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Tüpraş, backs innovative ideas and energizes the startup ecosystem.

Supercharge Tüpraş and your startup's impact; apply for the Inowhatif Startup Challenge Program!


About the Program

The Inowhatif Startup Challenge is a program designed for demo and PoC stages of innovative solutions developed by startups to enhance operational efficiency in Tüpraş refinery processes and applications.

As part of the program, promising applications will be evaluated under the main categories of Digital Solutions, Industrial IoT, Robotics, Energy Efficiency, Renewables and Environmental Technologies.

Key Focus Areas


Dijital ÇözümlerDigital Solutions
  • Asset Management
  • Process Optimization (AI & ML)
  • Cyber Security
  • Image Processing
iot otomasyon sensor teknolojileriIoT/Automation/Sensor Technologies
  • Gas Leak Detection (H2S, SO2, NOx)
  • Low-Cost Gas Leak Measurement (CH4, H2S, SO2, NOx)
  • Corrosion Monitoring
  • Asset Tracking (Outdoor)
RobotikRobotics
  • NDT (Application in critical refinery areas such as pipelines and tank surface)
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Outdoor and Indoor Corrosion Detection
Enerji Verimliliği ve Çevre TeknolojileriEnergy Efficiency and Environmental Technologies
  • Applications for Improving PV Efficiency
  • New Types of PV Applications
  • Power Generation Forecasting Tools
  • Waste Heat Management and Utilization (Suitable for process use)
  • Wastewater Technologies (Biological, Chemical and Physical)
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Target Startups

The program is open to all startups with completed laboratory-scale tests and trials, finished prototypes and applications, and the ability to come up with industrial applications for PoC, demo, or pilot stages (>TRL4).


Advantages of the Program for Startups

1- Business development with corporate partners

2- Product development with expert teams

3- Increased visibility/awareness in the market and among investors


Selection Criteria

1- An innovation committee will evaluate the initiatives and will identify the most creative value propositions compatible with Tüpraş.

2- Selected startups will present their solutions for Tüpraş during an online event held company-wide.

3- A paid demo and PoC process will be carried out with a maximum of five initiatives deemed the most innovative and aligned with Tüpraş’s needs.


Application Start Date: May 1, 2024

Application Deadline: July 15, 2024

Selection of Startups for the Program by Tüpraş: August 2024

Onboarding: September 2024

Meetings with Tüpraş Technical Units and Startups: October 2024

Determining the Demo Case: November 2024

Online Startup and Solution Summary Presentations: November – December 2024


Frequently Asked Questions


How can I apply to the program?

You can apply to the program by visiting www.tupras.com.tr/en/startup-challenge-application-form.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the program is July 15, 2024.

Who can apply to the program?

All startups that are able to meet Tüpraş’s needs in priority operational areas (Digital Solutions, IoT, Sensor Technologies, Robotics, Renewable Technologies, and Environmental Waste Management) by presenting innovative solutions with finished prototypes (>TRL4).

What is the program duration?

The program will continue for four months and will be completed with the case presentations to be held in November and December.

Evaluation Criteria

The jury members will evaluate the solutions by their impact on Tüpraş, the novelty of their value propositions, and the expertise of their teams.

From Inowhatif Challenge 2023

Tüpraş Inowhatif Startup Challenge took place for the first time in 2023 with the participation of nearly 100 startups. Eight startups with the potential to add value to Tüpraş made their presentations at the head office and joined the discussions regarding the further stages of their applications.