UK Tech Week Turkey

UK Tech Turkey

During 16-18 February, we were invited to participate in an online conference UK tech week Turkey. It aimed to bring together thought-leaders from business, government, as well as universities and host a series of exclusive seminars, panel discussions, and workshops. Besides, it was necessary to explore which digital and green technologies will be crucial for recovery after COVID-19.  

At the conference on Creativity & Digital Marketing, we learned more about the UK’s creative industries’ sector offer. Tony Hughes spoke about the creative industries ecosystem in the UK. He discussed subsectors such as gaming, digital marketing, VR, and AR. Additionally, this session covered information on the centers of excellence, government support mechanisms, and multipliers in the market.

Dr. Peter Dirken focused our attention on local R&D funding opportunities in the UK. There was a presentation from Innovate UK. A successful Turkish company also presented a case study that was established in the UK.

At the Pitching session, we learned about the UK’s capabilities in advanced engineering and manufacturing. Bytronic Automation Ltd, Conundrum AI, Expert AMT Ltd, HSSMI (High-Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute), and other UK companies presented their technologies and shared success stories.

The session with VC Matchmaking addressed the lack of investment opportunities for underrepresented founders. Demi Ario from Ledoe provided us with information on how founders can learn about the various available options and the ideal time to raise them.

At the UK-Turkey Research Partnerships Scoping Event, speakers introduced their ideas through a three-minute “presentations session”. Sessions for each thematic area were held in parallel.

There were many representatives of various companies and universities at the conference. For example, Ali Mohammadi, from the University of Bath, wanted to show the importance of industry partnerships and academic cooperation. Bing Ji, from the University of Leicester, was interested in creating a form of intelligent semiconductor switches. The Birmingham Center for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) manages the innovative SME-RAIL SME program that brings together national and international buyers. Their goal was to provide research and development advice to Turkish companies and find partners. 

Sessions covered a range of technology areas where the UK has lots of experience. We heard plenty of practical information. After the presentation, there was an opportunity to ask the speakers questions.

We visited UK tech week Turkey to learn more about investment programs and find potential partners in the field of R&D. All in all, it was extremely encouraging and valuable for us to hear stories about the experience of other successful companies.