13 February 2017, Monday ⏐ Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul ⏐ Fuji Main Hall ⏐ 11.30pm – 11.40pm

Presentation 1 :

Tansu Yegen, Vice President, Samsung Turkey

Building Ideas into Products, Growing Products into Businesses and Scaling Up Businesses

Growing businesses through new products is a common goal of corporate ventures and R&D departments worldwide. Global brands in the IT industry are looking for great entrepreneurs with compelling ideas and innovative products to join their group of early-stage start-ups in developing deep-tech software and services in deep learning, NLP, cyber security, augmented reality, virtual reality, big data analysis, cloud computing and the Internet of things (IoT). They offer expertise, resources and partnership to innovators all over the world. This presentation describes the strategies of Samsung Technologies, one of these leading corporates in the global landscape, for incorporating ideas into products, growing those products into businesses and scaling them up.

13 February 2017, Monday ⏐ Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul ⏐ Fuji Main Hall ⏐ 6pm – 6.10pm

Presentation 2 :

Basak Vardar, Partner, Deloitte Turkey

Country Focus: Deloitte Report on Early Stage Investment Market of Turkey

In a highly challenging investment climate for fund raising, new acquisitions as well as exits in Turkey, the total deal number of financial investors, through 100 transactions, reached a record-breaking level due to considerably increased number of venture capital and angel investor deals involving start-up companies. In this presentation about te Deloitte’s report on early stage equity market of Turkey, you will hear more about the financials of the market.

13 February 2017, Monday ⏐ Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul ⏐ Montreux Hall ⏐ 5.15pm – 6pm

Presentation 3 :

Mehmet Aydin Eroglu, Educational & Promotional Retails Sales Coordinator, ICI, Turkey

Secrets of the Turkish Carpet

Turkey is recognised throughout the world for its magnificent handmade rugs. The problem is that carpets are like fine art, so unless you really know what you are looking for, it is easy to be fooled or scammed into buying something that is not genuine or of good quality and that turns out to be a bad investment. The consumer needs to know the region where the carpet was produced, which is one measure of value. Buying something in Turkey does not guarantee quality or authenticity, or that it is even a ‘Turkish carpet’. In this fireside chat, an international guru of Turkish carpets who has spent more than 50 years on rugs and who is now the coordinator of one of Turkey’s most important carpet producers who received six times The Americasmart Magnificient Hand-Made Carpet Awards in the US, will teach you the basics you need to know before buying a Turkish carpet.

13 February 2017, Monday ⏐ Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul ⏐ Fuji Main Hall ⏐ 6.10pm – 6:15pm

Presentation 4:

Christopher Campbell, Co-founder, South African Business Angels Network (SABAN), South Africa

Agenda 2063 - The Africa We Want

The African Union (AU), in its blueprint for socio-economic development, Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, includes leveraging entrepreneurship and innovation as a means to achieving its primary aspiration: A Prosperous Africa Based On Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development. In 2017 the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) will be held in Africa for the first time, bringing together the world’s top entrepreneur minds. GEC 2017 builds on the success of previous GECs and momentum from the recent Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), held in Silicon Valley in June 2016. Over 5,000 delegates from 160 countries will gather in Johannesburg, South Africa from March 13-16. Chris Campbell, WBAF Commissioner to South Africa and Co-Founder of SABAN – South Africa Business Angels Network – will host a fireside chat with GEC 2017 Co-Chair Kizito Okechukwu. They will discuss entrepreneurship, innovation, SMEs, access to funding and how GEC2017 will benefit the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa in light of Agenda 2063.