5 MIN READ, 13 OCT, 2023
5 MIN READ, 13 OCT, 2023
In the wake of a remarkable EMERGE conference in Istanbul, it's time to lift the curtain on the statistics that underpin its success. Our event was more than just moments on stage; it was the collective efforts of attendees, partners, startups, and an entire team that worked tirelessly behind the scenes. In this blog post, we delve into the numbers that made EMERGE Istanbul 2023 an unforgettable experience, showcasing the global reach, collaborative spirit, and innovative energy that powered this event. Join us as we unpack the numerical story of EMREGE Istanbul.
60 countries

1500 attendees from 60 countries participated in the conference in Istanbul. The top 5 countries represented at EMERGE are listed alphabetically:
  • Israel
  • Poland
  • Türkiye
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • The United States

153 investors

The conference was attended by 150+ investors from Turkey, MENA, Europe, the USA, the UK, India and Kazakhstan.

49 speakers from 20 countries

We were honored to welcome 49 speakers from 20 countries, with a third of them being women experts. Over two action-packed days, we featured two stages, WOW and HOW.

The WOW stage was dedicated to keynote speeches and expert talks from prominent companies like Netflix, Microsoft, Checkout.com, TechCrunch, Hugging Face, and Amazon Web Services.

The HOW stage focused on delivering practical solutions for EMERGE attendees, offering workshops, roundtable discussions, and WEB3 Debates.

Additionally, our Investor breakfast, Woman in Tech sessions, and the new Founders and Angels sessions were all resounding successes, providing valuable insights, networking opportunities, and meaningful connections.

150 startups

150 startups from 37 countries, including Turkey, the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Poland and others were presented at EMERGE in Istanbul. They took part in Challenge and Startup Alley as well as created meaningful connections among investors and peers during workshops and while networking.


As always, EMERGE kicked off with the highly anticipated annual startup pitching competition, EMERGE CHALLENGE – which culminated in 8 finalists securing over $1M in investment commitment. Winners include:

1️⃣ Boomerangme (US)
Boomerangme offers an easy-to-use white-label Loyalty Platform designed for Digital Agencies. It's a game-changer that helps digital agencies transition from transactional models to the lucrative world of SaaS.

2️⃣ TYMY (Turkey)
TYMY is forging ahead with a cutting-edge SaaS ecosystem meticulously tailored to supercharge your sales efforts. TYMY is set to revolutionize the way businesses approach sales!

3️⃣ Pass24.online (UAE)
Pass24.online is making waves with its Cloud access control system, complete with a mobile application for guests and key management. Convenience and security combined!

ULTRA.VC prize winners

ULTRA.VC provided a special prize for 2 startups that performed the best at the EMERGE Challenge after our joint CATALYZE program for idea-stage entrepreneurs. The selected startups will join ULTRA.VC impact-focused accelerator later this fall.

Fandy - Solution for Improving Charity Fundraising
Pyxis - All-in-one application for online psychologists

EMERGE special prize

EMERGE mission is to support local startups from the New East region. And as we met a great potential startup from Turkey we secured to help it in fundraising. Meet and greet the selected startup:

Nerf IT
This groundbreaking platform seamlessly blends crypto and NFT, offering a unique space for esports enthusiasts. Engage in tournaments, educational initiatives, and exciting events within the vibrant world of esports.

58 startups at the Startup Alley

During the two-day event, the Startup Alley featured 58 startups who showcased their products and met like-minded people & investors.

40 Tech Impact startups

In the face of various challenges, we believe it's essential to celebrate startups making a real impact. Our Tech Impact EMERGE report shines a spotlight on 40 innovative tech startups from the New East dedicated to tackling social challenges with sustainable solutions. We aim to connect these game-changers with investors, partners, and collaborators!

Get the report, by sending us a request via a form.

​​13 mentorship sessions

EMERGE mentorship sessions have always been a resounding success, as we bring together seasoned startup founders, investors and top tech professionals. Before the Istanbul conference, we managed 2 sprints of mentorship group sessions where 45 startups gained insights and got some advice from 13 EMERGE mentors. The third sprint is going to happen at the end of October. Learn more: www.emergeconf.io/mentorship-sessions-2023

60 people in the EMERGE Team made it all happen

A dedicated team of 15 EMERGE members worked tirelessly to bring EMERGE Istanbul 2023 to life. The entire team, alongside 45 devoted volunteers, invested their time, energy, and hard work to ensure that you would have a memorable two-day experience in Istanbul.


We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our partners for unwavering support and collaboration. It is through our shared commitment and dedication that we have achieved remarkable milestones together.

  • Vestel Ventures
  • Social Discovery Group
  • Amazon Web. Services
  • Intema
  • inDrive
  • Aurora Tech Award
  • Melnichek Investments
  • Etrexio

CHALLENGE partners:

  • Contribution Capital

Special thanks to:

  • Nikofirm
  • Goldin Experts
  • ESA Arena

24 Special & Community Partners

We want to say “Thank you! You are awesome!” to each of you. Hope to see you all at EMERGE 2024!

With ❤️,