News and Announcements

Nov 2018
Tuesday Talks: Hatice Köse

On 13 November, our guest for Tuesday Talks is Hatice Kose. The presentation will be titled as "Will Robots Take Over The World?". We are looking forward to see you at İTÜ GİNOVA on 12:30.. To participate in the event please click here.


Who is Hatice Köse?

Hatice Köse got her BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from Computer Engineering Department of Bogazici University. She is an expert in Human-robot interaction, Artificial Intelligence and Social Robotics. Dr. Kose, served as a postdoc researcher at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, and worked on humanoid robots and interaction games with children at the Robotcub EU project.  Currently, she is a lecturer at the Computer Engineering Department, and Game and Interaction Technologies Graduate Programs of Istanbul Technical University. Recently, she focused on the education and therapy of children using interaction games together with social robots and avatars. She especially works on sign language and hearing impaired children at ITU HELP labs.


Oct 2018
Entrepreneurship Certificate Program Begins

You can learn entrepreneurship step by step!

This year, the entrepreneurship certificate program is being realized in cooperation with GOOINN,

Students selected to the program; With 6-week online entrepreneurship training, you will learn entrepreneurship by experiencing all the entrepreneurial steps from observing the problem to finding the idea, from customer verification to the presentation of investors through step-by-step video and tools.

During the training process, three days will be held at ITU GINOVA and you will be able to answer questions about the method. At the end of 6 weeks, you will have the chance to present the business idea you developed on the final presentation day and get feedback from the mentors.

If you have any idea that you want to work on it, this program is for you!

The quota of the program is limited. Register now by going to, complete the first 3 steps for free. After completing the first 3 steps, fill out the application form that will come to your e-mail address. Details and process information below.

Who can apply?
ITU undergraduate and graduate students.

How do I apply?
The application has two stages:

In the first phase, you must register with the E-mail address of ITU from and complete the first 3 steps. Only applications made by ITU e-mail address will be accepted.

After completing the first 3 steps free of charge within the Return to Entrepreneur you will be able to apply to the e-mail addresses you have registered until October 14 by filling out the next form. Among the applications evaluated by the jury, 40 people will be eligible to participate in the Digital Certificate Program.

Tip: In the second stage, when filling out the future application form, you should explain the idea about who, what problem, how to solve it.

Important Dates:
Deadline for registration of 1st stage and completion of the first 3 steps: 10 October 17:00
Deadline for submission of answers by filling the 2nd stage application form: 14 October 23:59
Admission to the program: 17 October
Duration of program: from 18 October to 28 November (6 Weeks)
Meeting days: 1 October, 14 November, and 26 November
Final presentation and feedback: 28 November





*Do not forget to register with ITU email address

Aug 2018
Startup Huddle Istanbul Looking For Teammates
ITU GINOVA took the Istanbul leg of the Startup Huddle program, which was initiated by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) to contribute to the development of the entrepreneurship community and local initiatives all over the world. In 2012, 1 Million Cups by the Kaufmann Foundation in the USA is spreading all over the world under the name of Startup Huddle, which is active in more than 150 local entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Send your resume to if you want to take part in the organizing team of this international program which will be held on the first Thursday of every month as the representative of STARTUP HUDDLE Istanbul! The deadline is September 7.

What is Startup Huddle?
Every month, I talk about their projects with 2 presentations, 6 minutes presentation. After the presentation, the question is answered and the feedback time is given for 20 minutes.

The aim of the program is the development of local initiatives and the strengthening of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. This creates an environment where the community will strengthen the local entrepreneurship community and feed the initiatives.

What does Startup Huddle add to me?
Entrepreneurs are involved in possible ways of improving their business, gathering instant recall and strengthening their ties with the community.

While learners learn new perspectives from the collaborators, they contribute to their development and become an active part of the community.

Aug 2018
Çetin Ceviz 2018 Winner PhoneMarket, Discovered Berlin Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Çetin Ceviz Entrepreneurship Boot Camp continues to develop and reward entrepreneurial projects. The winner team of the camp, MobileMarket has discovered Berlin entrepreneurship ecosystem as winning prize.  The camp, which has been organized for 4th times by ITU GINOVA, is starting point of many successful startups.


May 2018
We left Failure Week 2018 behind
“Hep denedin, hep yenildin. Olsun. Yine dene, yine yenil, daha iyi yenil.” mottosuyla bu sene ikincisi düzenlenen Failure Week atölyeler, paneller, İş Batırdım Gecesi ve daha birçok etkinlik ile 7-8 Mayıs’ta İTÜ’deydi. Failure Week’e katılanlar olumsuz bir sonuç olarak gördükleri başarısızlığın, aslında başarıya giden yolda en önemli başlangıç olduğu düşüncesiyle tanıştı.

Hava kapattı, itü magnet'e gittik, açtı çimlere döndük; beklenmedik yer değişimleri yaşadık ama başarısızlık haftasında bizi yıldırmadı.

İşte Failure Week'ten objektiflere yansıyanlar;

Apr 2018
Tuesday Talks: Sinan Zabunoglu

On this week, our guest for Tuesday Talks is Sinan Zabunoglu. The presentation will be titled as "Turkish style startup". We are looking forward to see you at İTÜ GİNOVA on 12:00, May 8 to participate in the event that Sinan Zabunoglu will share the own experiences with us. Please click to join the event.

Who is Sinan Zabunoğlu?

