Entrepreneurial Hairdresser in Istanbul

According to the report “Professional Hair Care Market (2013 – 2018)” by Research and Markets, the global professional hair care market sales are expected to increase at a CAGR of around 4.5% till 2018. Here is why today we introduce the story of Eyüp Sabri Demirgan, a Turkish hairdresser working in Beşiktaş/Istanbul.

Eyüp Sabri Demirgan, 1974, was born in İstanbul. He is married and has two children. Graduated from Konya Mehmet Akif Ersoy high school. Hairdresser for about 23 years. He manages a hair and beauty salon in Beşiktaş for 14 years. Member of Istanbul hairdressers association, in his spare time he loves eating out, going to theatre and cinema with his family. He is doing sports regularly.


Eyüp Sabri Demirgan during one of his working day.

How do you describe your work?

My job can exactly be defined as hair design and beauty care salon. In a sense, it can be said as a personal care center. At the same time I can define my workplace as a place that people come for looking better physically and having their personal hair care.

How did you decide to do this job?

It seemed very attractive before starting this job. After the start I thought it was a suitable profession for me. In the first years of this work, I felt it was a job for me.

What are the difficulties of your job?

First I am working seven days a week from 8 am until 10 pm. So it is very difficult and I have very little time to spend with my family. Secondly, another difficult aspect of our business in this beauty care industry is to satisfy our customers. Sometimes we are engaged in with some female customers for hours. Sometimes we do not understand exactly what our customers want. And sometimes due to a technical fault we are having difficulties with damaged hair of our customers.

Who has supported you before openning your own workplace?

First, my wife has always supported me. To start a new business in such an expensive place of Istanbul was very difficult in 2000 and it is still very difficult. I founded this business with bank loans and financial supports of my friends.


A part of Eyüp Sabri Demirgan’ saloon in Beşiktaş/Istanbul.

Does this job satisfy you with financially and spiritually?

Although our busy and stressful work Schedule, I think I am spiritually satisfied. Our job is to provide people’s looking more beautiful and to be happy. When we see people happy, we are also happy. Besides, people tell their problems and secrets to us when dealing with them, and they eliminate their problems in this way. We help them just by listening them like a psychologist and they feel relaxed. This gives us a great pleasure.

Financially, specially when I first started my business, I had difficulties because I had debts to my friends and banks and I had also high building rentals, but now I think I get the reward of my efforts.

Do you receive feedback from your customers?

Our customers bring us some gift in order to thanks us later. They take a photograph with their new hair and new face and then they share in social media. These cases are indicator that our customers are very satisfied. Besides, we ask our customers whether they are satisfied or not. Our customers’ pleasure is the most important thing for us.

How do you see the future of your business.

Even someone who currently work for two years can open a workplace and run this bussiness. But the quality of service is very low. And this leads to low quality and unfair competition. In this context, I think that there isn’t any institution that protects and supports us. In fact, our job is a kind of art. Because we are trying to make a special and unique product for every people. However, the unqualified beauty salons affects us negatively. And this situation worries us for the future.

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Informal training programs on entrepreneurship in France

France used to be suffering from a lack of offer regarding entrepreneurship at school due to educational and ideological reasons. If this line of reasoning is not out dated yet, things are changing slowly.

The OPPE (Observatoire des pratiques pédagogiques en entreprenariat), tool created by public authorities in 2001, has evaluated and aim now to share and promote initiatives regarding entrepreneurship towards teachers, students, pupils, schools…


Cases studies on informal entrepreneurship education in France

More young people are planning to create a business or to lead one even though not creating it and want to do it in the next coming years.

Some cases studies beyond education:

  • Entreprendre pour apprendre, the mini-business, a federation of regional associations in France whose goal is to promote economical life in schools;
  • 100 000 entrepreneurs, association that aims to spread entrepreneurship culture toward youngsters aged from 13 until 25;
  • MoovJee, association created in 2009 that aims to help young people to consider entrepreneurship as a real career after their education training;
  • Petit Poucet, providing support to students who want to create their own business.

