News and Announcements

Jun 2022
STEM Valorise Project Istanbul Meeting was held on 6-7 June

Under the coordination of İTU GINOVA, Istanbul Meeting of the AB Erasmus + Project STEM_Valorisation Training Programme (STEM Valorise) was held on 6-7 June 2022.


Hosted by İTU GINOVA, project partners from; University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) Catherine Hayward, Munster Technological University (MTU) Niall O’Leary and Sarah Davis, Institut Mines-Télécom Business School (IMTBS) Nina Brankovic and Medisa Focic have attended to the meeting. Prof. Dr. Şebnem Burnaz, Dr. Zeynep Erden Bayazıt and Dr. Alper Yurttaş have attended the meeting representing İTU GINOVA.

On the first day of the meeting, the content of the education programme which is planned to start in October 2022, was discussed. The project partners have presented the module content under their responsibilities and the modules have been discussed at the meeting. After the modules have been set; on the second day, the curriculum of the programme and the arrangement of the modules have been discussed. 

The project coordinator Dr. Zeynep Erden Bayazıt has stated that “Due to the pandemic, all the meetings till this day have been held online since the beginning of the project, started in 2021. Thanks to this meeting, we had the chance to meet the project partners face to face. We have “shaped the education programme to its last form all together, which is the most important output of this project. Quite interesting content has emerged. We are extremely pleased with the synergy created by finally working together face to face.”

About STEM Valorise Project

Driven by the supranational agenda to increase employment, productivity, competitiveness and social cohesion, Europe has taken a path towards stronger connectivity among society, government, business and higher education institutions (HEIs) for joint solutions, with the latter being key actors in turning research results and innovations into tangible economic and societal value.

However, despite the existing policy support, the research value creation a.k.a research valorisation by HEIs remains low. For this reason, the Erasmus+ funded project “STEM Valorise” aspires to develop a successful valorisation training programme that will empower a new generation of entrepreneurial STEM researchers to translate their research into real societal impact.

Our international partnership will collaborate over the course of 2 years in researching, developing and piloting a comprehensive training programme and a toolkit to support the valorisation efforts of the first stage STEM researchers.

Jun 2022
The World Environment Week Event

Within the scope of World Environment Week, a broadcast will be live streamed on ITU Environmental Engineering Club's YouTube Channel with the contribution of ITU Sustainability Office on the 10th of June, at 11am. We welcome everyone interested in environment and sustainability to watch our live stream. 

Click here for more information.
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May 2022
Want to create societal impact from your STEM research?
Want to create societal impact from your STEM research?

Join our free 6-week training programme which will help you extend the reach of your STEM research beyond academia. The programme will take place between October 2022 - December 2022.
We are looking for graduate students in Turkey, France & Ireland who are conducting STEM research at a higher education institution or are affiliated with one.
To find out more and register for the programme, click here:

Mar 2022
The regional scans of the EU project to develop women's entrepreneurship, have been published.

Within the scope of the WeRIn– Woman Entrepreneurs in Regional Inclusive Ecosystems Project, of  ITU GINOVA, regional scans were completed by the project partner universities.

Scans that present the current situation regarding the inclusiveness of entrepreneurship support programs have been prepared for Turkey, Germany, Croatia, the Netherlands and Ireland. Turkey report edited by Prof. Dr. Şebnem Burnaz, Dr. Zeynep Erden Bayazıt and Beril Gül.

In the next phases of the WeRIn project, the focus will be on efforts to increase inclusiveness in entrepreneurship education in the light of regional scans.

About the WeRIn Project

The WeRIn – Woman Entrepreneurs in Regional Inclusive Ecosystems Project aims to increase inclusiveness in training and support programs in order to increase the proportion of female graduates in the entrepreneurship ecosystem and ensure their greater involvement in regional ecosystems across Europe. The project is coordinated by the Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

In the Turkey report, besides the difficulties arising from structural inefficiencies in entrepreneurship, which is a young ecosystem compared to other countries, financing problems and access to investment stand out as the most emphasized problems. In the field studies conducted with women, it has been observed that the gendered approach is not clearly put forward as a problem, but there are strong stereotypes for entrepreneurs in the ecosystem. It has been seen that the character traits attributed to men in the literature such as courage, determination, risk taking and endurance, which are especially matched with the characteristics that an entrepreneur should have, are widely emphasized. 

