DIFFUSION CAPITAL PARTNERS

DCP IS TURKEY’S FIRST TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND SEED-STAGE VENTURE CAPITAL FUND MANAGER. WE EXCLUSIVELY INVEST IN TECHNOLOGY AND IP INTENSIVE PROJECTS AND START-UPS. WE AIM TO WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH GREAT ENTREPRENEURS AND SCIENTISTS TO BUILD BUSINESS FROM THE GROUND UP AND ACCELERATE DIFFUSION OF INNOVATIONS FROM LAB TO MARKET.

ABOUT US

DCP EXCLUSIVELY INVESTS IN TURKEY AND IN TECHNOLOGY INTENSIVE PROJECTS AND START-UPS WHERE TIME TO MARKET IS REASONABLE FROM A COMMERCIALIZATION PERSPECTIVE.

OUR PURPOSE

We believe in the disruptive nature of science & technology driven innovation.

Once you are convinced that innovation and not just “business-model” innovation, but science and technology driven innovation is the engine for sustainable economic growth then you are left with no-choice but to admire and think of ways to support those entrepreneurs and scientists who challenge the status-quo to create social and commercial value.

At DCP we aim to find and invest in such teams that are building the future through progressive science and technology.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We think one of the main sources of innovation is at the junction of industry sectors. Therefore we focus on cross industry sectors and interdisciplinary projects to discover innovations occurring at the nexus of technology domains where capital efficient solutions can unlock significant value.

In addition to a competitive edge that stems from technology and intellectual property rights, we are looking for quantifiable market potential and the right entrepreneurial skill set for that market.

We constantly seek business models where such innovations are employed in a transformative fashion to disrupt existing markets.

To learn more please see our investment criteria.

WHAT ARE WE PROVIDING?

At DCP we don’t just invest in visionary entrepreneurs and scientists but we strive to always think of ways to be enablers and supporters. We work hand in hand with our entrepreneurs to hit technical, financial and product deployment targets. With over 50 years of cumulative experience in the high-tech sectors, we provide our portfolio companies with business development, legal, IP, financial and operational knowhow.

We provide proof of concept, prototype and seed stage investments to IP intensive projects and university spinouts & startups. We scan Turkey for exciting technologies with a potential for fast transition from lab to market.

Our team has a proven track record of identifying viable market ready technologies and working with entrepreneurs to setup a streamlined business strategy to create sustainable high tech companies.

OUR TEAM

ÖMER HIZIROĞLU ,CLP

Omer was the General Manager of Inovent, Technology Transfer Fund of Sabanci University, first of its kind in the country. He is a founding member of the Galata Business Angels Network (GBA) first Angel Network in Turkey and a Board Member of LES International. BA in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University, LL.M from University of Lausanne and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Suffolk University. Member of Istanbul, New York and Massachusetts bars. Omer was named among IAM World’s 300 Leading IP Strategists, 2015 and 2016.

ALTAN KÜÇÜKÇINAR

Altan was the founding partner of Ineo Engineering and Consultancy, a firm specialized in growth opportunities for technology companies. Previously he worked extensively on the role of innovation policy on economic development, while developing new funding mechanisms for technology commercialization. MSc. and BSc. in Industrial Engineering from METU.

ALPER KARAGOZ ,CFA

Alper was the former Investment Director of Teknoloji Yatirim, first VC fund in Turkey specializing in research based technologies. Before that he worked in financial and operational areas at both start-up companies and blue-chip corporations. Alper is a CFA® charterholder, has MA in Business Law from Bilgi University, BSc. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Istanbul Technical University.

HALUK ZONTUL

Haluk was the former Managing Director of Teknoloji Yatirim, first VC fund in Turkey specializing in research based technologies for eight years. Previously he coordinated R&D loan programs for technology projects and worked as a senior researcher in charge of technology commercialization. BSc. and MSc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from METU.

FIRAT ÖZPINAR

Firat was recently with Collective Spark, Turkey’s first fund employing the venture builder model. Previously he was with the EIF focusing on Istanbul Venture Capital Initiative (iVCi), Turkey’s first ever dedicated fund of funds and co-investment program. He worked at Teknoloji Yatirim one of the first early stage VC funds in the country and Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV), the first institutional local LP. He has a BSc. in Materials Engineering from METU and an MBA from Babson College.

EMİR GÜNEŞ

Emir joined the DCP team as Associate in April 2016. Prior to joining DCP, he was with Globalturk Capital, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions. Emir started his career at PwC Turkey, focusing on valuation and financial modelling projects. Emir holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

DAMLA KÜÇÜK

Damla graduated with a B.A. in Tourism and Hotel Management from Yeditepe University, Istanbul. Following graduation, Damla worked as regional assistant manager at Sardunya catering. In 2008 she started to work as office manager at Teknoloji Yatırım a VC fund specializing in research based technologies. In April of 2015, she joined the team at DCP.

INTESTMENT CRITERIA

WE PRIMARILY CONDUCT PRE-SEED AND SEED INVESTMENTS. OUR INITIAL INVESTMENTS ARE TYPICALLY BELOW EUR500K. WE PREFER TO LEAD INVESTMENT ROUNDS BUT ALSO DO SYNDICATES WITH OTHER FUNDS AND ANGELS.

STRONG TEAM & ABILITY TO EXECUTE A GLOBAL VISION

We are looking for entrepreneurial teams with global vision, focused, inquisitive, pragmatic and committed to the execution of the business plan.

FAST LAB TO MARKET DEPLOYMENT POTENTIAL

The business plan built around the technology must be realistic and leverage technology’s competitive advantage.

IPRS

We require our investments to have a strong technology component that is unique with a concrete intellectual property right (patents & copyrights) or trade secret component. The technology we invest in must have a clear, short to mid-term commercialization path from lab to market.

SECTOR FOCUS

DCP has a generalist technology focus with an emphasis on bio-tech, green-tech, agri-tech, life sciences, materials & nanotechnology, IT, robotics and mechatronics. We will entertain submissions in other technology areas. However, we do not invest in e-commerce business models.

OUR PORTFOLIO

Mikro Biyosistemler
Mikro Biyosistemler

A biotech start-up developing microfluidics-based in-vitro diagnostic systems for rapid detection of Multiple Drug Resistance (MDR) and Circulating Tumor Cells (CTC).

Cybelle Laser
Cybelle Laser

Cybelle Laser is devising light based solutions for medical and aesthetics industries based on high precision image processing.

Api Heal
Api Heal

Api Heal is specialized in production technologies of natural functional-food and cosmetic ingredients.

Episome Biotech
Episome Biotech

Episome is a biotechnology company focusing on enzyme technologies in waste to energy sector. Episome aims to provide sustainable and environment friendly products for biogas, textile, leather, paper, starch, detergent, rubber and biofuel industries.

CONTACT US

+90 212 276 16 60-61
+90 212 276 16 62
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