MEHMET PEKARUN, SABANCI GROUP'S HEAD OF INDUSTRY GROUP: "THOSE WHO CAN TRANSFORM INNOVATIVE IDEAS INTO CONCRETE SUCCESS WILL BE WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION"
Turkey Innovation Week organized by Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) to provide coordination between public sector, private sector, exporters and decision makers was held between 3 and 5 December 2015 in Istanbul Congress Center. Within the scope of Turkish Innovation Week, whose motto was 'Limitless Innovation, Limitless Potential', Sabancı Group was awarded with Corporate Entrepreneurship Prize. Sabancı Group's Head of Industry Mehmet Pekarun took the prize from Minister of Economy Mustafa Elitas and TEA Minister Mehmet Büyükeksi.
Pekarun stated, "For two days, we have been listening extremely impressive and promising works. I am sure that we have a lot of other successful examples in our companies. Successes coming from innovation inspire both us and the Turkish economy. Those who create new information, renovate and not just consumes technology can become the winner of the competition."
Stating that they consider corporate entrepreneurship as one of the strategic approaches which will carry Sabancı Group's industrial companies to the future, Pekarun said: "As Sabancı Group Industry Group, we started 'Constant Renovation' approach four years ago in order to achieve our goal for profitable growth. We gained flexibility with the passion of growth beyond our works, in new fields and business models. Leaving four years behind, we are, as Industry Group, carrying on dozens of 'enterprising projects', empowering the entrepreneurial spirits by creating new teams, working together and learning from each other.
Our vision as Sabancı Group is to create supremacies by making differences. The path to making a difference goes through being open-minded about new ideas, and creating the right environment for the ideas to spring. Corporate entrepreneurship can only arise from this environment. To convert innovative ideas to concrete successes and to constantly renovate, this concept is an important means for us. Our Industry Group companies are also putting their signature under some projects on that subject. We see our entrepreneur managers as our strength to create more values for our country, our environment and our shareholders."