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Get chance to the opportunity of online & offline trainings in related fields and to be matched with the specifically chosen investors both in online platform and around 10 investment summits organized in collaboration with leading international institutions and relevant authorities of the member states or observer states. YBH is an ICYF initiated the project and implemented in cooperation with its special partners.

Join Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF)'s Startup Development Program.

Young Business Hub Platform (YBH) is a joint initiative of Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), international institution affiliated to the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC).Individuals and teams from OIC countries can register their startup for an opportunity to pitch their initiatives and secure mentorship and financial support.

The ICYF is aimed at coordination of youth activities in the OIC countries. The forum pursue its activities in five major fields: advocacy of youth interests, supporting sustainable development, promoting formal and non-formal education, strengthening moral values of young generation and engaging in the dialogue among cultures and civilizations.

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Take Off Istanbul

Take off Istanbul: International Startup Summit is open to youth from the OIC Member States and Muslim minorities in Non-OIC Countries between 18-35.
The travel expenses, accommodation and meals transportation, accommodation, and meals will be covered by Organizing Committee.
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About Take Off Istanbul

2nd Take off Istanbul: International Startup Summit, an international entrepreneurship event implemented within the context of ICYF initiated Young Business Hub Startup platform Project, organized in cooperation with the T3 Foundation, with the Support of Turkish Presidency Investment Agency and with the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Industry and Technology to be held on 16-19 September 2019 in Istanbul on the sidelines of Teknofest 2019.

Selected Verticals

Food and Agriculture Technologies

Health, Sport, Wellness Technologies

Environment and Energy Technologies

Education Technology and Future of Work

Logistics and Smart City Technologies

Aerospace Technologies

Finance Technology

Other Categories


Support with expanding in Turkey for 15 Startups
1st Place $100K Google Cloud Credit
2-6th Places $20K Google Cloud Credit
$3K Google Cloud credits for 100 selected startups

Take Off Istanbul 2019 Program

The biggest free technology event in the region bringing together 1000+ Entrepreneurs, Mentors, Investors, Corporates.
Rockstar Mentors, Breathtaking Startup Pitches, Amazing Investment and Partnership Opportunities are awaiting our visitors at Take Off Istanbul 2019!

10.00 - 10.05 AM

Opening of Take Off

10.05 - 12.00 AM

1st Mentorship Session

One-to-one mentorship sessions with the leading global mentors in different sectors

10.05 - 12.00 AM

1st Pitching Session

Training session where the startups will learn how to pitch to investors, prepare their decks and use presentation skills to attract investors

12.00 - 13.30 PM

Lunch Break

14.00 - 17.00 PM

2nd Mentorship Session

One-to-one mentorship sessions with the leading global mentors in different sectors

14.00 - 17.00 PM

2nd Pitching Session

Training session where the startups will learn how to pitch to investors, prepare their decks and use presentation skills to attract investors

19:00 - 21:00 PM

Networking Cocktail at the Hotel

Networking cocktail in the hotel where startups, mentors and participants can know each other in relaxed environment.

10.15 - 12.00 AM

Startup Fair - Business Lounges

Startup can get more sectoral expertise and meet more corporate executives at the sectoral business lounges

12.00 - 13.30 PM

Lunch Break

13.30 - 17.00 PM

Startup Fair - Business Lounges

Panels to address sectoral trends with participation of accelerators, investors and corporations.

19.00 - 21.00 PM

Networking Cocktail at the Hotel

More networking time for startups, investors and participants in relaxed environment.

10.00 - 12.00 AM

Session: Doing Business in Turkey

Session for startups on benefits of setting business in Turkey and regulations

12.00 - 13.30 PM

Lunch Break

13.30 - 15.00 PM

Corporate B2B Networking Session

One-to-one networking sessions with the chosen startups and leading multinational corporations

15:00 - 15:15 PM

Coffee Break

15:15 - 17:00 PM

Corporate B2B networking session

15.15 - 17.00 PM

Istanbul/Teknofest Tour

Close tour for all participants at Teknofest Istanbul Aerospace and Technology Festival

19.00 - 21.00 PM

Networking Dinner for VIP guests and finalists

Special dinner for VIP participants, speakers and leading governmental officials of Turkey

09.00 - 10.00 AM


10:00 - 10.30 AM

Welcoming Speech

10.30 - 11.00 AM

Keynote Speaker

11.00 - 11.15 AM


11.15 - 12.00 AM


12.00 - 13.30 PM

Lunch Break

13.30 - 14.00 PM

Keynote Speaker

14.00 - 15.00 PM


15.00 - 15.15 PM


15.15 - 17.00 PM

Finalists Pitching Session

17.00 PM

Awarding Ceremony & Closing

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How YBH Works

Step 1. Create your startup profile

Create your startup and personal profile and tell us about the problem you are solving.

Step 2. Mentorship Assignment

If your application passes the first stage of validation, we will match you with a Mentor who is based not just on your industry, product, market or speciality, but personality. Our group of mentors includes serial entrepreneurs, angels and venture capital specialists and investors.

Step 3. Idea validation

After successfully receiving mentorship, our technical and financial experts will validate your idea, market and product fit, scalability, investability, marketability and financials. They will work with you to get everything right before it goes to the investors.

Step 4. Apply for funding

Once you received mentorship, and approved by our technical and financial experts, your startup will be made available to investors to make you an offer. YBH provides a single common platform and access to hundreds of angel and venture capital specialists and investors who are focused on helping and developing OIC based entrepreneurs and startups.

Step 5. Launch your startup

The mentorship, validation, funding and continuous education will provide you a solid base to run you startup like a seasoned entrepreneur. We will be around to provide you support whenever you needed!

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YBH Startup Platform is an interactive Platform for Companies, Startups, Entrepreneurs, Students and more


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