Tabtoy came first at İTÜ Çekirdek
Dec 01, 2014

At İTÜ Çekirdek which is considered as one of the most important entrepreneurial support projects in Turkey, "big bang" was held on Saturday, November 29. In final which was held under the theme of "The Big Bang - Technological Initiatives Are on The Stage" 13 projects competed,Tabtoy came first. 

İTÜ Çekirdek 2014 finals which were held at Maslak Campus - Süleyman Demirel Cultural Center began with the visit of the project booths. Then the ceremony which went on with video presentations, created a complete atmosphere of visual feast. 

Our Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca who made the opening speech, drew attention to İTÜ Çekirdek’s becoming such a good brand in a very short while as 3 years. Karaca said that as being İTÜ, they aim to contribute to development of their own technology and to Turkey’s improvement as well. On the other hand, they invest in young people’s ideas and projects. Karaca pointed out that the support given to entrepreneurs exceeded 5 million TL so far and he udnerlined that the applications for projects reached a record level, in 2014. Karaca as mentioning the establishment of an ecosystem of entrepreneurship at İTÜ, he laid emphasis on the development of entrepreneurial spirit. 

13 projects on the stage 

This year for the first time the finalists who were chosen in different areas as "General Category" and "Cloud Computing Category ", under the roof of İTÜ Çekirdek through the education, the consulting, infrastructure and pre-financing that they received during the incubation and accelerator period support lasted for 6 months, they managed to make their technology-based projects ready for being incorporated. At the same time, the finalists obtained co-operators and clients to commercialize their projects, won attractive prizes which will contribute them to commercialize their projects as a result of referendum and jury’s assessment. 

As taking on the stage, 13 finalist entrepreneurs presented their projects to attendees to be realized in the cooperation of technology - science - industry. After the presentation of the projects, there was a break for jury’s assessment. The annoucement of jury’s decision was greeted with excitement by hundreds of guests who filled the room. 

İTÜ ARI Teknokent’s General Manager Kenan Çolpan who presented prizes said that “Economic value produced by İTÜ ARI Teknokent’s companies, was 1.8 billion liras in 2013 meanwhile in 2014 by providing a great improvement it reached 3 billion liras. This is an honor for Turkey and a gain for all of us”. 

Grand Prize for Tabtoy Studios 

Tabtoy Studios Team was granted for Elginkan Vakfı Teknoloji Award in the amount of 100 thousand liras through jury and public voting with its project of "educational game platform that makes it possible to play video games with real integrated toys". Additionally, they gained right to use İTÜ Çekirdek office room during a year. The second and third prizes in amount of 50 thousand liras with the project of " smart showcase that detects consumer " was given to Kuax team and with the project of "production of natural food preservative by egg shell" to Elif Güngör. 

Significant support to entrepreneurs 

 İTÜ Çekirdek which reached a record level with thousands of applications for projects in 2014, opened the doors to a new beginning for innovation geniuses. With effective presentation on the stage at Big Bang, 9 of the finalist teams by winning various prizes, had new opportunities to to carry out their project which " will help to establish their technological companies" . The prizes distributed in 2014 reached the amount 400 thousand TL. 

Finals excitement is on live broadcast 

Ceremony excitement wasn’t limited by the attendance of the participants who came to SDKM. In order to inspire entrepreneurs from all around Turkey, the organization was followed by a live broadcast over the Web hundreds of comments and photos shared with tag #itücekirdek. 


100.000 TL Elginkan Vakfı Teknoloji Prize: Tabtoy Studios
50.000 TL Cardtek Group Special Prize: Kuax 

50.000 TL Monitise Special Prize: Elif Güngör 

İTÜ ARI Teknokent 1 Yearly İTÜ Çekirdek Office Room Prize: Floradem, Hangaar, Kuax, Smartstay, Tabtoy 

60.000 USD Microsoft Azure Usage Right Prize: Smartstay
25.000 TL 2 Ege Kimya Special Prize: Floradem, Aeros 

10.000 TL Agito Special Prize: Hangaar 

10.000 TL İşnet Special Prize: Smartstay 

4.250 TL Prize: Timeshade