TEKNOFEST, which was organized under the coordination of the Turkish Technology Team Foundation and the Ministry of Industry and Technology, with the partnership of many organizations that play a critical role in the development of national technology in Turkey, was held at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on April 27-May 1.
Within the scope of the TEKNOFEST Startup Program organized by the T3 Venture Center in order for the team or team members who made it to the finals in TEKNOFEST competitions to establish their own initiatives or expand their startups, the TEKNOFEST Startup Program Tent was also opened at the event. Successful startups exhibited their products in the tent.
T3 Entrepreneurship Center Coordinator İrem Bayraktar said in a statement about the TEKNOFEST Startup Program Tent that all teams that became finalists at TEKNOFEST are actually aiming to turn into startups, to product and commercialize their prototypes.
Bayraktar said, “In this context, we started the TEKNOFEST Startup Program last year. We graduated 25 startups last year. There are 16 graduates this year. They have completed an intensive training period. We are trying to support our startups with both training, mentoring and financial opportunities. This year We provided financial support of 3 million 600 thousand TL to 16 initiatives in total.” he said.
Initiatives in the tent
Ömer Faruk Başargan, the Founder of Medroco, one of the initiatives in the tent, said that the company was established in 2021 to solve the rehabilitation problems in middle and less developed countries.
Başargan said, “We are developing wearable technologies, robots, and various exercise devices that can be used in the home environment, portable, and can be used without an expert. We took part in the tent as an initiative of the TEKNOFEST Acceleration Program. There was an intense demand. On the other hand, we made balance measurements on our device for users. We measured and made people use our gamified content.” he said.
Ömer Faruk Koç, the Founder of Move On, said that they are one of the 5 companies in the world that develop artificial intelligence-based agricultural technologies, transform tractors with cameras and artificial intelligence software, and make them autonomous.
Noting that they have started work to reduce the inefficiencies caused by manual steering in the first harvest to zero, Koç said:
“We started the first studies in 2018. We became a company in 2020 and have sold about 15 units since 2021. At this point, our new R&D projects continue with our kits working in the field. What are they? Weed spraying with artificial intelligence… At the same time, new R&D studies such as creating a productivity map in the field by analyzing the images from the drones and analyzing the images from the kits we attach to the tractors in the field continue.”