More than 40 great startups from T3 Entrepreneurship Center

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On February 2nd, we were at T3 Entrepreneurship Center pitch day, which was held in Zemin İstanbul. They organized a great pitch day for bright entrepreneurs in various verticals.

There were more than 40 startups, who passed the screening among hundreds of startups, attended the event for their 5 min pitches and 5 min Q&A, each. Selected startups will be supported by T3 in 2019, with benefits such as 100.000 TL investment, office space, mentorship and more.

Here are those great startups who attended T3 Entrepreneurship Center pitch day;

Enlil: They produce vertical-axis wind turbines for city usage and provide advertising opportunities.

Enwair Battery: With their high-tech silicium anode and Li-rich cathode batteries, they provide 20% more capacity than traditional batteries.

Bren: Produces energy from surface temperature and vibration for IoT and wireless sensors. Theoretically provides life-long energy for devices and needs no replacement.

Niceveri: Monitoring and reporting system for forklift fleets in warehouses and factories.

Parxlab: Parking spot management and navigation system for smart cities.

inMapper: Interactive navigation systems for indoor spaces, which can integrate into existing kiosk or apps.

Mobiki: Visitor tracing system for indoors.

Intelligent Things: IoT reporting system for measuring metal fatigue on buildings.

Bagaj is a versatile solution for travellers.

Bagaj: Smart lockboxes for travellers and many various things.

Medron: IoT system for monitoring workplace security, health and productivity.

ForFarming: IoT based agro-tech solution for indoors such as offices or homes.

Hubbox: Solution for machinery producers to control their devices remotely.

Smart Helmet: Improved work health and security solution for construction companies via smart, remote monitored helmets.

HTG: Smart agriculture solution self-sustaining farms.

Narval: Smart, autonomous submarine for data gathering.

Progin: Smart, autonomous drive systems that even work on harshest conditions.

Up Robotik: Quiet and secure micro-drones that fly by flapping its wings.

Barbaros: Air-drone supported marine drone that is used for counter-terrorism.

Dronom: Autonomous integration, ground-locking and sensitive landing systems for air and land drones.

iwrobots: Robots for preventing sea pollution and measuring solid and liquid waste on surface.

Leo Engineering: Developing software, hardware and algorithms for autonomous driving systems and advanced driving support.

Trexo Innovation: 3 axis visual stabilization systems.

Wollox: Turns standart screens and projectors into interactive screens.

VSyringe: Virtual reality injection training application and hardware.

Okul101: White-label social platform solution for schools, parents and students.

ESPCopter: Internet-connected, small and multiplatform drone development kits.

Filamex: Recycled filament production machine focusing on using filament waste of 3D printers.

Otokton: DIY 3D printer kit and online platform for students and hobbyists.

Isn’t it best to start teaching coding early with Robibot?

Robibot: Programming teaching robot for 3-7 year old kids, without the need of a PC or smartphone.

Micro-S Biotech: Solution to prevent bee deaths by using probiotics extrached from honey bees.

Neurobil: Solution for analyzing and reporting data captured directly from brain by using EEG devices.

ELAA Technology: 3D lung navigation system.

XR.AI: AI based diagnostic support system for radiologists.

Nabutech: IoT baset smart patient bed system.

ImageRAD: Cloud based, AI supported medical image sharing and archiving systems.

ISINA: Digital EKG with AI support.

BraceHealth: Wearable device and smartphone app for Parkinson disease treatment process.

Uniqool: 3D scanning and printing device for personalized eyewear.

Visiosoft: Precise location generationg application with AI and image processing technology.

ForceCR: Multispectral traffic camera for autonomous violation detection.

T-Quad: AI platform to improve digital, natural Turkish language recognition.

Pointr is an award winning solution for indoor navigation.

Pointr: Navigation, positioning and analyzing tool for indoors.

