ICMPD Business Networking Events are organized within the scope of Enhancement of Entrepreneurship Capacities for Sustainable Socio-Economic Integration (ENHANCER) project, which is funded by the European Union and implemented by The International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in coordination with the Directorate General of Development Agencies under the Ministry of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Türkiye.

The ENHANCER Project, which has been implemented since January 2020, operates in 11 provinces including Adana, Ankara, Bursa, Gaziantep, Hatay, İstanbul, İzmir, Mersin, Kayseri, Konya, and Şanlıurfa, and the total project budget is 32.5 million €.

ENHANCER Project supports the development of entrepreneurship and the creation of new job opportunities with the aim of contributing to socio-economic integration. Throughout the project, several services and support are provided to increase the entrepreneurial tendencies of prospective entrepreneurs, as well as to increase the success and growth potential of newly established companies or companies with growth potential. Since 2021, ICMPD Business Networking Events have been organized to bring entrepreneurs together with major buyers, investors, and funding channels.

In this context, an inter-sectoral ENHANCER Business Networking Event was organized by ICMPD in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Technology in Kayseri on 7 March 2024.

Co-hosted by Kayseri Chamber of Commerce, the event hosted approximately 116 Turkish and Syrian entrepreneurs from Kayseri in the following sectors.

  • Machinery Equipment, Metal Manufacturing, and Repair
  • Furniture
  • Agriculture/Food
  • Value Chains Involving Innovation and High Technology

The event has garnered exceptional attention across a multitude of media platforms.

  • Ömer Gülsoy (President of Kayseri Chamber of Commerce)
  • Tamer Kılıç (Head of Region, Western Balkans and Türkiye Regional Office, ICMPD)
  • Mauro Mascioli (Programme Officer at European Union Delegation to Türkiye)
  • Ahmet Şimşek (Director General of the Development Agencies, Ministry of Industry and Technology)
  • Moderator: Pınar Yapanoğlu (Portfolio Manager, ICMPD ENHANCER Project)
  • Prof. Dr. Erhan Aslanoğlu (İstanbul Topkapı University Vice Rector, Economist)
  • Dr. H. Bader Arslan (Economist, Author)
  • Burak Önder (General Manager of Qlux Ideas, Ekonomi Newspaper Writer)

Pınar Erdoğan (Project Manager, 360 Communication)