Acceleration & Investment Program
Innovate21st is designed to deliver critical components of a successful accelerator program, which are learning, guidance and financing.
Applications for the ''Digital Inclusion'' program are now open!
About the Program
Developed by idacapital, invested in by various institutional investors, Innovate 21st Acceleration & Investment program offers a wide range of knowledge base and Venture Capital support in order to promote startups.
During the first phase of the two-phased program, applications are analyzed with great care through a two-stage evaluation system by our team of analysts and advisory board members. In the second phase, startups that are chosen for investment are included in the acceleration program in order to develop their businesses, increase their market shares, and help them to reach a wider network.
As Innovate21st we invest in startups that can produce alternative solutions to conventional systems; which have passionate and reliable teams with strong innovative sides, aiming to help them reach their goals more easily and constructively.
1:1 meetings with investment analysts and you will get financial model design, unit economics analyses, growth and access to finance support in line with financial metrics
Financing up to $250,000 through Convertible Bonds
24-week program focused on driving business growth and accelerated market penetration
Close communication with Venture Capital investors and experts in marketing, technology, legal & tax issues etc.
Marketing and Cloud Server perks
Opportunity to receive further financing from program backers
Opportunity to reach a wide network of Venture Capital investors & co-investors
The developer and the moderator of the Innovate21st Investment and Acceleration program, idacapital, is the one and only social impact fund in Turkey. Along with financial returns, idacapital also seeks for measurable positive environmental and social impact in its investments.
Businesses that can be considered within the scope of impact investing are more likely to scale in different geographical areas that share the same problems, and by appealing to the majority impact investments have the potential of faster growth and wider expansion.
To categorize and measure social impact, Innovate21st uses United Nations Development Programme’s Sustainable Development Goals as its guide. In general, Innovate21st emphasizes goals 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, and 12 within its investment strategy, however, there might be changes within the scope of each cohort.
Digital Inclusion- 2021
After the completion of two successful acceleration programs focusing on ''Retail & Proptech'' and ''Fintech & Financial Inclusion'', we are expanding our vision to emphasize on contemporary needs of businesses and individuals.
The ongoing digitalization of our lives has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to be able to facilitate many aspects of our lives digitally became more evident. In response to satisfy those needs, we are launching the ‘Retail & Digital Inclusion’ themed Innovate21st program to support and fund startups that are targeting to solve problems deriving from the imminent digital needs of society.
Application Deadline: 31.07.2021
The ongoing change caused by digitization on Retail, Shopping and Commercial Real Estate Spaces, is stepping into a new phase, as we call it the “New Normal”, a lot sooner than it is expected.
The New Normal, still yet to take on its mature form will affect consumer behavior (health, security, entertainment, etc.) Legacy systems should rapidly adapt to these changes, paving the way to create new opportunities for startups that have developed innovative solutions addressing these needs.
Innovate21st focuses on this context. With this Call, we boldly aim to place Istanbul in the origin point of such changes and new solutions. We want to be the first investors and users of these solutions.
Following the evaluations during the second phase of the program:
Pulpo AR, working on augmented reality in the cosmetics sector
Park Palet and Navlungo, serving as a marketplace in the logistics and storage sector
deserved to attend the acceleration program coordinated by idacapital, and a total of 450K USD pre-Series-A level investment were made into these startups.
RetailTech & PropTech-2020
After the first Innovate21st acceleration program focusing on the Retail & Proptech verticals launched back in October, we determined the second program’s main theme as Fintech & Financial Inclusion. In the 3-month evaluation period, we have assessed over 100 applications and completed our meetings with every startup that applied to join the program.
After certain stages of evaluation:
Fintegre, which provides affordability and sales growth solutions for retailers that increase the purchasing power of their customers and create additional revenue through its platform which is tailored according to retailers’ needs.
Agriofinans, which is an agriculture-focused financial technology startup that redesigns agricultural production and value-chain financing
WorqCompany, a new-generation one-stop-shop for SMEs and startups, providing high-quality vendors and partners for key business services such as company establishment, accounting management, digital finance, and office space solutions.
RetailTech & PropTech
We are planning to start taking applications by mid-October 2020 and announce the startups that qualify to join the Investment & Acceleration program by mid-November. Program is planned to last for 24 weeks and aiming to contribute to the startups’ journey to success.
Team and Execution
Traction & Scale
Problem and Vision
Unit Economics &
Sustainable Systems & Risk Management
Product & Lovable Solution
Go-to Market Strategy
Assist. Prof. Zeynep A. Koçer