The selected projects were awarded as part of the Entrepreneurial Capacity Development for Sustainable Socio-Economic Harmony (ENHANCHER) project. Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank announced that under the project with a budget of €32.5 million, 5 different grant schemes have been announced and around 117 million euros were allocated to 11 projects.
Stating that they have set many goals for entrepreneurship in the Industrial and Technology Strategy 2023, Minister Varank said, “We have focused on technology-based entrepreneurship. We will be announcing the National Technology Entrepreneurship Strategy very soon. With this strategy, we aim to establish 2030 tech startups by 100,” he said.
STARTS IN 2020
The ENHANCHER project was launched in 2020 under the European Union financial aid fund. The Ministry of Industry and Technology, Directorate General of Development Agencies is the beneficiary of the project, where the International Center for Migration Policy Development ICMPD assumes an implementation role in Turkey.
The selected projects received certificates within the framework of the program organized within the framework of ENHANCER. Besides Minister Varank, European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi, Head of the European Union Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer Landrut, Director of the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD ) Martijn Pluim also attended the ceremony.
60 YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Varank said that Turkey and the European Union had a 60-year partnership and said: “We probably won’t exaggerate if I say that we have stepped up the competitive sectors program , which we initiated within the scope of the financial cooperation process between Turkey and the European Union, especially in the last period. We are going through a fruitful period where we are launching projects one after the other. The continuation of the effective and efficient cooperation that we have achieved within the framework of the Competitive Sectors Program with the European Union, with the ENHANCER project. said.
WE WILL IMPROVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP CAPACITY
Stating that the ENHANCER project, which was implemented in 2020, has an important mission in improving entrepreneurial capacity, Minister Varank said, “32.5 different grant programs have been announced under the project. , which has a budget of 5 million euros. euros. Around 117 million euros have been allocated to 11 projects. said.
CROWN OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Varank said that as a ministry he gives top priority to entrepreneurship and said, “We have set many goals for entrepreneurship in the Industrial and Technological Strategy 2023, which we have prepared in the light of the vision of the National Technology Move under the leadership of our President. We place technology-based entrepreneurship at the center of our strategy. We will be announcing the National Technology Entrepreneurship Strategy very soon. With this strategy, we aim to establish 2030 tech startups by 100,” he said.
IT WILL HELP ACCELERATE
Emphasizing that Turkey is the shining star of entrepreneurship in Europe, Varank said: “Without a doubt, ENHANCER, the project of improving entrepreneurial capacities for sustainable socio-economic harmony, will contribute to this acceleration of Turkey. with its budget and objectives. said.
European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Varhelyi said that with the ENHANCER project, the European Union will provide a fund of 32.5 million euros to small and medium-sized enterprises and will support the creation of jobs in this field.
DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PRODUCTS
Explaining that with ENHANCER they aim to create 200 sustainable jobs, establish 300 new workplaces and provide 400 new employment opportunities to entrepreneurs through business meetings, Varhelyi said, “We also support the development of new products and market access”. said.
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HARMONY
Pluim, Director of Dialogue and Coordination on Migration at ICMPD, pointed out that the ENHANCER project was implemented to increase Turkey’s entrepreneurial capacity and said that its main objective is social and economic cohesion.
PROJECT CONTRIBUTION TO TURKEY
After the ceremony, the Deputy Director General of Development Agencies, Ahmet Şimşek, and the ICMPD Regional Chair for the Western Balkans and Turkey, Tamer Kılıç, shared their “experience of ENHANCER project, contribution of adaptation projects socio-economic to the general development of Turkey” with the participants.
Additionally, a Q&A session was held, moderated by ICMPD Portfolio Manager, Pınar Yapanoğlu.
ENHANCER will continue until the end of 2023. The project aims to contribute to the entrepreneurial culture in Turkey by improving entrepreneurship and livelihood opportunities. As part of the project, it aims to increase entrepreneurial activities, develop the local entrepreneurship ecosystem to deliver effective and inclusive services, and strengthen policy, implementation and coordination at central and local levels. .
APPLIED IN 11 PROVINCES
Project; It is implemented in 11 provinces, namely Istanbul, Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep, Adana, Mersin, Bursa, İzmir, Ankara, Konya, Kayseri and Hatay. In the project, various services and supports are provided to increase the tendency of aspiring entrepreneurs to start a business, as well as to increase the success and growth opportunities of newly established businesses or businesses with growth potential.
CERTIFICATE OF SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS
Minister Varank and Commissioner Varhelyi presented their certificates to 26 participants representing 7 successful projects of the program. The institutions and organizations that have received their certificates are:
Sultanbeyli Municipality, Kayseri Chamber of Commerce, Yıldız Technical University Technopark, Ata Heat Resistance, Oregon Technology Services, Pakköy Food and Karateke District Irrigation Cooperative.