“UTIB Turkey Textile and Confection Sector International R&D Project Market Summit” is organized since 2009 to support the textile and confection sector which is the primary export sectors in Turkey and contribute to reach the export targets of our country, in 10 years this summit achieved crucial outcomes to reinforcing the university-industry cooperation and unify the sector with R&D. It contributed to develop many projects, encourage young researchers, and for companies in the sector to renew their vision. With the development over the years, in its 11th year, the summit is re-organized by focusing ‘Initiatives and Cooperation that Produces Value in Technological Areas’ and is turned into an entrepreneurship program in which measurable, suitable for commercialization, and innovative projects race. In 2019, the first International R&G Project Market is realized under the name of “TechXtile Start-Up Challenge”, and this year its second will be organized. 

Including new technology and methods, designing innovative products, reinforcing university-industry cooperation, and increasing the added value in export in the textile area, TechXtile Start-Up Challenge is an entrepreneurship program in which innovative ideas that have technologic depth, innovation, and commercialization. Many practices, training, and activities realized before and after the race, entrepreneurs, R&D Centers, innovators, industrialists, public institutions, academics, and students are gathered together through different platforms and are encouraged to improve.

As TechXtile Start-Up Challenge, with our strong belief of every Turkish Lira allocated for R&D and innovation by Turkey is worthy and it has the utmost importance this should reflect on the sector and society as welfare share. In line with the fieldwork, we determined the technological fields that are deemed primary by the textile companies. In the twelfth year of the program, we desire that our innovating teams, entrepreneurs, and academics apply to this program with innovative ideas in these fields.

We want to receive applications that are achievable, sellable, measurable, has technologic innovation and depth, prepared individually or as a team, supports domestic and national, to provide them supports such as innovation training and mentorship to meet entrepreneur candidates with potential clients, incorporate and push them up with supports like a business incubator and others.