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TOBB University of Economics and Technology GARAJ Coworking Space

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with over 1,500 events held in more than 700 countries. This exceptional event will be a YOUTH event and will gather: 70 attendees in Ankara, Startup Weekend fans looking to meet new people and build great businesses. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote), and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend will culminate with presentations in front of figures from the business, technology and entrepreneurship fields.



Mar 6
  • Registration Starts / Dinner
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Ice Breaker Game - Half-Baked
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Announcing selected ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 7
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Mini workshop on business model canvas/customer validation
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Lunch / Customer Surveys
  • Mini Workshop - cost structure / revenue streams
  • Group Games
  • Mini Workshop - Presentation skills
  • Work on presentations
  • Dinner/tech check/coaches feedback on presentations
  • Gut check. Finalise presentations
  • Final Presentations
  • Judging & Awards
  • Ice cream party. Go home and relax


Mar 8


A young entrepreneur!


Adil Oran

Assoc. Prof. Dr. of Finance at METU Dept. of Bus. Adm.   |   LinkedIn

Ussal Şahbaz

Program Manager TEPAV   |   Google+

Şevket Kürkçüoğlu

Game & Interaction Designer and Gamification Expert Novartis   |   LinkedIn


Ece İdil Kasap

Co-founder at Viveka Incubation Center   |  

A young international, creative and entrepreneurial professional, with experience and exposure on the international stage including Turkey, Western Europe and Japan. Ece combines a proven ability to seize, create, and start-up business opportunities along with the skills to team with diverse cultures in order to develop a pipeline of opportunities and business growth with sophisticated IT solutions.

Naima Shaikh

Digital Technology Consultant and Leadership Coach   |  

Naima brings 20+ years of corporate experience in applying technology to business growth, and aligning people to their strengths. Her previous roles ranged from leading application development teams to developing business transformation strategies, specializing in startup operations and rapid growth environments in the Middle East.

Naima also served as a judge in the Software Development Trade Show in Dubai for three years.

Emre Fadıllıoğlu

CEO Netvent   |   LinkedIn

Elif Kalaycı

Dr. Atılım University   |   LinkedIn

Josh Krause

Student, Loyola University   |   LinkedIn

Co-organizer, Startup Weekend