 at the premises of the Istanbul New Airport on the sidelines of the #Teknofest Istanbul Technology and Aviation Festival which hosted more than 850 000 visitors.
The first ever Take Off Istanbul International startup summit brought together over 200 Startups and 50 venture capitals, accelerators and multinational companies.
The third – last day of the program started with the welcoming address of Mr. Selçuk Bayraktar, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of T3 Foundation and furthered with the high level panel entitled “The Role of Governments and International Organizations in Empowering Youth Entrepreneurship towards Sustainable Growth”. The high level panelists were H.E. Amb. Elshad Iskandarov, President of ICYF-DC, H.E. Mehmet Fatih Kacir, Deputy Minister of Industry and Techonolgy of Turkey who delivered the key-note address, Mr. Arda Ermut, President of Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey, Mr. Edem Bakhshish, UNOSSC Chief of Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, H.E. Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arab International Center for Entrepreneurship & Investment.
Take Off Istanbul has finalized its work with award ceremony in which H.E. Mehmet Fatih Kacir, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology of Turkey, Mr. Haluk Bayraktar, CEO of Baykar Technologies and Mr. Ahmet Halit Hatip, Director of International Projects at ICYF-DC, have presented the awards to winner 25 Start-ups which have been awarded with 1 week Boot-camp in San-Francisco, USA and free 1 year incubation program in Turkey.