ESIL Angel: Berrin Kuleli

Bio at a glance

Berrin Kuleli was born in Istanbul. She acquired a series of skills and experience within her 10 years in the sales and marketing department as a planning analyst for the Shell Companies in Turkey, then a sales manager of Thrace as well as a training manager of gas stations in Istanbul. 

Her commitment to KAGİDER (Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey) as a 3-year board member working on member relations proved her level of dedication and she was selected as president and chairman of the audit committee for five years. She is also a founding member of the Leader Network company and board member of the association.

In support of both companies, she carries out the social responsibilities of a general manager of her founding company Leader Network and as a member of the board of directors of KAGİDER, she provides sales and marketing training to women entrepreneurs to improve their business.

She has received mentor training from the European Union Mentor Project Network and now mentors many entrepreneurial women. She has also been esteemed with the title of a role model for the Balkan women’s commission, chosen amongst 3 others by female entrepreneurs in Turkey.

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The Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) is a non-governmental organization aimed at strengthening women entrepreneurs. Our goal is not to strengthen women only economically but also socially and politically. KAGIDER has made its mission to support women entrepreneurship because it believes that women entrepreneurs has a strong impact on reversing the trends of gender inequality and women’s economic exclusion. In addition, the goal is to bring attention to the societal contributions of women entrepreneurs in maintaining gender equality within society.

In partnership with national and international public, private and civil organizations we have developed and continue to work on several projects and activities. KAGIDER, which membership includes more than 300 members, is engaged in training, counselling and mentorship activities towards economically empowering and strengthening women entrepreneurs. KAGIDER advocates for equal opportunities for men and women where it is engaged in a number of activities directed towards this issue.

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"We have strong, ambitious entrepreneurs in Turkey".

Early stage investing in Turkey today:

  • We have really strong and ambitious entrepreneurs
  • 6 % (percentage of people between 18-64 years) say they see good entrepreneurial opportunities and 30.3% say they have entrepreneurial intentions.

My goals in Turkey

  • To strengthen women not only economically but also socially and politically.
  • Increase the number of women in the business world and promote women entrepreneurs.
  • Provide trainings and mentoring to women in entering the business world and becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Support the legal base for the development of an ecosystem for women entrepreneurship while providing a road map for financial access.
  • Encourage and support young women in their entry into the business and entrepreneurial world while continuing their education.
  • Become a reference point for supporting women entrepreneurship and developing the content and technological activities in women's careers at the national and international level.

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