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  Build Your Future

is designed to provide refugees living in Turkey with a step-by-step methodology to systematically establish their enterprise and gain entrepreneurship skills.

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The goal of the program is to provide refugees living in Turkey with the tools and the means to establish their business idea. The focal point of the program is to increase access to employability and foster entrepreneurship by boosting small and medium size enterprises.


What happened in Build Your Future ?

In 2018, we reached over 300 people indirectly the BYF program. With BYF program, our aim to develop solutions to reconstruct a better future for refugees and the hosting country. In order to achieve this aim, we designed ideathons, meetups and bootcamp to educate the refugees on the principles of starting a business, develop their enterprising ideas and create an operating plan to determine the next steps.

The takeaways of the entrepreneurs will be as follows:

Learn how to systematically establish a business

Completed a venture map identifying the foundational assumptions of their business on lean canvas

Learn a repeatable methodology for how to do market research

Learn how to get their message across

Create a 6-month operational plan


Build Your Future 2

With a new period of BYF program, refugees from around Istanbul and Şanlıurfa will learn the ins and outs of establishing a business develop their enterprising ideas, create an operating plan to determine their next steps and become a part of a community that will support them during their journey.
The Bootcamp will provide entrepreneur-to-be’s with an opportunity to benefit from the professional insight and receive feedback from world-class mentors. It will take place on 25-26 March, in Istanbul, and the modules of this 2-day workshop will include:


Basic Marketing Tools
Mentor Session
Legislative Training on how to set up your business in Turkey


We would like to remind you that the travel expenses and accommodation will not be provided.
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Events Schedule


Ideathon İstanbul





Ideathon Şanlıurfa





Bootcamp İstanbul


Application Process


The selection process will be composed of 2 phases. During the initial phase, the candidates will make their application online. The second phase will consist of skype interviews with the short listed candidates.

Who are we looking for?

-Expected to be passionate about entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem.
-Aspiring refugee entrepreneurs (who have detected a problem, but not developed it into a concrete solution yet or into a startup yet).
-Potential entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-50.

Young refugees who are between 18-35 ages, motivated to be an entrepreneur- (having a business or business idea will be advantage but not essential) and who are willing to scale up their business can apply the program.