Youth in Action, an informal training on creativity in entrepreneurship

Beside these activities, some actors are proposing different programs to develop entrepreneurship culture. For instance, EU programs Youth in Action. E-Juniors has hosted an informal training about creativity in entrepreneurship in June 2014.

Below, an interview with one of the participants:
Hello, could you introduce you, please?
Hello, my name is Céline Guignard. After graduating my bachelor in biology, I have decided to focus on agronomy. I entered in an engineer school dedicated to the topic, AgroParisTech. During my studies, I had the opportunity to study in Spain thanks to the Erasmus program and to have several internships abroad (USA, Chile).

Do you think about starting you own business or taking over a company in a next future?
This is a seducing idea but my project still need to evolve (it is still just an idea!)

During your educational experience, did you have any training about entrepreneurship?
No, not specifically but I know that there is an existing association about this topic at AgroParisTech.

Did you ever experience a non-formal training about entrepreneurship ?
Yes, in June 2014, in Saumur (France), I had a training called Value +, organized by E-Juniors association.

And what did you learn from it?
It has been an enriched training with very interesting trainers. Concepts such as creativity, working as a team, personal and professional development were presented to is in a unusual but pedagogical way. I was really satisfied of this training. It has allowed me to discover new ideas and to re-think tools and methodologies needed in the professional life

Thank you very much Céline for your feedback and good luck for your projects.

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University models for entrepreneurs in Helsinki

Success of such mobile game companies like Rovio and Supercell did not happen by a chance. In Helsinki, Finland, Aalto University has created a relatively young, but very inspiring programs for start-up companies. The change of how we work, and the fact that the former “safe jobs” have disappeared has led to an increase of youth entrepreneurs in Finland.

Young start-ups, or business ideas need mostly consulting, brainstorming, funding and a lot of testing. That in mind, we´ll introduce three models from Aalto University that answer those needs.

Aaltoes – Europe´s most active student run entrepreneurship community

Aaltoes entrepreneurship community does everything against the codes how things used to be done in the past: Events and the space is very easy-access, all information possible is shared and doing mistakes is positive. The focus is to make joining in Aaltoes community very easy, so one could start making the dreams come true. After the beginning of Aaltoes in 2009, the community has changed the way masses think about entrepreneurship in Finland and many communities alike has been born in other universities.

Hosting and organizing free events is the main focus of Aaltoes. Start-up Sauna and Slush-event are originated from Aaltoes, here´s one nice example of an Aaltoes/Start-up Sauna program called “Summer of Start-ups”:

Start-Up Sauna – Accelerating, start-up programs, events and meetings in sauna

If you have visited in Finland, you have most likely also been in a sauna. A hot, steamy room used for relaxing, a place where all the titles disappear and people are equal to each other. If you have visited sauna, you probably understand why so many Finnish innovations have been born in the comforting heat of sauna, maybe sipping some beer at the same time. No wonder they have several saunas in Helsinki´s Start-Up Sauna Headquarters.

Start-Up Sauna (Credits: Antti Kokkola)

Start-Up Sauna (Credits: Antti Kokkola)

Start-Up Sauna Accelerator program connects the most promising start-ups from Nordic countries, Russia and Eastern Finland. Focus is heavily on business development and going global. The best teams of each accelerating program are taken to Silicon Valley to meet investors and make contacts. Every company that is accepted to Start-Up Sauna Accelerating program, gets access to Slush. One of the biggest events of its kind, Slush brings together 10.000 attendees and more than 2500 companies for the two-day event, which takes place this year on November 18-19th 2014 in Helsinki. The event is a massive meeting point for investor, start-ups, executives and media to connect and make business.

As a non-profit organization, all Start-up Saunas events and programs are free of charge. For boosting companies economically, Start-up Sauna Foundation was established in 2012 to support the main agenda of building a functioning start-up ecosystem in the region.

Aalto Design Factory – Prototype lab for testing the idea in practice

Sometimes you have to dirty your hands on the way to success.
Offering a space to work, tools and expert guiding Aalto Design Factory is the place to physically make things happen. It is used to making prototypes, testing stuff in lab, meeting potential buyers for the idea/prototype and much more.

