Dilek brings 12+ years experience in Turkey and the US as an entrepreneur, investor, and company-builder to her role at ScaleX. She has extensive experience in forming, funding, running, advising, and investing in technology businesses.
She is also founding member and leader at Arya Women Investment Platform, Turkey’s only women-focused investment platform, channeling smart money to women-led businesses.
Previously, Dilek was Principal and Partner for 4 years at 212, Ltd., an early-stage technology VC in Istanbul, Turkey. She invested in companies like IyziCo, the biggest fintech company in the region; Insider, making global marketing automation software; and Hemenkiralik.com, an online marketplace for short-term rentals.
Prior to 212, Dilek was Director of Strategy and Analysis at Groupon, a management consultant at Accenture, and in business development at Koc Group. She started her career in the US, where she held various project management positions and created her own startup.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Dilek received her BS in mechanical engineering from Yildiz Technical University and a Master of Business Administration in strategy from Johnson & Wales University.
Dilek was chosen as one of the most successful Women Leaders in Turkey by Dunya Gazetesi in 2017, based on her contributions and impact on tech sector.
As a member of Class 18, Dilek began her fellowship at 212, Ltd. under the mentorship of Ali Karabey and Managing Partner Numan Numan, and is completing it at ScaleX under the mentorship of Magdalena Yesil.