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We are currently accepting applications for the 2023 Hamdi Ulukaya Initiative cohort.

When is the program?

You can apply to the Hamdi Ulukaya Initiative Startup Support Program between July 1 and August 15. The selected startups are entitled to 1 year of support.

Who can apply?

If you are a founder or senior executive of a startup company, you can apply today to participate in the program. Your program must be established in Turkey and you should have a product/service currently in the market.

Selection Process

1st Step: Quant Analysis

Startups are evaluated according to their turnover, investments, establishment dates and export potentials.

2nd Step: Qual Analysis

Startups are evaluated according to titles such as team, diversity, company culture, social impact.

3rd Step: Interviews

In-depth interviews are conducted with startups.

Program Details

Mentorship & Education

Accelerator program in Turkey and the United States
Incubator and company visits in NYC
Cultural activties

Financial Support

Company founding fees in the U.S.
Accommodation and travel expenses
Passport and visa fees

Program Schedule

Phase 1

Application open
Applications due
Accepted candidates notified

Phase 2

Goal-Setting Summit in Istanbul
Accelerator Bootcamp in New York

Phase 3

Review & Look Ahead in Istanbul