Stroma: Algorithms to prevent human error in traffic accidents.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019: Scale up your business

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GES or Global Entrepreneurship Summit is an (almost) annually hosted event, which offers a stage for scale-ups and a chance to showcase their enterprises before a selected group of top investors, founders, funders, experts and policymakers.

This year, the 9th edition of GES will be held at the Netherlands, the Hague. Interestingly, this one will be the first time the event will be in the European Union. The only time the event was in Europe was back in 2011 when GES has been organized in Istanbul.

The governments of the Netherlands and the United States will co-host the event on June 4-5, 2019, to drive global innovation and celebrate the free-market economy that supports jobs, growth, and transformative solutions to global challenges. This year GES will accept entrepreneurs innovating in Agri/Food, Connectivity, Energy, Health, and Water.

You can find more information or apply at GES 2019 official website.

Do You Think Browser Testing Is Irrelevant To Your Business? Think again!

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Running a business successfully on the web is a matter of getting the best products and services to every customer. You need to make your business more flexible, scalable and available for everyone.

But what happens when your business website does not reach all your customers as planned? If your website is not compatible with different browsers, you will have a hard time expanding and growing it online.

This is where cross browser testing comes into play. As new web browsers and devices are getting launched in the market, you need to make sure that your website runs on different platforms efficiently. Cross browser testing helps you accomplish this task.

If you are one of those who think browser testing is irrelevant, you are about to see just why it is everything but that!

What is cross browser testing?

To understand the importance of cross browser testing for your business, we need to first know what cross browser testing really is.

To put it in simple words, cross browser testing is nothing but testing your web application to check its compatibility across different browsers, resolutions, devices, and operating systems.

This helps you make sure that your website runs on every type of environment efficiently and the way you want.

The real reason one needs to perform cross browser testing

Each separate browser has a different set of rules on the basis of which they display content on the page. This results in variations in the format and design of the displayed content of the same website across different browsers.

The elements that make up your website, that is, the javascript code, CSS, etc, work differently on different browsers. A tag may appear smaller in Internet Explorer whereas bigger in Chrome.

When these browsers are run on different operating systems and platforms, you will notice that the same website appears differently on every platform!

Importance of cross browser testing

If you think cross browser testing is irrelevant, you need a reality check!

According to recent studies, 61.8% of internet users use Google Chrome browser. About 12.2% people engage with Internet Explorer and only 10.5% use Firefox. The remaining people use some other browser.

If your website functions efficiently on, say Chrome browser, you might be able to reach to the 76.8% people who use it. However, the remaining 24.2% will never be able to visit your website and engage with your business.

This deprives you of a lot of potential customers. It also limits your business in more than one ways.

If your business is not able to reach the target customers, how will you expand it in the online market?

To give your users and customers quality experience, it has become very important to develop a website keeping all the major browsers in mind.

Instead of letting your business suffer due to browser compatibility issues, you can simply perform a cross browser test and strive in the online market!

How can cross browser testing benefit your business?

As the saying goes “A frog in a well cannot discuss the ocean, because he is limited by the size of his well”.

Similarly, if your business is limited to a single browser, you cannot hope to expand it across the global or even the local market.

Here’s how cross browser testing can benefit your business

Your website will look professional

The most important thing for you when running a business online is to have a professional looking website.

Your website is the first thing that customers will see and the first impression is the last impression, right? This is why you need to make sure they see things exactly what you want to show.

Cross browser testing will ensure that your website looks and works perfectly on all platforms. No matter where and how your customers view your website, they will see the site as you envisioned it.

Reaching all customers

The people who use only a particular browser will not be able to access your products and services at all. This restricts the reach of your business.

When your website is compatible with all the different web browsers your business does not stay confined to a limited audience.

You can expand your business

Naturally, the more successful your web application is, the more successful your business will be.

The best way to ensure the success of your web application is to make it available to a wider audience.

This can be achieved by a simple cross browser test.

Cross browser testing decreases bounce rates and helps you to increase sales!

