What is the purpose of ITU Çekirdek Partner Programme?


It is a programme where İTÜ Çekirdek takes a new step by sharing its many years of knowledge and sources with the pre-incubation centres, incubation centres and acceleration programmes from all around the world.


As an early-incubation centre open to entire Turkey since the day it was founded, İTÜ Çekirdek aims to provide support for all technology start-ups in need.


All the facilities accessed by a technology start-up in İstanbul in İTÜ Çekirdek Pre-Incubation process are open to all start-ups turning their heads to İstanbul.


İTÜ Çekirdek organizes Bigbang Start-Up Contest where good ideas have been emerging and start-ups have been celebrating their investments with their angel investors as of its 6th year with the participation of all its partners.

Who can be Partners?


İTÜ Çekirdek Partner Programme is open to all acceleration programmes and incubation centres that work with a “defined programme and process” with the purpose of supporting technology start-ups.

To be a part of the partner programme, the relevant centres have to:

  • Aim to support technology entrepreneurship and spread it,
  • Explicitly commit to exhibit ethical behaviours that will first of all uphold interests of the start-ups whether they are profit or non-profit,
  • Have at least one full-time member of personnel who work in relation to supporting only early-stage start-ups,
  • Have a physical area that fits the scale it aims for and is open to fixed or shared use as an incubation or pre-incubation venue in order to support start-ups,
  • Have a sustainable relationship network with the universities, technopark and other relevant stakeholders in its circle,
  • Aim to provide or cause to provide the necessary sources for travel and accommodation expenses of successful groups selected during partnership to be sent to İstanbul from time to time for gatherings to meet investors,
  • Have a certain and defined process in order to support start-ups as well as a web site that informs start-ups with regard to this process and gathers their applications,
  • The pre-incubation partnership relation with İTÜ Çekirdek is expected to be announced properly on the relevant web site after it starts.

ITU Çekirdek Partnership Types


Within the scope of the Programme 3 types of partnership were defined as platinum, gold and silver.


Contact: Gizem TAKIL, Senior Expert, Marketing and Business Development