Weekly Startup Ecosystem Overview in Turkiye / February 26 – March 3

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Last week, 5 Turkish startups received investment in the entrepreneurship ecosystem and 1 secondary transaction has been made. The headquarters of the startups that received investment were distributed as Istanbul and Amsterdam. 4 venture capital investment fund was also established.

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

1 Music & Guitar

1 Production

1 Gaming

1 Market Research

1 Financial Technology

News of the Week

Last week, 4 Venture Capital Investment Fund (GSYF) received establishment permission.

In the Turkish Capital Markets Board (CBM) newsletter published on Thursday, February 29th; It was announced that 4 portfolio company received establishment permission for 4 venture capital investment fund.

Permitted Funds:

Osmanlı Portföy Yönetimi AŞ First Venture Capital Investment Fund

24 Gayrimenkul ve Girişim Sermayesi Portföy Yönetimi AŞ Vega Venture Capital Investment Fund

İş Portföy Yönetimi AŞ Arar Enerji Girişim Venture Capital Investment Fund

Oyak Portföy Yönetimi AŞ ODTÜ TEKNOKENT Etki Venture Capital Investment Fund

🎯 Shark Gitar raised €2.5 million.

Shark Guitar, a startup that produces electronic guitars, has raised €2.5 million with €20 million valuation. The investment round was joined by Neo Portföy Target Venture Capital Investment Fund and angel investors such as Nevzat Aydın, Gökhan San, Bekir Yener Yıldırım and Mustafa Doğan.

Transaction Type: Investment

Valuation: €20.000.000

Investors: Neo Portföy Target Girişim Sermayesi Yatırım Fonu, Nevzat Aydın, Gökhan San, Bekir Yener Yıldırım, Mustafa Doğan

Co-founders: Cem Köksal

Headquarters: Istanbul

🎯 Digital production platform Rototip raised €1 million.

Rototip, which digitalises metal and plastic manufacturing processes, has raised €1 million. The investment round was led by ACT Venture Capital, with participation from Heartfelt Capital and APY Ventures.

Transaction Type: Investment

Valuation: –

Investors: ACT Venture Partners, Heartfelt Capital, APY Ventures

Co-founders: İsmail Utku Gürtunca, Onur Özturk

Headquarters: Amsterdam (Netherlands)

🎯 Mobile gaming startup NBL Games raised funding with 150 million TL valuation.

NBL Games, which operates in the mobile gaming industry, has completed its first seed investment round with 150 million TL valuation. The investment round was joined by Heaventures, Abidin Gümüş, Nedim Özkan, Tolga Camadan, Kerim Dumanlı, Savaş Keleş and Cengiz Zabcı.

Transaction Type: Investment

Valuation: 150.000.000 TL

Investors: Heaventures, Abidin Gümüş, Nedim Özkan, Tolga Camadan, Kerim Dumanlı, Savaş Keleş, Cengiz Zabcı

Co-founders: –

Headquarters: Istanbul

🎯 Insight platform Denebunu raised $1.8 million.

Consumer experience and insight platform Denebunu, has raised $1.8 million in pre-Series A funding round, led by Eksim Ventures. APY Ventures, Arya VC and Maxis Yenilikçi GSYF also participated in the investment round.

Transaction Type: Investment

Valuation: –

Investors: Eksim Ventures, APY Ventures, Arya VC, Maxis Yenilikçi GSYF

Co-founders: Duygu Özgün, Barış Yeşilçiçek 

Headquarters: Istanbul

🎯 Fintech girişimi Dgpays raised funding with $600 million valuation.

Dgpays, which offers payment systems solutions, has completed its second investment round with $600 million valuation. The investment round was joined by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD ve Truffle Capital.

Transaction Type: Investment

Valuation: 600.000.000 TL

Investors: Avrupa İmar ve Kalkınma Bankası EBRD, Truffle Capital

Co-founders: –

Headquarters: Istanbul

🛒 1000 Yatırımlar Holding acquires Taksim application.

1000 Yatırımlar Holding has acquired Taksim, a taxi-hailing application introduced by the Istanbul Chamber of Taxi Drivers and Tradesmen in 2021.

Transaction Type: Acquisition

Investors: 1000 Yatırımlar Holding

Co-founders: –

Headquarters: Istanbul

Other News of the Week:

📌 Fark Labs, a global innovation and transformation center, will collaborate with GAMA Enerji, a business development and investment firm operating on local and international platforms in the fields of energy and water infrastructure.

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