Economic Empowerment Program (EEP)

About Economic Empowerment Program (EEP)

Economic Empowerment Program (EEP) is an online incubation program designed for Syrian entrepreneurs in Southeastern Turkey to prepare them for doing business  in the country, help them to be equipped with necessary business skills and facilitate social cohesion through technical assistance  in the local business environment. EEP’s  goal is to pave the way for solid business partnerships between Syrian and Turkish entrepreneurs to elevate the development-focused entrepreneurship in order to reduce geographical inequalities and making such programs accessible for all entrepreneurs regardless of their location during these unprecedented times transpired through COVID-19 outbreak.

Training Program

Our training program contains some necessary elements for Syrian entrepreneurs to make sure that all technical aspects of doing business in Turkey are understood and technical capacity is increased. The topics for the trainings include:

  • Orientation & Doing business in Turkey
  • Business Design
  • Accounting and financial management
  • Regulatory compliance: Law for Start-ups and ​Intellectual Property Management ​
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Product Development
  • Team Development
  • Digitalization and Technology commercialization
  • Sales & Growth
  • Equity & Funding
  • Pitching Skills
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Customer Relations Management

Matchmaking & Mentorship

With our tailor-made model to match entrepreneurs with reputable companies operating in Turkey, we aspire to support refugee entrepreneurs to realize their potential and find their co-founders. Alongside matchmaking activities, there will be several meetings with well-known mentors, investors, representatives from chambers of commerce and industry in each cities namely Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep, Antakya, Mersin, Kilis and Kahramanmaraş.



Onur Kutlu Gago

SaaS Growth Advisor

Serkan Bagce

Co-Founder, CEO @ StartupMarket Co.

Baran Korkut

Strategy Designer/ Aspiring Entrepreneur

Hassam Hameed

Associate Product Marketing Manager @ Insider

Dana Mansour

Operational Account Manager @ Insider

Marawan Hassan

Chief Marketing Officer @ Wolves Interactive

Rasha Alfakhry

Financial Consultant / Co-Founder @ Aaram Group

Suhael Alowis

Sales Executive/ Key Account Manager

Serkan Yağız

Startup Program Manager @ Microsoft

Rami Sharrack

Individual Consultant @ UNDP Türkiye

Adile Öztürkmen Şahin

Livelihoods/ Economic Development/ Cluster expert

Rawan Hudaifa

Co-Founder @ Tina Zita Global Citizen

Gülhan Özdemir

Project Department Coordinator @ Adana Chamber of Industry

Ceren Süngü Kalpaklıoğlu

Founder of Pabbler

Başar Kaya

Manager of EIT-InnoEnergy HUB Turkey

Ali Erhat Nalbant

Growth Manager @ Arf

Berhan Kongel

Co-Founder & CEO @ Arf

Harun Şahnacı

Senior Digital Marketing Specialist @ Commencis

Rasheed Hamwi

Executive Manager @ Nexo Advertising Agency

Raneem Safi

Founder @ IM SAF

Özgür Olgun

Entrepreneurship Expert @ Boğaziçi University Technology Transfer Center

Günce Önür

Founder of the New Rising

Elif Taylan Yürekli

Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality Economic Development and R&D Innovation Unit

Outcomes of the program

By joining this program, participants will improve their skills to sustain and expand their businesses. They will receive the chance to acquire valuable connections from sector-leading companies in İstanbul and Southeastern Turkey. These connections will lead the way for future partnerships and a more cohesive ways of doing business.