Istanbul Şehir University Technology Transfer Office started out its journey pursuant to the first strategic plan of the institution in 2010 and it was officially established in 2011 when it was awarded the Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) grant. Up to this time, the office institutionalized the processes regarding TUBITAK, EU, ISTKA, INDUSTRY and PUBLIC projects, and founded the Incubation Center incuba.city. As of 2016, the office reached a portfolio of 23+ million TL with 100+ projects in total within 5 years.
As of 2017 ŞEHİR TTO has successfully collected 18 million TL investments for its technologies through several commercialization activities.
When the project named “ŞEHİR TTO Establishment”, which was presented upon the first call of İstanbul Development Agency opened in 2010, was deemed successful, the office was officially founded. This first grant reinforced the infrastructure of the office and became the first process in which ŞEHİR TTO 4-module pattern was tested. Within this 12-month project, the first Talent Management and Project Management Portal among Turkish TTOs was developed and it provided a solution to link together the industrial needs and academic talents. The office went beyond all performance objectives and successfully completed the project. During its foundational phase, ŞEHİR TTO provided support to the university with research and reports regarding the infrastructure work such as the opening of new departments, creating a curriculum, building new campuses and laboratories, and it undertook the mission to increase the scientific and industrial projects of the university. Within this period, the project application and management processes of the institution regarding TUBITAK and ISTDA have been institutionalized, and the projects increased in number thanks to this support. By 2012, the number of the active projects was 24, and the total budget reached 2 million TL. In the 7th EU Framework performance report of TUBITAK between 2007 and 2012, ŞEHİR was among the top 10 universities in Turkey in the ranking based upon project number per academician.
Thanks to our gradually increasing scientific outputs, projects, and the existence of TTO, ŞEHİR ranked the 50th university in 2013 Entrepreneurial and Innovative University Index, the first of which was announced in 2012. As a result, it was entitled to submit a grant application to TUBITAK’s a specific call designed to support the TTOs. ŞEHİR TTO, with its own business model, took place among the technology transfer offices supported by TUBITAK for 10 years in its first year of application and was among the top 5 foundation universities awarded this grant in that very year. This success in 2013 had several impacts such as an increase in number of staff and development of its infrastructure. In 2014, the office had 8 personnel, and ŞEHİR ranked as the 36th in the 2014 Entrepreneurial and Innovative University Index as it moved up 14 ranks, the greatest upsurge among Turkish universities so far.
By 2014, TTO has managed 40 projects and a project portfolio over 8 million TL in total. The same year, the office has cooperated with several international institutions both for educational and professional knowledge transfer, and the technology transfer processes have been formed and refined by the whole team as a result of the past 4-year experiences. In 2015, following these matured processes, ŞEHİR TTO began to furnish services for academicians, students, industries, and entrepreneurs under 5 pillars of focus. As of December 2016, we reached 100 projects and a portfolio of 23 million TL. Moreover, as ŞEHİR TTO, we have started the first Technology Transfer Office Acceleration Program (TTAP) in Turkey as an investor in Turkey’s first Technology Transfer Fund of 30 million euros. Nowadays, we look to future with hope, thanks to our services enhanced with the following tools: www.teknolojiturkiye.com.tr, which is our tool for receiving applications to TTAP, and www.techin2b.com, which connects the inventors, industries, and TTO professionals as the first private Technology Management & Validation Portal in Turkey. TTAP is an acceleration program based on Steve Blank’s “Lean LaunchPad Methodology” and the University of Texas at Austin IC2 Institute’s “Technology Commercialization Program” with adaptations to Turkey’s particulars. Eligible applicants are academicians with patented/patentable inventions, maximum 5-year old growth-seeking technology-based SMEs, and technology start-ups. It is a boutique style 2-phase acceleration program in which patented/patentable technologies, which we select through our two-tier selection process, are given one-to-one trainings and continuous mentorship on value proposition, product-market fit, technology and market validation, creation of the best business and revenue models, financial forecasts, investor readiness and other related fields. Through mentorship, they also receive business development support to make their first sale or increase their sales.
