Third Mersin Business Pitch Competition

The third cohort of LIFE Entrepreneurs in Mersin included 45 food entrepreneurs from four different countries.

Judges included Yasmina Lokmanoglu, President of the Mersin City Council; Yesim Kis Akcer, owner of Chef Mezze Restaurant; Ozan Golebatmaz, owner of La Cuisine Restaurant; M. Majd Eddin al-Hassan, owner of Orientry Food; and Ahmad El Khouly, CEO of El Khouly Group.

The four winning pitches came from Hamdo, a Syrian entrepreneur who recycles agricultural waste into natural charcoal; Marya, a Syrian fitness trainer producing healthy nut butter and seasonal jams; Meysa, an entrepreneur producing healthy adaptations of traditional Syrian dishes; and Umut, a Turkish organic farming expert.