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Birjand 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

May 8
  • 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

May 9
  • 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

May 10
  • 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

Jahangir Aghazadeh

A 20 years veteran of the business world with great knowledge and experience on corporate strategy, business development and innovation management. Aghazadeh has played a key role in establishment of early IT startups in Iran.

Abbasali Madih

Mayor of Birjand

Ahmad Amirabadizadeh

President of Birjand University of Technology

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Mohsen Malayeri

Entrepreneur   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Mohsen is currently the CEO of Khavarzamin. He is also a member of advisory committee at W3C. Mohsen is an energetic and passionate entrepreneur with successful business background

Hossein Moradi

Head of Computer Engineering Department   |  LinkedIn

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.

Ali Jahedi

Supervisor of ICT Incubator   |  LinkedIn

Coaches

Ashk Fathi

Startup Mentor   |  LinkedIn

Ashk is an experienced technology startup mentor. He has advised and helped a lot of startups at Jahad Incubator Center. Ashk is very passionate to support startups to succeed.
He is a great public speaker and his recent speech during Iran Web Conference about "Startups Life Cycle" has attracted a lot of attention from the community.

Nasser Ghanemzadeh

Startup Mentor & Lean Startup Expert   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Nasser is an experienced startup mentor. He has deep knowledge on Lean Startup and he has been organizing several workshops on those topics in all over Iran.
Nasser has helped a lot of entrepreneurs to use lean startup practices to reach success.

Mahdi Alipour Sakhavi

Founder of Aavabook   |  Google+

Mahdi Alipour is the CEO of Ideapardazan Co and Director of 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 3 years practical experience.he is an specialist in designing innovative products based on right needs. he also loves designing innovative business models and UX.

Alireza Hosseini

Founder and CEO at Raak

Mehdi Mohamadi

Startup Mentor & IT Expert   |  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 .

Milad Safarzadeh

Web Developer   |  LinkedIn

Media Sponsors
Organizers
Mohammadreza Salehi
Hesam Mirshekari
Dariush Dianat
Jamal Dehghanpoor
Hamid Maddahi
Mahdi Akbari
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