Women Entrepreneurship Eco-System Meeting was held in TOBB

On April 9th, INGEV, Building Markets and Habitat Foundation organized an eco-system meeting under the auspices of TOBB with the participation of Turkish and Syrian entrepreneurs.

The opening speech of this meeting was given by TOBB Head of Sectors and Entrepreneurship Department, Ozan Acar, Director of Building Markets Turkey, Saral Virgo, The Director of INGEV, Berker Coker and Chairman of the Association of Habitat, Sezai Hazır.

Following the opening speeches, Acar took over the meeting as moderator. He talked with the successful women entrepreneurs of Turkey.

The senior women managers of Turkish NGO’s shared their ideas about what are the needs of more integrated entrepreneur ecosystem.

Syrian women entrepreneurs shared their expectations, lives in Turkey and struggles of establishing business.

INGEV Participated in “Higher Education and Syria Crisis: What is Next?” Conference

in Amman, Jordan on 9-10 April 2019 where over 100 professionals, experts and students from a variety of institutions and initiatives brought together.

Within the conferences, the latest achievements in the higher education sector in the context of the Syria crisis was presented and their impact on students and higher education institutions was analyses, while discussing the various innovative solutions and projects implemented by key stakeholders in the region.

Within the conference, İNGEV Education is a Must Call Center Project was presented as an innovative approach to support access of Syrian student into higher education in the host countries

INGEV Participated in “Higher Education and Syria Crisis: What is Next?” Conference

INGEV Participated in “Higher Education and Syria Crisis: What is Next?” Conference

INGEV Participated in Brand Week’s Session, “Refugees, Integration to Consumer Markets”

INGEV participated in Brand Week’s session, “Refugees, Integration to Consumer Markets” on the 8th of November. Unilever Turkey board member / Turkey chairman of Global Compact Mustafa Seçkin, BİM Markets’ chief operating officer and executive committee member Galip Aykaç, and co-founder of More Design, Sima Al Kanawati, participated in the session on the latest situation of refugees, and their income sources and consuming markets. The session, moderated by INGEV chairman Vural Çakır, took place at the Turkish Airlines Inspiration Hall, the biggest hall of Brand Week festival. Some of the points from the session are summarized below:

Vural Çakır: “80 billion dollars left Syria because of the Syrian civil war as capital transferred to other countries. Although Turkey hosts the majority of expatriate Syrians in comparison to other hosting countries, the transferred capital to Turkey totals only 5 billion dollars. And in spite of the high level of migration, we should never allow xenophobia; social cohesion requires this approach.”

Mustafa Seçkin: “If we support inclusive life, we cannot ignore Syrians in Turkey who comprise 5 percent of the population. In the context of Unilever’s Embark project, mentors and mentees have changed their places and experts from out of the company have trained 13 CEOs of Unilever. As business world we should recognize the importance of the refugee issue.”

Galip Aykaç: “We face one of the world’s most important migrations. It is impossible for the state to overcome the problem alone. As private sector we should also take on responsibility. It is the reason why we work to meet the needs of Syrians. This shedding of blood and tears should end.”

“Strengthening Refugee Entrepreneurship in Turkey” Mersin Workshop was Held

“Strengthening Refugee Entrepreneurship in Turkey” Mersin Workshop was organized on 12 April at Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MTSO) with the attendance of public institutions, refugee entrepreneurs, Turkish business people and representatives of non-governmental organizations. The opening speeches were delivered by INGEV Director Berk Çoker, UNHCR Livelihood Manager Damla Taşkın, and MTSO Assistant Secretary-General Ezgi Biçer Uçar at the workshop which was organized by “ActHuman Social Inclusion Initiative”, an INGEV initiative in cooperation with IPC (İstanbul Policy Center), with the cooperation of UNHCR, and found granted by European Union and the Republic of Turkey.

After the opening speeches, Small and Medium Industry Development Organization (KOSGEB) Mersin Manager Danyal Peker gave information about “Government Supports for Building Capacities of Small and Medium Scaled Enterprises”. Foreign Tade Specialist Ali Can Kahya from T.R. Ministry of Economics General Directorate of Incentive Implementation And Foreign Investment spoke about governmental incentives current in Mersin which is on 3rd Area in Turkey’s investment map under his presentation titled “Governmental Incentives for Building Local Entrepreneurship”. INGEV Board of Trustees Member Attorney Arkın Eyvazoğlu gave information which will be useful in guiding refugee entrepreneurs in the fields of trade and law in his presentation titled “Legal Obligations of Establishing Incorporations and After their Establishments”.

