Begüm Savaşan was a 28-year-old bioengineer when she co-founded an innovative technology startup ‘Nailtronics’ in her hometown Izmir in January 2018.
She took the leap of courage with the help of a governmental science and tech fellowship, teaming up with a colleague Oguz Yetkin at the university who had, like herself, worked on hand prosthetics and previously studied in the United States.
The duo came up with a wearable “smart fingernail”, Nailtronic Commander. It may be used as prosthetic device control, be paired with a wide range of smart devices, used in games and virtual reality sector – Begüm believes the device has countless possibilities.
“I never hold myself back from wearing colorful clothes and accessories, and I do that on purpose, too, to break prejudice.”
“We are planning to make mouse and keyboard unnecessary with this fingernail,” she said to FemaleOneZero over the phone from Izmir.
Eight months after its launching, Nailtronics was accepted to pitch at the European Startup Festival in September 2018 with Nailtronic Commander, receiving a lot of positive feedback. The company has applied for a patent for the technology with the United States Patent Office, and wants to enter the gaming sector in the U.S. in the future.
Steering a path as a young woman in a male-dominated sector, Begüm is grateful for her open-minded upbringing and the support of her closest circle.
“I have often been mistaken for being (co-founder) Oguz’ wife. But I never hold myself back from wearing colorful clothes and accessories, and I do that on purpose, too, to break prejudice,” she says.