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Who Are We

Cultivates Ideas,
Creates Value

Kök Projekt is a business development company which operates in the food industry. We build solutions to adopt, support and nurture the growth of food entrepreneurs. Our mission is to create food, agriculture, and water (FAW) projects to generate sustainability for the future of the food. 

Who are we


Our primary purpose is to encourage and set a foundation for entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas about food, agriculture, and water. As a food entrepreneurship consultancy, we direct, cultivate and grow food startups.

Who Are We


We are working to expand the food sector from Turkey to the Middle East and the North African region by building new projects for the sustainability of food, agriculture, and water (FAW). By establishing an Istanbul centered entrepreneur ecosystem, we plan to develop the future of the food globally. Our circular economic approach covers the product’s journey beyond consumption. With our global and local network, we lead the way for our entrepreneur clients.

Kök’s Ecosystem

Kök Projekt,

  • Cooperates with people, institutions, and associations in food, agriculture and water sector.

  • Works together with NGOs, IGOs, and governments

  • Grows together with its entrepreneur clients.

  • Knows venture capital and angel investors and gets them together with entrepreneurs for the sustainability of food, agriculture, and water.

  • Works with essential companies in the food sector and provides social and economic development for the industry.


Rhizome theory profoundly influences the Kök Projekt. Our curated teams are build based on the requirements of the project with independent goals, time frame, and system but all of our teams interconnects with Kök Projekt’s main organizational body.

Semi Hakim

Co-Founder | CEO

Shirley Kaston

Co-Founder | CFO

Richard Madzar


Lale Çırakoğlu

Kitchen Incubation Manager

Gizem Buse Değer

Gizem Buse Değer

Chef | Maide Mutfak

Özlem Tanca

Community and Content Director

Yekta Kuseyrioğlu


Nihan Kürekçi

Training Coordinator | Maide Mutfak

Onat Can Bilensir

Director, Web Development

Gamze Artun


Doğan Çelik


Serdar Paktin

Consultant | Food Ideathon

Selçuk Ergin


Hans Kunisch

Consultant | Food Ideathon

Furkan Acar

Legal Consultant


We work together with professionals and inspire communities.


We strengthen our roots by working together with local and global foundations

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Let’s make something great together !