In addition, it was stated that women entrepreneurs working in male-dominated industries faced more difficulties in proving their technical knowledge than women working in female-dominated industries. This situation leads women to use their education infrastructure or market knowledge to prove their competencies and to hold on in the sector in this way. The existence of technoparks, incubation centers or public support and grant programs in the field of technology has been observed as a major driving force for the women entrepreneurs ecosystem.

Click here to reach the web site of the project:


Feb 2022
Fire Up Changemakers Program

İstanbul Technical University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (İTU GINOVA), Bogaziçi University Entrepreneurship Center (BRIGHT) and Middle East Technical University Entrepreneurship Research Center (METU GIMER) teamed up to build a student-led community to create change aligned with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals on campus, focusing on fostering entrepreneurship and social innovation capabilities of the students.

The program has two components. In the first part, there will be a 6-week online training program which starts on March 9th, 2022. Students from these three universities (ITU, BOUN and METU) can apply to the program until March 5th 23:59. The program requires hard work and a commitment to learn and apply entrepreneurial skills. The program offers a blended learning environment with experiential exercises, online videos, reading materials and executional tasks for the participants. Students who successfully complete the first part will  be awarded by a Fire Up Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate, issued by the Centers. 

Those who complete the first part successfully will be invited to individual interviews and 12 successful students (four from each university) will be nominated for the Stanford University D-School Innovation Fellows Program. Students continuing the program will take the lead in activities that will develop the innovation culture on the campuses, under the guidance of ITU GİNOVA, BOUN Bright, and METU GIMER centers.

Apply for the Fire Up Changemakers Program for creativity, entrepreneurship, excitement, inspiration, exploration and innovation!


Information about the Stanford University Innovation Fellowship program can be found below:

Feb 2022
E-zine of SME Cluster Growth Project EMPOWER has been published

The second issue of EMPOWER, the digital magazine of SME Cluster Growth, the EU Erasmus+ Program Knowledge Partnerships Project, of which ITU GINOVA is one of its partners, has been published.

The SME Cluster Growth Project, which started in 2021, is progressing at full speed. The second issue of the project's digital magazine EMPOWER, which is published twice a year, has been published. The journal includes the main outputs of the research phase of the project and up-to-date information from the project partners. Click to reach EMPOWER.

About SME Cluster Growth Project

The SME Cluster Growth project aims at empowering SMEs in the engineering sector to ensure their maturation and stable growth by equipping them with horizontal skills and knowledge. This will be achieved via a collaborative effort of higher education institutions (HEIs), future skills and business growth professionals and university-industry relationship experts that will respectively contribute to the advancement of SMEs’ operational, attitudinal and adaptive capacities.

The aim of the project is to equip SMEs with horizontal skills and knowledge so that to ensure their stable maturation and growth by drawing HEIs and business professionals to develop and support (i) SME cluster growth training, (ii) student business consulting, (iii) cross-border mobility and facility sharing and (iv) regional growth stakeholder community building activities.


Feb 2022
"STEM DIGITAL GALLERY", Containing the Experiences of Researchers Working in the Field of STEM from All Over Europe, Has Been Published

The digital gallery of the EU Erasmus+ Project STEM Valorise, coordinated by ITU GINOVA, has been published.

The project, carried out by ITU GINOVA on behalf of Istanbul Technical University, started with the research phase and case studies were examined to reveal the current situation in order to add value to the studies of researchers working in the field of STEM.

In the second phase of the project, online interviews were conducted with researchers, academics and managers from all over Europe operating in the STEM field. In addition to ITU, a total of 20 interviews conducted by the project partners, which are Institut Mines-Télécom Business School (IMTBS), University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) and Munster Technological University (MTU), were published on the project website with their short versions. In this way, an open source digital gallery has emerged that can be accessed by anyone interested in the STEM field

In the Turkish leg of the Digital Gallery, Assoc. Dr. Gülşen Eryiğit from ITU Computer and Informatics Faculty, Prof. Dr. Hatice Köse from ITU Computer and Informatics Faculty, Prof. Dr. Yusuf Menceloğlu from Sabancı University, ARKIM Founder and CEO Elif Güngör Reis and Enwair Founder Dr. Neslihan Yuca Doğdu's videos were featured.

Click to access the digital gallery.

About the STEM Valorise Project

The goal of the “STEM Valorise” project is to raise entrepreneurial competences and capabilities of the first stage STEM researchers in order to make stronger social impact through the valorisation of their research; whilst providing educational means for technical universities to train their STEM researchers in valorisation and entrepreneurship.


