Bülent Tekmen is one of Turkey’s leading serial entrepreneurs. He received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Yıldız Technical University and successfully completed the Executive Education General Management Program at Harvard University Business School. Starting his professional career as an information technology specialist, he provided professional consultancy for various projects undertaken by several Fortune 500 companies in Turkey and the Middle East. In addition to this, he also supported numerous important companies in different sectors, including finance, telecommunications, and retail. The most remarkable part of Bülent Tekmen’s career is his involvement in startups and serial entrepreneurship. In addition to his pioneering and leading ventures like Ininal, he launched another startup called Colendi. Bülent Tekmen also co-founded Next Ventures, an investment firm that supports high-potential technology startups around the world. Ininal, one of Turkey’s most important fintech companies, was founded by Bülent Tekmen in 2012 with the goal of becoming an alternative leader in payment systems, despite not being a traditional bank. It adopted the slogan “The Bank for the unbanked” and aimed to provide an alternative payment system to conventional methods. Colendi, founded in 2016, is a financial services platform that brings together consumers, businesses, and financial institutions to democratize banking services. Colendi aims to address a chronic financial problem that directly affects over 3 billion people with no bank accounts and over 5 billion people who cannot access credit.
Colendi is a multifunctional banking as a service platform that democratizes banking services for consumers, merchants, and financial institutions to overcome the limitations associated with legacy banking. Colendi is moving forward with the goal of solving a chronic financial problem that directly affects more than three billion people who do not have bank accounts and more than five billion people who cannot get loans.
Colendi develops unique services based on scoring algorithms, combining new-generation financial technology solutions utilizing artificial intelligence and big data. Together with its platform partners and strategic business allies, Colendi provides fast and easy access to loans with the BNPL model as well as other distinct financial services to millions of users. By increasing users’ literacy levels, Colendi helps them save through micro-investment platforms.