PYD/PKK continues smear campaign against Afrin op.

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Supporters of PYD/PKK continued with their smear campaign against Turkey’s ongoing counter-terror operation in Syria through the use of crude photo manipulation and misrepresentation.The terror group’s sympathizers shared three different photos targeti…

YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorist groups shell southern Turkey

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YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorist groups shelled Turkey’s border province of Hatay on Wednesday, according to a military source.Two mortar shells fired from Afrin region of northern Syria landed in Hatay’s Kirikhan district, the source who spoke on the condition…

13 arrested in Turkey during anti-narcotics operations

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Thirteen suspects have been arrested during anti-narcotics operations across northwestern Turkey, according to a police source on Tuesday.In northwestern Bursa province, anti-narcotics units detained nine suspects during raids targeting drug trafficker…

Turkey focuses on venture capital initiative

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Turkey will work on a venture capital initiative in order to produce high value added products and services, Turkish development minister said on Monday.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), Lutfi Elvan said venture capital initiative and extending Young Entrepreneur Centers are in the government’s agenda.

The WBAF backed by Anadolu Agency as global communication partner for the second time focuses on angel investors partnering with family offices and wealth management institutions.

“In order to reveal enterprises which are in need of venture capital and produce high value added products and services, Venture Capital will be implemented both at the national and regional level with the cooperation of development agencies,” Elvan said.

Elvan added 428 angel investors are licensed and 94 percent of them are operating in networks.

Noting that total amount of angel investment, venture capital and private capital investment stood at $177 million dollars in Turkey, Elvan said: “This amount is not enough for a country like Turkey that offers various profitable business opportunities.”

“To improve the entrepreneurship ecosystem, we aim to take steps that will further empower legal framework, ease the access to finance, increase the efficiency of the public system and enhance the R&D and innovation capacity,” he added.

The minister said Turkey aims to increase the number of firms that angel investors can finance and to raise awareness about angel investments through the country’s 26 development agencies.

“Development agencies support the internationalization of early stage entrepreneurs and technological initiatives via several mechanisms,” Elvan said.

He called entrepreneurship a key to overcome the challenge of bridging the gap between sophisticated demand pattern and current supply structure.

“Dynamic, flexible and trend setter enterprises are critical for strong and sustainable growth both for advanced and emerging countries,” Elvan said.

He underlined that angel investors emerged as a “catalyst” to bridge the gap between entrepreneurship and finance as enterprises are having difficulty in accessing finance due to their smaller size, lack of collateral and an opaque financial structure.

The minister added the traditional financial institutions are reluctant to provide finance to start ups or early stage companies since they bear high risks.

He said that angel investor’s success depends on existence of strong regulatory infrastructure such as intellectual property rights, sound legal framework and strong institutional base.

“Those are indispensable prerequisites for their business eco system. I can say that, Turkeys’ experience in these areas deserves attention,” Elvan said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Over 900 migrants detained on Turkish borders

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A total of 969 undocumented migrants were detained on the Turkish borders as they attempted to illegally cross into Turkey, the Turkish General Staff said on Sunday.The General Staff, on its website under the ‘Daily Activities’ section, stated that the…

New tunnels used by terrorists found in Afrin

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New tunnels used by terrorist group PYD/PKK for protection against air strikes and artillery shelling in Afrin, northwestern Syria have been found.Turkey on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.Accor…

Ankara, Berlin willing to mend ties: Turkish PM

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Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday that both Ankara and Berlin were willing to mend relations.”The important thing is to display willingness in repairing relations. I see both the willingness and the effort on both Turkish and Germ…

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