Ministry of Development
INVEST IN ISTANBUL
Policymakers are crucial drivers of the future of early-stage equity markets. Their decisions have an impact on the future of start-ups, scaleups, SMEs and entrepreneurs. One of the most important functions of entrepreneurial ecosystems is connecting local entrepreneurs with global markets. One way to do this is to ease access to local markets by creating one-stop-shops for global investors. The Development Ministry of Turkey launched the unique initiative ‘Invest in Istanbul’ to ease access to local markets. ‘Invest in Istanbul’ is an excellent model for all development agencies, not only in Turkey, but for development agencies worldwide.
utfi Elvan is a pioneer in the implementation of regional development planning and EU Regional programmes. He has conducted research in the mining, economy, and local and regional development sectors; and has delivered more than 40 seminars on district and regional development. Lutfi has also written two books and many articles for local and international magazines. In the 2007 general elections, Lutfi was elected to be a Member of Parliament, and currently holds the position of Development Minister of the Republic of Turkey. He has a M. Phil of Mine and Operating Research and a MA of Economics.