Still think cross browser testing is irrelevant? It not only helps increase traffic to your website and makes it popular but also helps expand the reach of your business and increases your website’s conversion.

Cross browser testing is also very useful for startups as they need to make sure their services and products reach targeted users, in order to establish their business online.

Steps taken towards making cross browser testing easier

The importance of cross browser testing is well recognized by everyone, including major browsers like Microsoft’s internet explorer.

Recently, Microsoft confirmed that it will adopt Chromium for Microsoft Edge. This step will help bring Edge to other OS platforms like MacOs as well. It will also allow Microsoft to make better and more efficient updates to Edge for Windows 10 as well as all the older versions of Windows.

Their intention behind this move is to increase web compatibility for their customers and reduce web fragmentation for web developers.

How will this help businesses?

As more platforms will be able to work with Edge, including MacOs and all the Windows versions, it will make the web experience of users more consistent.

This means web developers will no longer need to test their website for different browsers and platforms separately.

Conclusion

Cross browser testing is the need of the hour if you want to establish a successful business online. To be able to expand it, reach all potential customers and give your customers a refined website experience, you need to perform cross browser testing.

Conducting cross browser testing has become very easy with platforms like LambdaTest.

LambdaTest is a cross browser testing platform where you can easily test your website across more than 2000 different browsers as well as operating systems.

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Know what is best for your business and do not underestimate the power of cross browser testing!

EU Prize for Women Innovators 2019: Apply Now!

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We have great women who have built successful startups in Turkey and also in the world. But we want it to be more, we want women create greater startups so the statistics like “only 17% of entrepreneurs are women in the world” can change. Accelerators and corporates actually should be the main supporters of women entrepreneurs and every woman who is trying to start a startup. So women entrepreneurs can succeed more and empower other women and girls to become game changers, innovators, entrepreneurs…

Thanks to EU, they have a funding program for women innovators, entrepreneurs and they do it every year. Women who have found their own enterprises and brought innovation to market can apply to EU Prize. You also should be living one of the EU countries or countries associated to Horizon 2020.

4 women entrepreneurs will be rewarded in total. The prize is cash: 3 prizes of €100,000 for each winner and Rising Innovator prize (35 or younger) is €50,000. There is an application guide on the website. You should check it out because it will be helpful when applying.

Last date for application is January 16th. Do not miss!

For further information and to apply: https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/funding/funding-opportunities/prizes/eu-prize-women-innovators_en#latest

Can corporations innovate like startups?

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We are mostly giving bits of advice to startups in our blog, thanks to our experience that we gained seeing the lifespan and mentoring hundreds of startups in our programs or events. Even if we are trying to change the mindset of our corporate friends with those events, in the end, they are still working for corporates.

As I was writing this blog while watching Top Gear on my 2nd screen, I can say that while a startup is like a Caparo T1 which has twice the power-to-weight ratio of the Bugatti Veyron, but completely untamed. On the other hand, a corporation is like 18-wheeler; powerful with more control, yet slow. But can that truck let go of its wagon to get more agility? Not quite.

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Believe it or not: This thing is street-legal.

As Hackquarters, our team has a corporate background, so we can easily tell that we understand what you need to go through in a corporate environment. We know about some of the obvious problems in most of the corporations.

Fear of rejection in corporate “battlefield”

While we use those fancy words a lot in our startup environment, it’s hard to be innovative or disruptive in a corporate hierarchy. Usually, innovation is “commanded” from the top to the bottom in corporations, yet our experience shows that it starts from the bottom to the top. But we have “brave warriors” within the corporations that we work with, who fight for innovation within the company and luckily they have the support to make mistakes for the better good.

“I love my job, more than you do”

In a corporate environment, most people have their own agenda for keeping their job, appear successful (even if they suck) or gaining promotion. They are usually not brave enough to take responsibility within the company to create space for innovation. They have “What if I fail?” in their mind and they don’t want to lose their ground for possible future opportunities.

