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U.S.-Turkey Innovation Summit

July 21, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Turkey’s innovation, R&D, and entrepreneurship ecosystems have drastically improved in recent years, shaping perceptions of Turkey as an emerging innovation center. Situated in the heart of a 25 trillion dollar regional economy, and graced by a young, dynamic, and tech-savvy population, companies have taken notice of Turkey’s brimming potential. Many have seized the opportunities recently made available to move their innovation operations to buzzing Turkish hubs like Istanbul and Izmir.

In response, the American-Turkish Council, a leading business association, announces the U.S.-Turkey Innovation Summit, taking place on July 21st at Harvard University’s Knafel Auditorium in Boston, Massachusetts. The Summit will convene and connect private companies, universities, and government institutions to facilitate partnerships in R&D and address related topics including innovation ecosystems, methodology, risk, and legal considerations. Leading thinkers and practitioners will provide value to companies in defense & aerospace, agriculture, pharmaceutical, healthcare, energy, education, public safety, information and communication technologies (ICT), and tech by addressing crucial questions related to government support of R&D, opportunities for collaboration, technology transfers, and licensing. Participants will also include startups and VCs speaking about commercialization processes and the importance of innovation.


  • Featured topics for the #ATCSummit
  • Assessing Turkey’s innovation ecosystem
  • Creating power partnerships
  • Managing legal considerations
  • Rethinking R&D methods, metrics, and engagement
  • Examining technology transfers and growth through localization

Questions we’ll answer include:

  • Why have major multinational companies, including GE and Siemens, recently built major research centers in Turkey?
  • What are the opportunities for R&D public-private partnerships across sectors, and what roles are best fulfilled by governments, private companies, and universities?
  • What are the major yet overlooked legal considerations related to innovation?
  • How can companies create a culture of innovation?
  • How might companies develop their global R&D programs to ensure they are consistent, standardized, and efficient?
  • Instead of seeing each other as rivals, how can big companies and start-ups effectively work together?

For more information and to register, you can visit www.atcsummit.org. You can also contact Fatih Orhan at forhan@the-atc.org or at +1 (202) 783-0483 for all sponsorship inquiries.

#entrepreneurship   #innovation   #partnerships   #Summit   #ATCSummit   #Boston


July 21, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Knafel Center, Harvard University
18 Mason St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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