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SEV Kindergarten and INGEV Got Together for Syrian Children

Within the framework of the project, kindergartners gathered and packaged school supplies such as stationery equipment, water bottles, notebooks, books and raised awareness by affecting others’ life.

INGEV, in coordination with İstanbul-Üsküdar District Directorate Of National Education, made contact with Yavuztürk Primary School which educates the most Syrian refugee students. On 17 May 2018, the packages were handed to 48 Syrian students at Yavuztürk Primary School by INGEV and SEV Schools authorities. While SEV Kindergarten realized a social responsibility project that raised awareness about solidarity among kindergartners, INGEV was proud to be a bridge for realizing such a project that supported children of refugee families suffering socially and economically.

We, as INGEV, wish Yavuztürk Primary School’s and all of the SEV Schools’ students success.
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“Strengthening Refugee Entrepreneurship in Turkey” Hatay Workshop was Held

“Strengthening Refugee Entrepreneurship in Turkey” Hatay Workshop was organized on 22 March at Erol Bilecik Kongre Merkezi with the attendance of public institutions, refugee entrepreneurs, Turkish business people, and representatives of non-governmental organizations. Opening speeches were delivered by INGEV Director Berk Çoker, UNHCR Hatay Field Office Specialist Rıfat Kerim Menemencioğlu and UNHCR Competency Programmes Responsible Asuman Baba at the workshop, organized by “ActHuman Social Inclusion Initiative”, an INGEV initiative in cooperation with IPC (İstanbul Policy Center), with the cooperation of UNHCR, and found granted by European Union and the Republic of Turkey.

Foreign Tade Specialist Ali Can Kahya from T.R. Ministry of Economics General Directorate of Incentive Implementation And Foreign Investment delivered his presentation titled “Governmental Incentives for Building Local Entrepreneurship”. Afterwards, INGEV Board of Trustees Member Attorney Arkın Eyvazoğlu gave insights to refugee entrepreneurs in his presentation titled “Legal Obligations of Establishing Incorporations and After their Establishments”. After the important presentations, a video story named “Build Life, Build Trade”, prepared by INGEV telling the trade lives of 8 refugee entrepreneurs living in İstanbul, Hatay, Mersin and Adana, was watched and got credit by the attendees.

At the “Information Sharing about Social Cohesion and Introduction Session”, refugee entrepreneurs, Turkish business people, public institutions, and NGO representatives sought answers to questions such as what are the opportunities of business promotion and the needs of refugee corporations in Mersin, what kind of support is needed in Mersin, how refugee corporations can be integrated better into the business life in Mersin, and what kind of legal and financial information do refugee corporations need. At this session, which was very interactive, Hatay Turkish Employment Agency İŞKUR Province Manager Ziya Yüksel, Burhan Kahraman from Provincial Directorate of Commerce, DOĞAKA (Eastern Mediterranean Development Agency) Sector-Specific Support and Programming Unit Chairman Serdar Çınar, Hatay Chamber Of Merchants And Craftsmen Chairman Abdülgani Kit, DASİFED (Doğu Akdeniz Sanayici ve İşadamları Derneği) General Secretariate Onur Dönmezer, Antakya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foreign Trade Department Director İbrahim Eminoğlu, Reyhanlı Syria Chamber of Commerce and Industry members over 30 in number, and business people of Hatay from various sectors.

 

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Ingev visits Seferhisar ve Silivri Municipalities for Agricultural Practices

One of the important projects of INGEV is to support peri-urban agricultural production, and in particular small family enterprises. For this purpose an official visit was organized to Silivri and Seferihisar municipalities by İngev Chairman Vural Cakir and İngev consultants Levent Özkula, Prof. Suleyman Taban and Vildan Samanci. Information gained from these visits will be converted into a business model of successful agricultural projects in order to increase awareness and support at international level.

Silivri Mayor Ozcan Isiklar: “We are here with Ingev Chairman Vural Cakir and our colleagues from the center of Agricultural Production and Research. We explained the work done here. There is now a certain fact accepted by the world. The future will rise again in the hands of agriculture. That’s why the recognition of our project by the United Nations, in this sense, is of great importance, “he said.