ODTU Teknokent, as the Most Innovative and Mature Technology Park in Turkey

Issue 40 - February 2013

Defence Turkey: Mr. Mustafa İhsan Kızıltaş, please accept our very special thanks for your time to answer our questions. As a start, would you please tell us about ODTU Teknokent in terms of the activities and projects being carried out?

ODTU Teknokent is the first, most innovative, most "mature" and the biggest technology park in Turkey. So far, we are trying to support the creation of synergy between industry, university and public institutions through infrastructural/structural opportunities developed for academicians, researchers and companies using/producing technology. Combining our university’s (Middle East Technical University - METU) research capacity and know-how with the innovative capacity of entrepreneurs, we have created a momentum in Turkey’s technology accumulation; ODTU Teknokent has become a successful model with its management experiences and projects for the formation of both the legal frame and the development of other technology parks in Turkey.