Trust issues within the company

Most corporations want to keep their privacy. They list lots of unnecessary things as confidential. When you want to sign an agreement with a corporation, there will be at least a few “confidentiality” clauses within the contract and this also applies to their employees. In some companies, even information exchange between some departments is limited (and I worked for one of those companies. Can’t tell the name; it’s confidential).

When it comes to innovation, things do change a bit, but in the end, you still can only see the top of the iceberg only. So when someone from the lower levels of hierarchy tries to do something new, he/she can hit an invisible wall (like the ones in old racing games like Need For Speed).

Turnover rates in managerial positions

It’s not like the 70s or 80s when people work for a single factory for 40 years until they retire. According to research, %21 of millennials change their job almost every year and 60% of them are looking to change their jobs. Thanks to them, it’s no different on managerial positions. And this situation affects innovation possibilities on corporations.

Assume that you have a great, supporting manager who appreciates your efforts on innovation, but in the middle of a great project he lands another job and leaves your company. The new manager is not very fond of innovative projects and he doesn’t want to risk his new position. There goes your effort, right into the trash bin of ideas.

Vanity metrics FTW!

As corporations usually can’t move as a whole, turnover rates in lower positions or managerial positions hinder the progress toward innovation.

Costly and risky experiments are a NO NO

As an entrepreneur, usually you don’t have much to lose, because you already know that less than 10% of startups “succeed” and this number is lower in entrepreneurs below 45. You can experiment, you can try new things that even it’s idiotic to some people. But it’s OK, you don’t lose much if you fail, and if you hit rock bottom, you can just insert another coin to start from the beginning. As a corporation, this is not applicable.

Corporations can try new things, but if they fail, they may lose a lot of money, which makes investors very unhappy and sometimes even causes the corporation to go bankrupt.

When a startup builds their plan, they can take a high risk – high reward path. If they succeed, they enter that 10% we mentioned before. A corporation, on the other hand, doesn’t take high risk unless its absolutely necessary.

Is innovation “impossible” in established corporations?

If the answer was “Yes“, we would be looking for another business. But most of the corporations are trying to handle innovation on their own, and 84% of them just spend money without any results at all. In fact, their expectations were neither met nor exceeded and the gap between expectation and meeting were so enormous, so it was considered a failure. Corporations cannibalize innovation (without guidance).

Here’s our secret. We push the secret INNOVATE button.

It is said that “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, but the most adaptable”. Corporations can’t adapt as fast as a startup. When a startup feels like “blockchain is sexy“, they can integrate blockchain into their model. But for a corporation, this operation needs lots of research, lots of manpower and lots of approvals. When they are ready to adapt, usually it is no longer “sexy”. It is just like my example at the beginning: Caparo T1 vs 18-wheeler.

Corporations need “startup-like” mind to innovate their current processes, and this is possible with collaboration. Partnership with a startup is a win-win for both parties. A startup can gain opportunities such as market access, workforce, resources and visibility from corporations, while corporations can gain agility, endless new ideas, willingness to take risks and potential high growth.

But how?

Solution: Inbound Open Innovation Projects

As we stated before: Corporations cannibalize innovation. But also, “All generalizations are false, including this one” as Mark Twain said. As Hackquarters, we are working with the few that chooses inbound open innovation as their way to keep pace with the new generation.

Inbound Open Innovation is a way of collaboration that corporations choose to include external resources into their own processes. Managing innovation effectively means rethinking corporations as a whole and usually problems are invisible from the inside. In Turkish, we have a saying “… you need a third eye” and this fits perfectly to this situation. Even if you believe that you are a digital, innovative company, you can not see what you are doing wrong. Hackquarters is the third eye.

Grants4Apps program that we are proud of!

In short, there is a growing culture of innovation and raising awareness of the need to review corporations as a whole, review processes with a view to seize opportunities for innovation, absorb knowledge and increase the engagement from all levels within the corporation. One of the most basic obstacles to moving forward on the road to innovation is whether or not employees within the corporation are aware of the challenges. Because if they’re not aware of the challenges they won’t get involved in the solution. Basic awareness about those challenges is probably the key indicator of how well the process will do.

