Emre Özbek is an angel investor and partner at Istanbul Startup Angels, mentor and advisor to startups following 20 years of corporate senior level experience. He advises PricewaterhouseCoopers and Vodafone in strategy, risk management and corporate governance; provides guidance and support for entrepreneurs and startup ventures in innovative business models and technologies. He is active in the ecosystem through his personal support at Endeavor, HABITAT, TUBITAK, Startup Bootcamp and Startup Weekend as mentorship and delivering trainings. Emre holds Advisory Board memberships at various startups; on crowd funding, bio plastics, smart energy management and social media management.
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TGBB kicked off in February and was implemented in three stages. During the first-capacity building stage (23 February -23 March, 2015) the six teams from Armenia and Turkey received online mentorship from Armenian and Turkish experts, who also assessed their needs. The teams then came together at a four-day crash course in Armenia (March 26-29), which was followed by another round of online mentorship during which the teams reviewed and finalized their ideas and prepared for the pitching on May 12.
The project is funded by the U.S. Embassy in Armenia and European Union within the framework of the programme Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process. It is implemented by the Microsoft Innovation Center and the Public Journalism Club.
Ms. Arpine Aleksanyan and Ms. Sona Baloyan from Yerevan, from “Matenadaran” Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, were supported with the travel grant to visit Istanbul, Turkey for meetings with the Armenian Patriarchate, Armenian high schools, foundations and publishing houses to discuss possibilities of further collaboration on preserving the Armenian culture.