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IstasyonTEDU, TED University Center for Social Innovation, founded in April 2016, is a non profit social incubator and an open collaborative space located at TED University in Ankara.

lstasyonTEDU supports social entrepreneurs through its Social Incubation and support programmes providing a combination of non-financial support mechanisms (access to co-working office space, meeting facilities, mentors, network, training opportunities). The Center also contributes to research and network projects in the fields of social innovation, social entrepreneurship and social finance, provides training, hosts/organizes ecosystem building events, and coordinates policy dialogue meetings in collaboration with other ecosystem actors in Ankara.

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TED University is a member of the Global Impact Investing Network

TED University is a member of The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). The GIIN is a global pioneer of impact investing, dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry. For more information:  

IstasyonTEDU is among the collaborators of Açık Açık Social Enterprise Platform

Açık Açık Social Enterprise Platform aims to; demonstrate the common principles, understanding of ethics and transparency of the social enterprises, highlight their differences from commercial enterprises, and contribute to a safe and successful growth of social enterprises in Turkey. Through the platform, individuals and institutions can view social enterprises’ profiles and directly support or get in contact with them. For more information:

IstasyonTEDU is a part of the British Council Creative Hubs Exchange Programme

Creative Hubs Exchange programme brings together the British Council’s extensive international networks with the personalised and localised reach of hubs to create new connections and opportunities. Creative Hub founders or innovators learn from other creative hubs and share information on their different business models, community ethos, values, stories, and projects. 

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TED University is a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. They aim to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

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IstasyonTEDU is a member of the Euclid Network

Euclid Network is working since 2007 with a vision to see social enterprises and civil society organizations empowered to drive positive change. The Network brings together civil society and social enterprise federations, universities and training institutes, social investors, frontline NGOs, and social enterprises to i) create connections between civil society and social enterprise leaders, ii) share and produce leadership, professional and entrepreneurial know-how, iii) influence European policy and funding and strengthen members’ and network-participants’ EU engagement,and iv) raise the visibility and understanding of civil society and social enterprise in business, academia, government, and the wider society. 

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IstasyonTEDU is a partner of the Turkey Social Entrepreneurship Network Project

Turkey Social Entrepreneurship Network Project, which is supported in the scope of UN Civil Society Organisations Grant Scheme for Partnerships and Networks, aims to bring together the social entrepreneurs, NGOs, active citizens who are interested in this field, public and private institutions who are willing to be part of the field. With the Turkey Social Entrepreneurship Network Online Platform which will be built at the end of the project; social entrepreneurs will access the opportunities that will enhance their visibilities, they will come together with the social entrepreneurs who are working on the similar areas, they will get in touch with the public and private institutions who are supporting them and finally they will easily access to the human and knowledge resources that will enhance their capacities.


IstasyonTEDU is a founding partner of Ankara Social Entreprise Platform

Ankara Social Entreprise Platform (Sosyal Girişim Ankara, SGA) was established to bring actors of social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ankara together, support establishment of new social enterprises and develop the existing ones. The work of SGA focuses on raising awareness about social entrepreneurship as well as contributing to the formation of legal framework and financial support mechanisms. SGA was established under the coordination of Ankara Development Agency in cooperation with TED University Center for Social Innovation, Istasyon TEDU and Social Sciences University of Ankara. For more information: