After a 13 years civil society experience, Mehru Aygül is currently working as the General Manager of Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation (www.girisimcilikvakfi.org). At the same time, she is the founder of Turkey's biggest non-governmental organization for youth calls Community Volunteers Foundation (www.tog.org.tr) . In the belief that Social Technologies will change the world, she founded Things Project (www.yourthings.com) together with her friends and Techsoup Europe. She is still in the advisory community of Things Project. She completed undergraduate degree at Marmara University and postgraduate degree at Bahçeşehir University on Marketing Communication and Public Relations. Aygül worked at Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organization (TACSO) as a Communication and Project specialist between 2009 and 2013. Within TACSO she contributed to organize the first international Social Entrepreneurship Conference of Turkey. After she got training on Social Entrepreneurship from INSEAD, she took part Social Change Lab-Social Entrepreneurship Incubation program in collaboration with Özyeğin University-JP Morgan and Community Volunteers Foundation. She is still working for development of social Entrepreneurship in Turkey by advising Social Entrepreneurship Programs. Her biggest passions are explore new things and watching TED videos.
After graduating from Tarsus American College in 2007, Oyku Yilmaz graduated from Koc University with a double major degree in both Business Administration and Economics. After graduation, she completed her masters degree in International Finance at University of St. Andrews located in Scotland. She wrote her thesis on the subject “ Analysis of the Effectiveness of Foreign Aid in High Aid Countries". After returning back to Turkey, she started working at Endeavor Turkey as a Search and Services Analyst. After 1.5 years, she started working at the Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation as a Program Assistant. Today, Oyku is the Project Coordinator of the Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation. Her expertise areas are entrepreneurship, research, business plan development, business operations and strategy. Throughout her career, she has worked with entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs and she is getting her inspiration from them. Thus, her ultimate goal is to become a high-impact, successful women entrepreneur in the future.
Elif Ulun earned her master's degree in Political Economy of European Integration from Berlin School of Economics after studying Business Administration in Istanbul University. She wrote her master thesis on “Liberalisation Process of Turkish Agriculture during the EU Accession Process and Food Security in Turkey". Along with her academic life, she had various work experiences in corporate companies and NGOs during her studies. She worked at Theodor Heuss Kolleg -a program of Robert Bosch Foundation- took part in several projects promoting social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Turkey and Caucasus. Following the end of her master program, Elif Ulun started working for Turkish Entrepreneurship Foundation as Fellow Program and Projects Responsible. With the help of her experience and diverse background, she is specialized in project development, academic and field research, EU projects, EU policies, private and public funds and social entrepreneurship. Her life aspiration is always to act with a sense of responsibility to the earth and society.