Feb 2022
Our EU Erasmus+ Project WeRIn, Aiming to Increase Women's Participation in Entrepreneurship Education, Candidate for Social Media Awards

WeRIn – Woman Entrepreneurs in Regional Inclusive Ecosystems Project, of which ITU GINOVA is one of its partners, was nominated for SocialEU awards for its social media efforts. EU projects that use social media effectively can be nominated for the SocialEU awards. For more information about SocialEU awards click here.

About the WeRIn Project

WeRIn is an ERASMUS+ Knowledge Alliance project with a goal to make entrepreneurship education and support programmes more inclusive for women. Our project team is led by FH Münster University of Applied Sciences (MUAS), Germany and unites fourteen partners from network organizations, associations, research institutes, academia and businesses based in six European countries. 


Oct 2021
Energy Partnership Workshop at SET Tech Festival 20 October, 2021
Date and Time: October 20th, 2021, 10:00 – 13:00 CET
Location: Virtual Start Up Energy Transition Tech Festival (Hopin platform tbc)
Facilitated by: Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Ever wondered how to take your start-up pitch from just okay to the wow-factor? What are the most common mistakes made by energy start-ups when building their pitchdeck and presenting their start-up? Which presentation methods can persuade investors and alike to hop onboard, especially when trying to bridge out to international markets?

We invite start-ups and young entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine to an interactive workshop on developing their skills in presenting and representing their company to investors and in international markets. This workshop also offers participants an exciting opportunity to network, connect and engage in community feedback with energy and innovation stakeholders from the international energy sector! With the German Energy Agency's (dena) extensive network and expertise in the energy sector, dena supports the BMWi in training energy entrepreneurs and start-ups from the countries that are parties to the bilateral energy partnerships and dialogues with Germany.

The workshop will take place in the context of the 5th annual Start up Energy Transition Tech Festival. The SET Tech Festival brings together a global network of innovators shaping the future of energy. The one-day event allows participants to access the best start-ups and outstanding entrepreneurs in the field of energy solutions, in addition to innovation-driven corporates, investors, and public organizations leading the energy transition.

To get the most out of the session, participants will be asked to send their pitchdeck prior to the workshop to receive feedback. Participants will also be asked to prepare a 5-minute pitch to present at the workshop. Please note that space is limited.

The language of the workshop is English.
Participation in both the workshop and the SET Tech Festival is free of charge.

If you fulfil the application criteria and are interested in applying as a participant, please fill in this application form until 11th October 2021.

If you are interested, please register here. Should you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Olha Zhuk via email
We look forward to your attendance!

May 2021
Startup Huddle Relaunches in Istanbul

The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is excited to announce the re-opening of a Startup Huddle chapter in Istanbul, Turkey to support the growth of the local startup community while crowdsourcing advice and support for its entrepreneurs.

Istanbul, Turkey – The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is excited to announce the re-opening of a Startup Huddle chapter in Istanbul, Turkey to support the growth of the local startup community while crowdsourcing advice and support for its entrepreneurs. Istanbul joins a global network of more than 50 Startup Huddle chapters world-wide, and will host its first event on June 2, 2021.   

In addition to providing direct support to entrepreneurs, the program addresses a critical element of success for all entrepreneur ecosystems – connectivity. According to GEN research, startup communities with higher levels of local connectedness translate to an increased number of startups – and that founders with high levels of connectivity grow their revenue twice as fast as those with lower levels. 

"Istanbul is a very dynamic city in terms of early-stage startups," said Alper Yurttas, organizer of Startup Huddle Istanbul. "Startup Huddle is a great opportunity to connect the startup community across the city. I believe that Istanbul will be a good practice case [to bring the program to] many cities in Turkey." 

At each Startup Huddle event, local founders give six-minute presentations outlining challenges facing their companies. Each presentation is followed by a 20-minute conversation with an audience of peers, mentors, educators and advisers who provide constructive criticism focused on finding solutions and increasing founder know-how. With new founders cycling through each gathering, and previous presenters joining the audience to give back, the community continues to expand while connections deepen. 

“First, we aim to gather the startup community,” said Yurttas. “After that, the interaction between shareholders will increase and all parts of the Startup Huddle Istanbul will learn from each other." 

