Emre has a post announcing that Seedcamp is coming to Turkey. This is great news for Turkish entrepreneurs, because where Seedcamp operates is precisely the zone in the Turkish capital universe with a vacuum. From Emre's post, my interpretation is that the Seedcamp team is not actually visiting Turkey but has indicated that they are interested in seeing Turkish ventures. I was not able to find any Turkey-specific details on the Seedcamp website.
What is Seedcamp?
Seedcamp is an attempt to jumpstart the entrepreneurial community in Europe by putting the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs in front of a top-tier network of company builders; including seed investors, serial entrepreneurs, product designers, architecture experts, HR specialists, marketers, lawyers, recruiters, and venture capitalists.
Why is this important?
Europe has the necessary ingredients to build the world’s next generation of leading technology companies; talent, capital, ideas, and examples of success; but what it lacks is the tradition of entrepreneurialism. This makes it hard for young entrepreneurs to secure funding, develop the right connections and build teams. Seedcamp is directly addressing these challenges by bringing together entrepreneurs from all over Europe and exposing them to the collective experience of people who can help turn their grand visions into successful businesses.
What is Seedcamp looking for?
A strong team of at least two people who have a creative idea and the energy and commitment to execute. The teams do not need years of experience; in fact, Seedcamp would most benefit first-time entrepreneurs with early, seed-stage ideas. Ideas should leverage the Internet and not have previously been funded. For a full list of selection criteria, visit the website: http://www.seedcamp.com/pages/apply_application_critera
- Seedcamp is currently accepting applications: www.seedcamp.com
- Deadline is August 12, 2007
- Top 20 teams will be chosen and invited to Seedcamp Week in London
- Seedcamp Week takes place from September 3 – 7, 2007
- The top five teams will be chosen to receive €50,000 and continued support from the Seedcamp network
I would highly recommend it to any new Turkish internet venture.