Incubation process, consisting of 3 months of pre-incubation and 4 months of incubation periods, lasts for 7 months in total. The program allows candidate social entrepreneurs to find and improve solutions to social issues bothering them, within the scope of certain themes. During the program, we provide the candidate social entrepreneurs with trainings, mentorship and grants.

Pre – Incubation

During the intensive training period, in which methods such as design thinking (human-centered design), lean business development, and storytelling are used, each team is accompanied with an innovation coach. Teams get feedback thanks to regular meetings with their coaches and mentorship meetings with experts, and develop their entrepreneurship ideas.


Teams that are selected by the jury and awarded the grants proceed with the incubation. In this period, the teams test their basic hypotheses related to their social entrepreneurship ideas, and they develop their minimum viable products (MVP) to ensure their proof of concept. Coaches are always available for support during the incubation period.


We contribute to the development of the social innovation ecosystem through our activities and content. We support social entrepreneurs who would like to find solutions to social issues access education, mentorship and grants through the Accelerator. During each Accelerator that lasts for 7 months, we focus on a specific theme and issues related to this theme. We choose our themes and issues based on the 17 Global Goals of the UN for sustainable development




Gender Equality

Women’s equal participation in economic life

Women cannot equally participate in economic life due to various reasons, including obstacles in finding a job, staying in one job and getting a promotion; the fact that women undertake most of the unpaid housework; and prejudices against women as well as the lack motivation stemming from those prejudices.


Applications are closed.

Gender Equality

Ensuring women and girls are physically, socially and mentally healthy

Women and girls face common issues in health and well-being when physical, mental and social determinants of health are considered. Yet, women and girls do not have platforms, where they can establish a dialogue and share their common experiences.


Applications are closed.

Gender Equality

Redesigning Content and Models of Education

Content and models of education are reproducing inequalities stemming from gender roles. How might we redesign models and content of education that will contribute to gender equality? Explore the resources and create your solution.


Applications are closed.

Gender Equality

Women’s and girls’ access to education and quality of education

Women and girls do not have equal access to education at all stages. In addition, the content of both formal and informal education students receive, starting from an early age onwards, recreate gender inequalities.


Applications are closed.

Quality Education

Personalized education models

Education systems, if not tailored to interests and skills of the students, are hindering the individuals from learning, discovering their potential and developing.

Applications are closed.

Quality Education

Access of disadvantaged groups to knowledge and skills

Drop-out rate of children who are regarded as disadvantaged due their different features such as sex, physical conditions, etc. is quite high.

Applications are closed.

Quality Education

Learning environments featuring interaction

Issues such as insufficient fundamental equipment in schools, and class environment which does not allow learning from each other due to lacking interaction, decrease the efficiency of the learning experience.

Applications are closed.


Get Informed and Apply

Have access to various resources on the issues, social entrepreneurship, and human-centered design, and get informed. Apply to join the Accelerator with your idea that you’ve been working on or having on your mind for a while.

Application Dates
11 November – 28 December 2017

Join the Incubation Process

Be one of the selected 10 teams meeting the assessment criteria, and join the Accelerator!

Announcement Date
15 January 2017

Studio 1 – Idea Verification

You start with this intensive 3-day workshop, during which you meet other teams selected for the Accelerator, your innovation coach who will keep you company throughout the program, and mentors who are experts from different fields. Then you decide on a common vision in your team, and adopt the same perspective as imece family on social entrepreneurship, social issues and the incubation process.

In this first stage of human-centered design methodology, you will put forth your hypotheses based on your knowledge and experiences related to the issue.

Taking a close look at the sample models realized in Turkey and across the world, you will picture the local context to adapt your idea to, and understand different stakeholders.

Training Dates
19 – 21 January 2018


Watch, Listen, Experience

You have three weeks for field work to understand the people relating to the issue that you are working on.

Using the suitable methods and tools, practice user research to understand the needs of the target people better, and to be able to create innovative solutions to the issue.

Empathizing with the people at the center of the issue allows you to see the situations and problems from their perspective and gain important insights on your design problem.

Research Period
21 January – 9 February 2018

Studio 2 – Prototype Validation

In this second workshop, that will again last for 3 days, you produce as many creative ideas as possible with your team by defining insights you have gained in the field work. After going through these ideas critically, you will finalize your solution idea, build prototypes at different levels, and detail the testing plan.

You will work on the fundamental components of your business model and detail them to verify during the testing period.

Training Dates
9 – 11 February 2018


Test and Develop

You will test your idea, that you have started to gradually put into practice by building prototypes at different levels, on potential users and/or beneficiaries, and to get their feedback. You will continue to improve your idea in the light of this information.
Research Period
12 February – 19 March 2018


Describe your product / service / system idea clearly, share your business model and pass the pre-selection!
Pre-selection Date
20 March 2018


Pitching Training

You will test your idea, that you have started to gradually put into practice by building prototypes at different levels, on potential users and/or beneficiaries, and to get their feedback. You will continue to improve your idea in the light of this information.

Training Date
22 March 2018


Get Ready for the Big Day

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Preparation Date
22 March – 7 April 2018


Jury Evaluation

Describe your product / service / system idea clearly, share your business model and pass the pre-selection!

Jury Evaluation Date
7 April 2018


Focus and Take the First Step

You make an evaluation of the past intensive 3 months with your team, and focus on what you will be doing in the incubation period ahead. With imece mentors, you will draw your road map required to put your social enterprise into practice. Thus, you will clearly know which steps to take.


During the 4-month incubation period, you will receive support from the mentors on many areas from corporate identity preparations for your social enterprise to determining the community strategy in the light of your road map. Thus, you will use your grant in the most effective way to put your product, service and/or system into practice. You will clarify all the details to get ready for meeting the investors.

Incubation Period
April – August 2018

Demo Day

You present your business model that has matured in the incubation period to an audience of various potential supporters and investors ranging from businesses to non-governmental organizations, from angel investors to fund holders. Now, you are ready to set off as a social entrepreneur!


What We Provide


You meet our mentors in person, who are professionals from different disciplines.


You have the chance to work at ATÖLYE with your team and be part of the community.


You develop your social enterprise with the non-refundable grant of TL 120.000.


You participate to trainings, tailored for social enterprises on various topics from human-centered design to impact measurement.

Access to the Ecosystem

You have easier access to entrepreneurship, technology, design, and social benefit networks.

Investor Relations

You’ll have the chance to collaborate with impact investors and corporate companies.

Application Requirements

Team members are required to be

passionate about the issue.
At least one of the team members is required to:
having worked / be still working on the issue, or be the addressee of the issue,
be competent in the fields of business development and design,
be commercially aware,
work full-time for the project if the grant is awarded.

Social enterprise idea is required to

be suitable to the theme.
be based on a clearly defined problem and fieldwork experiences of the team members.
have the potential to be transformed into a scalable business model.
have the potential of social impact.
be feasible and practicable.


taking part in all stages of the program,
performing the tasks given by imece team and team coaches,
documenting the process (documentation methods and tools will be shared with the program teams.)