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ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship Seville

The ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship in Seville was established in partnership with the Seville Chamber of Commerce to support and mobilize the next generation of entrepreneurs in Southern Europe. 

The Seville hub works with various stakeholders in the Spanish and Southern European entrepreneurship ecosystem, including businesses, chambers of commerce, academic institutions, and intergovernmental and governmental agencies to connect local entrepreneurs to global markets and enhance regulatory conditions for SMEs to thrive.  It provides support from developing the skills of young people who face uncertain employment prospects to mentoring local start-ups and entrepreneurs. 

The Centre serves as a platform for the most successful local and regional entrepreneurial initiatives driven by chambers of commerce and innovative partners to scale globally by leveraging digital connectivity to pair entrepreneurs with experts from the Seville Chamber and ICC’s global network. 

The Centre of Entrepreneurship in Seville – located in the Seville Chamber of Commerce: Emprésate 360º – aims to foster a favourable entrepreneurial ecosystem and make the city the entrepreneurship capital of Southern Europe. 

What are the current programmes of the Seville hub? 


Incubators for innovation and technological transfer in the Mediterranean, which support researchers and entrepreneurs to launch spin-offs and technology-advanced start-ups. The project is enriched by a cooperation approach between Research and Business organisations from Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain and Tunisia (ENI CBC MED 2014-2020)

Programa España Emprende

Offers entrepreneurship assessment on business planning, financial support and administration for more than 1,000 entrepreneurs every year in the Province of Seville

PAEM – Program of Entrepreneurial Support to Women

Promotes women-led entrepreneurship through information assessment, administration processing for the creation of the company, support in the elaboration of the business plan and search of financial resources, as well as organisation of workshops and seminars.


(Approaches To valorise the High ENtrepreneuriAl potential of migrant women to contribute to their social and economic integration) contributes to the economic and social integration of migrant women in the EU society by improving the services of entrepreneurship support oriented to migrant women and creating a specific entrepreneurial path for them. The project is developed by a multinational consortium from Belgium, Greece, Lithuania, German, Italy and Spain.


A three-month digital acceleration program with the objective of promoting recently created technology startups that have a Minimum Viable Product.  During this period, the Chamber of Commerce of Seville gives visibility to the startups and accelerate their growth with the help of specialized mentors with experience in the sector.

ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship Istanbul 

As the first ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship, the İstanbul Hub is hosted by ICC, ICC Turkey, and the Union of Turkish Chambers of Commerce and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) established to support start-ups and entrepreneurs in Turkey, Central Asia and the Caucus region. 

Its mission and purpose is to prepare and mobilize the next generation of entrepreneurs by providing tools and resources to bring their ideas to life. The Centre benefits from several partnerships with businesses, chambers of commerce, and technology partners which creates opportunities for entrepreneurs and start-ups to network, develop their skills, and learn from training seminars and virtual meetings with other business leaders and policymakers. 

By providing resources for local economic development, the Centre of Entrepreneurship supports and contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Who are the strategic partners of the ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship – Istanbul Hub?


The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB)

The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) is the highest legal entity in Turkey representing the private sector. TOBB serves Turkish private sector throughout the country through 365 local chambers and commodity exchanges and its sectoral assemblies. Over 1,5 million small, medium-sized and large companies from every sector of the economy are members of the chamber network. TOBB’s main mission is to enhance economic growth, increase the competitiveness of its members and improve country’s business and investment environment

Facebook Istasyon

Facebook Istasyon, was launched in collaboration with Turkey Union Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), International Chamber Of Commerce (ICC) and Habitat Association as Facebook’s first community hub in Turkey.  It aims to bring individuals closer together by providing a platform for communities, NGOs, businesses, entrepreneurs and journalists to access the resources, knowledge and skills they need to grow in the digital World.  Facebook Istasyon, hosts workshops, programs and various trainings focused on the digital inclusion, digital marketing, use Facebook products, and online safety.

Facebook Istasyon maintains 15 local offices in Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Çanakkale, Denizli, Diyarbakır, İzmir, Kırklareli, Mersin, Samsun, Trabzon, Van, Kuşadası/Aydın and Kahramanmaraş in cooperation with local chambers of commerce. These local offices provide training and workshops for local entrepreneurs to contribute the digitalisation of SMEs and serve meeting places for local entrepreneurs and start-ups. 

TOBB University of Economics and Technology (TOBB ETU)

TOBB University of Economics and Technology (TOBB ETU) is a private non-profit foundation university founded officially in 2003 by “The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey” (TOBB). It is the first and only university to offer cooperative education in Turkey. Despite its relative youth, is now one of the Turkey’s leading universities, with acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation and for links with business and industry. Owing to its deep-rooted relationship with TOBB that is the highest legal entity in Turkey representing the private sector, the links with business and industry is consistently and strongly maintained

Istanbul hub training

In collaboration with ICC Turkey and TOBB University of Economics and Technology (TOBB-ETU), the İstanbul Hub organise training programmes that provide local entrepreneurs with tutorials on critical elements related to global trade, including export-import, Incoterms 2020, e-commerce, blockchain, and trade finance. 

For more information about the hub in Istanbul, please contact:

Banu Yilmaz, banu.yilmaz@tobb.org.tr 

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