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About Us

What is UP School?

UP School is an educational technology initiative set up to kickstart young women’s careers in technology by providing them with the technical and soft skills necessary for success.

You can watch our film to learn more about UP School.

Why UP School?


We believe that women's rights are human rights.


UP School’s journey started with a search for a solution to one of the most important issues of the 21st century: women empowerment.


According to the 2020 Global Gender Gap Report, Turkey was ranked 130th in the issue of gender equality. The report suggested that the greatest setback in closing the gender gap in economic empowerment was women’s lack of representation in higher positions.


As reported by Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK), women’s employment rate is 33% whereas women’s employment rate in the technology field is only 10%. We need to increase our efforts around the gender gap in the technology industry both locally and globally.


UP School's Advantages

  • Cost-Free Quality Education:  No financial burden on students enables UP School to recruit from under-represented and under-employed communities.​

  • 1-1 Mentorship:  We work at an individual level with every single student – unlike most competitors.  Mentors work with students to improve their technical and soft skills.​

  • Designed for women:  We are the only online school whose work is specifically on the transition to employment in emerging technology roles for women.


Our team

Mina İlkoz


Co-Founder & CEO

Duygunur Kömürcü


Program Manager

Şerife Geçginer


Tech Lead

Melike Aydin


Content Lead

Accelerators and Awards


2021 Finalist of C3 Social Impact Accelerator Program by HSBC


2020 Global Startup Awards Finalist

Best Newcomer  -  Best EduTech Startup


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About YGA

UP School is an incubated member of Young Guru Academy (YGA) which is one of Turkey’s largest social impact NGOs. YGA incubates high-impact tech startups, including WeWalk -one of the best inventions of 2019 according to TIME Magazine- and UP School as one of its newest. 

If you are looking to start your career in tech, then we look forward to receiving your application! Updates on the application process are posted on our social media.