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Crossing Borders, Creating Futures: Costifier's Leap into Finland's Tech Ecosystem

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In a world where technology transcends boundaries, the story of Costifier, a Turkish AI startup, emerges as a beacon of innovation and international collaboration. Founded by Ersan Turan, an aerospace engineer turned entrepreneur, Costifier has carved its niche in revolutionizing cost estimation processes for SMEs and enterprises alike. From its roots in Turkey to its expansion into Finland's dynamic startup ecosystem, Costifier's journey is a testament to the power of vision, adaptability, and global partnership.

Ersan's venture into the realm of AI and machine learning, supported initially by TÜBİTAK, showcases a commitment to addressing the critical challenges of cost estimation in manufacturing. With two rounds of pre-seed funding, the team developed sophisticated AI solutions, making strides in the competitive landscape across multiple countries. Yet, it was the collaboration with Business Finland and participation in the "Finland-Türkiye Startup Competition" that marked a turning point for Costifier.

Immersed in the "Building Tomorrow's Smart City" program in Finland's capital region, Costifier gained unprecedented access to insights, coaching, and a network within the Finnish smart city ecosystem. This opportunity not only broadened their horizons but also provided a platform at Slush 2023, the world's leading startup event, catapulting the startup onto the global stage.

Costifier's integration into Finland, facilitated by Business Helsinki and the Vertical acceleration program, underscores the pivotal role of supportive ecosystems in nurturing startups. The journey from Ankara to Helsinki reflects a broader narrative of technological innovation transcending geographical and cultural barriers, fostering a collaborative spirit that is vital for the future of global tech entrepreneurship.

Costifier's foray into Finland's tech ecosystem is more than a success story; it's a blueprint for cross-border innovation. As Ersan Turan and his team navigate the startup permit process with an eye on expansion and collaboration, their journey highlights the transformative potential of international ecosystems in elevating startups to new heights. In the evolving landscape of global tech, partnerships like these not only fuel technological advancement but also pave the way for a more interconnected and innovative future.

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