October 30, 2023

The BRIDGE GLOBAL Entrepreneurs Competition/FURSA concluded with great excitement on October 30th during a grand ceremony held at the Bina Business Incubator headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey. This remarkable event captured significant attention from sponsors, investors, and distinguished international experts, signifying a notable milestone in the realm of entrepreneurship and innovation.

This competition comprised 72 hours of training and a 3-month incubation program, which included mentoring and one-on-one coaching. Additionally, the Fireside Chat program featured numerous investors and experts guiding participants on entering new markets. Furthermore, a boot camp was conducted during the competition, where the jury selected the top 20 startups from an initial pool of 40.

In a riveting culmination of months of hard work and determination, the ceremony celebrated the top 20 startups that had exhibited exceptional promise and potential. The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the announcement of the winners, who walked away with vital seed funding to fuel their entrepreneurial journeys.

Bayram Berk Tanrisevdi (AppVest) emerged as the triumphant 1st winner, securing a substantial prize of 60,000 Turkish Lira. The 2nd winner, Osman Murat Ivegen (İNTAP), received 50,000 TL, and the 3rd winner, Yigit Mahmutoğlu (SimClever), received 30,000 TL. Their groundbreaking ideas and innovative ventures captured the imagination of the competition’s judges and sponsors.

Upon being announced as the winner, Tanrisevdi stated, “As part of the BINA Incubator program, we embarked on a challenging and highly productive 6-month journey. Throughout this process, our mentors played an invaluable role, providing us with guidance and support. Today, I am thrilled and immensely proud to announce that our dedication has culminated in us being awarded the first prize as Appvest. I would like to express my profound happiness and gratitude to everyone who contributed to this achievement.”

The success of this event owes much to the generous support and commitment of our sponsors, who recognize the pivotal role startups play in driving innovation and stimulating economic growth. The dedication and guidance provided by mentors and coaches were also acknowledged, underscoring the collaborative spirit that fueled the competition’s triumph.

The BRIDGE Global Competition/FURSA program is made possible through funding from the Qatar Fund for Development, with technical support from Spark. Its successful implementation is a result of the combined efforts of Qatar Charity and BINA. This program continues to stand as a beacon of hope for aspiring entrepreneurs, fostering innovation and propelling groundbreaking ideas to the forefront of the business world.