After graduation from Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2005, Özgür received his masters degree in Mathematics from Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUKL). He studied expected life time of heavy construction vehicles parts during his master degree. He had a short term startup experience before participating Turkey’s first and most successful technology park ODTÜ TEKNOKENT in 2009. Since 2009, Özgür had a key role during the foundation of Defense and ICT Clusters. Özgür Karayalçın is now ICT Cluster program manager at ODTÜ TEKNOKENT. Özgür and his teams’ main objective is to bring companies of various scales and academicians together, and create a sustainable ecosystem where they can realize innovative R&D projects and achieve international recognition.