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Apply to reserve your place at Istanbul workshops, first step of the T-DEB project. Want to learn upcoming steps? Scroll down.

Overview

Helping build partnerships in innovation between
Turkey and the UK

With one of the most promising innovation ecosystems, Turkey has the potential to boost productivity and meet the urgent needs of society through greater innovation. That can only happen if Turkey’s innovation ecosystem engages with the best minds, organisations and facilities wherever they are in the world.

To support that goal, T-DEB is committed to supporting private companies, social enterprises and NGOs in Turkey and the UK to help them take the initial steps towards long-lasting collaborations in innovation, which address the societal challenges impacting underserved communities in Turkey.

 

The T-DEB programme is funded by Innovate UK‘s Newton Fund. This public fund’s aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of collaborating countries such as Turkey.

T-DEB’s partners in Turkey include Bilkent Cyberpark, ODTÜ Teknokent, Teknopark Izmir and TTGV. If you want to become one of the T-DEB participating companies, apply to join one of our workshops at these partner locations!

The T-DEB programme is funded by Innovate UK's Newton Fund

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Project Flow

1

Needs Assesment Workshops

Identifying specific challenges & selecting companies for UK Discovery Trips.

2

UK Discovery Trips

Trips covering each T-DEB theme, specifically tailored to the needs of participating 15 Turkish companies in each trip.

3

Capacity Development

UK companies visiting T-DEB participant companies in Turkey, strengthening their nascent partnerships. 

4

Showcasing

Most promising T-DEB partnerships presenting to financiers, grant makers and investors in London.

Themes

Health & Life Sciences

Environmental & Agricultural Tech

Smart Cities
Digital Economy

Dates

Izmir Workshops

COMPLETED!

1
July

Smart Cities
Digital Economy

1
July

Environmental & Agricultural Tech

1
July
Health & Life
Sciences

Ankara Workshops

1
September

Environmental & Agricultural Tech

1
September
Health & Life
Sciences
1
September

Smart Cities
Digital Economy

Istanbul Workshops

1
September

Smart Cities
Digital Economy

1
September

Environmental & Agricultural Tech

1
September
Health & Life
Sciences

Schedule

12:00 – 13:00 | Registration & Lunch
 
13:00 – 13:30 | Overview of the day: Introduction to T-DEB programme and Q&A
 
13:30 – 13:45 | Newton Fund and Q&A
 
13:45 – 14:00 | Partner programmes, opportunities, upcoming events and Q&A
 
14:00 – 14:15 | Participant introductions
 
14:15 – 14:45 | Speech on lessons learnt from building international collaborations in innovation & UK opportunities
 
14:45 – 15:00 | Coffee break
 
15:00 – 16:30 | Needs assessment roundtables: Exploring and discussing barriers / opportunities to innovation
 
16:30 – 16:50 | Roundtable facilitators report back
 
16:50 – 17:05 | Next steps: applicants moving forward in T-DEB
 
17:05 – 18:00 | Open networking with drinks & canapés

Workshop
Facilitators

Gökhan Çelebi

Co-Founder / CMO at Delphisonic INC | AI for Transportation

Erman Turan

Business Design Executive | Founder of Addwise Consulting | Venture Creation & Investment Consultancy

Neşen Yücel

Entrepreneurship Evangelist | Co-founder of Stage-Co & CoderDojo Turkiye | Marketing and Communications Consultant & Mentor

Şahver Kaya

Digital Transformation | Innovation | Strategy | Ecosystem Development | Thought Leader

Prof Cengizhan Öztürk

Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Board Member of LifeSci at Boğaziçi University | Coordinator of ISEK (Istanbul Health Industry Cluster)

Dr Cindy Regalado

Managing Director & Co-founfer of Tekiu Ltd. | Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering | Planning & Community Development

Testimonials

'During our first and second meetings, we realised, to our pleasant surprise , that T-DEB is a serious and committed programme. We believe T-DEB will result in strong and long-lasting collaborations between the UK and Turkey, fostering innovation on both sides.'

- Assoc Prof Devrim Pesen Okvur

Co-founder/CSO, Initio

'Thanks to the experienced team and their large business network, we believe T-DEB will enable each project partner to find valuable collaboration opportunities and start fruitful relations with the UK counterparts.'

- Tolgahan Oysal

Managing Director, DELTA Smart Technologies

'T-DEB aims to support the most challenging aspect of projects: finding the right partner. Their platform enables skillful, suitable partner candidates in Turkey to express themselves, and their interactive workshops offer participants a clear conceptual framework.'

- Dr Zeynep Sofuoğlu

Senior Project Manager, Emergency Ambulance Physicians Association

'The workshop in Izmir was eye-opening and informative with crystal-clear presentations. We appreciate T-DEB team’s efforts for innovation across borders.'

- Şener Bilgin

CEO, Lucida Solar

'If you aim for globalisation, I strongly recommend you meet the T-DEB team, who enjoy sharing their expertise and experience on this matter. Through day-long activities as well as friendships gained, T-DEB can change your project’s acceleration at a stroke, in ways you’d never hope for–which precisely happened to me at their last workshop!'

- Caner Özer

General Manager, Otto Mobile Car Cleaning Systems

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