Entrepreneurship for Youth
Business Plan Competition
Entrepreneurship for Youth Atelier Program that was sponsored and managed by Beba Foundation, concluded the 2021 - 2022 school year with a Business Plan Competition on June 1st 2022 in Istanbul. The weekly 1-hr program was attended by 16 high schools students over the 36 weeks where they got an opportunity to work and learn at the state-of-the-art techno-innovation center about entrepreneurship, business management, marketing, sales and financial literacy.
4 teams competed in the event with very distinct and creative ideas and made their pitches to a panel of judges that were made up of Beba Foundation Co-Founder Ms. Umran Beba; Fintegre, PaybyMe and Fongogo Co-Founder Mr. Ali Tirkeş; Darüşşafaka Society Chairman of the Board Mr. Oğuz Güleç (DŞ’72); and Bis Solutions and Integration Co-Founder Mr. Haluk Ünal.
Executive Director of the Beba Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundation, Mr. Korhan Beba, who was also the program lead for the initiative, provided coaching and mentoring to the teams prior to the event.
The in-person competition was held at Darüşşafaka TİM Fettah Aytaç Theater in Istanbul and created a lot of excitement and buzz at the school. There were over 200 students in the audience ranging from 8th to 11th grades who wanted to witness the teams in action.
The team made up of Ebrar Melek Kocabey, Nazime Yıldırım, Sarp Bosun, Alp Eren Tekin, and Yunus Emre Saygın took the first place with their great Fintech idea - "MyMoneyBuddy" - a digital solution for keeping track of individuals' finances. They won the grand prize of attending the Summer School at Sabanci University over the summer which is aimed at helping participants gain authentic university experience in a multicultural environment.
The English-language program that was launched recently is offered in three terms of two weeks each, where students are able to choose 3 courses among 16 different university courses in natural sciences and engineering, social sciences, and management.
Students will attend courses of their choosing every day of the week for two weeks. The program is bolstered with extracurricular sports, art, culture and entertainment activities, all of which will help students have an unforgettable vacation while expanding their horizons.
Entrepreneurship for Youth Program held its last session on June 8th with a ceremony where all the students received their individualized certificates of completion. will return the week of September 12th 2022 with the new school year.