Women receiving training in entrepreneurship under the International Labour Organization (ILO) project “More and Better Jobs for Women: Women’s Empowerment through Decent Work in Turkey” implemented to promote women’s employment were awarded their certificates in Konya on 11 May 2017.
There were 50 potential entrepreneurs having their business ideas including running a vet clinic, decoration store, ironing services, boutique confectionery, wedding gown design and mechanical plastering received training in entrepreneurship and mentoring in Konya.
During the certificate award ceremony also attended by ILO Project Assistant Melis Keskin Kılavuz, KOSGEB (Small and Medium Size Enterprises Development Administration) Konya Director İsmail Özdemir; Emrah Keleş, Konya Director of Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR), and Selçuk Öztürk, President of Konya Chamber of Commerce speakers briefed participants about entrepreneurship processes.
ILO Representative Kılavuz made a presentation on the project on how the micro-grant process will proceed. During the meeting, potential women entrepreneurs had the opportunity to ask questions to the KOSGEB representative about their respective business plans and issues related to the KOSGEB dimension.
The project implemented by ILO in cooperation with Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR) and with funding from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) envisages extending grant support to a pool of 50 women in Konya, 150 in Bursa, 100 in Ankara, and 100 in Istanbul who have received training in entrepreneurship and performed well. In this context, after a contest to take place following entrepreneurship training and mentoring programmes 30 potential entrepreneurs with satisfactory business plans will be awarded micro-grant amounting to 2,000 USD.
Trainings in entrepreneurship and mentoring give information to participating women in various issues and concepts including: developing a business idea and creativity; entrepreneurship; enterprise functions/types and formal procedures of establishment; financial and legal responsibilities; concept of business plan (marketing research, marketing plan, production plan, management plan, financial plan); business model; gender; sustainability; and access to funding.