Posted on
August 2, 2022

Top 9 VC Investors in Istanbul

Maximilian Fleitmann
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The interest in the Turkish startups has increased dramatically in the past years. It is a fact that majority of international funds have entered the Turkish market and startup companies launched their products and services globally with agility. This year, venture capital investments particularly exceeded all previous figures.

This article is part of a series where we present you the best Venture Capital firms across different cities and countries. Here you can view the ranking for Turkey.

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Top Venture Capital Firms in Istanbul

1. StartersHub

StartersHub-VC-Istanbul

StartersHub is the leading early-stage technology investment fund of Turkey, currently aiming to become the leader of MENA CEE region. Startups taken under its wings can expect to be part of their proactive family, as StartersHub only make long-term commitments with all the startups it takes in, where they hustle, succeed and grow together.StartersHub is here for founders working to disrupt the system for good. It focuses on startups solving issues with scalable solutions, making real impact, disrupting the industry.

Website: startershub.com/

Founded: 2015

Total fund size: $10M

StartersHub most notable exits include PulsAR and Identify.

2. Alesta Yatırım

Alesta Yatırım-VC-Istanbul

Ales Venture Capital Investment Trust Inc. 100% Escort Technology Investment Co., Ltd. was established in late 2012 as a subsidiary of an investment company subject to the Capital Markets Board legislation.

Their target audience was primarily started to produce products or services are targeted at companies with existing customers and growth.However, the product or service to switch to the sales and marketing process, although in need of ready finance companies also take interest in Their initiative

Website: www.alestayatirim.com/

Founded: 2012  

Total fund size: $5M

3. Diffusion Capital Partners

Diffusion Capital Partners-VC-Istanbul

DCP is a seed-stage venture capital fund manager. We predominantly invest in deep-tech start-ups. At DCP we aim to invest in entrepreneurial teams that are building the future through progressive science and technology. We focus on cross-industry sectors and interdisciplinary projects to discover innovations occurring at the nexus of technology domains where capital-efficient solutions can unlock significant value.

Website: www.dcp.vc

Founded: 2015

Total fund size: €66.8M

Diffusion Capital Partners most notable exits include Parasut and ATAR Labs

4. TechOne VC

TechOne VC-VC-Istanbul

TechOne VC is a venture capital firm. It invests in innovative tech startups founded by visionary entrepreneurs solving global problems, to deliver superior returns for our investors.

Website: www.techone.vc/

Founded: 2019

Total fund size: TRY200M

5. Esas Ventures

Esas Ventures-VC-Istanbul

Esas Ventures is the venture capital arm of Esas Holding, one of the largest family-owned investment firms in Turkey and is backed by the first and second generation family members of Şevket Sabancı, one of the founding members of Sabancı Holding, a leading Turkish conglomerate.

With offices in Istanbul and London, Esas Ventures invests in early stage companies globally.

Website: www.esasventures.com/

Founded: 2018

6. Boğaziçi Ventures

Boğaziçi Ventures-VC-Istanbul

Boğaziçi Ventures has been established in 2013 with the purpose of supporting entrepreneurship to take their global success to a next level. We aim to invest in the technology start-ups which have talented teams by providing business models and looking for funds and mentoring support for the future exponential growth.

BV Growth fund does aim to reach a minimum fund size of $30M. BV Growth will only focus on the technology startups established in Turkey at growth stage while having the ambition to get into the global market.

BV Crypto fund will be closed with a minimum fund size of $50M to invest in cryptocurrency and blockchain projects. People are interested in investing in cryptocurrency and especially new initial coin offerings (ICO) but they don’t know which one is reliable. We’ve extremely capable team dedicated to cryptocurrency. Our analysts search hundreds of ICO projects, follow their communication, investigate the commitment of their teams, make interviews and if they have a chance, even visit them at their locations to give a much better decision.

BV MENA fund will be closed with a minimum fund size of $100M. BV MENA aims to invest in the growth stage technology startups in the Middle East and Africa.

Website: www.bogaziciventures.com/

Founded: 2013

Total fund size: $60.4M

7. 500 Istanbul

500 Istanbul-VC-Istanbul

500 Startups is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. Since its inception in 2010, 500 has provided hundreds of millions of investment dollars, acceleration programs, and support services to thousands of entrepreneurs in over 60 countries.

Website: 500istanbul.co/

Founded: 2010

Total fund size: $46.2M

500 Istanbul's most notable exits include MovieLaLa and Cloudpipes.

8. Extra Watts

Extra Watts-VC-Istanbul

We strive to contribute a few extra watts to the secure, immutable, and decentralized internet. Adoption. Now.

Website: extrawatts.co/

Founded: 2017

9. APY Ventures

APY Ventures-VC-Istanbul

APY Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on early-stage technology startups.

Website: www.apyventures.com/

Total fund size: $18M

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