The past few months have been busy for Endeavor Entrepreneur Bedriye Hülya. Since founding b-fit, Turkey’s first national chain of women’s gyms in 2006, the business has grown to over 190 locations run and staffed by women. Bedriye has been recognized for this dedication to the field of social entrepreneurship by being selected as an Ashoka Fellow. Bedriye Hülya will now receive lifelong support from the Ashoka organization as well as the title of one of the leading entrepreneurs in the industry. The award was given at the annual Ashoka in Turkey Gala, attended by a wide range of distinguished guests. Ashoka welcomed three new entrepreneurs for the first time in six years and hopes this will only signify the further growth of the social entrepreneurial field in Turkey.
Recently, Bedriye was also a featured speaker at the inaugural TEDxBarcelonaWomen conference — focused on the empowerment and entrepreneurial talents of women around the globe.