Fast-food kebab chain Baydöner, founded by Endeavor Entrepreneurs Levent Yılmaz and Feridun Tunçer, was recently named EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year (EoY) in Turkey, recognizing the company’s innovative business model and impact on the region’s economy.
EY, an Endeavor global partner, has been hosting the EoY Program for over two decades, expanding it to more than 50 countries with awards presented annually to over 900 of the world’s most successful and innovative entrepreneurs. In Turkey, the awards are currently in its ninth year and brought together five high-impact companies in the final round of judging for 2014. With the support of the Hürriyet Daily News, CNN Türk and Endeavor Turkey, the event convened some of the country’s leading businessmen and women, including Endeavor Board Member and Hürriyet Chairwoman Vuslat Doğan Sabancı who served as part of the jury panel. After earning the local EoY honor, Baydöner will represent Turkey at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards taking place in June 2014 in Monte Carlo, Monaco where over 60 entrepreneurs will vie for this year’s global title.
Baydöner, which operates its chain of restaurants in more than 30 Turkish cities, has been an active member of the Endeavor network since their selection in 2012, including participation in branding workshops and tailored mentorship sessions. The entrepreneurs’ success also led them to be profiled in the 2013 Endeavor Impact Report, which can be viewed here.
Read full coverage of the awards ceremony in the Hürriyet Daily News by clicking here.