InnoCampus completed its Refugee Entrepreneurship programs in Gaziantep, Izmir and Sanliurfa!

Entrepreneurship for Refugees with InnoCampus

ريادة الأعمال للاجئين مع اينوكامبوس

What is InnoCampus

InnoCampus is a mobile accelerator / Fab Lab program which travels from city to city helping budding entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to life. The prefabricated portable platform consists of 3 containers (total 90 m2) which can be set up and disassembled in just a day and travels from city to city on 3 trucks. InnoCampus Gaziantep Program was held with the participation of local and refugee entrepreneurs in Gaziantep from February to May 2017. At the end of the program, grants were awarded to 3 teams (including refugee entrepreneurs) to let them bring their business ideas to life. Our next stops will be Urla İzmir, Şanlıurfa and Hatay.
InnoCampus Urla Program is realized with the contribution of Izmir Institute of Technology.

Why Refugee Enterpreneurship?

3.4 Million

Syrian Refugees in Turkey*

* Number of registered  Syrian Refugees living in Turkey  ( Ministry of Interior Dir. Gen. of Migration Management)


SMEs established by Syrian refugees*

* Number of small and medium sized businesses run by Syrian Refugees in Turkey (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey – TOBB)


Syrian Students*

* Syrian students registered to universities in Turkey (Chairman of Council of Higher Education -YÖK Prof. Dr. Yekta Saraç)


  • Find solutions to high rate of unemployment within the refugee community
  • Create new business opportunities for skilled and educated people within the refugee community
  • Increase the social integration between local and refugee communities in Turkey
  • Provide new training programs and mentorship for young entrepreneurs who want to pursue new startups
  • Create new cooperation opportunities between the city we visit and international startup and maker communities

Program Details

InnoCampus Startup Accelerator Program started on July 28th at Izmir Institute of Technology with the Startup Weekend. Teams selected by the jury on Startup Weekend will participate in the intensive accelerator camp on August 14 – 26.
Teams will work to bring their business ideas to life with the intensive and hands-on entrepreneurship training and mentoring support throughout InnoCampus Startup Accelerator Program. Beside the entrepreneurship training, InnoCampus has a Fab Lab where users can build prototypes. Participants will be able to work on rapid prototyping methods through 3D printer, laser cutter and Arduino workshops in our Fab Lab. On the demo day at the end of the program, teams will present their ideas to the jury, project partners and investors. The best teams selected by the jury will receive grants at the end of the program.
English translation support will be provided during InnoCampus Urla Program.

Event Place Date
Startup Weekend Incubation Center - IZTECH 28 - 30 July
FabLab Trainings Program InnoCampus 7 -10 August
Maker Fest Incubation Center - IZTECH 11 - 12 August
InnoCampus Startup Accelerator Program InnoCampus 14 - 26 August
InnoCampus Startup Accelerator Program Demo Day 26 August
InnoCampus High School Entrepreneurship and Creativity Camp InnoCampus 5-10 September
InnoCampus High School Entrepreneurship and Creativity Camp Demo Day Incubation Center - IZTECH 10 September

About IOM

Established in 1951, The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Migration Agency is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
With 165 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
As part of IOM’s Livelihoods Program for refugees living in Turkey and Turkish host community, IOM is partnering with InnoCampus to provide technical and legal expertise to the InnoCampus Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program.

For more info:   |  IOM – UN Migration Agency  |  IOM Turkey