On 16 October 2019, fifteen startups took the stage at Maslak Orjin Plaza in Istanbul to pitch their tech innovations for the chance to win prizes to accelerate their businesses.
Cash prizes of TL 10,000 each were granted to three of the participating startups to help them launch and grow their businesses overseas.
- In the Most Scalable Business Model category, ULAK won for its economical approach to supporting last-mile delivery needs. Specifically, the company has developed an Uber-like platform that allows MSEs to obtain cost-effective delivery and pick-up services, thereby creating income opportunities for couriers.
- Recognized as generating the best Environmental Impact was Urban Agricult, a startup driving urban agritech and vertical farming of fresh fruits and vegetables in Istanbul, thereby using empty spaces in the city.
- The award for Most Innovative Business Model went to Popilight, an innovative startup that has developed a technology to synchronize mobile phones for an event, be this at a concert (e.g., synchronised motion pictures) or for mobilising a community (e.g., synchronised messaging).