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Topraktan, a local organization that develops, projects, and manages the process for the future of agriculture and design processes for sustainable products.

Gülşah Seyhan, Co-Founder of Topraktan has more than 8 years of experience in supporting female entrepreneurs at a professional level, specifically around business development and business model development.

She has worked for the Technopark and Entrepreneurship Center for one of Turkey’s largest and leading universities, Istanbul Technical University. She entered the entrepreneurship ecosystem eight years ago at ITU ARI Teknokent with the task of PR and Communication.

She worked for seven years in the communication and entrepreneur relations of ITU Core, ITU Magnet and INNOGATE Programs within the ITU ARI Teknokent entrepreneurship ecosystem and took responsibility for three years in Business Development, which includes corporate collaborations and investment collaborations.

Additionally, she was one of the third term leading mentors and program managers of the IMECE Social Entrepreneurship Center simultaneously with her other works.

Gülşah is currently working on environmental, social and economic impacts, especially in the agriculture and vertical agriculture and regions in Turkey with her experiences from the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

She also continues her business development projects in the tea, apple, anise, malt beverage, and fresh vegetables and fruits retail sector in the rural and urban areas.

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Aslı Uzunlu Akkulah, Co-Founder of Topraktan has been providing consultancy and mentoring services to companies for 15 years. She has given mentoring to many entrepreneurs during their early or growth stage.

She is one of the local consultants of EBRD and Frankfurt School Of Finance’s Women Entrepreneurship Program.

Aslı with her colleagues managed a workshop with the financial support of the Norwegian Embassy which was held in Kayseri. The application process of the project to the embassy, management and organization process and preparing the final declaration was successfully completed. The workshop hosted 50 women from NGO’s whose interest is women. This three-day workshop aimed at fostering the relationship between women NGO’s.

During this event, one training was also completed about creating a Vision and Mission of an entity, Project Management Cycle. At the end of this workshop, Women NGOs was held close relationships more than ever and successfully created collaboration between each other.

She has also implemented various projects in the food service and the agriculture industry mainly focused on the organizational design of the companies. Aslı is also a partner of a start-up that produces apples in a rural area for the past 10 years.

She has also created byproducts of apple in recent years and focused on the process of business development. She has been an active member of Turkish Women Foundation (Türk Kadınlar Birliği) for over ten years.

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