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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!

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Schedule

Wednesday

Aug 27
  • 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

Aug 28
  • 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

Aug 29
  • 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

Nadereh Chamlou

Board member of (CAWTAR)   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Nadereh Chamlou was Senior Advisor to the Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank. In her 29 years with the World Bank, she has worked in technical, advisory, and managerial positions across the organization in such areas as economic management, She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tunis-based Center for Arab Women’s Training and Research (CAWTAR)

Nina Curley

Founding member of Wamda   |  LinkedIn

She is contributor in The economist also she is founding member of Wamda.

Sadia Khan

• Chief Executive Officer, Selar Enterprises

Owner/Founder of a logistics company providing supply chain management solutions along with business advisory.

Gold Sponsors
Judges
Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Sarah Usinger

Neda Golshan

Ghazal Shishavani

Media Sponsors
Organizers
Mandana Vahabi
Vida Kamalifar
Reyhane Vahidian
Asma Karoubi
Farnaz Farzi
The Entrepreneurship Development Foundation for Women & Youth
Association of iranian women entrepreneurs
National Association of women entrepreneur
Iranian women's business center
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