As of last quarter in 2016, in less than 18 months, more than 20 technologies have been accepted in the TTAP, 4 of which either received funding or in the signing stage thereof, from the local investor ecosystem. Efforts of fundraising for the remaining technologies continue through both local and international investors. Our recent grant application “Invest Istanbul” to ISTDA is awarded funds to select technology-based start-ups from Turkey, train them through our special acceleration program and take them to London for pitching opportunity to investors in London. This program will start early 2017 and details will be announced on our websites. As ŞEHİR TTO, we believe the flow of main sources for innovation in our country should be university-based just like in the developed countries, and that technological and social innovation is of great importance for the development of our country. With our team that believes in the model we have established for this purpose, we move forward on our path, open to any kind of cooperation, creating and sharing values with other similar TTOs, university research centres, industrial and public institutions so as to affect the history of our country in this regard.
Our 5 Segment for Dedicated Services
One of the objectives of ŞEHİR TTO is to enable our researchers to benefit from the national and international grant funds for their projects at the maximum level. Thanks to our supports for stages of Project Development, Contracting, Negotiations and Project Management, we aim at enabling our researchers to devote most of their time to their research. For further information about the services we provide during these processes, you may visit Our Spotlights page on our website. During the process of project development, thanks to our Talent Pool regarding the competencies of our faculty members and researchers and their research areas, it becomes possible to match programs that are open to the application with the relevant faculty members, and the matching researchers are individually notified. Furthermore, this process might be carried out in the direction of requests from our academicians in the form of searching for appropriate support programs for them
Students with the idea of project development and proceeding sponsored projects or a startup creation are the objectives of ŞEHİR TTO Student side. We developed flexible support for the various student phase, from their early year till the PhD degree year every student may find different support from ŞEHİR TTO.
ŞEHİR TTO relations with industry have several depths as a collaboration. We are starting to listen to our industrial partner’s needs and offer solutions to isolate the problems. We can either develop R&D projects together and submit to the related calls, find H2020 partners and consortiums or either offer them to produce our academic solution, or either offer them our startups products and companies. Finally, we are organising lots of training solution from idea to patent camps, from valuation to the commercialization of their products.
We are giving a large support to the entrepreneurs. SMEs, Micro SMEs, Young Startups, Academic Entrepreneurs, Woman Entrepreneurs are the most convenient stakeholder for our incubator centre, incuba.city. Located on our Dragos Campus near Marmara sea, we have 20 startups capacity where we are performing several acceleration programs. We have a serious record getting investment for our startups as 18 million TL in last two years. For more information about our process and working model please visit our website.
ŞEHİR TTO has a unique process to incubate the entrepreneurs. Outputs of the accelerator programs are always valuable analysis reports. Those reports are the best tools for the investors before the investment. As ŞEHİR TTO we are helping to reduce the risks of the investors for specific startups. From the business model to the value proposition, from the market analysis to the product price, from the intellectual properties to the competitor’s analysis we offer to the investors ready to start, to-go, non-go analysis ready on their tables.
Some of our technologies :
Our Brands for Our Ecosystem
- MyProjects! for Corporate Project Tracking & Reporting System
- FailConf for a different type of conference, the conference for failed startups to transfer the experiences to others
- ECP: Our Entrepreneurship Certification Program
- SGO: Our Social Entrepreneurship Program
- TTAP: Technology Turkey Acceleration Program, one of the most successful acceleration program in Turkey, in Istanbul with successfully invested startups from Drugs, to Biotech, from material to CleanTech.
- TECHIN2B: Technology Portfolio Project Area from different TTOs and R&D Centers from Turkey
- TECHARENA: Local Demo day for our startups
- INVESTISTANBUL: Global Demo day for our startups