Booking Policies

Exhibition Booth

Hours for the exhibition booth
You are allowed to use your booth from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 17 and 18 February 2020.

Exhibition equipment
One table and two chairs are provided for each 4m2 of booth space.

Your exhibition booth design
After you have completed your booking, you will receive contact information for the company that is authorized to assist you in case you need support in designing your boot and/or hiring equipment such as a TV, projector or laptop. You will also receive the technical specifications of the booth and a photo of last year’s booths, to give you an idea.


Company Profile in the Congress Booklet

The WBAF Congress Booklet will feature the logo and an abstract of not more than 200 words about your investment promotion agency/ institution/agency/chamber/development agency/technopark/municipality/economic development board/country/ministry/corporate.


Logo on the WBAF Website

Your logo will be featured in the popup of the official congress website for the next 3 years.



Logo on the Main Screen

Your logo will be featured on the two main screens of the main hall on 17 February 2019 and during the Grand Opening Ceremony. Please check the screens in the following video to have an idea about how logos appear.



Your logo will be featured on the back cover of the WBAF Congress Booklet, too. Please check the back cover of the congress booklet shown at the link below:




Press Release in Angel Investor Review

A press release about the participation of your investment promotion agency/ institute/agency/chamber/technopark/municipality/economic development board/country/ministry/corporate to  the World Congress will be featured in the Angel Investor Review, the world’s leading online news site on equity and capital markets, with more than 50,000 visitors a month.


Sample Press Release:

Pitching at GFRS
The WBAF Global Startup Committee will scoring startups proposed by you for the Global Fundraising Stage (GFRS). After being scored, the startups will be categorized as either A or B.


  • Category A:  This designation offers the opportunity to pitch on the Global Fundraising Stage and includes 2 complimentary congress passes and an exhibition booth.

  • Categories B: This designation offers the opportunity to showcase your startup venture at your exhibition booth during the congress. Although it does not include pitching, it includes 2 complimentary startup tickets for each startup venture.


Sample: If you book 16sqm for your booth, you are allowed to bring with you 3 startup ventures (6 co-founders) free of charge. This does not mean all 3 startup ventures will pitch on the stage, however. After the WBAF Global Startup Committee completes its scoring of these 3 startup ventures, some or all of them or maybe none of them will be invited to pitch on the GFRS Stage. For full details about the process, please review the Global Fundraising Stage Document. Please note that the ones who are not accepted for pitching can still join your delegation, and 1 free startup ticket will be presented to each founder of each startup. A maximum of 2 free startup tickets are presented per startup venture.


More than two people for each startup venture?
Please buy tickets for them in the ‘Each out of the two participants’ box. The price for each person beyond the two founders is €250.

Pitching schedule (Category A only)
On the Global Fundraising Stage, 3-minute startup pitches will be held on Tuesday, 18 February 2020. Exact times will be confirmed later.


Deadlines/ Applications
To learn about timelines/deadlines, delivering investor deck and info of your startups for scoring, please download this document:


Sample Video:

Presentation on the G-FDI Stage

This designation offers the opportunity to make a presentation on the Foreign Direct Investment Stage of the World Congress. The amount of presentation time depends on the package you book; options vary from 10 to 60 minutes. You are invited to make a presentation to share information about unique investment opportunities available in your country, co-investment fund opportunities, best practices in your city, technopark or country, or any topic you find relevant to the needs of investment decision-makers.


For 60-minute presentations, the WBAF team will assist you in developing a tailor-made presentation flow to optimize your presentation.


Presentation schedule (Category A only):
Presentations on the G-FDI Stage will be on Tuesday, 18 February 2020. Exact times will be confirmed later.


VIP Ticket

Please note that VIP tickets/passes include following:

  • Full pass to the Grand Opening Ceremony

  • Full pass to all  summits of the World Congress
    Full pass to all Business School Masterclasses and Workshops

  • Full pass to the exhibition booth area

  • VIP lunches with government ministers on Monday and Tuesday

  • VIP reception on Monday

  • VIP Gala Dinner and the World Excellence Awards


Startup Ticket

Please note that startup tickets/passes include the followings:

  • Full pass to the Grand Opening Ceremony

  • Full pass to all  summits of the World Congress
    Full pass to all Business School Masterclasses and Workshops
    Full pass to the exhibition booth area

  • Full pass to the Investment Readiness Workshop on Monday

  • 10 minutes of one-to-one mentoring with a WBAF mentor


Panel Speaker

You can propose a speaker for a relevant panel discussion that will take place on Tuesday, 18 February 2020. It is up to the WBAF Steering Committee to decide and confirm speakers.



