In the News

Darussafaka High School Visit and Press Luncheon

Our Co-Founder Prof. Beba visited Darussafaka High School in Istanbul and had a luncheon with school management, students and select members of the press on March 15, 2022. Our initiative called "Entrepreneurship for Youth Atelier" is open to 9-11th grade students and we have completed 23 sessions in this school year where we teach entrepreneurship to the 16 enrolled students. 


Members of the press had a chance to tour the "Techo-Entrepreneurship Center" which is a team based learning classroom that was established with Beba Foundation's support and got detailed information on the program.


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Deger Yaratan Liderler

Umran Beba's "Deger Yaratan Liderler" book was published in February 2022 in Turkey. The book, co-authored with Ms. Arzu Cekirge Paksoy, talks about the concepts of leadership and leaders in a today's changing world.


Concepts such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact are becoming more and more important in the agenda of leaders.
Individual values ​​and social goals come to the fore, voluntarism awareness rises. The public questions institutions and social benefit more than ever, and demands responsibility. This is the period also described as the "civilian century". When it comes to creating a better world, the leaders who run institutions have a great responsibility.
They set an example for both their employees and the public with their views and actions, and shed light on the future.
This book, which includes the value-creating views of pioneering leaders from Turkey and the world, makes a great contribution to social transformation and the process of creating benefits. 



2021 Year-End Newsletter

2021 has been a proud year for us here at Beba Foundation. We have completed the second annual Greater Good Challenge with Columbia University, brought Stem Connector's Million Women Mentors Program to Turkey, started an entrepreneurship for youth workshop program with a major high school in Turkey, and we have sponsored several causes and activities in the US. We are even more excited for 2022 as we have a lot more coming!    

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Million Women Mentors Program comes to Turkey

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Turkey Business Council today announced the launch of Million Women Mentors/Milyon Kadına Mentor program with the goal of providing mentorship opportunities to young women in Turkey who wish to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

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Greater Good Challenge winner microTERRA is set to change inland fish farming for good!

Marissa Cuevas, created the company microTERRA to aid the move toward more sustainable water usage in farming and animal husbandry. After winning first place in the Greater Good Challenge, she plans to use the money to fund a pilot program in Mexico. The circular system not only cleans and oxygenates dirty pond water for re-use, but could allow a fish farmer to produce up to 60 percent of their own feed, she says.



3 Ways to Safeguard Your Business as Coronavirus Spreads

Many have speculated about whether the current coronavirus outbreak will spark an economic recession. Renowned venture capital firm Sequoia Capital recently shared their experience of best practice, advising that, “Having weathered every business downturn for nearly 50 years, we’ve learned an important lesson: Nobody ever regrets making fast and decisive adjustments to changing circumstances.”


The Top 10 Mistakes That Keep Women Entrepreneurs From Scaling to $1 Million

Where are the million-dollar women? In 2018, just 1.7 percent of women-owned businesses generated more than $1 million in revenue, and the challenges are even greater for women of color entrepreneurs. Why is it that even though women own 40 percent of all businesses in the U.S., making "real money" is more the exception than it is the rule? What's getting in our way when it comes to business ideas that make bank?



How the Founder of Schmidt's Naturals Went From Zero to a Nine-Figure Exit

In 2010, Jaime Schmidt took a local class on how to make shampoo. At the time, she was pregnant with her son, eager to experiment with crafting her own natural, nontoxic products. One thing led to another, and soon she succeeded in creating a natural deodorant “that actually worked,” branded as Schmidt’s. Fast forward seven years, and the deodorant she began selling at farmers markets became a top seller on shelves at Target, Whole Foods and Walmart. 

Schmidt's Naturals sold to Unilever for an undisclosed amount in 2017 (but Schmidt puts it in the "nine figures"). Now, she's focused on her next cause: supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs.