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Sharif University of Technology

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Schedule

Wednesday

Jun 25
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome
  • Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Thursday

Jun 26
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Friday

Jun 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Speakers

Alejandro Saucedo

Startup weekend Facilitator   |  LinkedIn

Alejandro Saucedo is a passionate developer, hackathon organizer, and entrepreneur. His objective in life is to make a change in this world while having as much fun as possible. Founder of Hacka{Global} - a global community of developers which aims to connect techies around the world, and a Software Engineering graduate from the University of Southampton, UK.

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Judges

Saied Rahmani

CEO of Sarava VC

Said Rahmani Khezri is Founder, CEO and Vice Chairman of Sarava, the first VC/PE fund focused on investment in Internet and Ecommerce and incubation of technology startups in Iran. Prior to this he was regional general manager and country representative of Naspers in the Middle East. In this role he was responsible for business strategy, market development, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, regional investments, mergers and acquisitions and country operations.

Shayan Shalileh

Co-Founder of Webna   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Very few people have done as much for the Iranian Web ecosystem as Shayan. He started to write about the startups and Iranian websites since 2003 in Iranian Web News Agency (Webna). He also co-founded the Iran Web Festival (IWF), the leading event to honor excellency among Iranian websites.

Mohsen malayeri

Entrepreneur   |  LinkedIn

Mohsen is a startup and community enthusiast. He has been among organizers of the first staruupweekend in Iran, founder of Anetwork and Khavarzamin. Currently Mohsen is the vice president of Iran Entrepreneurship Association and he focuses on building startup ecosystem in Iran. Mohsen also provides entrepreneurs with mentorship and consulting and connects them with Venture Capitals and business angels.

Alireza Omidvar

Founder of CGRDC

Alireza has been a manager at Atieh Bahar consulting, responsible for consulting outside firms in Iran. He is the founder and CEO of Iranian Network for Corporate Governance and Responsibility which has been working since 2006 to promote corporate responsibility in Iran.

Hossein Raassi

Entrepreneur   |  Google+

Nearly 30 years experience in engineering, research, consulting, training and software, in England, America and Iran.He worked in famous companies such as HP,Oracle,IBM,etc.He has master degree in Computer Science from (Loughborough University-US) also he has master degree in International Relations from (Tufts University-UK).
He is working as consultant in two scientific and industrial organization.

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Reza Hashemi

co-founder of persianblog, entrepreneur   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Reza Hashemi is both a visionary and accomplished entrepreneur with an in-depth technology background. He is widely respected as pioneer and founding member of the first major persian web startup, persianblog. Reza holds a Master degree in computer networks and systems architecture.
As an entrepreneur, he has founded or co-founded several companies, including a network security solutions firm, a hosted persian web publishing firm, an online advertising and Internet marketing company, and a managed cloud services company.

Hessam Armandehi

Founder of Bazar   |  LinkedIn

Hessam is the founder of Bazaar, the leading mobile app store in Iran. The platform is now connecting tens of developers with hundreds of thousands smartphone users.
After graduating from Sharif University, he studied Business Design at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship and has gained practical experience in innovation system of Sweden by helping out startups at Encubator and Chalmers Innovation business incubators.

Hadi Farnoud

Entrepreneur

Hadi is the founder of Acamedium, an education focused startup.He got investment from Enterprise Fund and Rackspace with support from SETSquared incubator. ANY1 Ltd is his latest venture in mobile.

Soroush Ayoubi

Entrepreneur, Solution Provider   |  LinkedIn

Soroush has achieved a lot of experience in web development and project management due of collaborating with some companies to provide IT solutions since 2000. He was production manager of some famous Iranian websites like samservice.com, avval.ir, final.ir, ihome.ir. His close friends call him soroution.

Pooya Mahmoodian

CEO of axprint   |  LinkedIn

Pooya is a board member and CEO of “axprint.com” the first online photo publishing service in Iran. Leading this successful business brought him valuable experiences in running a startup: creating business model, defining business strategies and vision, operations management, branding, marketing, growth hack, etc.

Seyed Amir Taghiabadi

Founder of Sokhan Savaran(Speech competition)

Amir is graduate from Sharif University and he is founder of speech competition (sokhan savaran), he is interested in unusual user interface and business model.

Farzin Fardis

Board Member of Pars Saman

Farzin is graduated from Sharif university and he is board member of pars saman.He passed bussines model canvas course under Alexander Astrvaldr supervision.

Mostafa Enayati

Founder of PersianGFX

Founder and director of GFX website.He is very good to managing combination of fermium and direct selling in his web site.

Meysam Mashayekhi

Founder of Fidilio

He is graduated from Sharif university also he is founder of Fidilio.He established first example of Fan card in Iran.

Mansour Mirtaheri

Founder of Persian Infographic Reference   |  LinkedIn

Mansour is the founder of The First Persian Infographic Reference. During last years, he with the support of the group of experts has held professional courses and workshops in data visualization and infographic for different companies and organizations and has created a culture for using this tool in many large companies.
Currently, he is the member of policy making council of the 1st Persian Infographic Festival in Iran and the Consultant of MCI (Hamrahe Avval) in data visualization and present innovative management reports.

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Organizers
Hamidreza Ahmadi
Pouya Kondori
Mandana Vahabi
Vida Kamalifar
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