imece brings together individuals and institutions from different backgrounds to generate innovative solutions around social challenges. It is a platform that aims to think, design and solve together.
The word ‘imece’ in Turkish means solidarity, which is a concept that is embedded in both our language and culture. This spirit of mutual production is at the core of our platform. We decided to bring together those who approach social challenges in unconventional ways. We have redefined the word ‘imece’, by providing mentorship and grant support to individuals working in teams.
imece was founded to support social entrepreneurship which is the business model of the 21st century by offering training, content, networking and grant opportunities for individuals.
Because in our rapidly changing world, traditional approaches will not solve today's challenges.
Because while we live our lives in an intense pace, we want to be involved in solving social challenges such as education, environment and health, but we do not know how to do it. The answer of "How can we do it?" is creating solutions together and transforming our solutions into business models for us.
Because we try to be a part of the solution, our solutions can remain as short-term and interlocutory projects.
We believe that sustainable structures should be developed and projects will be transformed into social enterprises by providing 21st century trainings such as entrepreneurship, design thinking method, creating income model, leadership and social impact measurement for the teams involved in imece.
We believe that instead of using traditional methods, we can produce solutions with innovative approaches; instead of long term plans, we can learn by doing experiments; Instead of working behind closed doors, we can work together transparently to succeed by establishing an interdisciplinary community through scientific and universal values for continuity.
As a multi-stakeholder structure, we invite all institutions and individuals to become a part of imece to contribute to the solution of social affairs.
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