OutSpeed Start-Up Project Opening Meeting Took Place On June 21 2019

OutSpeed Start-Up project opening meeting attracted esteemed representatives of both public and private institutions together with stakeholders from start-up ecosystem, technology transfer offices, universities and interested individuals on June 21, 2019.

During the event representatives of our co-beneficiaries, Mihail Mihaylov of PMI Bulgaria, Mark Gray of PMI France, Igor Mrzlikar and Miha Lenic of PMI Slovenia were present. Özgür Sarıca, Investment Support Office Expert of the Ankara Development Agency, associate partner of OUTSPEED START-UP project, paid a visit in support of PMI Turkey chapter, and delivered an informative speech. Acting Director- General for Financial Cooperation and Project Implementation, Directorate for EU Affairs, Bülent Özcan added an inestimable value to our opening event with his presence and his speech.

The opening event started with the opening speech of Gökçe Phillips who is the project manager in OutSpeed Start-Up Project. In her speech, Mrs. Phillips introduced the objectives, scope and calendar of the project as well as the partner institutions of the project.

After Gökçe Phillips’s speech, Mustafa Tülü, the President of the PMI Turkey Chapter, made his welcome and opening remarks. In his speech, Tülü explained why this project is especially important for the PMI as the very first EU funded project of the institution. He also emphasized that although a lot of projects on many topics have been carried out by PMI, no project about the start-ups has been done until now, thus he said that the OutSpeed Start-up project will be a pioneer for us.

Özgür Sarıca, Investment Support Office Expert of the Ankara Development Agency, the associate partner of the project contributed to the event by delivering a speech. Özgür Sarıca, expressed her organisation’s satisfaction for being a part of the project. She then continued with mentioning some other projects developed under the support of Ankara Development Agency, targeting the start-up and innovation ecosystem in the Ankara region.

At the beginning of his speech Bülent Özcan, Acting Director General for Financial Cooperation and Project Implementation, pointed out how pleased he is to see PMI Turkey with her first EU project as a grant beneficiary in the fifth edition of Civil Society Dialogue Programme. He then highlighted how the PMI Turkey Chapter professionalism will contribute to the programme and will give way to future projects targeting start-ups and other areas where project management is greatly needed. Mr. Özcan pointed out how much he strongly believes that quality projects of this kind will and at present play their part in enhancing the capacity of civil society that lies at the centre of the EU Turkey negotiations that always needs reassurance. He ended his speech with a specific focus on how specifically OUTSPEED START-UP project will contribute to the start-up ecosystem.

In the last part of the opening meeting, Bülent Gümüş, Start-up Key Expert in the OutSpeed Start-up Project, moderated a panel with the international partners from EU countries. In this panel, Mihail Mihaylov, President of PMI Bulgaria, Mark Gray, Vice President of PMI France and Igor Mrzlikar, President of PMI Slovenia talked about the project management and start-up ecosystem in their respective countries and how they will contribute to the project. Panellists also answered the audience’s questions which created a rather vivid atmosphere. The audiences put forward some very interesting questions on different aspects of start-up ecosystem

After the panel, the meeting participants had the opportunity to share their opinion and recommendation regarding the project with the project team members. The event which attracted many interested aspiring start-ups from CoZone ended with a joyous mini classical music concert.

We Had Our First Monitoring Visit

Barış Uysal, Grant Monitoring Expert , visited the Out Speed ​​Start Up office to meet the project team and make initial examinations on the project.

Firstly, the team explained the subject and objectives of the OutSpeed Start Up project. It was emphasized that this project is aimed specifically at Start Ups, Mentors and Incubator Center Managers. The project team also stated that the partners of this project are PMI France, PMI Slovenia and PMI Bulgaria.

Uysal also interested in Digital Marketing of Project such as the website content and social media platforms.

Uysal mostly spend time with information and examinations in the financial field of the Project and Uysal examined almost all expenditure items and made certain suggestions.

End of the meeting,Uysal examined materials such as pennants,roll ups and leaflet to be showed during the events, also expressed his views on this issue. Uysal stated that this project is one of the most comprehensive EU Projects which is targeting the start-up ecosystem.

Finally,His suggestions about the project were taken into consideration in this highly productive meeting

The Project Team Held A Meeting

Out Speed Startup project team continues to prepere for the opening meeting on June 21.Because of this reason,the project team held a meeting last week.Former PMI chairman Mustafa Hafızoglu also attended the meeting and shared his ideas about the opening meeting.

The project team, which attaches great importance to the opening meeting, will start to implement the project together with the opening meeting.During the meeting,the team talked about what should they do to make efficiently the opening meeting and they made some decision to apply on the opening meeting.

The opening meeting of the project will start on June 21 at 14.00 and it is expected that many representatives from many institutions such as the Presidency of the European Union in Turkey and many start-ups, mentors and incubator center managers will come to this opening meeting.

As you know that the project which is called ‘Strengthen the Foundational Structure, Organisation and Management of Early Start-ups through Utilisation of Project Management Best-Practices’ is carried out by leadership of PMI Turkey and cooperation of PMI Bulgaria,PMI France and PMI Slovenia.

Kick-Off Meeting


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