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07/03/2018
The Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), an international institution affiliated to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Background

The Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), an international institution affiliated to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), welcomes applications from interested youth and entrepreneurs for the “’Take off Istanbul Startup Investment Pitching Session”, an international entrepreneurship event implemented within the context of  ICYF initiated OIC Startup platform Project and  organized in cooperation with the T3 Foundation and with the  Support of Investment agency of Turkish Prime Ministry  to be held on 20 – 23 September 2018 in Istanbul. The program is dedicated to young entrepreneurs of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Member States and Muslim minorities from non-members. The event is held under ICYF’S  OIC Start-up Platform Project.

Who Can Participate?

Following to submission of all required Documents through official web page;  All eligible Projects, which satisfies the application criteria, will be matched with outstanding Mentors to assist them in the preparation process for investment, to establish successful start-up companies. Selected Projects that successfully accomplish online mentorship and the evaluation of financial and Technical committees  will be invited to the Take-off Istanbul Startup Investment Summit.

Participants should be between 18-35 years, and citizens of OIC Member States, Observer States or Muslim minorities from non-member states.

Project Criteria Requirements

  • Project prototype availability
  • Project road map availability
  • Project Business plan availability
  • Project Demo video availability

Eligible Startup Categories

  • Energy and Environment Technologies
  • Health and Natural Sciences
  • Transportation, Space Technology and Defense
  • Education
  • Agriculture and Food

Costs

International Flight Tickets and Local Hospitality will be provided by the Organizing Committee.

Awards

  • Special Cash Prize
  • Winner Startups will be eligible to  attend 1 year incubation program in Istanbul in which all the  costs( office, living, rent etc.) will be  covered by Organizing  Committee
  • Partnership with leading  Companies in the same  field of activity

The OIC Start-up Project (OSP) aims at educating participants about social and business entrepreneurship, to train them on current trends of Innovation Management, Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as networking between participants from different OIC Member States. During the event, Young Entrepreneurs from around  56 countries will receive high-end training in critical tools of innovations and skills-based approach towards the field of entrepreneurship. Following to Trainings; Selected Startups will come together with the specially chosen investors in two days long investment pitching sessions  to establish  effective partnerships.

The Forum is open for all interested youth and to apply for, please fill up the application form before 15 August 2019.

Local hospitality and flight costs will be provided by organizers. Only successful candidates will be invited for the Take-off Istanbul Startup Investment Session.

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