As İTÜ Çekirdek, offering every service an entrepreneur needs since 2012, this time we opened our doors for enterprises that produce solutions for the new type of Coronavirus (COVID-19)!


We are calling the technologies that will provide solutions to the fight against coronavirus which emerge in the city of Wuhan in China, infects millions of people and affects almost the entire world. If you say that I have a startup idea that can contribute to the process which has many stages from sterilization solutions to ventilators, from detection methods to respirator technologies; we are saying “Develop in İTÜ ÇEKİRDEK, Cure the World”!


Most needed within the scope of fighting COVID-19:

  • Disinfectants
  • Masks
  • Protective clothing
  • Diagnostic kits with verification criteria (sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, precision, linearity) within internationally accepted limits
  • Devices used in intensive care units
  • Equipment for improving ambient conditions
  • Medicine
  • Vaccine
  • IT applications that may affect the direct or indirect consequences of the epidemic
  • Ventilator


İTÜ ÇEKİRDEK Ventilator Call


With the spread of COVID-19, the number of infected patients is exploding in many countries. Especially considering that 20% of COVID-19 patients are hospitalized and 5% should be taken to the intensive care unit. The need for ventilators is high! We say to the entrepreneurs who say “I will produce a low cost and easy to build ventilator” for the hospitals in need, “Develop in İTÜ ÇEKİRDEK, Cure the World”!



What do we offer?


As İTÜ Çekirdek, we provide support and inspiration to entrepreneurs and contribute to their success in the market; We offer supports such as capital (up to 52 million TL), physical environment, education, consultancy, mentoring, networking, corporate partners, press and PR together. With the support we provided, we ranked among the top 5 in the list of university incubators in the world according to the UBI Global. We have supported 2,424 enterprises so far and the endorsement of our enterprises has exceeded 140 million TL. The total valuation of our enterprises, which received an investment of 135 million TL, reached 1 billion 270 million TL.




So, what is the new type of coronavirus?


As a new coronavirus, this virus, called COVID-19, was first detected in Wuhan, China. (In the abbreviation COVID 19, ‘CO’ is used for corona, ‘VI’ is for virus and ‘D’ (first letter of the word ‘disease’) is used for the disease). Previously, the terms ‘Novel Coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV’ were used for this disease.


The virus, which spread to all continents after its emergence in China, was declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.


COVID-19, linked to the same family with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some viruses that cause colds, is a new virus.


How is the COVID-19 virus transmitted?


Virus; It is transmitted by direct contact of the infected person (by coughing and sneezing) with the airborne droplets or touching infected surfaces. Although COVID-19 virus can survive for hours on surfaces, simple disinfectants kill the virus.


What are the symptoms of coronavirus?


Fever, cough and shortness of breath are among the main symptoms of the disease. In more serious cases, this infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. However, it rarely causes death. These symptoms are like flu or cold symptoms that are more common than COVID-19. Therefore, testing is required to confirm whether a person has COVID-19.