ODTÜ Teknokent is the first, biggest and the most innovative science and technology park of Turkey. The studies for ODTU Teknokent, were started by the end of 1980s. At first, best practices all around the world for instance the ones in USA and in United Kingdom, were closely examined. Together with the support of these studies, as a first step of ODTU Teknokent; METU SMIDO Technology Development Center was established with the cooperation of KOSGEB (Small and Medium Sized Industry Development Organization) in 1992 under the main target of establishing incubation centers for the development of technology.
Main Industry: Technology Transfer
The successful results, achieved from METU KOSGEB, have promoted studies in establishing a technology park in METU. In 1996, the feasibility study, conducted by an international consortium with the cooperation of World Bank and TTGV (Turkish Technology Development Foundation), clearly stated METU as the hypercorrect choice for the foundation of a technology park in Ankara with the advantages of its research power, its potential in cooperation with industry and its location. ODTU Teknokent was established with a vision of becoming one of the leading technology development zones in which companies and entrepreneurs exist in a competitive environment, by providing products and services of high value that rest on hi-tech through benefiting from METU s research capacity and information pool, Developing and sustaining a continuous university industry cooperation aimed at research and development of technology is its mission. Within the scope of supporting technology based entrepreneurship, in addition to Technology Transfer Office and Projects Office, incubation centers; ODTÜ KOSGEB TEKMER, ODTÜ- MEMs; and Technopreneurship Program together with pre-incubation programs; New Businesses New Ideas (YFYI) – Business Plan Contest, Animation Technologies and Game Development Center (ATOM) and Teknokent Technology Investors Association which is established to support technopreneurship financially are also available.
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