SUCool is a Pre-Incubation Center for innovation based start-ups.
SUCool offers mentorship, business development and office supports to 10 teams that match the criteria, every cycle. Chosen projects get support actively until the next teams are chosen. At the end of this period, the aim is to complete and confirm the business models of the projects. SUCOOL gives scholarships to chosen entrepreneurs to send them to Silicon Valley or London Startup Acceleration Camps. Good performed projects can take advantage of the services of INOVENT incubation center, afterwards
The most important value that SUCOOL offers is mentorship and business development. Academic Director of SUCOOL is Prof. Dilek Cetindamar. Coordination of SUCOOL is executed by Ali Erhat Nalbant, Naci Kahraman and Basar Kaya. Academic support is provided by Professor Dilek Çetindamar. Our expanding mentor network has these leading names: Ali Karabey, Aytül Erçil, Dilek Dayındarlı, Elbruz Yılmaz, Gülay Ozkan, Melek Pulatkonak, Melih Ödemiş, Merih Pasin, Numan Numan, Ömer Hızıroğlu and Sidar Şahin.
The firm Somatech, that does semantical social media analysis, attended MIT GFSA program in June-August 2013 and came back with $15.000 prize: "We, as non experienced entrepreneur-students, have faced a lot of difficulties in GFSA '13 program. However, every advice and example about how to grow a start-up to a company got back to us as experience. Shortly, GFSA is not only about improving your existing idea, it is also about learning fundamental experinces about how to give life to your next projects." - Somatech Team In July, 2013, a robot and drone systems producer firm Inovatink attended National Singapore University Entrepreneurship Camp with their COLEPO project: "We went to program as 3 product development engineers. In the competition, finance and marketing based friends also participated our group, we learned to approach problems of our project with different perspectives thanks to both trainings and them." - ." - Inovatink Team
Surgitate received support for the business plan from SUCool, then in 2014 they got investment from cooperation of FarPlas and Inovent.
Whispto, as the first social media platform of Turkey, in 2014 they took support of SUCool and then got investment. // It will be updated.
Sabancı University students, researchers and alumnis are prior. However, program is open to exterior applications. The teams and projects that meet a need in the market, offer a better product or service, aim bigger markets and a sustainable business model, are supported. Having a team, a business model and road-map, progress at the product and customer side are important criteria. No payment is requested from entrepreneurs between January 2017 - December 2017. SUCOOL becomes a partner of the company. After partnership, one year long support continues free of charge. After that, the companies that want to get support from SUCOOL can progress the program with a little amount of consultancy fee.