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About Us

Big Bang Startup Challenge is the entrepreneurship event of ITU Cekirdek, the incubation center of ITU ARI Teknokent, which is among the top 5 in the world incubation centers, in which the best of new startups are determined every year. The Big Bang Startup Challenge brings startups together with the business and investment world. In this way, entrepreneurs become the focus of investors and funds and meet potential customers by meeting with their initial capital.


Entrepreneur groups on the stage

341 M TL

Award and Investment at the amount


Angel Investor Network




The start-ups that pass the post-“Entrepreneurship Training” jury continue to benefit from training, seminar, consultancy and mentoring services in order to commercialize their projects at this stage and may be entitled to use the R&D fund allocated in order to develop their prototypes. During the course of this process, they continue to receive support from Çekirdek mentors and trainers on first customer meetings, sales processes and investment processes and benefit from special training and consultancies within this scope.


Entrepreneur groups accepted to ITU Çekirdek receive up to 150 hours Core MBA training from entrepreneurship to business plan writing, marketing to finance; It describes the period in which mentors benefited from their experience and developed their own projects.

Big Bang

In Big Bang, where entrepreneurs that develop their ideas in the early-stage incubation centre are assessed and the ones closest to the market are chosen and take the stage, potential entrepreneurs and investors that participate as observers also have the opportunity to be informed about the innovative ideas and business models and meet trending start-ups.


The entrepreneur groups that prove to be successful and establish companies at the end of BigBang in ITU Çekirdek continue to develop their start-ups by benefiting from the facilities of “ITU Çekirdek Incubation” for 1 year. The entrepreneurs that attain the right to show ITU Çekirdek as company address have the privilege to be a ITU ARI Teknokent company and use all the monetary and non-monetary facilities brought about by this privilege. The entrepreneurs who are backed by the synergy created by entrepreneurs getting together and the assurance of ITU, ITU ARI Teknokent, ITUNOVA TTO and ITU Çekirdek continue to develop their projects.