15 October, Thursday



Welcome Speech: Prof. Gülay Barbarosoğlu, Rector Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

Opening Remarks

  • Mehmet Aslan, Vice-President Technology and Innovation Funding Programs Directorate, The Scientific & Technological Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), Ankara
  • Fikri Işık Minister of Science, Technology & Industry, Ankara

Keynote Panel

  • Prof. Ayşegül Toker, Dean of The Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul (Chair)
  • Murat Peksavaş, Chairman, Intellectual Property Working Group, Turkish Industry & Business Association (TUSIAD), Istanbul
  • Dr. Mustafa K. YILMAZ, Executive Vice President, Borsa Istanbul (Istanbul Stock Exchange), Istanbul
  • Tahsin Öztiryaki, Deputy Chairman Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM), Istanbul
  • Tankut Turnaoğlu, P&G, Vice President & General Manager, Turkey & Caucasus (YASED)

Coffee Break


1st Panel, International, Regional & National Strategies of Public Institutions on The Role of TTOs in Enhancing Academic IP Commercialization on International, Regional and National Scale

  • Prof. Lale Akarun, Vice-Rector Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey (Chair)
  • Patricia Simao Sartorius, Program Officer Department for Transition and Developed Countries (TDC) SMEs and Entrepreneurship Support Division Innovation Structures Section, WIPO, Geneva
  • Dr. Peter Burkhardt, Senior Examiner, European Patent Office (EPO), Munich
  • İbrahim Yaşar, VP Turkish Patent Institute (TPE), Ankara
  • Prof. Orhan Aydın, Member of The Scientific & Technological Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)’s 1513 TTO Monitoring Committee, Trabzon

Lunch Break


2nd Panel, Best Practices: “European Investment Fund (EIB Group) - IPR in Successful Technology Transfer Accelerator Funds”

  • Jacques Darcy, Head of Division Equity Investments, European Investment Fund, Luxembourg (Chair)
  • Nur Ozdemir, Regional Mandates Officer at European Investment Fund (EIF), Luxembourg
  • Okan Kara, Managing Partner, Accelerating The Commercialization of Technology (ACT), Istanbul
  • Haluk Zontul, Managing Partner, Diffusion Capital Partners (DCP), Istanbul
  • Anders Lian, CEO Sintef TTO & SINTEF Venture IV, Trondheim, Norway
  • Andrew Hirsch, Executive Director, International Intellectual Property Institute, Washington, DC

Coffee Break


3rd Panel, Best Practices: “IPR in Financial Sector” Borsa Istanbul

  • Evren Bükülmez (TTGV), Istanbul (Chair)
  • Ömer Hızıroğlu, Partner of Diffusion Capital Partners (DCP), Istanbul
  • Orcan Çortuk, Executive Vice President, Central Securities Depository (MKK), Istanbul
  • Recep Bildik, Director of Private Market at the Borsa Istanbul, Istanbul
  • Matt Moyers, Senior Director in Black Stone IP’s Advisory and Valuation Practice, San Francisco, USA

Coffee Break


4th Panel, Best Practices: “IPR in GE VENTURES”

  • Erdoğan Çeşmeli, Executive Director, Strategic Investments in Turkey at GE (Chair)
  • Matthew T. Gunnison, Managing Director – Business Development & Licensing, GE Ventures, Menlo Park
  • Brian Selby, Managing Director, Global Alliance Management, GE Ventures, Singapore
  • Takahiro Murata, Director, Global Alliance Management, GE Ventures, Japan
  • Roland Batai, Innovation Manager in GE Lighting EMEA Technology Organization, London

Cocktail Prolange sponsored by Technopark Istanbul

16 October, Friday
(Albert Long Hall)

Keynote Speech: Prof. Habip Asan, President Turkish Patent Institute (TPE), Ankara


5th Panel, Best Practices: “IPR in Successful University-Investor Collaborations - From Research To The Market”

  • Prof. Georges Haour, Executive Development Institute IMD, Lausanne (Chair)
  • Yigal Elrich, Founder, Chairman & Managing Partner, The Yozma Group, Tel Aviv
  • Bob Stembridge, Principal Patent Analyst, Thomson Innovations, London
  • Güven Yalcıntaş, Ph.D., CEO Applied Professionals International
  • Prof. Dilek Çetindamar, Faculty of Management at Sabancı University, Istanbul
  • Prof. Hasan Mandal, Executive Board Member, Council of Higher Education (YÖK), Ankara