PDG (Credits: Mikko Raksinen, Aalto Design Factory)

PDG (Credits: Mikko Raksinen, Aalto Design Factory)

Constant communication between students and companies is a cornerstone of Design factory. One example of co-operation with students and real-life business is a one year program of Product Designing in Aalto University. Companies give product development challenges to students and the final results are presented in annual Product Design Gala.

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When investing money becomes important to increase time

A success case of a Portuguese business angel investment for the health sector now out-looking internationalization

In a world of economic crisis, the health sector has never been so alluring for investors that are striving to develop innovative solutions that respond to challenges such as ageing, less-evasive diagnosis and treatments and reduction of costs.

Whether being at home or in the hospital, monitoring of vital signals of any individual or patient allows for a better accompaniment of their clinical condition and a more efficient (and less timely) response to their needs. With this concept in mind, which one may find it rather simple, Increase Time, a Portuguese technology-based startup was born, promising to promote quality in informal health care for the elderly and for people with some degree of dependence by developing innovative solutions based on wireless networks.

Raquel Sousa, one of the four investors that have launched KeepCare, a homecare support solution which actively contributes to improve the quality of life, comfort and safety of the elderly, whether they live by themselves, with their spouses and relatives or in a residential care home, highlights that “One of the reasons why we have developed home solutions was the fact that we wanted to enhance an autonomous lifestyle for the elderly and chronically ill patients. On the other hand, the quality of life, comfort and health care of our relatives are a constant matter of concern and are challenges that we intend to meet.”


The system developed by IncreaseTime and funded by IndexTalent’s business angels allows constant monitoring of the people’s health, providing the relatives with real-time information and, above all, tranquility.

Raquel Sousa believes that telemetrics applied to the health sector is an area of great potential for growth. “It was thanks to IndexTalent funding that we were able to successfully materialize our technology and thus to launch a service that facilitates quick assistance in emergencies through continuous monitoring of individual’s health state and location. With the validation of KeepCare in a real environment and having obtained a very positive feedback from the end-users, the product is ready to enter in the national and international market.

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The power of technology makes great entrepreneurs profiles

We are going to introduce two cases of success of two guys who became great entrepreneurs before reaching adulthood. How? Through their knowledge of new technologies.

Luis Ivan Cuende and Pau Garcia-Milà, two early entrepreneurs, which differentiates them only their hometown: Luis de Asturias and Pau in Barcelona.

Two greats mind who were interested in new technologies from an early age and were aware of the need to improve the software we use and apply it to improve existing needs.

Do what you like

The two have a close relationship with the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Valencia (AJEV) and have had the opportunity to meet them personally. Luis Ivan participated in a 2012 Business Excellence Forum AJEV organized and attended by over 200 people and Pau Garcia-Milà in 2010 participated in the Day of the Entrepreneur of the Valencian Community, organized by the Impiva, public entity to promoting business innovation and in which collaborated AJEV.

With a company you have to be the best at what you do

It all started when Luis Ivan Cuende got his first Smartphone with Android OS with just 12 years. At that age and swam like a fish in water in computer programming to the point of being able to create a free operating system. The previous investment was 50 euros that his parents gave him to buy a couple of domains on the Internet.

Money allocated to create a free operating system called Asturix, and came to the Asturian government will save millions of euros. This is an operating system like Windows or iOS but free faster because it can run on very old and safer computers because no virus, but mostly known for being open and innovative as they were the first to introduce facial recognition even before google.

However, the project was rejected by the Government of Asturias. Today we employ in Colombia, Brazil, USA, Russia and Canada. At 16, he was elected the best European retail “hacker” 18. Now, just turned 18, Luis Ivan Cuende is an entrepreneur with at least three active businesses, plus special advisor to the President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes, the digital dossier.

Luis Ivan Cuende (Source:

For now, he doesn’t think in the University, and he is currently immersed in a new project: the launch of the first Spanish Bank Bitcoin.

Luis Ivan Cuende stresses that the key to success is to do what you like, focus on what you love and motivates and try to be the best at what you do or try to do my best. “Do not think about whether or not the money is coming, but do what you like”.

