Today we sit down with Hamit Kanuni Kuralkan, Creative Director and Co-Founder of the design and manufacturing company, Gamaarge based in Istanbul. Hamit brings a passion for hardware and more than 10 years of experience in product development. We are ecstatic to have him on board as a mentor and can’t wait to partner him up with our startups.
Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your background?
I have been working on product development and manufacturing for the past 10 years. Having founded and scaled a startup myself, I have been through the same challenges any startup goes through. Now I have been working with startups to help develop their initial run and scaling roadmaps as well as organize mold making and manufacturing through my company’s in-house services.
Why are you joining Qatar SportsTech as a mentor?
What excites you about the SportsTech vertical?
Among many potential industries for tech startups to be in, the SportsTech industry is specifically an exciting one. It is not oversaturated, there is a significant potential for growth as sports spending is increasing globally. More and more sports teams and companies are recognizing the advantage of technology in pushing what is possible in the game. As a hardware developer, I find the idea of hardware and software working together to push boundaries of what is possible, inspiring.
What are you bringing to the teams of QST?
10 years of experience in product development and manufacturing. An approach that would support a technology that pushes boundaries with a manufacturing approach that would do the same in mechanical performance. Every industry has its challenges, sports tech particularly require high performance considering its primary purpose is to push what is humanly possible.
Any final words of wisdom, that you would like to share with entrepreneurs in the SportsTech vertical?
The right time to start is today. Do not be afraid to push boundaries, but understand the risks that come along with it. Do not hesitate to get help and finally try and try again. Best of luck.
ABOUT QATAR SPORTSTECH
Qatar SportsTech is a leading accelerator program, focused on growing the SportsTech sector in Doha. As part of the Rainmaking Group, a global venture builder and creator of Startupbootcamp, the program helps SportsTech startups scale globally through direct access to an international network of mentors partners, and investors.
Startupbootcamp is a global network of innovation programs with 15 industry-specific accelerators and four Scale programs for growth-stage teams Startupbootcamp partners with leading global brands to support the next generation of innovators. Since founding in 2010, Startupbootcamp has worked with over 700 founders, 250+ global brands and facilitated hundreds of partnerships between their alumni and corporate partners.
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