is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and leader of many global social responsibility projects.
He was recognized by The European Trade Association of Business Angels as the 2013’s Best Individual in Europe Globally Engaging with Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.
He was the only entrepreneurial guru to be granted a personal audience with President Obama at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC, which was hailed by the White House as the most important entrepreneurial event of the 21st century. In his meeting with President Obama he shared his ideas on how to convert public money to smart money globally and to ease entrepreneurs’ access to finance.
He is now a global leader in entrepreneurship and shows the way for new generations to become successful with his unique system known as “The map to success: Your rise to entrepreneurship™”.
His books have been translated into several languages and have become bestsellers in each of them. Altuntas has addressed over 100 thousand entrepreneurs of all ages worldwide, each of them attending his conferences seeking the knowledge required to succeed in life. When Altuntas was still a university student, he was recognized as one of the 40 most innovative businessmen of Turkey. His life story was made into a film by TRT, the official broadcasting service of Turkey. Altuntas is the pioneer of the franchising system in Turkey and the Balkan countries.
He is also known as the father of franchising in Turkey. He is the founder of the Turkish Franchising Association, which represents Turkey at the World Franchise Council.
His best-selling book Off the Bus, Into a BMW
set a record for 24 reprints within the first 6 months of publication and even outsold Steve Jobs’ book. Altuntas has inspired thousands of people with his words of encouragement: “I did it my way, and you can too!” He is a respected visionary who provides consulting to CEOs and Forbes 1000 businessmen in addition to writing books and making speeches. He is a global expert in wannapreneurship, entrepreneurship, innovation, marketing & sales, branding, institutionalization, franchising, leadership and angel investment.
Altuntas is one of the 100 Dragons who have appeared on the world-famous angel investment and entrepreneurship TV show, Dragons’ Den. The programme is well-known in the USA as Shark Tank.
As an angel investor he has invested in numerous start-up companies. He is the president of the Business Angels Association of Turkey (TBAA), and Vice President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and other Early Stage Market Players (EBAN) which represents 75 thousand business angels in Europe.
He also leads the biggest business angel network in Turkey: Links Angel BAN.
His The map to success: Your rise to entrepreneurship™
system guarantees success in everyday life for people of all ages. In his conferences, workshops and seminars he describes nine different paths. When you connect all nine, you begin to see the true story that brought Altuntas his own success. These nine paths comprise the basic principles of entrepreneurship that he describes in his books and conferences. Over 100 thousand people from around the world have found new inspiration from his conferences.
The technique of converting idle capacity into cash has been examined by academicians and referred to in international management journals as the Altuntas Principle. This highlights the fact that there is no need for finance if you are a great entrepreneur. This concept has inspired many entrepreneurs who had been unable access to finance, but who had a great idea and the ability to develop the correct business model and implement it.
He is profiled regularly by leading international media such as CNN International, Bloomberg, and NTV. He is a co-author of Planet Entrepreneur: The World Entrepreneurship Forum's Guide to Business Success Around the World
, published by Wiley (November 2013).
He is the Ambassador of the World Entrepreneurship Forum to the Balkans and Turkey. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Bosphorus University in Turkey. He is married and has two daughters.