Startup Weekend held for the first time in Mediterranean

01 May 2014

The young entrepreneurs of Mediterranean developed projects which provide technology-based and practical solutions and they brought their innovative ideas to prototype level.

New Horizons - Startup Weekend Mediterranean was held between 25-77 April, in Antalya as part of the “Design Your Future” and the International Entrepreneurship Initiative programmes.

These programmes were brought into action with the partnership of UNDP, Ministry of Development, Habitat Center for Development and Governance, Vodafone Turkey Foundation and Microsoft.

Entrepreneur candidates, developers, designers and young entrepreneurs of the Mediterranean came together with the support of Viveka, Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, TOBB Antalya Young Entrepreneurs Council and TOBB Antalya Woman Entrepreneurs Council, West Mediterranean Development Agency and Antalya International University.

During the event, six teams developed their innovative ideas into prototypes with the support of ten mentors as a result of a 48 hours intensive working.

The winner is “Bütçem Bu” (This is my budget)

Six teams brought their technology based mobile app and web project ideas to prototype level as a result of a 48 hours non-stop working and presented them for jury’s evaluation.

The winner was “Bütçem Bu” (This is my budget) application which facilitates planning a budget friendly vacation for domestic tourists and remake reservations that have previously cancelled.

“Mentee” application which makes career suggestions for young people and brings youth and professionals together was granted the second place.

Third place was shared by “Rate Now” which provides push notifications for hotels and “Destek Zone” which give distance specialist service for informatics problems.

Microsoft, which is one of the main partners of the event, will provide free office opportunity and consultancy support in Microsoft Innovation Center for a year for the winner “Bütçem Bu” team as an award.

Besides, top three teams were entitled to participate in “Innovation4Good” which will be held on 15 May in Ankara and in which a roundtable will be organized within the scope of the Design Your Future project.

Finally, all participants gained free access to DreamsPark software for a year.