Coffee Break


6th Panel, Best Practices “Capacity Building for Technology Transfer”

  • Karl Klingsheim , President-Elect of ASTP-Proton Board and MD of NTNU Transfer AS, Norway (Chair)
  • Erik Vane, General Manager ASTP-Proton, Leiden
  • Jon Wulff Petersen, Alumni Board Member of ASTP-Proton, CEO at TTO A/S Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Célia Gavaud, International Business Manager, Pera Consulting (UK), Melton Mowbray
  • Kuzeyhan Ozdemir, University-Industry Collaboration Centers Platform (USIMP - Director, Bilkent TTO), Ankara
16 October, Friday
(Rectorate Conference Hall)

“SmartCities via Smart Collaborations”
This ‘Innovation Day’ will aim to ground public- and private-sector stakeholders on critical priorities for Efficient Smart Cities in Turkey, and establish a pilot action plan for local partners to develop and test specific smart-city technologies such as energy efficiency, lighting and video analytics etc.


Registration, Refreshments & Networking


Welcome and Introduction
By Canan Ozsoy, President & CEO, GE Turkey


GE SmartCity Concept
By Brian Selby, Global Business Development Leader, GE Ventures


SmartCity Experience in Turkey
By Burcin Acan, Business Development Department Manager, Turktelekom


SmartCity Experience in Turkey
By Serdar Yumlu, Business Development Director, Sampas


SmartHome Vision
By Metin Salt, General Manager at Vestel Ventures


Refreshments & Networking Break


GE Intelligent Environments
By Roland Batai, Innovation Leader, GE Lighting


SmartStreet Vision
By Dr. Ozgur Ozluk, CEO & Founding Partner, Verite Analytics


Panel Session: Making Cities Smarter by Smart Collaborations
Moderator: Erdogan Cesmeli, Executive Director – Strategic Investments, GE Turkey


Wrap-up & Q&A


Lunch Break


7th Panel, Best Practices: Successful Accelerator Experiences

  • Sevim Tekeli, Inovita Health Technologies Project Coordinator, BU-TTO, Istanbul (Chair)
  • İhsan Elgin, Director & Entrepreneur, Fit Start-Up Factory, Istanbul
  • Ozan Sönmez, GM Hikmah IP Startup Accelerator of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal
  • Gordon McConnell Manager, Head of Entrepreneurship Centre King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwai
  • Mohsen Malayeri, Cofounder & Managing Director, Avatech Accelerator, Tehran
  • Michalis Stangos, Founder, Industry Disruptors - Game Changers, Athens

Coffee Break


8th Panel BUBA “IPR in Business Angels Networks and Innovation”

  • Timuçin Bilgör, Boğaziçi University Alumni Association Business Angels (BUBA), Istanbul (Chair)
  • Edward Jung, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Intellectual Ventures' Invention Development Fund (IDF), Bellevue, WA
  • Csaba Szabo, Director of Strategic Business Development, Stanford Research Institute (SRI), CA
  • Christopher R. Noble, Technology Licensing Officer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston
  • Dr. Nir Ben Lavi, Managing Director Adizes Mediterranean, Tel Aviv

Coffee Break


9th Panel Legal Aspects of IPR

  • Mehmet Gün, Founder, Gün + Partners, Istanbul (Chair)
  • Prof. Ayşe Odman Boztosun, Akdeniz Üniversitesi Law School, Antalya
  • Ayçin Balcığlu, Attorney at Law at TÜBİTAK Bilgem, Istanbul
  • Hande Hançer, Attorney-at-Law, Gün + Partners, Istanbul
  • Murat Idal, Founding Partner of IDAL Intellectual Property & Law Group, and Board Member of Licensing Executive Society (LES Turkey), Ankara

Closing Remarks

  • Dinner with panelists (Bosphorus Boat Cruise) sponsored by BUBA & IDF
17 October, Saturday
(Albert Long Hall)

Protect your University Invention and turn it into a Start-Up!
(Registration Required)


Lunch Break


Entrepreneurs are from Jupiter, Investors are from Saturn
(Registration Required)

17 – 18 October, Saturday & Sunday
(Rectorate Conference Room)

Systematic Innovation In Action: SmartUp Nation™
(Registration Required)

Smart Up – Systematic Way to Innovation
Workshop by Dr. Nir Ben Lavi (Adizes)