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Startup Istanbul 2015: Speakers and Mentors

We are just less than a week away from the most important startup event of the year – Startup Istanbul 2015 Conference. To emphasize on the importance and the significance of the event, here we will present to you an extended list of this year’s mentors and speakers, who will be talking on the stage at Lütfi Kırdar Congress Center in Istanbul.

Along with Steve Blank, Dave McClure, Steli Efti, Teruhide Sato, Morten Lund and Prof. Hans Wissema, on the stage of the event we will also see:

Iliana Montauk,  Director of Gaza Sky Geeks. GSG , the first startup accelerator in Gaza, is run by Mercy Corps and was launched in collaboration with Google.


Fadi Bishara, Founder & CEO of Blackbox, which is empowering global born startups with Silicon Valley resources. Prior to founding Blackbox, Fadi was the founder and CEO of techVenture.


Ferruh Gürtaş, Corporate and Government Affairs Director of Intel Middle East, Turkey & Africa


Philip Auerswald, Founding Executive Director at Global Entrepreneurship Research Network


Brett Nakatsu, Director of Expansion at UP Global


Ozan Sonmez, New Ventures Accelerator KAUST


Charley Haley, Special Counsel of Cooley LLP


Erik Anderson from Startup Wise Guys


Selcuk Atli, Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 Startups


John Shewchuk, Technical Fellow at Microsoft


Said Rahmani Khezri, CEO & Founder of Sarava


Ussal Şahbaz, Program Manager of TEPAV / Global Entrepreneurship Program


Ertuğrul Belen, Founder of Networking Academy, Speed networking expert


Don’t miss the opportunity to become a part of the most exciting entrepreneurship event in Eurasia and register today.

Startup Istanbul 2015: Extended List of Attendees

Startup Istanbul, the leading startup event in Eurasia, this year will take place on 03-05 October.  As every year investors and top tier tech executives from all over the world take on the stage, this year there will be no difference.

Along with Dave McClure, Steve Blank, Morten Lund, Teruhide Sato, Prof. Hans Wissema and the rest of the world-known speakers and mentors of the event, many other entrepreneurs, investors, and startup enthusiasts will attend Startup Istanbul 2015 event. Here you can find extended list of the attendees of the event. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the most important startup event in Eurasia  and register for the event here. Continue reading

Andrew Tsao Will Be at Startup Istanbul on 03-05 October

Andy_tsaoAndy Tsao, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Bank, will be one of the speakers at Startup Istanbul 2015 event. Andrew Tsao leads SVB’s Global Gateway, which assists innovation companies in the emerging markets with their US and international market expansion, and VB Global Private Equity Services, working with SVB’s international private equity and venture capital clients, particularly those in the emerging markets.

In his stage talk at Startup Istanbul 2014 event, Andy Tsao encouraged the entrepreneurs to think big in the Silicon Valley and to aim with their startup ventures not only to build successful companies, but also to create businesses that will change the world.


Steli Efti Will Be at Startup Istanbul on 03-05 October

It is very exciting to announce that Steli Efti, who is serial entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Close.io, will be one of the speakers at Startup Istanbul 2015 event. Startup Istanbul is the Leading startup event in Eurasia. The event will take place in Istanbul on 03-05 October.  To register for the event, click here

Watch Steli Efti’s TEDxNewHaven Talk, where he talks about success in life and the importance of happiness in entrepreneurship.

Startup Istanbul 2015: Let’s Get Excited About The Entrepreneurship Event of The Year

Startup Istanbul, the leading startup event, which brings together founders, investors and executives in the region, will take place on 3-5 October 2015.

The Event

The event is an exclusive gathering of the leading startups, internet companies, angel investors and venture capitalists from Europe and Asia. Every year more than 100 startups, 200 investors and 1500 attendees come to Istanbul to join the event. Some of them are reaching their dreams: Last year’s winner of Startup Istanbul Challenge – connected2.me, received an investment from 500 Startups and relocated to Silicon Valley. Continue reading