How might we establish a platform, responding to social challenges and building capacity?

Imece is a social innovation platform bringing together an interdisciplinary community for creating sustainable and innovative impact on social and environmental challenges while enhancing collective capacity and providing incubation services for impact entrepreneurs.

Project Team
Aylin Durmaz, Ayşesu Çelik, Bala Gürcan, Ceylan Uşaki Erali, Dara Kılıçoğlu, Emre Erbirer, Engin Ayaz, Mert Çetinkaya, Murathan Sırakaya, Şevval Ceylan, Ufuk Barış Mutlu

Project Lead
Kerem Alper

Established by a founding partnership between ATÖLYE and Zorlu Holding, one of Turkey’s largest corporate groups, and the strategic partnership of S360, imece is a social innovation platform, that aims to find innovative solutions to social challenges in Turkey and the wider world.

The kick-off event for the education challenge took place on 25 February. The process will continue until August.

imece is a social innovation platform that brings together an interdisciplinary community for creating sustainable and innovative impact on social and environmental challenges. Imece aims to enhance collective capacity and provide incubation services for impact entrepreneurs. The word “imece” represents a culture of sharing and collaboration that is deeply rooted within the community.

imece Challenge is a 6-month-pre-incubation and incubation program that provides ideation processes, business development trainings based on Design Thinking methodologies, 30,000 Euros of funding and mentorship for social impact teams.

In order to make a lasting impact, imece set its strategy based on young adults in universities. Accordingly, imece Academy is based on university collaborations which deliver lectures on social entrepreneurship, innovation and design thinking methodology.

imece brings together individuals and institutions from different disciplines. These individuals and institutions which we consider to be “the people of imece”, work for one single purpose: to create social benefit. imece has a multidisciplinary structure, which starts off with a single individual – one person – and gets constituted by the coming together of such individuals. The human factor is at the core of what imece does, and hence people were at the forefront of the visual design process.

The process for designing the imece system was conducted as a co-design process with multiple stakeholders from various fields, including academia, NGOs, public and private sectors, as well as international collaborators such as OpenIDEO, Stanford, b-Lab and frogDesign.

Imece aims to create sustainable social initiatives with scalable  income models, to raise awareness within the community and to ensure capacity development, and finally become a platform that combines social entrepreneurship and innovation.

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