What is imece?

We create innovative and sustainable solutions to challenges together.

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.

Why?

Daily challenges are multi-layered, complex and in all of our lives.

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.

What do we believe?

We create an interdisciplinary, transparent and collaborative community.

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.

We support imece as individuals and institutions.

Team

Buğra Çelik
imece
Director
Duygu Kambur
imece
Coordinator
Zeynep Çelik
imece
Communication Specialist

Advisory Board

Ayşe Sabuncu
Impact Hub
Co-founder
Batuhan Aydagül
Eğitim Reformu Girişimi
Director
Didem Altop
Endeavor
Founder
Emin Çapa
Kanal D
Emre Temiz
PAAMCO Miren
CEO
Erhan Erkut
MEF Üniversitesi
Vice-chancellor
Ferhan Cook
mSpark
Founder
İstem Akalp
Ashoka
Social Entrepreneurship Programs
Mehru Aygül
Girişimcilik Vakfı
General Director
Metin Salt
Vestel Ventures
General Director
Serra Titiz
Mikado Danışmanlık
Founder
Zeynep Çelik
Boğaziçi University
Student
Zeynep Meydanoğlu
Ashoka
General Director

Managing Board

Cengiz Ultav
TTGV
Board Member
Emre Zorlu
Zorlu Holding
Board Member
Kerem Alper
ATÖLYE
Co-founder
Kerem Okumuş
S360
Co-founder
Luisa Covaria
OpenIDEO
Communit Building Director
Marcello Palazzi
B Lab Europe
Founder