The World Business Angel Forum was held in Istanbul on February 19-20th, 2018, which marked the launch of the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour. At this international conference, five Hungarian and two Polish innovative startups introduced their ideas to key sponsors and partners such as Türk Telekom and Celebi.
The main purpose of the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour is to introduce startups from the V4 region to the international market.
“This event gave us the chance to get to know the Turkish startup community, and a great opportunity to connect our innovation ecosystems. In order to solidify this connection, Startup Campus is organizing a special program this year, during which 10 Turkish startups will have the chance to participate in a week-long European debut event. Budapest is an ideal entry point for Turkish entrepreneurs wishing to join the European market. In addition, we can help our domestic and regional startups to enter the Turkish market in coordination with large Turkish corporate partners.” – said Zsolt Kovács, CEO of Enterprsie Hungary.
The startups who represented from Hungary in Istanbul included Sharekiwi – developing unique telecommunication software solutions, Vitrolink – facilitating the work of pathologists, SoleCall – revolutionizing the market for personal security applications, BauApp – facilitating the digitalisation of construction projects, and Reporter Community – providing online commercial space for newsworthy photos and videos. Poland was represented by Adwise.me, which is an app based recommendation, discount & loyalty program and Fairga.me, which has been created to offer entertainment in a safe and honest landscape.
At the WBAF conference Hungary and the V4 Presidency were represented by Balázs Rákossy, State Secretary for the Use of European Union Resources. In addition, the Startups had the chance to personally present their innovations to the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Sn. Mehmet Şimşek.
The next two stops of the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour, powered by Enterprise Hungary, will be to Berlin and New York City. The application for both stops is now open, for which the organizers have highlighted the following industry focusses:
Berlin: Fintech, Healthcare, E-commerce.
Application deadline: March 12, 2018
New York: Medtech / Healthtech
Application Deadline: March 11, 2018
Startup Campus V4 Global Tour Partners in Turkey: V4 Connects – V4 Hungarian Presidency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hiventures, Innotrade Program of the Hungarian National Trading House, Exim Bank, Axt Hungary, Özaltin, Türk Telekom, Celebi, Polat, Nurol Holding, Hungarian Institute of Istanbul.