Endeavor Takes Center Stage at Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Istanbul

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

ISTANBUL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This week, more than 120 Endeavor network members have gathered in Istanbul to participate in the 2nd Global Entrepreneurship Summit (Dec 3-6), hosted by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Along with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Endeavor Co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg delivered a keynote address which recognized the transformative potential of global High-Impact Entrepreneurship and combated 10 common entrepreneurial “myths.”

In his own address, Biden cited two Endeavor Entrepreneurs-Alem?ah Öztürk (41?29!) and Bedriye Hülya (b-fit)-as examples of Turkey’s many visionaries helping the lead the entrepreneurial revolution in the region. Didem Altop, Managing Director of Endeavor Turkey, participated in an exclusive meeting with the Vice President and also spoke on two panels.

“The timing is right for this Summit,” says Linda Rottenberg. “From the debt crisis in Europe to the wave of revolutions in the Middle East, the world is clamoring for new solutions. What we at Endeavor call ’high-impact’ entrepreneurs remain an important driver of growth: they generate wealth and opportunity, create high-value jobs, and serve as inspirational role models for the next generation. Together, they foster a culture of ’thinking big,’ where young people grow up learning to take risks and innovate.”

Rottenberg continues: “It is fitting that this Summit is being held in Turkey, which has become an extraordinary hub of innovation and a catalyst for entrepreneurship in growth markets around the globe. Increasingly, the world is looking to Turkey as an example of a successful ecosystem of entrepreneurship-with a growing network of mentors, investors, and role models.”

Source: Business Wire (link opens in a new window)