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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!

Schedule

Wednesday

Mar 5
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • 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

Mar 6
  • 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

Mar 7
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Roxanne Varza

Startup Lover @ Microsoft France   |  LinkedIn

Roxanne is originally from Silicon Valley and love anything that has to do with start-ups, innovation and entrepreneurs. She is former Editor of TechCrunch France, has been part of the Startupbootcamp team, co-founder of Girls in Tech Paris and the co-organizer of the FailCon Europe conference, has been a speaker, moderator and judge on Social Media Conference, Midem, BeMyApp Weekend, Paris Web Game Day, Startup2, Startup Weekend, Web2day, the Founder Institute, Founder Conference, FailConf – and of course, TechCrunch France events. She will present via Skype.

Mehdi Mohamadi

CEO at Greenweb Co   |  LinkedIn

Mehdi is currently an Entrepreneurship lecturer , his research focuses on digital entrepreneurship, Commercialization process in SMEs and IT for startups.
Mehdi is CEO at Greenweb Co. ,he is also co-founder of Rayaneh.com and IranServer.com

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Hamidreza Ahmadi

Project Manager in IEA   |  

Hamidreza is one of the organizers of Startup Weekend Tehran. He is currently the Startup Weekend project manager in Iran Entrepreneurship Association. He loves startups and startup communities. He studied Computer Science in Queens chapter of City University of New York.

Ali Jahedi

Manager of ICT Incubator   |  LinkedIn

Ali Jahedi is currently Manager of ICT Incubator on Khorasan Science and Technology Park. After 12 years experience serving to numerous CEO’s, Entrepreneurs and Organizations as an CIO or Advisor, Now Ali has Focused on Mentoring & Supporting early-stage startup Companies across on their Development Process (Ideation to Incubation to Commercialization) and Creating Innovative Business Model

Hossein Moradi

Researcher & Computer faculty member of BUT   |  LinkedIn

Mr. Hossein Moradi, which is currently Ph.D student of Software Engineering at University of Isfahan, has about ten years of experience on Information Technology field. Some of these activities are participating in projects of Iran Khodro Industrial Group, Ports & Maritime Organization, Mapna Boiler Company, and Gilan Electronic Government. Furthermore, he is Faculty Member of Birjand University of Technology, since 2009 until now. In addition of various management experiences, he has taught courses such as Information Technology Principles, Electrical Commerce, Information Technology Project Management, and Software Engineering. According to his interest on economic activities, he is also the Member of Board of Directors at Welfare Fund of the Faculty Members of Birjand University of Technology. Since 2009, he has been writing his thoughts, ideas & criticisms about Information Technology on his blog, and he has been referee of Yazd Best Ideas festival, and judge of 1st Birjand Startup Weekend event.

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Mahdi Alipour Sakhavi

Startup Mentor & The Founder Of Avaabook   |  Google+

Mahdi Alipour is the CEO of Ideapardazan Co and Director of Innovation ,research and development in Negin Co.He is one of the founders of Avaabook startup. He has a master degree in E-MBA and End Entrepreneurship based on Technology from Tehran university. He is an agile coach with 5 years practical experience.he is an specialist in designing innovative products based on right needs. he also loves designing innovative business models and UX.Now he is an individual venture capital who invests in startup Projects.

Ghazal Shishavani

Co-founder iroopon.com   |  LinkedIn

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.

Arash Milani

co-founder of Narmand   |  

Arash is a product designer that calls himself a full-time student of design, entrepreneurship and teamwork. He is known for his passion and desire to share everything he has learnt along his journey of product design, leadership & agile thinking. He and his team at Narmand has been working on designing usable software for academic users since 2007.

Alireza Hosseini

CEO of Raak

Alireza is one of the most experienced IT manger in Birjand. He has founded the 1st Iran municipal database center in 2000 and has managed it for more than 10 years. He is also the founder and CEO of Raack programming group, which is one of the 1st software related companies in Birjand.

Mohammad Jafar Kermanpour

Startup Mentor   |  LinkedIn

Mohammad nearly 10 years has worked as a trainer and counsoller in the field of entrepreneurship and information technology. He was successful presenter and advisor to several startups . And he currently follow the agile management of IT projects.

Mahmoud Sedaghati Mokhtari

CEO at RPH Co

Mahmoud is head of department of Computer & Information Technology group of Birjand University and have 11 years of experience of teaching, researching & executing practical projects in computer & information technology field at Isfahan & Southern Khorasan provinces. Data mining, business intelligence, designing computer systems & 3D simulation are his fields of interest. He is also the CEO of RPH Co.

Iman Jalali

Founder of TicketLab & Former President at TrainSignal

Iman Jalali was President of TrainSignal, one of the largest online IT training schools in the world until August of 2013 when they were sold to Pluralsight. Since then Iman has been helping companies large and small, while starting his next venture, Ticketlab, a search engine for professional sports tickets . Iman will mentor SWBirjand teams through Skype .

Siavash Mahmoudian

Co-Founder at Programming.com   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Siavash is Co-founder and CTO of Programming.com, an exciting new service which leverages social and team technologies to help people collaboratively learn and teach programming. He is also Technical Advisor at Company.com and Team Leader in HyperOffice. Siavash will mentor SWBirjand teams through Skype.

DongYol Lee

Managing Director at Startup Weekend Japan   |  

Lee is a just another lucky software architect who met Startup Weekend in time.
Since 2009, he've met more than 2K entrepreneurs through facilitating 30+ SWs in more than 12 different cities. It taught him something about entrepreneurship and changed him into one of the biggest fans of SW.
Lee is CEO and founder of a couple of start-ups, and he serves Startup Weekend in Japan as a managing director. DongYol will mentor SWBirjand teams through Skype .

Milos Blasko

Co-founder meevl.com & co-organizer SW Bratislava   |  LinkedIn

Software developer and 1st time entrepreneur with his B2B SaaS startup meevl. Alumni of Jumpstart Foundry startup accelerator in Nashville, TN. Startup enthusiast with focus on product development. Social media addict! Milos will mentor SWBirjand teams through Skype .

Rowan Yeoman

Coach + Joint Facilitator   |  LinkedIn

Rowan is a Startup Weekend New Zealand national organiser. Rowan contracts as a teamwork and leadership consultant. Rowan has a passion for working with and creating high performing teams of inspired and committed individuals to consistently deliver great results on things that matter. Rowan has a particular interest in technology and innovation and early stage companies that have the potential to make a significant impact. Rowan will mentor SWBirjand teams through Skype .

Saul Kropman

Enterpreneur   |  LinkedIn

Saul is an enterpreneur of various different industries specialising in advertising and technology. He's also done a stint in publishing as a Product Manager and now helps train and recruit the best people for the booming digital agency market in South Africa. Saul will mentor SWBirjand teams through Skype .

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Organizers
Iman Davoodian
Mohammadreza Salehi
Mehdi Parhizi
Mostafa Lotfi
Hossein Mohseni
Mahdi Akbari
Hamid Maddahi
Mohammadreza Saghabi
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