MIT REAP Team Istanbul’s regional focus is on Istanbul municipality, which is the capital of the country of Turkey. The team has strong university stakeholders, including, the Sabanci University.

Team Members

University
Government
Corporate
Risk Capital
Entrepreneur

Innovation Ecosystem Stakeholder Model

Dilek Cetindamar
Champion
Academic Director - SU-GK Entrepreneurship Committee and Member of School of Management - Sabanci University
Ihsan Elgin
Founder - CoreStrateji, Co-Founder - StartupsWatch, EIR - OzyeginUniversity
Ussal Sahbaz
GE Innovation Leader Turkey
Alaaddin Alpay
Senior Expert at Turkcell Strategic Planning

Team Strategy

  • Challenge & Opportunity:
  • Strategy & Action:
  • Region of focus: Istanbul municipality, Turkey.
  • Comparative advantage:
    • Strong expertise in automotive parts and textiles.
    • Strategically located between Europe, MENA and Eurasia.
    • Increasing scientific research outputs.
    • Large and growing  middle class with a young and tech savvy population.
  • Core Challenges:
    • Poor linkages between innovation and entrepreneurship.
    • Low international patent registration.
    • Slow and uncertain court system.
    • Culturally low risk tolerance.
  • Stakeholder Insight:
    • Government passed a pro-entrepreneurial legislature in recent years.
    • Decided to partner with the Sabanci University and Ozyegin University.
    • Other team representatives came from TEPAV (Turkey Economic Research Policy Foundation), Turkcell and MIT Enterprise Forum Turkey.
  • REAP Strategy:
    • Support ICT focused entrepreneurs applying technology to smart tourism, energy efficiency, transportation, health and disaster management.
    • Create a global “creative city.”
    • Suggest policy changes around monitoring of industrial development zones, censorship-free internet and political commitments.

Core Regional Metrics

Economic & Social Progress

Social progress and economic prosperity as a collective measure of development in a region.

Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Ecosystems are regional environments that effectively support startups focused on addressing global markets based on technological, process or business model innovation.

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Innovation Capacity

Ability to develop new to the world innovations from inception through to the market.

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Performance

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Funding

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Demand

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People

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Policy

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Culture & Community

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Infrastructure

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Entrepreneurial Capacity

Ability to start and build new to the world businesses from inception to maturity.

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Policy

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Demand

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People

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Performance

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Funding

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Culture & Community

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Infrastructure

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