Founded in 2011 with the visionary approach of ITU and ARI Teknokent, ITU Çekirdek has supported technological startups in different sectors since its establishment, aiming to make them fast-growing with scalable business models startups.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary and ranked among the top 5 university incubation centers by UBI Global, ITU Çekirdek provides training, consultancy, mentoring, networking, corporate business partners, press & PR support and services to inspire technology startups at different stages and contribute to their success in the market. Offers all the support that a startup might need like, capital in its journey.
ITU Çekirdek, which offers a massive platform to startups by establishing stakeholder relations with corporate companies, investment networks and professionals that can benefit startups; Thanks to this platform, institutions and startups that can establish cooperation or customer relations come together and enable investors to access the pool.
ITU Çekirdek, which has received more than 50,000 applications from more than 35 countries in the world and from all over Turkey, Throughout their journey, ITU Çekirdek supported more than 4,040 startups and more than 9,000 enterprises, has witnessed their success by accompanying hundreds of startups. 1200 of the startups which ITU Çekirdek supports have become corporations, these startups have reached a valuation of more than TL 17 billion, received investments of more than TL 2.36 billion and a turnover exceeding 500 million TL.
Startups included in the process of ITU Çekirdek are eligible for Pre-Incubation, Big Bang Startup Challenge (Turkey’s biggest entrepreneurship event) and Incubation stages.
ITU Çekirdek is one of the most significant entrepreneurship centers in Turkey. It continues to provide increasing support to more and more startups every year with the contributions of more than 40 valuable corporate stakeholders such as Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) – Istanbul Planning Agency (IPA), Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO, Elginkan Foundation, Automotive Industry Exporters‘ Association and more than 40 investment network / investor stakeholders.