Here you can watch various panel discussion formats to have an idea about World Congress discussions.

Investment Readiness Workshop

Startups that will pitch on the Global Fundraising Stage are encouraged to join this workshop on Monday, 17 February 2020 at the Fuji 2 Hall of the Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Startups coming with a delegation but who will not pitch at GFRS 2020 are welcome to join, too.


We will arrange 10-minute one-to-one meetings with WBAF mentors in the same room between 4.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. One-to-one mentorship sessions are only for startups who will pitch. Each startup venture will have one mentoring session. Two co-founders can join at the same time.

Exact times will be confirmed later.

Investor Booklet

Each startup venture will be featured in the GFRS Investor Booklet 2020. A separate document will be sent to you to collect all information needed from startup ventures.



Here you can review the 2019 GFRS Investor Booklet to have an idea about the format.


Presentation at a VIP Lunch

If your delegation includes a mayor, a governor, a government minister, a prime minister or the president of your country, we will be happy to give them the floor for 5 to 15 minutes at the VIP Lunch on Monday or Tuesday to talk about opportunities in their country. Around 200 VIP investors from around the world will be joining the VIP lunches. Please note that simultaneous interpretation is not available, so the speaker is expected to deliver the speech in English.


Sample Video:

Here you can watch a presentation of the Innovation Minister of the Republic of Kosovo.


Additional Notes

  1. Lunch: A free lunchbox will be provided for each co-founder and exhibition booth personnel on both days of the exhibition.

  2. The language of the conference is English. Simultaneous interpretation will not be provided.

  3. Book your flights and hotel accommodation

    1. Flights; Turkish Airlines, the official airline for WBAF 2020, is offering special discounts to WBAF delegates. You will receive your discount code automatically when you make your booking for GFRS 2020.

    2. Accommodation; You can book your room at the Swissotel The Bosphorus through the WBAF 2020 website. The Swissotel rates may not compatible with startup budgets, so WBAF recommends you check other hotel options in the area around the Swissotel.

  4. Confirm visa requirements
    Please check with the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in your country to learn if you need a visa to enter Turkey.

  5. Payment

The full amount of the booked packages is due within 7 (seven) days after receipt of the invoice. If the payment has not reached the WBAF bank account within 7 days, the allocation of the booth and the booking of a sponsor package cannot not be guaranteed. 

  1. Floor Plan

It is understood that WBAF reserves the right, in the interests of optimum footfall control and exhibit exposure, to relocate exhibits that may be affected by a change in the floor plan.

The exhibition space allocation will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis: the date of receipt of the booking form by the WBAF will be used as a reference.

  1. Exhibition Booth Personnel Pass

The exhibition booth personnel passes and delegate registrations will be bookable online through the registration link or a form that will be sent at a later time. The passes are for the exhibition booth staff only and are not transferable.  One free exhibition booth personnel pass will be issued for each 4 sqm of booth space.

  1. Disclaimer

In case of reasons beyond our control, WBAF has the right to alter or cancel the World Congress or any arrangements, timetables, plans or other events on the agenda. The participants, exhibitors and sponsors shall not be entitled to any compensation for damage that results from such alteration or cancellation. Furthermore, with the exception of any willful damage or gross negligence committed by WBAF, WBAF shall not at any time be liable for any direct or indirect damage, including consequential and immaterial damage, caused by participants who fail to comply with any provision of this document. 


You are responsible for any damage occurring to exhibition booth materials and hotel belongings as a result of mistakes of your exhibition booth staff. You are required to leave the exhibition booth by 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Any document, brochure, or exhibition booth material belonging to you will be kept until 7 p.m. After 7pm, they will be sent to the waste center of the hotel and you will not be able to access them.


Please note that neither WBAF nor the hotel administration accepts any deliverable sent by courier before, during, or after the congress.


The pass tickets issued as part of your package cannot be used by registrants from other companies.


The information that you provide to WBAF will be used to ensure that we provide you with products and services that best meet your needs. This may include the promotion of WBAF products and services by post and/or electronic means. Your information will also be used to produce event materials, including badges.