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.