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 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.