By Ceylan Hunal (Endeavor Turkey)
“İyi Yatırım Summit,” an event targeted at developing an angel investing community and entrepreneurial culture in Turkey, was held at at Sabanci Center in Istanbul on October 4-5. The summit, organized with the collaboration of Endeavor Turkey, TUSIAD and Angel Resources Institute and sponsored by Akbank and Turkcell, brought together leading Turkish and international investors, entrepreneurs, academics and top executives.
Opening remarks were made by Özcan Tahincioğlu, Board Chairman of Endeavor Turkey, Hakan Binbasgil, Deputy CEO of Akbank, and Tayfun Beyazıt, Vice President of the Board of Directors of TUSIAD. During the two-day summit, attendees discussed the “Angel Investor” model, which aims to support entrepreneurship and enhance entrepreneurial activity by providing knowledge, mentoring and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs, along with funding support.
The first day of the summit featured five panels lead by Robert Okabe, President of Angel Resource Institute, and John May, Chair Emeritus of the Angel Capital Association, which aimed to educate participants on various aspects of angel investing. The panels focused on portfolio strategy, due diligence, structuring of a deal, valuation of early stage companies, and post-investment relationships. On the second day of the summit, Robert Okabe and John May gave a half day workshop on different valuation techniques for early stage companies. The other panelists in the sessions were mostly Endeavor members, Endeavor Entreprenuers and Endeavor partners. The audience also included select members of the greater Endeavor network, such as NGOs and business leaders, all uniting to shape the nascent angel investor ecosystem in Turkey.