Paymes Wins Seedstars Turkey
Seedstars World- the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes - brought its Turkey round to a successful close during Seedstars Istanbul. Three startups were declared winners – Paymes, Udenify, and Ahtdapot.
9 selected startups were invited to present their ideas in front of the local jury panel - including Rina Onur Sirinoglu (500 Startups Istanbul), Cem Ener (High Tech Mind B.V.), Ali Babaoglan (BIC Angels), Mehmet Akalin (BIC Angels) and Meghan Warner (Seedstars).
Paymes - Turkey’s Most Innovative Startup
The local winner, Paymes, a secure shopping chatbot that helps users sell or purchase items on Messenger Apps, was selected the best startup in Turkey for its innovative solution.
What’s in it for first place winner?
As a part of the prize, Paymes will be participating at Seedstars Summit, taking place in Switzerland in April 2018, a weeklong training program with the opportunity to meet the other 80 winners, as well as investors and mentors from around the world. Traditionally, the final day of the Summit will be dedicated to pitching in front of audience of 1000 attendees, with the possibility of winning up to the USD 1 million equity investment.
Udentify & Ahtdapot - Second & Third Place
Udentify, a big data solution that collects and analyzes customer insight data with face recognition technology for retail and FMCG sectors, came second and Ahtapot, which allows users to unleash the power of the connected networks by enabling them to have meaningful offline meetings and online interactions, grabbed the last spot in the top 3.
Next Stop: Tehran
Seedstars World’s next stop is Tehran, to select the best startup in Iran. Seedstars World is looking for smart startups that solve regional issues and/or develop profitable products for the global market.