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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.

How can we
work together ?

You can…

  • Consult with us about your inspirational ideas about food, agriculture, and water.

  • Take advantage of our research on food entrepreneurship to expand your business.

  • Work with us to complete the journey from idea to a viable business model.

  • Take advantage of our experience in the food sector and entrepreneurship ecosystem to shape your business.

  • Grow your business by using our specialized services.

  • Join our global entrepreneurship network.


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 | COO

Richard Madzar

Head of Kitchen Operations

Lale Çırakoğlu

Food & Product Designer

Gizem Buse Değer

Gizem Buse Değer

Özlem Tanca

Community and Content Director

Yekta Kuseyiroğlu


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


Through all our services we seed the growth of the food, agriculture, and water (FAW) industry and build a strong foundation for our clients.

Entrepreneurship Programs

We provide crucial background data to direct entrepreneurs and investors.

Training Programs

We create effective food entrepreneurship training programs that offer guidance and mentorship for entry-level entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Events

We organize entrepreneurship ecosystem events that offer excellent networking opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors and companies.

Food & Agriculture Focused Digital Marketing Agency Service

Another initiative of the Kök Projekt is to develop solutions for the food industry through the Edible Ideas Digital Marketing Agency.

We create online platforms for entrepreneurs to reach more people and find intercultural solutions.

Food & Agriculture Market Research

We supply detailed market research and create projects for food companies and food entrepreneur candidates

Food & Agriculture M&A Consultancy

We give consultation service to food entrepreneur for successful business establishment and development.

Do you have a project in mind ?

Let’s make something great together !