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Startup Programs Design & Management: Part I - The Two Main Issues Behind Failure

In discussions with peers managing acceleration, open innovation, and scouting programs for startups in companies or technoparks, problems generally revolve around two main points:

Managing all actions with startups, mentors, the management team, and other individuals/institutions smoothly and effectively during programs lasting 3-6 months.
Managing their growing communities (mentors, startups, graduates, investors) between each program, establishing inter-community data networks, and preventing data loss during staff turnover.

  • Managing their growing communities (mentors, startups, graduates, investors) between each program, establishing inter-community data networks, and preventing data loss during staff turnover.


  • Structures that fail to solve these two problems cannot move beyond being a one-off PR activity, offering no benefit to the participating startups or the managing company/technopark.

  • We wanted to share our experiences in a post series that also considers global practices based on case studies. As a case study, we will seek help from the Mobility Acceleration Program at Bilişim Vadisi, which has been pondering over these two problems for a long time. This program, now graduating its third cohort, serves Bilişim Vadisi's goals of establishing a mobility ecosystem and gathering a mobility community (large corporations, startups, mentors, etc.) within the Valley.

  • For the past two years, the program has been managed end-to-end through TECHIN2B (innovation programs management software). Dear Tuba Öztepe, Selin Uzuner Güneş, Rabia Ergin, and Sümeyye Ağaç who designed and managed the program, realized the impossibility of managing large programs and building a community with excel sheets after the first program and sought a solution, which is when our paths crossed.

  • At TLS.IP, we have had the opportunity to contribute to this unique work for two years, both by managing the entire process digitally through TECHIN2B and in program design and operation.

  • We plan to make this a long series of articles. Our goal is to share experiences and global practices that can serve as a playbook for fellow startup enthusiasts. We will gather these shares on the  TLS.IP LinkedIn profile and the TLS.IP website.


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