Istanbul #1


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Share your idea, build your team and get to work: life is short, so why wasting time? Give all you’ve got and create a new business from scratch in a weekend. In a unique atmosphere, people from various backgrounds come together and develop early business concepts.

Mentors with proven experience in start-ups will guide you with first-hand tips on how to make a successful business. By Sunday, you’ll have the foundations for a functional start-up: the projects developed during the weekend will be evaluated by a panel of judges.

You can either pitch your own business idea or help a presenter develop their idea. From business guy to programmer to designer – everyone is welcome!



16:00 - 17:00


17:00 - 18:00


18:00 - 19:00


19:00 - 19:20

Introduction for Pitching

19:20 - 20:45

Pitch Presentations — tutorial pitch presentation

20:45 - 21:15

Team Picking

21:15 - 21:30

Business Model Canvas

21:30 - 23:00


09:00 - 09:45

Breakfast (At Friends Cafe)

09:45 - 10:15

Good morning input session

10:15 - 13:00

Working time

13:00 - 13:45


13:45 - 16:30

Work with your mentors

16:30 - 17:00

Break (Play Tavla with mentors & judges, consume coffee, enjoy the museum)

17:00 - 18:00


18:00 - 19:00

Working time

19:00 - 20:00

Pitch Training (By Can Ertuğrul)

20:00 - 22:00

Work, work, work!

09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 11:30

Working time

11:30 - 12:00


12:00 - 13:15

Final work on your concept, mockups, prototypes, last minute feedback session

13:15 - 14:00


14:00 - 16:30

Preparing for the presentation

16:30 - 18:00

Final Presentations

18:00 - 18:30


18:30 - 19:15

Climax - Winner Announcement & Speeches

19:30 - 23:59

Party in '1st'anbul! — (event page)


Global Partners


City Partners

Gold Supporters

Asad Safari
Agile and Lean Startup Coach,
Ayşe İnal
General Secretary, Galata Business Angels
Can Ertuğrul
Board Member, Austrian Startups Worked in 3 startups, 2 in FinTech, experienced public speaker, mentoring and pushing startups out of their comfort zone since 2010. #AllroundBiz #BizDev #Traction #Marketing #Strategy #Pitching #Planning #BizModel #Fundraising #Storytelling  
Dilek Dayındarlı
Vice President, 212
Erbil Sivaslıoğlu
Founder, PinholeStore
Ertuğrul Belen
Managing Partner, Divas Diamond
Gökhan Ahi
İhsan Elgin
Director, Girişim Fabrikası (Startup Factory)
İsmail Dağlı
Co-founder, di Deva
Mustafa Kutsal
Rumen Iliev
Portfolio Manager, LAUNCHub
Serkan Ünsal
Taner Akçok
Lead of Entrepreneurship Program, Microsoft
Alemşah Öztürk
Galata Business Angels Member / Chief Happiness Officer & Founder, 41? 29!
Ali Karabey
Galata Business Angels Member / Managing Director, 212
Aslı Türkmen
Member, Endeavor
Cem Soysal
Galata Business Angels Member / General Manager, Inventram
Stanislav Sirakov
Partner, LAUNCHub

Borrow books. Share your library. Meet fellow book lovers, and exchange opinions.


2 tickets for the Pioneers Festival
Seed & Acceleration fund with a "Wild card" from LAUNCHub
2 tickets for Iran Agile 2013 conference
Co-working space at Urban Station by Microsoft for 6 months


Contact person

Güney Köse

“Take some action!” defines Güney’s perspective on missions and eventually achievements. He sees his projects as his not-yet-born kids which need to be given birth to, raised and then freed to the nature. He organizes. From one night stand ( e.g a house concert) to long-term relationships (e.g startup live istanbul) he likes ‘being involved’. He loves people coming from different walks of life, to interact, work and hang out with them.

Erkin Kılıç
Years of experience make Erkin someone to work and discuss with. No matter what, where and when, he is there to pour some laughter and experience on the matter. A true internet-addict, he is good at tech and he's already worked at some great companies in Turkey. Network? He has it. Skill? He has it. Turkish sincerity? There he is. He is the oldest but the goldest of our team.
Simay Salı
Patient, enterprising and outgoing are only a few words which can describe Simay. She's majoring in economy, she does math so good you can call her "Raymond Babbitt" of Rain Man. Believing that it enlightens someone's life, she works hard. She is very excited to be a part of Startup Live Istanbul and looking forward to hosting you!
Mustafa Kutsal
He is one of those people you can’t figure how to classify. Being a rare form, he has wide information about innovation, art, typography, web design, design, architecture, law, politics, feelings, tadelle, waffle... Woohh... SUL Istanbul was made possible thanks to his support. P.S His taste of things is fantastic.
Kaan Baytar

İstanbul Bilgi University - santralistanbul

Emniyettepe Mh. Kazım Karabekir Caddesi 2
34060 İstanbul, Turkey