An innovation advanced to cloud computing

Pau Garcia-Mila is a passionate about innovation and communication. He is co-founder of three companies: eyeOS (acquired by Telefónica in 2014), Bananity and IdeaFoster.

Since making his first steps into the world of innovation, at age 17 he received important awards such as the Award Innovator of the Year 2011 by MIT (TR-35) or the award of the Prince of Asturias and Girona IMPULSA Company 2010 .

He is the author of three books, “It’s all done” (2010), “Optimismamente” (2012) and “Have an idea (but still do not know)” (2013), and a regular contributor to Radio and Television.

It all started in 2005 when Pau Garcia-Milà and his friend Marc Cercós created an operating system from the web where information could be stored on a site to be accessed from any terminal connected to the internet. This is what we call cloud computing.

At that time neither had known nor had a name what would invent when. Many said it was stupid” he repeatedly said Pau. Back then, all he wanted was not to have to go up and down the steep slope separating the two friends’ houses to share information. “At that time there were no USB sticks, no iPhones, tablets, the current profusion of internet terminals, one converted desventajada advantage,” stated Garcia-Mila.

Pau Garcia-Milà (Source:

As commented, the key is to see that you have 1% of thing and think big: if that was useful to them, someday it would be for most people. At first in eyeOS they were just five people and today millions.

Currently eyeOS has been acquired by Telefónica, which will give new impetus towards internationalization.

Lesson learned

Two greats success stories of two young people who stand out not only for their knowledge and involvement with new technologies, but their entrepreneurial attitudes. Caller’s attention for being fighters, self-confident, without fear of failure, with great learning ability and, above all, a positive attitude.

We all have these characteristics, detect just have to know and believe in us. As said Pau Garcia-Milà in an interview “the hard part is not having ideas, how hard is that you do not go unnoticed!”

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Luis Ivan Cuende
Pau Garcia-Milà

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Starting young – Enterprise education

Across the EU there are plenty of great examples of support offered to young entrepreneurs to support them in their journey and enable them to succeed: this personal success bringing with it benefits beyond the individual – jobs created, positive impact on the national economy and potentially greater profile as an international business.

These young entrepreneurs have taken a brave step, a step that they have been encouraged to take and the first on what may be an career. However for many of these young entrepreneurs they are starting from scratch without experience in running a business, basic financial awareness and the ability to conduct realistic, valuable and honest research which is singularly indicative as a success gauge – those who have done appropriate research will not push forward with an unfeasible business.

A new innovators generation is coming

We all hope the upcoming generation will surpass their predecessor as innovators, entrepreneurs and wealth creators, in order to give them the best chance, there must be a commitment to practical, engaging and motivational enterprise education that begins in some manifestation on the first day of school.

In the UK a report has just been published titled “Enterprise for All – the relevance of enterprise in education” which provides some practical recommendations which aim to achieve “a lifelong experience of enterprise in education which is Captive, Continuous and Coherent.”

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These recommendations are a useful starting point for any organisation or state interested in exploring how they can generate the next larger cohort of young entrepreneurs with the experience, skill and commitment to thrive in the international business community. This is not to say they are a prescriptive solution, the variation across EU countries and the communities within them is vast, but taking a conscious decision to investigate what is fitting is a necessary first step.

Anyone with the opportunity to involve themselves with education in any context, we urge you embrace it. The value you can provide to individuals can build the foundations of real opportunities for all young people that are part of an education system that applies itself to a strong academic education alongside experience and engagement preparing them for life in the real world – whatever it may hold for them.

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Co-working in Italy – Trends and models

Co-working is a relatively new phenomenon in Italy. Strictly connected with the new philosophy of social innovation, social enterprise, crowd and sharing economy (sharing skills, ideas, projects not just spaces) and the economic crisis (the need to reduce costs by cutting office rent), it has been profoundly influenced by other European experiences, primarily those coming from UK and Germany.

First co-working experiences have been created 2-3 years ago, they were all related to the most popular co-working network, now called IMPACT HUB.

Current trends are in line with the rest of Europe where, between 2011 and 2012, the number of co-working spaces doubled.

An Italian co-working space.

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