Startup Weekend MENA for the first time

We collected many firsts for this edition. Some of them were rather scary to be honest. The most scary one is that we agreed to do this in 3 weeks with a holiday in between. That is immediately a good stress factor. All other firsts are just amazing. First time we organise a MENA region, and not the last one. At the same time the venue is also a first as ATÖLYE Istanbul opens his doors as coworking, makerspace at the time we have SWMENA. This will be the coolest place in Istanbul without any doubt, but more over it will be the greatest creative “do” place of Istanbul and around.

This Startup Weekend is during the week, also a first for the region to be honest, and we have a great international team coming over from Techstars!

These are a lot of reasons to participate knowing that a Startup Weekend is by far the most engaging event ever, where you combine fun with a huge learning 🙂

See you!

September 30th, 2015, Startup Weekend MENA


Have a taste of the startup flavour!

Startup Weekend Istanbul, May 8th, 2015


The Stage-Co team has been on the road for 3 days, in 3 cities selecting a startup winner during a pitch competition.  The 3 winners go to the 2nd round of the Pirate Summit in Cologne beginning of September. During this crazy roadshow we met with almost 30 startups. It was great to meet so much young people who are working on their startup! You can see the pictures here

We talked during our introduction about the importance of trying your idea out at a maximum. Not with your brother, mother, father or friends but with the “potential buyers”. Next to the trying, also learn how a team works together. Is the team complete? Do you like your team members etc. The ideal way to test yourself, your ideas and your skill is to attend a Startup Weekend. Nothing beats the experience you build up during a long weekend working intense with people you probably did not know before.

We look forward to meet you and enjoy this unique experience!

The org Team 🙂