This project is a project that has been talked about for many years, that will change the fate of İzmir and that will contribute to Turkey’s economic growth. The world is experiencing an era of digital transformation. Generating knowledge is not a problem, but we need to transform. We plan to have Turkey and İzmir as an important destination in qualified brain drain, and as a base where the information technologies to be produced in this region and the value-added products in the products exported by Turkey in the international arena are produced.
Stating that they continue to work on the allocation of the relevant region for the Izmir Technology Base and the announcement of the technology development zone, Prof. Dr. Baran said, “On the one hand, our studies such as ground surveys and earthquake analyzes were continuing. We have also started the project work of the building to be built in this region. Therefore, we are aiming for the acceptance of companies by laying the foundation very quickly and finishing our building in 1 year. We want him to continue on his way as an important actor in the changing world.”
SUPPORT TO UNINCORPORATE YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS
Stating that approximately 10 thousand full-time R&D personnel will serve in an area of 179 thousand 500 square meters on the Izmir Technology Base campus, Prof. Dr. Yusuf Baran noted that at the point of reaching the targets for 2023 and beyond, the import-export balance will be transformed in favor of Turkey, and it will become a strong destination in qualified brain drain. Stating that the allocation of the land was made by the institute and the buildings to be built on it would be realized by Bilişim Vadisi, Baran continued as follows:
“We will continue on our way with pre-incubation, incubation and advanced R&D companies as in our current Technopark. We will provide support in every sense to our entrepreneurial youth who have a business idea but do not yet have a commercial product and are not incorporated.
‘IZMIR WILL COMPETE WITH THE WORLD’
Explaining that 67 percent of the world’s 500 largest companies either disappeared from 1947 to 1997 or were bought and deleted by larger companies, Baran argued that by 2030, 40 percent of the world’s 500 largest companies that could not achieve their digital transformation would suffer the same fate.
We know that 66 percent of the students we graduate from IZTECH work in the private sector, 6 percent are entrepreneurs and 28 percent work in the public sector. Our main goal is to raise 6 percent. We are raising leaders who create jobs, not job seekers, and export, not import,” he said.