Women First in Entrepreneurship

Women First in Entrepreneurship

Incorporating information technologies into production of handicrafts, we promote women empowerment in economic and social life.

  • Turning hobbies into income-generating activities

    Partnering with the Ministry of National Education and Turkish Informatics Foundation, we launched the Women First in Entrepreneurship project in an attempt to promote economic and social empowerment of women and to contribute to improvement of their levels of education and welfare.

    The project leverages on the innovations afforded by the information communication technologies to provide the female entrepreneurs with an easy and convenient way to market their hand-made products and turn their hobbies into income generating activities.
  • Digital store available all over Turkey

    We are thrilled to build a solid platform helping women go digital through our on-line store on oncekadin.gov.tr designed to help the women entrepreneurs trained in our program reach out to consumers all over Turkey on a 24/7 basis. During the first two years of the project, 8.256 women signed up on oncekadin.gov.tr and put up a total of 31.736 products for sale.
  • Women First in Entrepreneurship project was included in UN Global Compact’s Navigating the Future of Business and Human Rights: Good Practice Examples report.

    The report presents snapshots of good practice from companies participating in the UN Global Compact, highlights insight by Global Compact Local Networks around the world, and showcases initiatives that are advancing seven major themes: future of work, climate justice, effective remedy and grievance mechanisms, migrant rights, gender equality, due diligence and tackling working poverty.

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  • We organize the Women First in Entrepreneurship Contest at the end of each period to support successful female entrepreneurs and give them the opportunity to inspire other women participating in the project with their success stories as role models.

    Application numbers for the third Women First in Entrepreneurship Contest have reached an all-time high this year, with 621 applicants in total from all over Turkey. Within the scope of the contest, trainees sold their handmade products via the project’s web site. Participants of the contest were evaluated according to quantitative data such as sales volume, the number of posts uploaded into oncekadin.gov.tr, turnover with and without shipping cost. We awarded six women with a lifeline capital total value of 43,500 TL to help them realize their entrepreneurial dreams. Three participants won First Prize, two were deemed worthy of Jury’s Special Award and one participant, the designer of the most innovative product, was granted with Award for Product Innovation.

    Since the beginning of the project, we have supplied successful entrepreneur women with 120,000 TL lifeline capital.

  • Women First in Entrepreneurship Mobile Application is Now Available!

    Thanks to the application, women can receive entrepreneurship and technology educations, which were offered as in-class educations in Public Education Centers formerly, free of charge.

    Women who complete their education, following the vocational training in Public Education Centers, upload their products into oncekadin.gov.tr via application easily, and start contributing to the family budget.

    You can download the application iOS and Android stores for free.

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