As Hackquarters we provided lots of startup engagament to corporations such as Isbank, Bayer, Here and many more. If you need guidance on your way to true innovation, we would always love to have a cup of coffee and chat about what we can accomplish together.

e-Residency for Startups & entrepreneurs: Am I to be an Estonian from now on?

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If you are reading this blog, I can easly assume that you are already experienced in startup scene, one way or another. The most basic explanation of a startup is usually “solution to a problem”. We tell that “being a startup is not about your revenue or size of your company” and there are countless examples to bigger startups like Uber, Slack, Airbnb. In a way, we can call Estonia “a startup” with their e-Residency initiative.

In 2014, Estonia started accepting e-residency chance for startups all around the world. E-Residents gained the chance to work within Europen Union by establishing a digital company in Estonia, without a physical office or an individual in Estonia. If you apply and get accepted for the program, you receive a physical Estonian government-issued digital ID and start your program from anywhere in the world. But one important note: you DO NOT become an Estonian (therefore EU) citizen with e-residency, you only get the right to start a company.

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Even if Estonia has less than 2 million population, they are using digital IDs since 2000.

e-Residency Opportunities

E-Residency gives great new opportunities, as you now have a company within EU borders. You can gain access to the banking system or international payment service provider, sign your documents safely and digitally, have easy access to EU market, work within EU laws and last but not least you will have an EU company which removes some trust issues (especially when compared to developing countries).

To apply for e-residency in Estonia, you just need your local government-issued ID, passport, photo, credit card and a letter of motivation for your application. Then you need to pay 100€ and wait for 6 to 8 weeks for background check. After that, you will be notified via e-mail and if you get accepted as an e-resident, you can get your ID from the nearest Estonian consulate.

Your digital ID is the way you can get into anything related to Estonia: from starting your company, to paying your taxes later on. Estonian ID cards can be plugged directly into a computer through an e-reader that connects to the USB port. The ID card holder then simply enters their unique pin codes to either authenticate their identity or digitally sign. Even if Estonia has less than 2 million population, they are using digital IDs since 2000.

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I started my company. What now?

Even if you don’t need a physical office, you still need an adress within Estonia to start your company. And as most of the things in your way can be handled digitally in Estonia, that problem is easy to solve, too. There are services like LeapIn, which provides services you need for your digital company in Estonia. Starting at 60€ monthly, you can get a bank account in Estonia, accounting, taxing and compliance help.

After you handle all the “digital paperwork” for you company, you can start doing business asap. E-residents pay 20% income tax and it can also be done digitally with your ID.

For now, Estonia is the only country in the world that accepts e-residents, so there is no alternative unfortunately.

More Info about e-Residency in Estonia

Further reading: e-Residency whitepaper

Further reading: Why e-Residency is popular with Turkish entrepreneurs

Credit: Burak Büyükdemir @ Startup Istanbul 2018

Having a Global Growth Mindset Family Makes All the Difference

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This year I was privileged to be a Fellow at German Marshall Fund of United States of America in “Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative. Yes, I know the title is really long, but the experience was incredible. This program is designed for transatlantic cooperation as the name and GMF suggest. Being skeptic in the beginning, when we arrived to Lisbon for our initial onboarding meeting, my mind cleared.

Seeing 71 likeminded people from 40 different countries, running startups, accelerators and NGOs I felt in a warm and good company. Besides the my fellows, we had incredible people mentoring during the program.

Having a startup and starting to scale is really hard. Besides financial problems that you face, all the pressure that you feel from people around you and society is another part; where most of us are unprepared for. Having people with similar problems, or paths gives you an incredible freedom of talking without any prejudice is an incredible support, which is hard to get in anywhere in the world.

