DR Aslı Elif Tanuğur Samancı, an award-winning and patented Anatolian propolis producer, has been recognized as one of the best CEOs at the CEO Global Awards 2023 held in the United Kingdom. Samancı, a Turkish female entrepreneur, represented Turkey single-handedly at the competition organized by a renowned magazine in the UK.
With her innovative approach and entrepreneurial journey, Dr Aslı Elif Tanuğur Samancı made a name for herself in CEO Today, one of the most important business magazines in the UK. She was listed among the best CEOs at the CEO Global Awards 2023. Among the Turkish representatives on the list, Dr Aslı Elif Tanuğur Samancı stood out.
“I believe that having a strong network is crucial when growing your business,” said Samancı, reflecting on her success. “So far, we have received numerous awards, both nationally and internationally, with the goal of making Anatolian bee products a global brand. We continue on this journey with unwavering energy, considering these awards as a source of motivation. People around me acknowledged my technical knowledge, but they also pointed out the challenges of business and commerce. However, I did not hesitate. I had already set my goal, and I had full confidence in myself. I solely focused on my goal, worked tirelessly, expanded my team day by day, and through great effort, I managed to reach where I am today. Being an entrepreneur comes with financial and emotional challenges, but they never discouraged me, and even in the toughest moments, I never gave up. I believe that having a strong communication network, utilizing information correctly, and working hard helped me overcome obstacles.”
Advice for young people aspiring to become entrepreneurs
Samancı summarized her advice for young people aspiring to venture into entrepreneurship as follows: “Discover your passions and engage in entrepreneurial activities in the field that excites you. Stay open to continuous learning and seize opportunities to improve yourself. Overcome your fears, do not hesitate to take risks, and take bold steps for new opportunities. Build a strong network and connect with people with whom you can collaborate. Be resilient in overcoming obstacles, learn from mistakes, and progress in a planned manner. Most importantly, believe in yourself and keep your motivation high.”