Sinan, born in 1987 at Izmir/Turkey, was the Co-Founder and CEO at, Turkey's first community marketplace for people to list, discover and book artists for any kind of special event since 2015, which was acquired by in 2018, the first and biggest source for the wedding industry in MENA. Sinan was a social entrepreneur and founded various types of occupational organizations throughout the student years when he received a degree in Civil Engineering from Middle East Technical University in 2010. Prior to his definite return to the homeland to become an entrepreneur again, he held several positions in Eastern European countries with Bechtel-Enka. He has also co-founded The Anatolia Autism Foundation in 2012, still acting as the Member of the Board of Trustees.

Apr 2018
Co-Opinion 3rd Youth Summit will be held on 22-23 June

Click here for more information.

Deadline for International Applicants: May 4 2018

Deadline for Local Applicants: June 8 2018

Open to: participants from all over the world

Date: 22-23 June, 2018, at 
Venue: MEF University, Istanbul


Youth unemployment is one of the major problems that the youth face in the Middle East & North Africa. MENA is the youngest region in the world, with more than 60% of its population being under 29, but it also experiences the highest youth unemployment rate in the world, with 27%. In this context, the Co-Opinion Network focuses on the question: With the situation already looking grim, and with increasing automation and new forms of production on the doorstep, how can the youth of the region adapt to and prepare itself for the future? In the 3rd Annual Youth Summit, young leaders, young academics, and young professionals will have the opportunity to discuss this issue with prominent policymakers and distinguished intellectuals. The participants will particularly focus on entrepreneurship & innovation, education, and inclusiveness with respect to reskilling the youth.


Undergraduate & graduate students, young activists, and professionals, young entrepreneurs, representatives of NGOs, academics, and journalists are eligible for applying to be a participant in the summit. The call is open to participants from all over the world. The participants who attend all sessions will be qualified for certification.

The panel & keynote speeches on 22nd of June will be public, given the availability of seats. However, there is an application procedure for workshop sessions.


  • No participation fee will be charged for the participants;
  • The costs of accommodation will be covered by the Co-Opinion Network only for the workshop participants from abroad and only for two nights, 21st-22nd of June. The participants will accommodate in double rooms at a residence hotel. The network reserves the right to revoke this coverage in case the participant does not attend all sessions;
  • The on-ground transportation for the workshop participants (except for the arrival to the hotel on the first day and departure from the hotel on the last day of event) will be covered;
  • The costs of lunches on 22nd and 23rd of June will be covered for the workshop participants;
  • An Opening Cocktail will be held on 22nd of June, exclusive for the workshop participants, representatives of Stakeholder Institutions of the Co-Opinion Network, and the Advisory Board Members. The cost of the cocktail will be covered by the Co-Opinion Network.
  • Please kindly note that transportation to/from Istanbul will be self-financed. The network undertakes to assist prospective participants who require visas to enter Turkey in obtaining the appropriate authorizations by submitting a letter of invitation;
    • However, this task is the responsibility of the applicant. The visa-related fees are not covered

Oct 2017

Mar 2017
Mersin University 1st International Congress on Tourism Future, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

Mersin Üniversitesi tarafından düzenlenen Mersin Üniversitesi 1. Uluslararasi Turizmin Geleceği, Inovasyon, Girişimcilik Ve Sürdürülebilirlik Kongresi, 28-30 Eylül tarihlerinde gerçekleşecek.

Kongre, dünyanın birçok yerinden katılım sağlayacaklara turizm ve ağırlama işletmeciliğinin geleceğine etki edebilecek araştırma alanları ve çeşitli konularda araştırma ve tartışma imkânı sağlayacaktır. Hedef katılımcılar; akademisyenler, lisansüstü öğrencileri, turizm, seyahat ve ağırlama sektörlerinde çalışan profesyonellerdir.

Hazırlanan çalışmalar, Türkçe ve İngilizce olarak sunulabilecektir. Tüm kabul edilen çalışmalar kongre bildiri kitapçığında basılacaktır. Kongre için özet gönderimi 30 Mayıs 2017 tarihine kadar devam edecek olup, gönderilen bildiri özetleri bilim kurulunda bulunan akademisyenler tarafından değerlendirilmeye alınacaktır. Kabul edilen bildiri özetleri, 15 Haziran 2017 tarihinde kongre internet sayfasında duyurulacaktır.

Mar 2017
Winner of ÇetinCeviz Enterprise Camp: Mocking Bird

İTÜ GİNOVA tarafından bu yıl üçüncüsü düzenlenen ÇetinCeviz Girişim Kampı'nı kazanan ekip belli oldu. 3 haftalık kampın ardından 25 Şubat Cumartesi günü sunumlarını yapan ekiplerden Mocking Bird, kampı birinci tamamladı. İnşaat Hesabı ise jürinin değerlendirmesi sonucundsa ikinci oldu.
Mocking Bird Ekibi_

Bu sonuçlarla Mocking Bird ve İnşaat Hesabı İTÜ Çekirdek Ön Kuluçka'ya giriş hakkı ve Radore Start up pack ödüllerinin sahibi olurken, Mocking Bird ayrıca Berlik girişimcilik ekosistem gezisi kazandı.

Mocking Bird Nedir?
Mocking Bird, Doğada kaybolduktan sonra kullanabileceğiniz motorsuz katlanabilir kanatlı içinde gsm modülü barındıran bir cihaz.

Dağlık ve ormanlık alanlarda telefonunuz çekmediği veya şarjınızın olmadığı durumlarda işaret fişeği tarzıyla ateşlenip gök yüzünde gsm uydusu ile haberleşerek en yakın acil durum servisine konumunuzu ve mesajınızı gönderen yeni nesil s.o.s ürünüdür.