Sinan Güler, a successful basketball player, took the stage as Entrepreneur + Angel, demonstrating the possibility to wear all three hats, which inspired not only entrepreneurs who participated in the program at Bahçeşehir University, but our followers on social media as well. Although we still do not know the secret to Sinan Güler’s basketball achievements, we know the key to his investments: Good Motivation + The Right Team = Investment. “The greatest lessons we’ve learned came from our losses!” Güler said, underlining for the entrepreneurs the value of making mistakes. He motivated them about how to come up with solutions to the problems they face. Towards the end of his speech, the acclaimed basketball player invited 4 teams to the stage and asked them to share their ideas in 24 seconds.
Participants wanted to make the most of the camp program, not wasting even coffee breaks. They sought answers to the question “What Have We Learned So Far?” with our CEO Dr. İzel Levi Coşkun, the Chairman of the Working Group this year.
Bülent Eczacıbaşı, a doyen of the business world, was a guest speaker at the session entitled: “This is My Job: Business Life Advice from a Doyen”, moderated by Murat Özyeğin. This proved to be a truly unique conversation for the young entrepreneurs. Eczacıbaşı pointed out to sustainability as the problem of the century, which he mentions in his book, and noted how business opportunities should be created out of the concept. He also referred to how future generations had so many things to do, noting that those who are faithful and ambitious rather than pessimistic will achieve success. Bülent Eczacıbaşı shared with the entrepreneurs his experiences about what to watch out for at the onset of their careers. He concluded his inspiring speech with a question: “Are we able to successfully sustain the organizations we have taken over?”
Taylan Demirkaya, Coordinator of Embryonix joined the session “Verifying Ideas and Needs” and advised young entrepreneurs on how to identify customers, how to communicate with them and how to manage the needs assessment process. Following this enlightening speech, youngsters listened to Fatih Mustafa Çelebi, founder of Meditasyon.co, who shared his experiences and advice.
Dr. Oğuzhan Aygören, academic at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, gave a speech entitled “What’s Happening in the World of Entrepreneurship in Turkey?”, pointing out what an entrepreneur needs to focus on as well as the importance of taking rapid action.
Burak Yaman, Founding Coordinator of KWorks, gave detailed information on “Business Model CANVAS” to help entrepreneurs express their ideas best. The speech was followed by applied canvas work. In this second part, guides from the business world worked in groups with entrepreneurs where the latter improved their expression of ideas, becoming better canvas users.
Burak Tahmaz, Director of Innovera Danışmanlık Hizmetleri (Consulting Services), underlined how entrepreneurs need to be extra careful on cyber security in an environment which we can cover only 5% of the cyber security labor we need. His presentation was enriched with amusing real life events and a hacking anecdote, drawing the attention of entrepreneurs.
Att. Esin Çamlıbel, Legal Adviser at Turunç, defined personal data protection areas in which entrepreneurs need to focus on.
Kemal Apaydın, Working Group Member of “TÜSİAD These Young People Have the Potential”, explained the entrepreneurs the notion and origins of Blockchain, a concept that has been quite popular recently. Listeners also developed insight into how they can make use of this technology in their work.
Networking activities by entrepreneurs continued into the evening, with a dinner given at the terrace of Bahçeşehir University. Afterwards participants had a chance to meet Fırat İşbecer, a person of renown in the enterprise ecosystem. İşbecer shared his inspiring story of entrepreneurship with colorful details, energizing all entrepreneurs all over again at the end of a long and tiring day. The daily training program ended at 21:15, after which entrepreneurs left the camp location for team activities.