After the bell rings, you have 90 seconds to meet each person. Bring a lot of business cards...

Speed Networking is an ice-breaker activity where every participant introduces himself to each other in 90 seconds respectively. It is the best activity to enjoy networking while accelerating business contacts.
  • Have your speech ready and say what you would like to achieve or learn
  • Listen as well as talk
  • Remember, even if the prior work of the person you are speaking with doesn’t directly relate to your interest, they might know someone who does
  • If you don’t know of the other person’s prior industry or organization, then ask them to clarify, otherwise you can miss an opportunity
  • Take notes, this practice can be very good for jogging the memory. Exchange business cards and take notes about the speakers’ background on the back of their business card
  • Aim to network with people you haven’t met before
  • If you know you want to speak with a particular person again, arrange to follow up with an email/phone call to ensure they remember you

It's the only event where you can meet lots of people in 1,5 hour.

Who Is Ertuğrul Belen?

Ertugrul Belen is a writer, professional public speaker and an entrepreneur. He is the author of the book called Networking (The art of Meeting, Introducing and Recognition) and co-author of The Golden Rules of Entrepreneurship and the Founder of Business Networking

Akademi where he reached over 30 thousand entrepreneurs and professionals through his Speed Networking activities and Business Networking conferences.

Ertugrul is the co-founder of divasdiamond.com which is the first diamond e-commerce startup in Turkey. He had worked with General Motors, Pricewaterhousecoopers and Sihir Mobilya & Natuzzi group. He is also the Board Member and Ambassador of several organizations and angel investment networks such as eTohum, Startup Week, Pioneer Week, Global Entrepreneurship Week, ISGID, MARGIF and GYIAD.