Yesterday, Endeavor Turkey co-hosted “IyiGirişim Zirvesi,” a High-Impact Entrepreneurship Summit in Istanbul with TUSIAD, Turkey’s most influential corporate lobbying association. Forty members of Endeavor’s mentor network engaged an audience of 330 invited entrepreneurs selected for their high-growth potential. The Summit’s slogan “Aim for the Summit” and motto “Let’s Get to Work” were designed by ad agency sponsor TBWA. Other Summit partners included Akbank as the main venue sponsor, TURKCELL as the guest speaker sponsor, CNBCe as the official TV media sponsor, PozitivTV as the web-streaming sponsor and Endeavor Entrepreneur company Youtholding as the social media sponsor.
Opening speakers included Tahincoğlu Holding and Endeavor Turkey Chairman Özcan Tahincioğlu, TUSIAD Chairwoman Ümit Boyner and Akbank Chairwoman and Endeavor Board Member Suzan Sabancı Dincer, each of whom shared their views on opportunities for Turkish entrepreneurs in the global market. Panels and workshops addressed leadership, management, and best practices for investment and financing with a choice of Interview Forum, Workshop or Case Study Panel highlighting different sub-topics. The Summit was also broadcast live online reaching close to 6,000 additional viewers across the country.
The closing session was led by guest speaker Rob Salkowitz, technology trend consultant and author of Young World Rising which inspired the summit’s focus on the implications of youth demographics and their access to globally integrated technology on entrepreneurship. An additional 100 leaders from the business community joined this presentation and enriched the final networking activities at the end of the day-long event.
Endeavor Turkey will continue pushing for growth and competitiveness. This April, Endeavor Turkey will co-host a follow-up Summit for potential angel investors entitled “IyiYatirim Zirvesi” in collaboration with the American Angel Capital Association. The names of both summits, “IyiGirişim” and “IyiYatrim,” refer to entrepreneur and investor best practices. Endeavor Turkey also plans to publish two handbooks under these same names by the end of the year.
L to R: Rob Salkowitz, Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, Ümit Boyner, Ozcan Tahincioğlu
L to R: Bülent Çelebi (Airties Founder, Endeavor Turkey Board Member & 2006 Endeavor Entrepreneur), Murat Kolbaşı (Arzum Ev Aletleri Chairman & Endeavor Turkey Advisory Board Member), Cem Şengör (STEP Carpets Chairman & Endeavor Turkey Advisory Board Member), Işık Keçeci Aşur (ARAGON CAPITAL Managing Partner & Endeavor Turkey Board Member)