Young entrepreneurs came together this year under the leadership of Kadir Has University at a summit titled “Entrepreneurship, Values and Development: A Global Agenda.”
The summit, a follow-up of the "International Entrepreneurship Summit" launched by President Barack Obama in April of 2010, was held at the Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar Congress Center. At the meeting, which was also attended by Vice President Joe Biden, the main subject of discussion was the objective of supporting entrepreneurship around the world. Other issues included the development of a culture of entrepreneurship to improve sustainable cross cultural communication and support for global cooperation among entrepreneurs, and the summit also served as a forum for the sharing of success stories. Biden expressed his optimism about the future, stating that the economic difficulties being faced in the world would be overcome by the efforts of such young entrepreneurs.
The “2011 Youth Entrepreneurship Summit” was organized with the collaboration of Kadir Has University and the U.S. embassy in Ankara. At this summit, where Joe Biden met up with 52 young entrepreneurs, students from Kadir Has University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Faculty of Engineering presented their project “GPS Supported Walking Stick,” which was designed to assist the visually impaired. Ronan Farrow, the U.S. Department of State’s special advisor for challenges faced by youth around the world, made the keynote speech on the second day of the summit, and on the last day, Kadir Has University’s Lifelong Learning Center held a seminar entitled “What is Corporate Social Responsibility, and What is it Not?”
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Aydın expressed his pleasure at being able to play a leading role for such an important event, and noted: “As an institution which strives to help students learn to think globally as productive entrepreneurs, we will continue to participate in and organize such international events.”