Startup Huddle Istanbul is supported by ITU GINOVA, GEN Turkey and the Habitat Association.   

To learn more about Startup Huddle Istanbul or to join a local event, visit

About Startup Huddle 

Run by the Global Entrepreneurship Network in partnership with local organizers, Startup Huddle is a program designed to help one entrepreneur at a time while strengthening the local ecosystem. Entrepreneurs discover challenges to the solutions they face through purposeful engagement with a broad array of voices from their local community. Currently, there are local Startup Huddle chapters in more than 50 cities around the world. For more information, visit  

About the Global Entrepreneurship Network  

The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates projects and programs in 180 countries to make it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. By fostering deeper cross border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN works to fuel healthier start and scale ecosystems that create more jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth. For more information, visit

To make a presentation at Startup Huddle Istanbul as a startup, fill in the application form on the link.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday, May 27, 6pm.


May 2021
Research project assistant for EU Erasmus+ Projects (SME Cluster Growth & STEM Valorisation)

- Currently studying as a senior student or postgraduate student on management engineering, industrial engineering or related areas.
- Ability to multitask and time management
- Fluent English in writing and speaking

Tasks and responsibilities

- Attend project meeting
- Make and decode interviews
- Prepare, maintain and update website and social media material
- Monitor the project tasks and track progress over time
- Assist in the development of assessment and evaluation tools

How to apply

- Please send your CV, Motivation Letter and 2 reference letters

Contact person

- E-mail to Dr. Zeynep Erden Bayazıt:


- 2021-2022

Hours per week

- 30


- Istanbul/Turkey

Apr 2021
Startup Weekend Istanbul has started!

🔗 Startup Weekend Istanbul which will be focusing on sustainability this year, will take place on May 7-9. It is organized under the leadership of ITU Entrepreneurship Society and ITU GINOVA with the partnership of Turkish-German University and Marmara University. 

👉🏻 Connect with other creators
Startup Weekend is a great place to connect with passionate people driven to build something new. There is no better place to meet new friends, colleagues, mentors, cofounders, and investors.
👉🏻 Start something great
Knowing you’re not alone can make all the difference. Startup Weekend provides participants many opportunities to engage and connect with like-minded individuals — and truly start something amazing.
👉🏻 Learn from the best 
Learn what it really takes to innovate, disrupt, and start a company from people who’ve been there. Startup Weekend features deep experiential learning guided by an experienced hand.
👉🏻 Improve your knowledge
Sometimes you really need more skills and knowledge to go to the next level. Startup Weekend also goes deep on specific topics or skill sets. Just what you need to progress quickly.

📌 Only 70 students can attend this event. To be part of this great society and get many opportunities, apply now!

Apr 2021
STEM Valorisation Project: An opportunity to combine ITU’s STEM competencies with ITU GINOVA’s spirit on entrepreneurship and innovation

Istanbul Technical University Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ITU GINOVA) was founded in 2014. With a long history of engineering education, ITU has been a prominent institution for over 250 years. The co-founders of ITU GINOVA are members of Management Engineering Department and they saw the need for collaboration among departments as a driver for innovation on Campus. 

ITU GINOVA was founded to inspire the entrepreneurship culture at ITU by encouraging the students and academics for taking initiative based on creativity and innovation as well as help them to improve their relevant skills and abilities. In addition, the Center aims to conduct research for expanding the knowledge on innovation and entrepreneurship. Enabling the active participation of students, academics, graduates, business representatives and entrepreneurs and providing mechanisms for these parties to share their expertise and experience freely, İTU GINOVA acts as catalyzer for those who are interested and curious in innovation and entrepreneurship. The Center aims to build bridges among the stakeholders of ITU entrepreneurship ecosystem such as incubation centers, technology transfer offices, student clubs, research centers.

ITU GINOVA aims to be the first stop for students to learn about entrepreneurship as well as develop their entrepreneurial skills. Student teams that are formed here are supported through trainings, workshops, and one on one coaching and mentoring services; once stronger in their skills and self-confidence, they move on to other organizations in the ecosystem for further resources. 

Counting down to celebrating the 250th year, ITU, as one of the world's oldest technical universities, has left marks in many areas by educating countless scientists, business people, politicians, and bureaucrats. This project will create many opportunities by combining ITU’s STEM competencies with ITU GINOVA’s experience in entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Prof. Şebnem Burnaz, the Director of ITU GINOVA, says “Being a meeting point for students from different departments of ITU, we promote students and academics to generate ideas together and bring them into the use of society. As such, we are excited to be a part of this project to provide a comprehensive understanding of the needs for valorisation and research-driven entrepreneurship training.” 

