An Analysis of the Business Accelerator Programs in Turkey
This paper analyses the business accelerator programs in Turkey. Business accelerators are new generations of incubation programs born especially to support technology entrepreneurs and help them reach to the next level. There are six startup accelerators in Turkey out of eighteen which fit into the criteria of accelerator programs. These are Kworks, ITU Seed, SuCool, IOT Telco Labs, Pilot and Starter’s Hub programs. All of these programs only accept technology entrepreneurs and help them grow their businesses. Using the interview method, this study provides an inside look into the models of these six programs. It provides detailed analysis about the general structure of the programs, the characteristics of the entrepreneurs in the programs, how the programs operate, information about the graduates of the programs, the mentor networks, the investment possibilities and the performance criteria of the programs. There are studies about accelerators in highly developed countries but the literature lacks information about accelerators in developing countries. Therefore, this study contributes to the literature by filling this gap.
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