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Turkish Startup Ecosystem
Introducing our new shareholder, Core Strateji
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We have exciting news at startups.watch and I am delighted to share it with you. Today we are announcing that Core Strateji acquired our minority shares. Core Strateji is a young company like us. However, they have great traction in their first year. They have more than 20 Capital 100 companies. Their expertises are corporate…

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2016 Q2 – Investments in Europe
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Here is the map of all VC activities in Europe in 2016-Q2. Red – $100M+ Dark Orange – $10M – $100M Light Orange – 0 – $10M Click to the below image to see the bigger version of the map:

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Our 1st Year
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A year ago, we launched startups.watch to address a problem of Turkish Startup Ecosystem: DATA! Since our launch on 23rd of June, 2015, we have seen huge interest from folks subscribing to our service. We have now 160 corporate clients from 11 countries! Besides that, we have connected with ~100 journalist around the world. We…

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Series B crunch in Turkey
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In US and Europe for the last couple of years, tech media were enthralled with the so-called Series A Crunch—a phenomenon where a growing number of companies received angel and seed funding, leading to a dearth of capital for businesses ready for the crucial Series A round of funding. Although Turkish investment ecosystem is a…

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Turkish Startup Ecosystem
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Business angel networks, deal rooms, investor analytics tools, NGOs, government, accelerators and funds. They all summarized in one graph. It’s like Turkish Startup Ecosystem 101 map. Click for bigger version Some notes: Fund manager companies are listed. Only VCs with local offices in Turkey are listed. Some funds are still in fundraising stage. (Not closed…

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Future of Automotive Industry
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What are the biggest technological trends shaping the future of automotive industry ? Last week, we shared a mini report about it. It was a 14-page long report with following headlines: Adjacent verticals to automotive industry Six trends shaping the future of automotive industry Electric Cars and reactions of incumbent automotive manufacturers Driverless Cars and…

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2016 Q1 Investment Activities in Turkey
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This week, we summarized all activities in 2016 Q1 for our members. Number of rounds in 2016-Q1 is very similar to 2015-Q1. However, 2016 has demonstrated a significant uplift in terms of deal volume due to $19.2M round made by Revo Capital and MV Holding. One surprising fact about the activities is that Kocaeli (a…

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An Interview with Botego’s Founder about AI and Turkey
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We’ve made a Q&A session with the founder of Botego, Ekim Nazım Kaya about AI trends and his company Botego. 1. Why AI is so hot ? Is it about technology advancement or market readiness ? I think it’s both. Tech giants have been investing in AI for quite some time, and either through acquisitions,…

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Fintech Ecosystems Worldwide
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UPDATE: Now we have a dynamic map for Fintech Startups WorldWide: fintechstartups.co Fintech, has exploded over the last 5 years. In 2015, VCs invested more than $13.8B to fintech startups worldwide. It’s 105% YoY growth. Lots of countries has started some initiatives to become the hub of their region. Here you can find the curated…

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YC W16 Startups
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Here are the list of YC W16 startups! We’ve prepared the list to see which Turkish startups are doing similar things with YC startups. The correlation data is for startups.watch subscribers only. Public part is listed as follows: Startup URL Description Tags Iron Ox ironox.com Robotic greenhouses agritech Boom boom.aero Supersonic passenger jets airplane OSVehicle…

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