As the project coordinator ITU is responsible for the smooth flow of the project, coordinating the work of the partner organizations as well as making a digital gallery of success stories of Academic STEM Entrepreneurs. ITU project team consists of Dr. Zeynep Erden Bayazıt, Prof. Şebnem Burnaz and Dr. Alper Yurttaş.


Mar 2021
WeRin, a major EU programme to increase the share of female graduate entrepreneurs, is launched.

There could not be a more appropriate day to announce the launch of a new European project to increase the share of female graduate entrepreneurs. On International Women’s Day 2021, the Irish  partners of the WeRin project, Women Entrepreneurs in Regional Inclusive Ecosystems, Munster Technological University, the Rubicon Centre and Momentum Educate + Innovate, announce their ambition to make entrepreneurship education and support programmes more inclusive. 

Given that women represent about 60% the HEI graduates, their under-representation amongst start-ups is a very clear challenge. Despite a rise in participation of female students in entrepreneurship education at Higher Education Institutes (HEI’s), they still lag behind compared to their male counterparts.    Even when they have participated in entrepreneurship education, they are less likely to move towards actual entrepreneurial careers after they graduate.   And when they do, these graduate female entrepreneurs are less well embedded in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem: fewer of them participate in local incubation and acceleration programmes, seek and receive funding and are active in regional enterprise networks.

A pioneering European initiative, WeRIn brings together 14 partners from 6 countries.  Funded by the ERASMUS+ Knowledge Alliance programme for a three-year timeframe, WeRIn partners have ambitious plans to enhance the inclusivity of regional entrepreneurial ecosystems and embeddedness of female entrepreneurs therein, through the design of more inclusive academic and non-academic entrepreneurship education and support programmes.

There will be many opportunities to get involved and benefit from WeRIn.  Helen McGuirk, Head, Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence, School of Business, Munster Technological University explains. “It is an exciting time to put the spotlight on increasing the share of female graduate entrepreneurs.  WeRIn is packed with opportunities for other educators, policy makers, funding bodies and bodies working to increase levels of female entrepreneurs. Over the next three years, we will work on profiling good practices and needs analysis, regional reports on current state of gender inclusivity, local and international Think-tanks, testing innovative new approaches through WeRLearnIn Principles, the WeRLearnIn Approach, WeRIn Nudges and the WeRIn Toolbox, a Knowledge Portal, International Capacity Building Sessions and Communities of Practice”.

Orla Casey, Founder of Momentum Educate + Innovate explains the project has very tangible targets “together with our EU colleagues, we are intent on making an impact.  We aim to increase share female participation in entrepreneurship education by 15% and in entrepreneurship support programmes by 20% of consortium partners three years after completion of the project.  Our project title could not be more appropriate – We R In is a statement of intent”.

Apr 2020
EU vs Virus / Pan - European Hackathon
The European Commission, in close collaboration with the EU member states, will host a pan- European hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges.
Now is your chance to help tackle coronavirus!
When? 24, 25 and 26 April 

Application deadline 19 April 2020.
To detailed information click here !

Mar 2020
Coronathon 12 innovative projects to struggle the virus from Turkey
Turkey's leading entrepreneurs, universities, non-governmental organizations, ministries, private companies due to set out and coronavirus outbreak of the fellowship to produce solutions to the problems that arose with the mission Coronathon has been awarded to 12 project awards in Turkey. The highest score in the event was Medibook, a tele-health initiative that provides healthcare services with video and remote monitoring modules to patients who are not required to go to the hospital during the coronavirus epidemic but need to receive health care.

Turkey's leading entrepreneurs in the evaluation process of the projects in a short period such as 48 hours in different areas of the development of ideas against the coronavirus outbreak in Turkey, which was organized Coronathon organized in order to complete. Turkey's leading entrepreneurs, universities, non-governmental organizations, ministries, was awarded to private companies fellowship with the road going and we were in the country by the mission to produce these solutions to difficult days in problems 21 - 22 March 2020 date in the event that the creative ideas of the race 12 project awards.


