Osmaniye Enterprise Development Centre Project
With the financial support of the Competitive Sectors Programme, an İŞGEM with 38 office space is built in Osmaniye to improve entrepreneurship infrastructure of Osmaniye, support entrepreneurs with new businesses and enhance regional competitiveness. This shared facility, which will provide workspace for entrepreneurs from Osmaniye and neighbouring cities, also includes a computer centre, customer meeting room, exhibition hall and multi-purpose conference hall.
Besides the construction of the shared facility with office spaces, the Project also grounds a series of capacity building activities for starters. Business plans and handbooks for entrepreneurs are prepared to ensure the sustainability of İŞGEM. 5% of the tenants, who will be selected through a fair and transparent process in line with these business plans and handbooks, are expected to be female and young entrepreneurs. While improving the business plans of tenants with the training, mentoring and consultancy programmes, it is also aimed to enhance entrepreneurs’ capacity through seminars to be held in Osmaniye, Hatay and Kahramanmaraş on business development centres (incubators), entrepreneurship and SME supports.
While Osmaniye’s economy relies heavily on agriculture, trade and manufacturing are also among the leading sectors. Although Osmaniye has gained momentum with its industrial activities and transportation infrastructure in the last ten years, it still cannot achieve its full potential. One of the most important reasons for this is the weak entrepreneurship infrastructure and lack of sufficient support for entrepreneurs at the “stage of starting a business” when they are the most frangible.