YAY Platform – Supported by İSTKA (2018 – 2020)

The project aims to create a platform (Platform for Innovative Interface Structures / YAY Platform) for increasing the capacity and competencies of different technology transfer offices within the universities and technoparks, and industrial R&D centers in Istanbul to provide the right services for the needs of the beneficiaries. Project partners are Istanbul Arel University, Istanbul Kultur University, Istanbul Okan University, Ozyegin University, Sabanci University, Technopark Istanbul, Istanbul Anatolian Side Organized Industrial Zone, Sabanci University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center (SUNUM), Atabay Chemical Industry, VSY Biotechnology.

YAY Platform has been designed as a learn together, interactive and sustainable platform in order to enable the interface structures to achieve their objectives more effectively. It is aimed to develop the tools and processes, necessary for increasing the functionality of the existing interface structures and evaluating the inactive capacities by joining forces of the academy and the sector. At the end of the project, a sustainable business model will be established for this purpose. The solutions to be developed within the conditions and constraints of our country will be shared with the interface structures through open innovation approach and a win-win situation will be created for all parties.


Within the scope of the project, the competencies and skills of all the interface structures to meet the expectations of their beneficiaries will be measured with a three-stage methodology based on self-evaluation. As a result of this analysis, action plans will be prepared. Advanced trainings required by the interface structures will be provided at international standards. The interface organizations, whose capacities and competencies have increased during the project process, will be more effective in university industry cooperation, technology transfer and commercialization processes. The interface structures, by strengtening themselves, will play a leading role in the development of the Istanbul innovation ecosystem, increasing the R&D and innovation capacity of the region and producing high value added products.

The main activities of the project are as follows;

Analysis of the expectations of the beneficiaries from the interface structures

  • Determining the capacities and capabilities of the interface structures within a specific methodology
  • Capacity-building and innovation enhancement activities
  • Dissemination of the YAY Platform model