BIO Startup - MENA: A Regional Biotechnology Accelerator Program

If you are a biotechnology entrepreneur, do not miss out on the opportunity to take part in BIO Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in BIO International Convention 2018 in Boston, and meet with investors, MNCs and incubation centers in the US!

BIO International Convention 2018

From 1993 onward, the BIO convention is organized by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization is one of the largest and most important events in the world on biotechnology. With more than 16.000 participants from 65 countries, the conference provides the opportunity for sharing latest technological developments in the life sciences industry and establishing collaboration in the field of biotechnology.

Sponsored by MSD and Held by TEPAV in Collaboration with ReDIS Innovation

For the third year in a row, TEPAV will be holding the BIO Startup Accelerator Program sponsored by MSD in collaboration with ReDIS Innovation.

Once you are admitted to the program; show up on time, work hard and make sure you get the most out of it!

The program is sponsored by MSD and held by TEPAV in collaboration with ReDis Innovation and Viveka.

The entrepreneurs at above-specified stages in their startups will go through three phases.

First, they will participate in online training session. Second, they will participate in the Bio Startup Bootcamp and Demo Day that will be held in Ankara where they will be provided with one-on-one mentoring sessions and a pitching workshop. At the end of the second phase , participants will present their projects during Demo Day to a panel of experts. Third, startups ranked among the first three will take part in the BIO Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2018 in the BIO International Convention 2018 in Boston, USA where they will have the chance to meet with VCs, MNCs and incubation centers there.  

Admitted teams will not only participate in the entrepreneurship training both online and on-site in Ankara but they will also have the opportunity to present and express their ideas on a global stage.

About the BIO Startup Program

Additional Notes About BIO Startup

  • Expenses in travelling to and accommodation in Ankara of one person from each admitted team will be covered by BIO Startup Program.
  • All travel and accommodation expenses, event participation and visa fee of one person from each winning team in going to Bio International Convention 2018 in Boston, will be covered by BIO Startup Program.

5 May 2018

Application Deadline

6 May 2018

Announcement of Admitted Teams

13-15 May


Program Schedule

BIO Startup Bootcamp and Demo Day

7 May 2018

Online Business Plan Training

*The training and mentoring sessions and event language will be English.

Event Schedule

13-14-15 May 2018

BIO Startup Bootcamp & Demo Day

Ankara, Turkey

May 13, 2018 -  Demo Day Pitching Training and Focus Group Session 

May 14, 2018  -  Demo Day Pitching Workshop and Mentoring Session

May 15, 2018 -  Demo Day 

May 16 - June 4, 2018  - Preparations for Bio Convention 2018 in Boston, USA

June 4-8, 2018 - BIO Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and BIO Convention 2018 in Boston, US

Here are the entrepreneurs who were ranked first to take part in BIO International Convention 2016:

Idea Stage

Ahmet Kuzubaşlı

RF Sense


Firm Stage

Diploid Biyoteknolojik Ürünler

Furkan Ozan ÇÖVEN

Radio-frequency MEMS biosensors for the instant detection of water microorganisms

Production of environmentally friendly and recyclable natural insulation material that minimizes thermal transmission of buildings

*It was evaluated as a firm which was established less than a year and not yet commercialized .

Winners of 2016

Here are the entrepreneurs who were ranked first to take part in BIO International Convention 2017:

Winners of 2017




Devrim Pesen Okvur


Developing next generation of nano-medicines

based on innovative drug delivery platforms

RS Research

Sena Nomak

GENZ Biotechnology

Umut Ağyüz

Chemotactic invasion of cancer cells in ICcellchip 


Specific genetic risk assessment test using DNA biomarkers for breast cancer

A BIO Startup Accelerator Program to BIO International
Convention 2018

Contact Details

Address: Tunalı Hilmi Caddesi 114/32 Kavaklıdere

Ankara, TURKEY

Telephone: 0 312 2650704
E-mail :

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