After onboarding in Portugal, we had our US missions in two cities. I was lucky enough to be with brilliant people and sent to Seattle, WA. Go #SeattleUnit.  All fellows, basically spread to 10 different cities and had roughly 1 full week in our destinations cities. Then, all fellows rejoined at Washington, DC to close the program and become Alumni of this incredible program.

I see this program in two parts;

1. Program Itself:

YTILI is a young and well-thought program designed to connect us with US counterparts, potential investors, partners and understand how the US government works on the innovation economy. Being said that was the value proposal of the program, YTILI delivers all promises.

Starting in Portugal, we had great mentors/investors to learn from. And having the chance to meet with fellows closer. It was a great week adding up to another good event – Lisbon Investment Summit.

Then, in Seattle it was an intense week of networking and customer development. For myself, it was incredible to meet with M12 Ventures, Alexa Fund, Alexa Accelerator, Amazon team, WeWorkLabs and many people who had lots to offer. Our mentor team in Seattle was great as well. I can’t thank enough to Lowell Ricklefs, Gillian Muessig, Anne Kennedy, Ryan Biava, David Harris, and I strongly suggest them to anyone planning to visit Seattle for similar reasons.

2. What Program Delivers

Having 70 more people, ambitious, well developed, hustling for a while all conversations are bliss. I had my #SeattleUnit, and we started a great friendship in that intense week of hustling. Peer mentoring and support helped us significantly both to our ventures and personalities.

Seeing the status of entrepreneurship in different countries brought us lots of homework for our hometowns.

And the best thing is we have a basic WhatsApp group, whatever you ask is granted at least from one fellow, which is like magic.

Good thing is, applications for 2018’s fellows is still open. If you are under 35 and in GMF zone, highly suggest that you apply for the program and love to give you a reference. It is not a program, it is an acceptance to a family, which I believe will bring lots of successful companies or impact to our own economies. More details are here -> http://www.gmfus.org/ytili-fellowship

Photo credits: If it is a good photo, most probably from Niko’s Instagram. Too bad he has another startup ☺ Thanks Niko!

Another shoutout to my fellow #SeattleUnit startups.

France – https://www.knotcity.com/en/
Belgium – https://www.citizenlab.co/
Cyprus – http://politica.io/
Greece – https://hopwave.com/
Spain – https://www.ezzing.com/
Portugal – https://climberrms.com/en/
Georgia – http://vr-ex.com/
Croatia – https://arcadex.co/
Slovakia – https://ixworx.com/


Elitism may be an obstacle in choosing the right Executive MBA program

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We read almost on a daily basis of the pressing needs of business to reorient executives so that they can formulate innovative and creative strategies to face the major disruptions that the digital transformation process should bring within the next 3-4 years. However, a recent McKinsey report indicates that most companies have made little progress in this direction!

Elitism may get in the way when a manager searches for an Executive MBA program. However, not all can get into Harvard, Stanford or Oxford.

Conversely, these elite business schools may not be the right places for your training needs. The same applies when a company searches for a consulting company. However, the benefit-to-cost ratio should be carefully assessed before accepting a consulting companyʼs offer. This is easier said than done because benefits are hard to measure; they are based on expectations to be realized over time, which presents a difficult-to-measure ROI risk.

The most expensive is not always the best

Consequently, managers often prefer to accept the high cost of the globally famous consulting company in order to minimize this perceived risk. “After all, we hired the best”. Alas, we know by experience that the most expensive restaurant is not necessarily the best.

Where do globally-famous consulting firms source their renewable human talent? Business schools, of course. Employment statistics indicate that the “top MBA talent” from top business schools are scooped up by consulting companies where they are re-oriented before they face clients. The word on the street is that consulting companies keep only the top 10-15% of the MBAs they hire because the rest canʼt measure up or burn out. Hence the term “renewable”. However, the consulting company still recovers their investment in this talent by several-fold, because of the very high prices they charge.

So, if your company needs cutting-edge consulting/training services, inviting the global consulting company may not be your wisest move. Instead, consider the business schools in your country, if not satisfied, expand the search to your continent. Why pay for the same talent a lot more?

