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ISTANBUL: Bahçeşehir University, one of the leading private universities in Turkey, is supporting the launch of StartersHub, a catalyst for domestic entrepreneurs plus those in EMENA (Europe, Middle East, North Africa) and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

StartersHub offers new companies everything they need under one umbrella including funding, service providers, strategic partnerships, business expertise, mentorship and a 1,000 square meter workplace in the heart of Istanbul's business district.

Commenting on the launch, Bahçeşehir University director of Co-op Omer Yucel said: "We believe that the startup ecosystem in Turkey will develop rapidly, and we continue to provide all possible support towards that."

bahcesehirStartersHub is backed by Gedik Girisim, a TRY22 million investment fund with MV Holding and Gedik Yatirim as the main investors. Gedik Yatirim, established in 1991, is the biggest private-owned research and brokerage house in the country.

Bahçeşehir (right), begun by the Ugur Education Foundation, has eight faculties, 17,000 registered students and international campuses in Silicon Valley, Boston, Washington DC, Toronto, Berlin, Rome and Hong Kong. On October 08 the university, together with Pegasus Cargo, will be holding a logistics conference with the theme: 'Experts meet students' on the school's Istanbul Besiktas campus.

The conference will bring together students from Turkey and abroad looking to make a career in logistics as the program will combine both education and experience.

Speakers will include David Kerr, Etihad vice president Cargo; Jens Poggensee, Europe president of UPS Freight Forwarding; Okyay Oztugran, Damco CEO for the Eastern Mediterranean; Hasan Hatipoglu, Lufthansa Cargo general manager, Turkey; and Gerton Hulsmann, managing director Cargo for Dusseldorf airport.

According to Turkey's Council of Higher Education, the 2014-2015 calendar year saw the country's universities provide an education hub for 72,178 students from 240 countries. Azerbaijan ranked in first place with 10,638 students, followed by Turkmenistan with 9,092, Syria (5,560), Iran (5,302) and Afghanistan (3,672) to make up the top five countries.

Four out of Turkey's five foundation universities are located in Istanbul with the fifth in Ankara. Nearly 1,600 enrolled in Istanbul's Aydın University, 1,440 in Fatih, and 1,411 in Bahçeşehir during the last education year said the Council.

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