Bridge to Global Growth

ITU SEED Acceleration Program boosts startups to go global with countless opportunities in one of the best metropolises in the world; Istanbul.

What is ITU SEED International Startup Accelerator?

At ITU SEED, we have hosted thousands of startups over the last 12 years and accompanied them in their global success stories. Join us at ITU SEED International Startup Accelerator! Develop your early-stage company in the world’s best university incubator, take advantage of countless opportunities and commercialize your products quickly.

Technology-based qualified human power​

Tax benefits​

Access to global and local investment

4 billion dolars of ecosystem value in the last 2.5 years

Geographical proximity to both the European and Middle Eastern markets

Cost-efficient environment

Our Ecosystem

What does the program offers to Entrepreneurs? Investors? Stakeholders? Mentors?


  • Tax exempted office space in Istanbul, ITU ARI Technopark
  • Financial Center of Turkey
  • Networking with Corporate Companies & Investors
  • Live presentation to global and local investors
  • Mentorship
  • Workshops
  • Business Development
  • Talent Pool
  • Prototyping Labs
  • Near €50 million in awards, cash and investment
  • Access to global market


  • Access to startups in the region
  • Demo days specific to investor focus
  • Co-investment
  • Investment reports
  • Participate in the Global Demo Day


  • Intrapreneurship
  • Open innovation
  • B2B matchmaking with corporate companies and startups
  • Demo days specific to industry/corporation-needs focus


  • Online Mentorship Platform
  • Connection to Hundreds of Startups
  • Mentor Club Network
  • Open Innovation

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Program Journey for Entrepreneurs and Startups

What did they say?

DevelhopeMassimiliano Costa
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Thanks to ITU SEED and its squad, we are now re-designing our training model in the country, tailoring our program on the market needs and improving our Talent placement rate. For this reason we would like to express our gratitude to the ITU SEED organizers, trainers and coach, for giving us the opportunity to participate in this strategic program, providing accurate market insights and local connections.
vencortexDr. Dominik Dellermann
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What sets the ITU SEED program apart is its comprehensive approach to support. They offer a wide range of resources including tailored workshops, networking events, access to industry experts, and even funding opportunities. This holistic support system has equipped us with the skills, knowledge, and connections necessary to thrive in the competitive startup landscape.
Ender Turing
Ender TuringOlena Iosifova
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ITU SEED program is the must come place for every international startup who wants to work on Turkish market. The amount of country relevant business insights is impressive.
GeojetDenis Bulatov; Zach Pokudov
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That was a very compelling experience! ITU Seed provides a deep dive into Turkish market and local digital trends. That is also supported by numerous lectures and seminars. Participants and mentors are open-minded and ready to challenge each other, which ensures healthy competition. We're very curious to know where our partnerhsip will lead us further.
DiabetterSoodeh Razeghi Jahromi
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The ITU SEED program is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their businesses in the fields of technology, innovation, and social impact. The program provides mentorship, training, networking, and access to resources that can help them achieve their goals.
Base2Giorgi Tsartsidze
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Thanks to ITU SEED, we have greatly improved current and learned new metrics, which made our future view more clearer and more achievable. We highly recommend ITU SEED to any startup that wants to grow and scale in Turkey and in Global markets.
MyndPlayTre Azam
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The programme has been a great refresher on business, sales, marketing, PR and also an exciting way to learn about the Turkish market and its potential. I enjoyed the sessions and felt that there were many things we forget and also need to keep up to date with in these challenging times. Thanks for a great few months of learning and thought provoking topics.
Dione Protocol
Dione ProtocolStefan Kermer
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The ITU SEED program helped us to engage with turkish partners to build our products. Great team and program.
60secondsIvan Kadic
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I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity provided by the ITU SEED program. This program has not only equipped me with valuable skills in technology and entrepreneurship but has also opened doors to a network of like-minded individuals and mentors. The guidance and support I received throughout the program have been instrumental in the growth of my startup. Thanks to the ITU SEED program, I am now on a path towards building a successful tech business.
Emma Sensing
Emma SensingIshay Kokavka
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Early stage startups that operate globally but intend to penetrate the Turkish market will benefit greatly from this program. There is a lot of information on the culture and business behavior of the locals, as well as information on legal matters and other important issues. Taking part in this program is an excellent opportunity for startup companies looking to cooperate or to get ‘foot on the ground’ in Turkey.
AIT Group (PFMS)
AIT Group (PFMS)Henry Ngale Foretia
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The lessons learned at the ITU SEED program are a must-have for every entrepreneur. The instructors are well versed in their various subjects to the core. I see a great difference in my business when I apply the knowledge I gain. Thank you very much.
JobfulMihai Cepoi
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Joining ITU SEED allowed us to better understand the Turkish market, its opportunities and business insights. The entire experience blended face to face customer meetings with great learning sessions and guidance.
NomisArty Shatilov
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ITU SEED has proven invaluable in providing us with a renewed perspective on our projects, enabling us to explore and test new business models and distribution channels. Additionally, their network of esteemed mentors has facilitated valuable guidance and support, and are helping us secure our seed round with confidence.
RIDERPhil Dogan
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ITU seed lecturers provided us with valuable insights into the Turkish market. Especially the mentorship program was very beneficial for our strategic orientation. The whole ITU team did a great job and worked passionately to make us succeed.
EhotelspaceDarejan Liparteliani
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Learned a lot and benefited from your course! Thank you! Thank you so much for facilitating such a positive learning environment! I feel your support and I know that Our cooperation will continue.
Tensor Lab
Tensor LabDenis Zelenov
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Received mentorship, access to funding, and valuable industry connections for rapid growth.
VOOVOOVakthang Iashvili
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I would like to express my gratitude toward the program - during the ITU Seed acceleration we were mentored by quite good trainers, VOOVOO passed and got a useful experience.
SoMin.aiAleks Farseev
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Participation in ITU SEED helped in adapting to the Turkish startup ecosystem dynamics. We especially learnt the little yet important and strategic behaviors to consider while approaching investors and customers - thanks to the program management team, especially to Mert Konuk and Belinay Yandi. As a result we were the only startup from the international landscape that is among the top 20 in the Big Bang Startup Challenge!
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We had experience with acceleration program, but it was not as properly structured as the ITU Seed program. So if you are now at the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey, you definitely need this program. Thanks to the mentors and the ITU Seed Team!
myStashChristina Okere
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The ITU SEED program opened my eyes to the Fintech landscape in Turkey. I also enjoyed and learnt a lot from the mentor sessions, particularly the ones with Eoin McGuinness, who helped review our GTM strategies.
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