Coronathon in Turkey, the most points throughout the hospital to go coronavirus outbreak of unwanted but necessary health care services to patients taking video, tele-health initiative that enables delivery of health services through remote monitoring modules took Medibook. Medibook also received the special jury prize, along with a cash prize of 20 thousand TL. The other 11 initiatives received a cash prize of 10 thousand TL without ranking. In addition to the cash reward, other supports from stakeholders were identified. The awards were given to Ankara Ticaret Odası, Ankara Sanayi Odası, Ankara Ticaret Borsası, Facebook, 212 Girisim Sermaye Fonu, Gedik Yatırım, Enocta. In addition, Eczacıbası Group stated that it will give business development support, IBM cloud computing support, and Seedstar international accelerator support awards to entrepreneurs that it finds successful according to its own assessment.



Teams working to develop their projects in the event, which included more than 1,500 participants for solution seeking, had the opportunity to meet and support one-on-one with more than 120 mentors, all of whom are valuable. On the other hand, 12 projects that have received awards will continue to receive online acceleration and mentoring support, again with the support of stakeholders. At this point, Girişimciye Dönüş,Workinlot and Fongogo platforms will be supported. Coronathon stating that the most important feature of a wide network of stakeholders Coronathon be owned by Turkey's Bogazici University's Center for Entrepreneurship Initiative spokesman and Director Dr. Oguzhan Aygören, "Coronatho's Turkey Initiative spokesman and Bogazici University Entrepreneurship Center Director Dr. Oguzhan Aygören, in a very short time, so many different stakeholders and participants as a platform has managed to bring together not to lose such a valuable cooperation and even magnifies the continued need to make that we believe, he said. Aygören, and even anyone wanting to be part of the solution itself the solution Coronathon  Turkey we invite , he added

Aygören also said  to thank Adil Oran, Berat Kjamil, Cem Leon Menase, Cengizhan Öztürk, Efe Kethüda, İsmail Metin, Koray Bahar, Sezai Hazır, Sure Köse Ulutaş, Timur Sırt  and Zeynep Erden Bayazit.


"Solution to Be Part of the slogan" the road to the Coronathon of Turkey, coronavirus outbreak of creating the social, logistical and infrastructural problems, innovative common example is very rare to find entrepreneurs offering solutions with ideas in a way that brought together many valuable stakeholders. Along with the Ministry of Industry and Technology, Tübitak, TOBB, BTK and some public institutions also supported. In addition, entrepreneurship centers and technology transfer offices from Boğazici, METU and ITU came together. Türkiye Bilişim Vakfı, Habitat Association, Başlangıç Noktası, Türkiye Teknoloji Gelistirme Vakfı , UNDP Turkey Accelerator Lab, Endeavor Türkiye, Girişimcilik Vakfı, Ashoka, Imece, Hello Tomorrow Türkiye ve Atölye  from  civil society  took place as a stakeholders.




In Turkey's capacity in useless by listing measuring machines that are found in Molecular Biology and Genetics section to be used for an application that aims Covid-19 test.


Studio Canlı Dersler App
: A platform that brings together people who need it in the live broadcast, healthy life, meditation, psychology, coaching, yoga and fitness to reduce the social, physical and psychological effects of the quarantine period.


Expona: A platform to access workshops that offer a variety of experiences online, from home

CoroWarner: A mobile application supported by artificial intelligence algorithm that will alert you instantly and anonymously if you have social interaction with the person who has tested positive for Covid-19.


A mobile application that will follow the contacts of each other with bluetooh signals in order to follow the epidemic, and will warn the people that the person is in contact with in case of a virus diagnosis.


Neoanka: An artificial intelligence-supported application that allows classification of health complaints to be forwarded to the right specialty branch apart from Covid-19 complaints and enables physicians and patients to meet online from the relevant specialty.


Güvende Kal: It is a mobile application that determines human density with geolocation support and presents this data to its users, as well as enabling users to control their own health status through the symptoms of the disease.

Kolkola: Kolkola is a "volunteer" marketplace that brings volunteers, NGO's and sponsors together. For example, it is aimed to make shopping for the elderly, who are forbidden to go out due to covid-19, with this platform.

CoGuard: A chatbot application that brings together experts and institutions to answer health questions and requests from Covid-19.


Fact Checker: A system that will help news validators fight false news against the information pollution existing in our country, especially the Covid-19 outbreak.


: The platform that brings together volunteers, NGO's, municipalities, vets, pet owners and other stakeholders to support street animals.




