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Aug 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome
  • Discussion Panel
  • 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


Aug 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Discussion Panel
  • 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


Aug 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Sarah Usinger

Universal Agent of startup Weekend

and with Startups since 2009 when she started working for SANDBOX, a worldwide community of young leaders and innovators while she still studied Economics at the University of Cologne. Since 2012 she has been working for the Cologne/Germany based Coworking Space and Incubator "STARTPLATZ" where she supported teams in getting started with their businesses, organized many Workshops and helped connecting the local Startup Community. In July she joined the team of Avatech in Tehran to support and accelerate iranian startups.

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.

Dordaneh Davari


Dordaneh (Dori) Davari founded her own boutique strategic management consulting firm right after graduating college and ran it for almost eleven years (1998-2009) in Iran. Ms. Davari has three masters degrees from leading universities in Iran and the US including Tehran Polytechnic and MIT. Her expertise is strategic marketing and she has work experience at the World Bank, MIT, and World Tourism Foundation for three years in the US. She has recently returned to Iran (from the US) and is trying evaluating opportunities to start a business.

Gold Sponsors

Firouzeh Saber

co-Founder of The Entrepreneurship Development Foundation for Women & Youth

Master of Executive Management
Founder and Managing Director of Khaneh Pajouhesh Noandish

Mahrokh fallahi


BA in English from Tehran Danshsrayaly
MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Tehran

Fariba Mahdioun

CEO of Sama tech

Electrical Engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology
3 years working experience in the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) computer section
6 years of experience in the Quds niroo (Head of Computer Center)

Maryam Khavazi

CEO and Chairman Aderan Computer Inc.

She completed an undergraduate degree in Russian language and currently she is master student in MBA.

Zahra Arasty

PhD in Management Science

MS in Industrial Engineering from INPG Grenoble University in France
Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Sharif University of Technology

Ferdos Manouchehrian

Master of Business Administration - University of Toronto- Rotman School of Business   |  LinkedInGoogle+

B.A. in Philosophy and History - New York University
1. 2004- Present
• Butane Group
Tehran, Iran
• Family Business
• Board Member, Coach and Consultant
• Design and implementation of family business ownership and governance structures

2. 1987-2002
• Computer Associates/ACCPAC International (High Tech Industry)
Toronto, Ontario
• Various Positions: Different positions in sales and marketing leading to Senior VP

•Andersen Consulting
Toronto, Ontario
•Various positions

Silver Sponsors

Katayoon Sepehri

Member of board in Association of iranian women entrepreneurs

Bachelor of Engineering, Diploma official UN organizations

Zahra Golaij

CEO and Owner of Karafarinan Tossee Hezare Sevom Institute

Entrepreneurship Student in Faculty of Entrepreneurship of Tehran University
Fellow of Japan Foundation Fellowship Program for Intellectual Exchange 2012-2013

Fariba Yarahmadi

Planning &Communications Manager in Didehban Ima Tadbir,

Manager of a reference website for managers), Executive Manager of Shabakeh Pardazan Journal
From 1378 she has been professionally active as an entrepreneur in the field of IT, and combining this with the field of media and public relations has resulted him to be well-known as one of key figures in the field.

Raheleh Hashemi olia

Marketing manager   |  LinkedIn

9Years experience in international businesses with focus on marketing and CR, give me wide view of business development and good touch of market. Although I didn’t have chance to run my own business but I was involved in different business intelligence process.
Working in Simorgh investment group is a huge opportunity to review the ideas and get familiar with entrepreneurs. Due to Simorgh core competitive we run due diligence process on the proposed projects and make investment on selected one.

Ghazal Shishavani


Ghazal's background is in business development, marketing, and branding. Ghazal became an entrepreneur getting the vibe from working with the visionaries, rebels, and people who believe they can change the world. Her favourite quote: " shoot for the stars at least you will land somewhere on the moon.".
She believes entrepreneurship is one of the ways to build a better generation of humankind for future. That is why she is a Startup Weekend mentor.
when not working you can find this proud cat lady drinking coffee in Lamiz Tajrish, reading her favourite books and giving career advice to 20 somethings.

Faezeh Kazemi

CEO, Atmosphere Web and Graphic Designing Company   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Public relation manager in ibnews, Iran bank news websit
B.Sc: Print Media and Publishing, Two-year Associate Bachelor: Graphic Design, Member of

Nazila Ghane fard

CEO of Parand IT Company

Engineering degree in information technology

Zahra Arab

Director of Insurance Agency Corp

Master of Human Resource Management
Member of Association of iranian women entrepreneurs

Sepideh Mirshani

CEO of radsa Company

Member of Online Learning Consortium

Faranak Askari

Founder of TOIRAN

Farank Askari is the founder of a new startup, toiran and the founder of Banoo Investment House. She has a degree in Business Management from Reyerson University. She has extensive experience in job creation and project management. Some of the last companies she has worked with include Asteco and NSN.

Maryam Ansari

Ladybug project manager

Member of Iran's National Elites Foundation
-B.A. in Persian literature, University of Tehran
-M.A. student, French literature, Shahid Beheshti University
Maryam Ansari is a project manager, author and translator. She believes in translation as a means for progress. She cofounded Ladybug, a project that encourages women’s presence in the tech scene. Inspired by projects like Ladygeek, GirlsWhoCode, and later LeanIn, she decided to bring this wave to Iranian women. She is passionate about gender parity on managerial and entrepreneurial level.

Niloofar Akefian

Social Service & Event Designer

Industrial Engineer/Azzahra uni.
TV Producer
Science Journalist
System Analyzer & Developer in News Agencies

Media Sponsors
Mandana Vahabi
Vida Kamalifar
Tanaz Mashayekhi
Reyhane Vahidian
Asma Karoubi
Nikoo Niknam
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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