Startup Hero Attracts Over 136,000 YouTube Subscribers

Monday, 7 November 2016

An online TV show which enables entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to millionaire investors has attracted over 136,000 YouTube subscribers from all over the world after just one episode.

Startup Hero is the latest show in the Middle East to turn business ideas into reality by connecting young entrepreneurs with potential investors, with participants also receiving exposure and advice from business professionals.

The show was founded by Dubai-based online entrepreneur Saygin Yalcin who says he is ‘astounded’ by its quick success.

“Within 20 days of launching we had over 100,000 likes, 150,000 comments and watch time minutes totaling over 5 million,” he said. “The feedback, interaction and excitement of the public and participants have been very positive and we are currently preparing for our second episode with a new panel of judges.”

Potential investors and aspiring entrepreneurs alike can present themselves in the show by applying on

“It is exciting to see that we had over 10,000 applications from over 33 nationalities for the first episode,” Yalcin said, adding that he expects the number of applicants to double for the second episode.

“It takes me back because I was in their shoes not too long ago. For many of us, ideas are part of a dream of maybe, or one day, but at Startup Hero we can bring those ideas to life in the show, and the UAE is the perfect place for fresh and out of the box ideas.”