Our Team

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Our Team

Co-Founders

Patrick Bosteels

Co-founder of Stage-Co Platform
Patrick Bosteels
Being a passionate creator, Patrick Bosteels never tasted corporate life. A creator of many things starting in school, at the Academy of fine Arts in Gent, Belgium to become a photographer, cineaste. Patrick spent his first professional years as a free-lancer working for video-productions and television stations. Followed very soon by his first company and many followed. Getting great feedback on his talks on conferences exploring the full mobile eco-system that gave him the exposure and appreciation to get more and more into mentoring for VCs and start-ups. After a rich business story in Belgium and abroad he relocated to Istanbul where he started back from square one, but armed with a huge tool case of experience. The result is the start of STAGE-Co, a co-working project where the focus is on mentoring and networking with start-ups, mentors, business and VCs. The aim is to be part of a vibrant startup ecosystem in Turkiye and abroad in an active and inspiring way.

Neşen Yücel

Co-founder of Stage-Co Platform
Neşen Yücel
Neşen chose to give a big twist to her career after 13 years of experience in the biggest banks of Turkiye, during which she specialized on product management, marketing and marketing communications. In 2012 Neşen started Minerva MDC as a consultant and started running her own projects. Ever since that decision, her life has the dynamism back long missed since university years when every morning you wake up to a new goal or challenge but most importantly, an opportunity. In addition to her own projects, thanks to her education at Bogazici University Translation and Interpretation Studies and MBA degree from University of West Georgia, USA; she has been busy working on both local projects and companies worldwide for their marketing efforts as well as localization in Turkey. Neşen is focused on digital marketing, business development and localization for digital and mobile projects and sometimes translation with a business perspective. Being a mentor and entrepreneur herself, Neşen is very fond of being a part of the startup ecosystem in Turkey and looking forward to add more to it.

Instructor and Mentors

Eren Koçyiğit

Founder at NBT (Next Big Thing)
Eren Koçyiğit
Eren Kocyigit is a a Marketing Professional w/ BA Economics, MA Finance, Ph.D Marketing. He also obtained Chartered Marketer status from Chartered Institute of Marketing. He is the founder of NBT (Next Big Thing) where he and his team have been building ‘Marketing Machines’ to startups, scaleups and corporate brands for sustainable marketing performance. As an Asst. Professor of Marketing he has been giving Marketing lectures at several universities since 2012 (Middlesex University, University of Birmingham, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul Bilgi University, Bahcesehir University, Nisantasi University). As a mentor he provides mentorship regarding marketing to startups.

Ferda Tarakçıoğlu Erdem

Marketing Consultant
Marketing Consultant / Go-to-Market Strategist at Stage-Co
Ferda brings 20 years of experience across a variety of disciplines including offline and digital planning and buying, client service, new business, research, strategy, branded entertainment, production. Currently, she’s working as Marketing Consultant to help start-ups and companies, by combining in-depth consumer insights with marketing expertise to build brand strategy and business storytelling using data for sustainable, organic growth.With Stage-Co Masters, Ferda is facilitating workshops on brand strategy and creating your brand story.

Derya Atacan

Marketing & Innovation Consultant
Marketing & Innovation Consultant, Instructor at Stage-Co Masters
Derya Atacan graduated from Bogaziçi University Sociology Department in 1997, she continued her studies in Marketing, at Toronto Ryerson University. On her 20 years career journey, She managed leading confectionery brands like Saray, Haribo, Ferreo, Eti Cakes and Crackers, Ülker Kremini, İçim and Alpella. She has vast experience in brand management, consumer behaviour, research, advertising, and media planning. After necessary production and R&D trainings, She coordinated innovation projects for chocolate products at Yıldız Holding, Turkey’s giant in FMCG. During these years, she supported the implementation of new Stage&Gate software system related to Ülker new product development process. She continued her Yıldız Holding career as a Project Director of Synergy Projects at Global Synergy Department. She currently working as trainer and consultant by combining her in-depth brand management, new product process, innovation and innovative thinking experiences.

Ebru Elmas Gürses

Co-Founder at Fongogo A.Ş.
Ebru Elmas Gürses
She is now Cofounder of leader crowdfunding platform of Turkey namely Fongogo. Before Fongogo, Ebru was a Partner and Head of the Finance& Legal Department at BIC Angels which has invested 35 startups in 5 years. Ebru earned many experiences on startup ecosystem in both entrepreneur and investor side as she managed all investment process of BIC Angels. Ebru commenced her career in KPMG Istanbul after graduating from Istanbul University. For 6 years at KPMG, she participated in many M&A projects in both KPMG Istanbul and KPMG London offices. In 2011, she joined PriceWaterHouseCoopers as a project manager. She has specialized in the areas of buy-side and vendor due diligences. Ebru has extensive Private Equity buyer and seller experience some which include, but not limited with Turkven, One Equity Partners – JP Morgan, AbraajCapital, and Goldman Sachs.

Ergun Gümüş

Founder, Emoreader Neuromarketing Research
Ergun Gümüş
Raging Aries with inevitable touch of an Aquarius, obsessed about nothing, his primary target is happiness. Takes care of his health, shape, mind and soul.More than 20 years in Professional life, experienced different locations, cultures, working environments and industries. Dealt with consumer brains for last 10 years.Specialized in marketing, strategy, branding, consumer research and last but not least neuromarketing.Early years in Henkel starting from asst. Product Manager to SBU Manager, working locations include İzmir, İstanbul, Vienna and Dusseldorf. Transformation years in Teba from Marketing Manager to Business Director based in İzmir, covering all exporting countries. Maturity with GÜMÜŞ Consulting and Research based in İstanbul, servicing various industries. Launched recently new neuromarketing tool called Emoreader.

Arzu Demirel

EACC, Executive and Team Coach and Trainer
Arzu Demirel
After graduating from Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Chemistry Department of Chemistry in 1995, she completed her master’s degree in Basic Biochemistry and continued her academic studies until 2000 as Research Assistant in the same department.She first stepped into the pharmaceutical industry in 2001 as a Medical Sales Representative in the Abbott. She continued to work in the marketing and training department at the same company. During her 13 years of experience, she has gained experience in both basic and specific phama products. In addition to coordinating all the training processes of the Medical Sales Representatives from the last 6 years, she has given trainings in Sales Techniques Trainings, Key Customer Management Trainings, Calls Insight, Communication, Leadership and Coaching in Matrix Organizations.
L.Arzu Demirel is a ICF Certified Coach, ACC and NLP Master Practitioner in the coaching school at Erickson Coaching College.

Ersegün Koçoğlu

Founder & CMO, Market Me Marketing Consultancy
Ersegün Koçoğlu
After graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Statistics He has worked in several sectors and accomplished several projects in different industries for enterprises Unicredit, Aviva, ICBC, Turkcell, AKSA Energy, and Sberbank Turkey. He has an Executive MBA degree from Ozyegin University. He is currently attending the Management of Enterprise Data Analytics certification program at the University of Toronto and Customer Insights & Analytics Council of The Canadian Marketing Association. He currently works as CMO at Market Me Canada Inc., where he founded. He is also the founding partner of HealthRing Corp. and mentor at Stage-CO.

Pelin Yıldız

Business Development Manager
Pelin Yıldız
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Upcoming Events

  1. FastForward Startup Bootcamp

    July 22 - July 26
  2. Stage-Co Pitch Tour 2019 Izmir

    July 25 @ 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
  3. Stage-Co Pitch Tour 2019 Ankara

    August 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Stage-Co Pitch Tour 2019 Istanbul

    August 7 @ 6:30 am - 9:00 pm