Women entrepreneurs, who started their business life with the support of AKAGIM, told their success stories as mothers, wives and business people.
Women entrepreneurs introduced themselves and their companies, expressed their relationship with AKAGİM, explained the process of turning their business ideas into reality, and their difficulties and experiences.
In the meeting moderated by Şükür Çağlayan; the effect of women’s role in society on entrepreneurship and the transition from plaza life to work life was also discussed. The event was followed by the women entrepreneur candidates, who created a record from the Ataşehir Municipality and the Istanbul Meetup link.
Among the women entrepreneurs, the first session was titled “The Effect of the Role of Women in Society on Entrepreneurship”; Hande Altun, Gökçen Çakır, Pınar Alpugan, Neslihan Kılıç Hacıalioğlu and Handan Cengiz attended.
Neslihan Kılıç, the founder of the Bloominbag company, stated that some production departments in business life completely reject women. “When you are an entrepreneur, you cannot say I do not know or I cannot. We women can do anything that we want.” She also said, “According to my observation during my job, men are dominant in the production part, and there are more women in the design part.”
Gökçen Çakır, the founder of the company Macellum, stated that women think about many issues such as business life, management of the house and motherhood, so they are used to calculating their next steps better. With help of this trait they will be able to proceed in business life with confidence.
Drawing attention to the fact that women worldwide are not in positions that they deserve, Hande Altun, the founder of Partner in Work, emphasized that the right to education and employment of women should be given importance, and as a result, they can be in better positions. He also stated that they can create added value with the opportunities offered to them at AKAGİM.
Pınar Alpugan, Founder of Mind Mindset Consulting, Training and Coaching Services, said, “I have always struggled with the masculine part of my brain in my 20-years of business life. I think I have ignored the female side of my brain in business life. However, men and women do not notice that we must be brave, solution-oriented, think positively, and focus on the target. We need to get our of the comfort zone in order to accomplish this.”
His second session titled “Approach to Women Entrepreneurs in Business” ; Ceren Öçal, Ceren Muslu, Çiğdem Ulucasoy, Özge Özer and Deniz Sena Girginel who are expert consultants and designers.
In this section, they discussed the stages of institutionalization, the branding process and the entrepreneurs’ road map; They said being able to be a successful entrepreneur requires a lot of hard work, believing in your business idea and having perseverence. In this episode, women entrepreneurs talked about the companies that they established, for example a practical filter coffee and an aircraft simulator company.
Flywithsim Aviation, Space and Simulation Technologies Founder and Virtual Pilot Çiğdem Ulucasoy, told the story of the company she founded with her spouse in order to meet the training needs of pilots and pilot candidates. The company benefited from entrepreneurship education in Turkey and at AKAGIM’s office, Çiğdem Ulucasoy said that they have prepared simulators with domestic facilities for many aircraft, from passenger aircraft Boeing to F-16 fighter aircrafts.