Mediterranean edition: Turkey 2012

Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean Region – Turkey, February 2012

February 14th, 2012

On the 14th of February 2012, the CSCP together with the Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production, Mediterranean Action Plan, Boğaziçi University Sustainable Development and Cleaner Production Center and the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization kicked off the Mediterranean Edition of the SMART Start-up Program. This edition focuses on the challenges and opportunities of Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean countries. The multidisciplinary group of talented and motivated Turkish students, young professionals and entrepreneurs from the Mediterranean region, truly created a very inspiring and productive workshop atmosphere throughout the training.

The Training’s participants were a multidisciplinary group of talented and motivated Turkish students, young professionals and entrepreneurs who also joined the Stakeholders Meeting, where sixty Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship stakeholders, from entrepreneurs to policy makers, NGOs, academics, companies as well as students and young professionals from Turkey interacted and dialogued seeking to understand different points of view concerning existing challenges, opportunities and needs to enhance the Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean region.

Building on the positive feedback and the learning derived from the pilot application of the SMART Start-up in Turkey, the CSCP is looking forward to replicating the SMART Start-up Program in other Mediterranean countries.

“I think that sustainable lifestyles need to be achieved through the collaboration of individuals as well as companies. Individuals should already gain knowledge about sustainable lifestyles during elementary school, since lifestyles consist of numerous habits. SMART Start-up Training was definitely one of the most effective and amusing workshops that I have ever experienced in the area of entrepreneurship! The training enables participants to gain knowledge by experiencing. In this amazing training, one can definitely find the keys to become a green entrepreneur!”
Merve Tunali. Student at Boğaziçi University. Sustainable Development and Cleaner Production Center
“SMART Start-up training is a huge opportunity for young people with many ideas, energy and eager to develop their own project, economically sustainable, but with a high social and environmental value”
Magali Outters. Project Manager / thematic expert H2020. Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production (CP/RAC) United Nations Environment Programme - Mediterranean Action Plan