Chasm between perceived time and real-time

In fairness, though, one major advantage of hiring an experienced consulting company, is that the manager will not have to cope with the traditional chasm between business facultyʼs perceived time and real time! Faculty, by nature, are interested and engaged in research first (sometimes coupled with teaching and consulting comes second.

Consequently, they may overlook the urgency of the need, or even ignore it. This is one of the major reasons why businesses call their most favored consulting company before they reach out to business schools. 41 North Business School aims to change this attitude because we are private, stand-alone, agile and we have the reach to top-talent global business faculty. Learning- by- doing and Serious Gaming are two learning methodologies that we employ in all of our management training programs.

10 great startups graduated from Workup by Isbank with Demo Day

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We recently mentioned Workup by Isbank program twice in our blog. We see Workup as one of the most prominent work we have done in last 2 years as we mentioned in our Best of 2018 by Hackquarters blog and also we did let our followers know that you can still apply for upcoming batches of Workup. As Hackquarters we love working with Isbank because they are one of the most innovative companies in Turkey, regarding startup engagement.

Workup is an acceleration program which is open to all startups from early stage to seed-funded startups. As you can get from the name, the main supporter of the program is Isbank, while Hackquarters is responsible for the content of the program and overall management, with the valuable help of Kolektif House. Last Friday, Workup got 10 new graduates from the program with Demo Day.

10 startups were deemed successful enough to graduate from the program including Animega, compocket, doktorderki, Epiqur, Hangi Üniversite Hangi Bölüm, Her yerde pilates, leadonly, onboardio, startupHR and Userguiding.

Probably the most famous technology and innovation columnist in Turkey, Serdar Kuzuloğlu, aka Chief of Turkish Internet Gang, was the host of Demo Day. After his opening speech, we got a little quiz (thanks to Poltio). Then, Isbank CEO, Adnan Bali was on stage talking about their vision for the future with startups and innovation that they provide. After Adnan Bali, lead mentor of Workup by Isbank, Omer Erkmen was on stage with his speech. Our partner for the program, CEO of Kolektif House, Ahmet Onur took over stage talking about their collaboration with Isbank and Hackquarters. And finally, CEO of Hackquarters, Kaan Akın has taken over the stage with huge applause from startups and audience, as mentioned by Serdar Kuzuloğlu. Kaan thanked everyone involved in the program and talked about the success that we helped achieve.

After opening speeches by people mentioned above, finally, startups took over the whole show with their great presentations. Each startup landed on the stage with a song of their choosing and with great applause from the audience, then they each performed a 5 min long presentation for what they are doing.

Here are 10 graduates from Workup by Isbank program;

Animega is a content platform for anime shows and manga available all around the world on mobile. Animega is a freemium content platform that brings together different types of anime content.

Compocket wants to create a world where everyone can learn and practice electronics easily to create tomorrow’s technology. It is not possible with today’s old, heavy and expensive electronics measurement devices. To solve this problem, Compocket created high tech devices for students, makers and technical services which are pocket sized and mobile based with a simple interface. It also gives its users the freedom to personalize their devices with add-ons according to their own interests. The first product Minis: World’s Smallest Oscilloscope now has pre-orders and today the beta product is being used by different people around the world.

Doktorderki is a mobile platform that provides true health consciousness via one to one messaging with specialists.

Epiqur is a live streaming platform designed for music performances specifically, in our terms a Digital Music Hall. Epiqur developed a hardware called “Epiqur Gear” that enables to live stream audio in High-quality. Receiving the video through the Epiqur App, two channels are merged on servers then streamed fully synchronised. The platform simultaneously records the performances and store them as an on-demand content.

Hangi Üniversite Hangi Bölüm guides students in Turkey on their path to college by providing them insights from students studying in specific universities.