About Turkey's Coronatho
It is a hackathon organized by 80 entrepreneurs to come together and produce innovative solutions in social and logistic terms to the problems caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.


for more information: 

For the video of 12 award winning ideas:

Jan 2020
The kick-off meeting of Boundary Spanners Development Programme was held

The kick-off meeting of the project Boundary Spanners Development Programme in which our office is  included as a partner, was held. The  first meeting of the project was organized at 16-17 January in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Our center is represented by our academic director Dr. Zeynep Erden Bayazıt.
During the meeting, all partner organizations made their presentaion about their roles and responsibilities in the project. Furthermore, the partners have worked for the project could go smoothly. The next meeting of the project will be held in Ireland, in the next year.
About Boundary Spanners Development Programme
The Boundary Spanners Development Programme aims to break down the engagement barriers between the universities and their regional/ national/ international business stakeholders by enabling the boundary spanning skills of the higher education faculty, staff, and leadership. We believe that people are the most crucial factor in the transferring of knowledge and innovation across institutions, mobilising resources, triggering organisational change, and making an economic and societal impact in their regions. Ultimately, we aim to create “champions” and bridge the skills and knowledge gap by:

i. identifying boundary spanning skills and practices of the HEIs and Businesses in their collaboration with each other
ii. profiling and analysing 45 boundary spanners in HEIs and businesses in the partner regions and across Europe, while presenting 10+ of those in concise infographic format
iii. developing and pilot testing the Boundary Spanners Workshop Series with 60+ HEI staff in 4, and 45+ SME representatives in 3 partner regions
iv. facilitating 16+ (2 pairs from each HEI region) HEI and Business staff to benefit from University-Industry Staff Exchange Scheme
v. preparing and disseminating the Boundary Spanners Learning and Experience Collection, including 20+ (4x5) Personal Application Project (PAP) cases development and implementation reports, as well as 4 (4x1) PAP good practice videos
vi. organising 8 regional events, policy workshop and Cascading Training to 200+ HEI and business representatives, enhancing exploitation
vii. developing the models for boundary spanners community building, self-assessment and certification for the sustainability of the project results.
The purpose of the Boundary Spanners Development Programme is to empower university faculty and leadership in enhancing the contribution of the HEIs in the regional economic and social development. The programme will be inspired by the University-Business Cooperation Ecosystem, a model founded in years of research for the European Commission and published on extensively

The project is expected to help describe the ‘boundary spanning’ capacity that is deemed as a desired quality for regional innovation, and help instilling it among HE professionals as well as among SME staff, for them to be able to identify and leverage organisational networks for greater institutional and regional impact.

Our team in this project is consist of  Prof. Dr. Şebnem BURNAZ, Dr. Zeynep ERDEN BAYAZIT and Dr. Alper YURTTAS.

The other partners of the project;

Jan 2020
Fire Up Changemakers Certificate and Fellow Program

ITU GINOVA Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center and Bogaziçi University Entrepreneurship Center, Bright team up to build a student led community to create change on campus, focusing on fostering entrepreneurship and social innovation capabilities of the students.


The program has two components. In the first part, there will be an 8-week certificate program which starts on Feb 12th, 2020. Students from both universities can apply to the program until Feb 10th midnight. The program requires hard work and a commitment to learn and apply entrepreneurial skills. The program offers a blended learning environment with experiential exercises, online videos, reading materials and executional tasks for the participants. Students who successfully complete the first part will  get a Fire Up Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate, issued by each university. 


Students who choose to continue in the program are nominated for becoming a Boğaziçi University Bright Fellow and ITU GINOVA Fellow in the Changemakers Community. The second part involves working on a social innovation project on campus to be presented in Startup Carnival at Bogazici University on May 30th and 31st. 


Those who complete the two parts successfully will be invited to individual interviews and  8 successful students (four from each university) will be  nominated for the Stanford University Innovation Fellows Program. Fellowship requires completing other tasks including an internship at a prominent startup in Turkey, a capstone project and mentorship for the following year’s fellow candidates and fellows. 


Please apply to the Fire Up Change Makers and Fellowship Programfor creativity, entrepreneurship, excitement, inspiration, exploration and innovation:




Information about the Stanford University Innovation Fellowship program can be found below:

Nov 2019
ITU entrepreneurship ecosystem on Financial Times

Globally known media organ Financial Times, focus on ITU entrepreneurship ecosystem on its latest news. Please click here to read the news.