Stage-Co Masters provides workshops, mentorship training, pre-acceleration program and pre-seed fund in order to increase the success of startups and the related persons and organisations. Special focus on Mentorship training and our pre-accelerator Mature with Pre-Seed Funding.



Stage-Co is the most experienced multidisciplinary consultancy, training and event organization company in startup and tech ecosystem in Turkiye.

Stage-Co has 2 objectives:
> To increase the number of successful startups in Turkiye,
> To bring startup agility and creativity to corporate level & ignite intrapreneurship.

While Stage-Co provides end-to-end services for digital transformation and setting up entrepreneurial mindset in organisations, by training startups and corporates and institutions;
Stage-Co Masters training and acceleration programs help corporates create a center of excellence for intrapreneurship in their organisations by organising & facilitating:
– Startup Weekends, Hackathons, Ideathons (internal/external attendees) to select the best ideas and startup teams for a certain purpose,
– Workshops for Design Thinking, Innovation, go-to market trainings for R&D departments,
– Long-term innovation planning, intrapreneurship, internal and external talent hunt
Collaboration with external startups, setting up incubator, trainings, bootcamps for startups, and acceleration programs

Stage-Co Masters is a vertical from Startup Platform STAGE-CO, see our workshops and events at and contact us for your questions at


Patrick Bosteels

Maestro of Startup Trainings, Girişim Ustası as he calls himself. Serial entrepreneur with +30 years of experience. Born & raised in Belgium, moved to Turkiye to challenge & disrupt the Startup Ecosystem. Co-founder of Stage-Co and CoderDojo Türkiye. Read more about Patrick here on his blog.

Neşen Yücel

Former banking professional with vast experience in marketing and business development. Co-founder of Stage-Co and CoderDojo Türkiye. Read more about Neşen here.

Gökçe Demirtaş

Gokce started her own company in the USA and was awarded Minority Entrepreneur of the year by Memphis Business Development Corporation. She came back to Turkey and worked as an executive in advertising and entertainment. She lead media strategy for Teknosa, Carrefour, Lassa, Bridgestone and many small national and international accounts. She is currently marketing & strategy consultant for several local and national brands. More about Gökçe

Ferda Tarakçıoğlu Erdem

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. More about Ferda.

Derya Atacan

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. More about Derya.

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. More about Ersegün.

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. More about Ebru.

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. More about Ergun.

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. More about Eren.


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. More about Arzu.