The "1512 TeknoGirişim (Technoentrepreunership ) Initiative Capital Support Program" which has been implemented by TUBITAK (Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council) since 2012, has been rearranged on the basis of the experience and results obtained and evolved into the Individual Young Entrepreneur Program(BIGG) The first stage of the BIGG Program is carried out by the BIGG Implementing Agents authorized by TUBİTAK.
The task of the BIGG Implementing Agents of TUBITAK is to provide services such as training, counseling, mentoring, and office facilities, etc, to enable the entrepreneur candidates to transform their technological business ideas into a good business plan and to select the business plans that will apply to the second stage by evaluating the business plans prepared by the candidates participating in the program. Application procedure to BIGG program starts with an application to any of BIGG Implementing Agents in Turkey.
In December 2016, the number of BIGG Implementing Agents in Turkey reached 20. InnoPark acquired the BIGG-Individual Young Entrepreneur Implementing Agency status in December 2016.The name of the pre-incubation program that is operated by InnoPark as BIGG Implementing Agency is «Girişimci Rampasi-Entrepreneur Launcher».
Entrepreneur candidates who has a technological business idea can apply to InnoPark for the first stage of BIGG Program.
The business plans approved by InnoPark will pass to second stage of BIGG program. Business plans accepted to second stage will be evaluated by expert panelists of TUBİTAK. TUBITAK will provide financial support to business plan owners who pass the 2nd stage evaluation. Candidates who receive the grant will establish their own companies and conduct research in order to prove technological validity of their business ideas by developing prototypes and thereof.
Candidates who have passed the second stage evaluation of TUBİTAK will sign a project contract with TUBITAK. Entrepreneurs can receive TEKNOGİRİŞİM Capital support which can reach to TL 150.000 with this contract. A BIGG project can last up to 18 months. Having successfully completed the projects, the BIGG entrepreneurs can apply to TÜBİTAK 1507 SME R & D Startup Support Program which is the third stage of BIGG program. Entrepreneurs who pass the third stage evaluation will receive u of a project budget of 550.000 TL at maximum as a grant from TUBITAK .