Heryerdepilates.com is Turkey’s first online Pilates studio. Many people are unable to attend Pilates classes due to lack of easy access to studios, schedule conflicts, and high costs. Heryerdepilates.com is developed to offer high quality, online Pilates classes for everyone with a monthly subscription fee less than one “group mat Pilates” class.

Leadonly creates digital patient acquisition funnels and improve their performances constantly by tracking them from one end to the other. Our aim is to provide maximum amount of sales for our customers with the lowest costs.

Onboardio is a pre-chat customer engagement tool, which instantly resolves most frequent questions for live chat using businesses.

StartupHR is a digital platform that allows you to join the entrepreneurship ecosystem of the future and work in startups, find partners, expand your team and grow your startup.

Userguiding help companies to improve product adoption by designing interactive guides and result-oriented walkthroughs without coding.

New term kick-off for Hackquarters Pioneers: Learn, Engage, Deliver and Graduate

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As we started our program on 18th of November with HackCon4 and our new 125 Pioneers, we’re happy to announce our quarterly plans for Class of 19. We’ll have 3 quarters till September 2019: Learn, Engage and Deliver.

LEARN

Meetups: In the first 3 months, our focus is on learning the most important things in the entrepreneurship. So, Pioneers will be attending meetups and they’ll be learning from Omegas of the program via Online Meetups, Hacker Meetups, Women Entrepreneurship Panels and through events in their schools. We built peer groups to make every Pioneer involved in what they want to do better.

Read, Watch, Attend: Thanks to Hackquarters’ rich resources, we have lots of content to deliver. Pioneers will have biweekly newsletters that have articles, videos, book and event recommendations.

Internships: We all know working in a startup environment is the best choice to learn about the ecosystem. Our omegas are willing to provide internships for Pioneers who want to work as an intern in a startup. And also, StartupHR helps us to find cool internships for all Pioneers.

Bootcamp: Last year we organized a bootcamp just after our second HackCon. We also recorded all the courses that we’ve done on that day so that everyone could benefit from it (You can find those videos on Hackquarters YouTube channel). We will be doing another bootcamp this year in February, after HackCon5. There are limited seats, so only 10 Alpha Pioneers and 5 Beta Pioneers will be able to attend the bootcamp physically.

Starting this new batch, Pioneers will have to complete some tasks in order to graduate from the program. In the first quarter, Pioneers need to meet with 5 other Pioneers, chosen randomly. They should follow all the content we provide, join meetups as possible as they can, ALWAYS use Slack for communication and give feedbacks about online courses that we’ve recorded at Pioneers Bootcamp’18, so they might have a chance to attend Pioneers Bootcamp’19.

ENGAGE

The second quarter is more likely to be engaged in startups and innovative corporations like Google, Iyzico, Scotty, Yemeksepeti, Insider etc. We’ll be visiting successful startups and corporations as peer groups (Hacker, Hipster, Hustler) every month to see different company cultures, meet with people relevant to everyone’s peers and solve business cases in the company. Pioneers need to join these trips and cooperate with other peers as well when delivering an innovative project to companies we visit. In the second quarter, they still should be following content from Hackquarters and try to land internships at startups. Since our last quarter is all about creating a startup, they need to attend Product Development sessions that is a part of Hacker Meetups and they should look for proper teammates. Together with StartupHR team, we will be organizing “Meet your co-founder” events to accelerate the process.

DELIVER

This is probably the most challenging part of our program. After learning crazy new stuff and engaging in successful companies for 6 months, now it’s time to deliver a product. Unfortunately, only Pioneers who completed our “to do list” in previous quarters will have the chance to be included in our last quarter.

As always, we will try to provide as many resources as we can to all Pioneers, but this time we will need their involvement in return. We will track how much learned from this program and studied in these topics for themselves. After that, 5 teams will have the chance to attend last quarter. Their main goal will be selling their product or service. Then according to their earnings, we’ll be giving out rewards like cloud credits, mentorship support after the program and $1000 cash more if they earn $1000.

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