Plug and Play partners with MESS to create a mobility & IoT innovation hub in Istanbul, Turkey
Global innovation platform for startups and corporations from Silicon Valley, Plug and Play, is partnering with Turkish Employers' Association of Metal Industries MESS, in launching its newest location in Istanbul, Turkey. This office located at MEXT (MESS Technology Center) and designed and launched by MESS, will focus on connecting startups, corporations, and investors working on innovating the automotive, energy, logistics, steel and durable consumer goods industries. The innovation hub is scheduled to run its first official startup accelerator program in early 2021.
Saeed Amidi, Founder and CEO, Plug and Play: "We have been building innovation platforms focused on mobility and IoT worldwide in locations such as Silicon Valley, Stuttgart, Detroit, Shanghai and Tokyo. With our startups, we can bring efficiency and cost savings in the automotive, manufacturing and logistics industries. Through this new operation here, we will be able to connect Istanbul to Silicon Valley, China, Singapore, Germany, and the rest of our global network, and continue to foster collaboration and innovation. Industries have been going through an incredible transformation with advancements in electrification, connected and autonomous vehicles, Industry 4.0, logistics and many more. Our partnership with MESS as a founding partner in Istanbul, which has 250 leading corporations as members, is a perfect example of how big organizations are taking the necessary steps to embrace the changes and find technology outside."
Plug and Play's accelerator program will identify up to 20 companies to participate in two cohorts annually. The focus will be on Smart and Digitally Connected Factory, AI Production Optimization, Intelligent Factory Automation, Smart Tracking & Supply Chain Monitoring, Advancing Connected and Autonomous Driving, Supply Chain Optimization, Sensor Technologies, Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning. Our platform in Istanbul will offer business development, mentorship, and networking opportunities for startups, investors, and relevant industry corporations.
Omer Gozen, Senior Vice President, Plug and Play: "Launching our journey in Istanbul has been one of my biggest dreams since I joined Plug and Play four years ago. Our vision to put Istanbul on the global map as an innovation hub has found its match with the MESS leadership. Our office is located at MEXT Technology Center, which is Turkey's largest, the most innovative, and state of art technology center. Our partner will bring their network of the largest corporations in Turkey work with our global startups find new business and investment opportunities, and connecting the key stakeholders and industry experts will bring new ideas in a location ripe for disruption."