FILLING THE RE­SEARCH DEFICIT

Qatar Today - - COVER STORY -

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.

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