Tech for Refugees

About Tech for Refugees

Tech for Refugees is an accelerator program designed for Syrian-led Information and Communication Technologies SMEs to be matched with major technology companies operating in Turkey. The program will be launched in Istanbul. Our goal is to pave the way for solid business partnerships and mentorship relations between the ICT SMEs and the market-leading technology companies.

Who is eligible?

Syrian SMEs

Small or medium sized enterprises established by Syrian entrepreneurs working in the ICT field


Operating in Istanbul

Revenue Expectation

At least 100K TRY annual turnover


At least 2 employees

The application deadline is January 15, 2020. 

Training Program

Our training program is designed to smoothen the scaling up process for Syrian entrepreneurs in the ICT field and support them to adapt to the needs of the business market in Turkey. The topics for the trainings include:

  • Financial Planning
  • Leadership & Team Management
  • Commercial Law & Tax Law in Turkey
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Taxation System In Turkey
  • Investment Ecosystem in Turkey
  • Customer Development and Go-to Market Strategies
  • Marketing for Growth

Our Mentors

With our tailor-made model to match SMEs with reputable technology companies operating in Turkey, we aspire to support refugee entrepreneurs to realize their potential. Along with matchmaking arrangements, there will be several meetings with well-known mentors and investors from various sectors in this phase of our program.

Ayşegül Yıldırım

Sales and Business Development Lead Admost Mediation Limited

Aslı Yerci Eren

Head of Strategy at Commencis

Emin Alper Karaçar

KPMG Technology Consulting Leader/ Government and Public Sector Leader

Ayşe İnal

Strategy and Investment Partner at DataRow

Richard J Catherall

Executive Director and Founder at Katarsis Ventures Ltd

Manal Baqer

Founder at Neamah Digital Health

Mehmet Can İrhan

Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy Lead at Microsoft

Serkan Yağız

Startup Program Manager at Microsoft

Uğur Osmanlıoğlu

Enterprise Segment Lead of Google Cloud

Harun Şahnacı

Senior Digital Marketer at Commencis

Anthony Connor

Director of Partnerships & Development at Dimagi

Dicle Arıkan

Social Responsibility Lead at Insider

İrfan Özdemir

Shareholder and Transformation Manager at Insider

Hassam Hameed

Product Marketer at Insider

Adem Çolak

Adem Çolak

Partner / Global Retention Manager at Insider

Oğuz Ozan

Regional Director at Oracle

Sinem Kaya

Strategic Business Development Senior Manager at Oracle

Dana Mansour

Operational Account Manager at Insider

Outcomes of the Program

By joining this program, participants will improve their skills to sustain and expand their business. They will receive the chance to acquire valuable connections from Microsoft, Amazon AWS, Insider, Oracle, Google and many more sector-leading companies. These connections will lead the way for future partnerships and a more cohesive ways of doing business.

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