FILLING THE RESEARCH DEFICIT
Turkey, which has for centuries been the gateway between Asia and Europe and has enjoyed the best of both worlds, continues to bring together Asian innovation and Western corporate ethos. Gökhan Çelebi, who is the Coordinator for Incubator Programs at Teknopark Istanbul, says it's an exciting challenge to manage the needs and demands of these different entities. “Startups are more flexible and can be guided towards a certain direction in line with national priorities but they often lack focus. And while large corporates are more rigid, they have a clearly defined mission and vision which gives you are better picture of what you are getting into,” he says.
The Turkish government has mandated that 10% of all companies in STPs should be in the incubation programme. Teknopark Istanbul meets this quota some more, with 30 incubatees and 90 mature and major companies working alongside each other.