9 – 15 January Turkey Startup Ecosystem Summary

Last week, 8 Turkish startups received investment in the entrepreneurship ecosystem and 1 startup purchase has been made. The headquarters of the startups that received investment were distributed as Istanbul, Ankara and San Francisco. 1 venture capital investment fund was established.

Turkey-based venture capital fund also invested in a New York-based startup.

The vertical distribution of the startups receiving investment is as follows:

2 Game

1 Mobility

1 Service / Customer Management

1 Health

1 SaaS

1 Media / Social Blog

1 Logistics

1 Financial Technologies

News of the Week

Last week, 1 Venture Capital Investment Fund (GSYF) received establishment permission.

In the Turkish Capital Markets Board (CBM) bulletin published on Thursday, January 12th; It was announced that 1 portfolio company received establishment permission for 1 venture capital investment fund.

Permitted Funds:

Oyak Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş. Ninth Venture Capital Investment Fund

🎯 Mobile gaming startup BlockGate raised funding.

Mobile game and technology startup BlockGate received an investment with a valuation of 5 million dollars under the leadership of Yıldız Tekno GSYO and with the participation of Kalyon Venture Capital.

Transaction Type: Investment

Investment Amount:

Valuation: $5.000.000

Investors: Yıldız Teknik GSYO, Kalyon Venture Capital

Co-founders: Fatih Yıldırım, Nihat Yılmaz

🎯 Game studio Apphic Games raised funding.

Apphic Games, the startup that develops mobile and PC games, received an investment from Lima Ventures in its seed investment round.

Transaction Type: Investment

Investment Amount:

Valuation:

Investors: Lima Ventures

Co-founders: Gazi Akyüz, Erdinç Gürbüz, Yavuz Erdem

🎯 Ankara-based startup Parabol raised funding.

Parabol, which works in the field of mobility, received an investment from EIT Urban Mobility (European Institute of Innovation and Technology).

Transaction Type: Investment

Investment Amount:

Valuation:

Investors: EIT Urban Mobility

Co-founders: Metin Barış

🎯 Customer management platform Leadport raised funding.

Leadport, which aims to help companies increase their sales and grow, received an investment with a valuation of 25 million TL. ŞirketOrtağım and angel investors participated in the investment tour.

Transaction Type: Investment

Investment Amount:

Valuation: 25.000.000 TL

Investors: ŞirketOrtağım, angel investors

Co-founders: Alper Barut

🎯 Hybrid health startup Carbon Health raised funding.

San Francisco-based hybrid healthcare platform Carbon Health received a $100 million investment from CVS Health Ventures in its Series D investment round.

Transaction Type: Investment

Investment Amount: $100.000.000

Valuation:

Investors: CVS Health Ventures

Co-founders: Eren Bali, Greg Burrell, Tom Berry

🎯 Technology startup Monday Hero raised funding.

Low-code SaaS startup Monday Hero successfully completed The Amazon Web Services’ Impact Accelerator program and received an investment of 225 thousand dollars.

Transaction Type: Investment

Investment Amount: $225.000

Valuation:

Investors: AWS Impact Accelerator

Co-founders: Nazlı Temurtaş, Burcu Geneci 

🎯 Social blogging platform kooplog raised funding.

Social blogging platform kooplog received an investment with a valuation of 2 million TL from an unnamed angel investors.

Transaction Type: Investment

Investment Amount:

Valuation: 2.000.000 TL

Investors: Angel Investor

Co-founders: Kaan Olcay, Mustafa Yasin Akmaz, Tuğberk S.

🎯 Digital transportation platform Diginak raised funding.

Land logistics and fintech startup Diginak received an investment of 1 million dollars from idacapital.

Transaction Type: Investment

Investment Amount: $1.000.000

Valuation:

Investors: idacapital

Co-founders:

🎯 Fintech startup Hedge raised funding.

Hedge, the startup that allows users to invest collectively, received investment from Startupfon.

Transaction Type: Investment

Investment Amount:

Valuation:

Investors: Startupfon

Co-founders: Kyle Al-Rawi, Yash Khandelwal

🛒 Mindbehind, acquired by Insider.

Insider has acquired the conversational messaging platform Mindbehind.

Transaction Type: Acquisition

Investors: Insider

Co-founders: Oğuzhan Başeğmez, Anıl Kiper

Other News of the Week:

📌 BV Portfolio Gaming and Technology Variable Fund of BV Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş., an organization of Boğaziçi Ventures, received establishment permission from the Turkish Capital Markets Board.

📌 The applications for the “Entrepreneurial Women Adding Value” program with the content of mentoring and training, initiated by ANKAmall AVM, have started.

📌 ÜNLÜ & Co Women Technology Entrepreneurs Academy started its activities, organized by Turkey’s investment services and asset management group ÜNLÜ & Co, in collaboration with Girvak.

📌 The applications for the Up Tel Aviv acceleration program, specially prepared for Turkish technology entrepreneurs, have begun.

📌 Lonca Entrepreneurship Center, which was established by Kuveyt Türk Bank in order to support technology-oriented and innovative business ideas, has started the 8th batch BIGG Program applications.

📌The applications for the “Terminal Startup Acceleration Program”, which created by Turkish Airlines to support the entrepreneurship ecosystem, continue.

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