Startup Weekend Fashion & Tech Tehran

    Wednesday, August 16 - 18, 2017

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Startup Weekend Fashion & Tech Tehran

Wednesday, August 16 - 18, 2017

Wednesday, August 16 - 18, 2017
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Espinas Palace Hotel
Behroud Sq. St، Saadat abad
Tehran, Iran

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Startup Weekend Fashion & Tech Tehran 2017 Edition

We want to encourage participants to look at fashion and design through the prism of the latest technologies and their potential. During the event, mentors will help you to develop business ideas connected with, among others: internet of things, e-commerce and marketplace platforms, wearables, solutions for designers, retailers and stores. 

Why fashion and technology?

Fashion and Technology are not fields that have previously been known for their interaction. Wearables, e-commerce sites and fashion apps are changing both industries at an incredible pace. To celebrate, we’re gathering together renowned fashion experts, the latest technology trends, and the most talented young entrepreneurs in the world’s biggest Fashion & Tech startup competition in the world: the Global Fashion Battle. The weekends will be focused on building out ideas that lend towards the Fashion and Retail industry.  Fashion Innovations can represent anything truly new, disruptive and high-growth in the fashion vertical.  Often this means employing new materials in new ways, finding a way to automate manual processes, creating methods to aggregate and analyze useful information, or establishing a new product category.  How will you use technology to shake up the fashion market?

Q. Is this program a good fit for me?
A.  If you're passionate about innovating within the fashion and retail space, this is for you.  Whether or not you work within the industry, your experience, passion, and perspective can lend towards the development of a successful idea.  Programmers, marketers, strategists, creative professionals, and all around driven people will come together in this weekend of connections and innovation.

Q. I’m a web developer…what do I have to do with fashion?  
A. Anyone can help disrupt an industry, regardless of what their skill set is.  If the product is software related, then you are integral to production of the product (think Pinterest, Polyvore, Etsy, Piperlime, ASOS, Gilt, etc.).

Q. I’ve got a fashion idea but I have no idea where to start.   
A. We know...this is not a question, but we want to comment on this.  Startup Weekend Fashion Innovations is the perfect opportunity to pitch your idea, gather a team and see if you can turn your idea into a business! We’ll give you the tools to get your idea produced in an incredibly short amount of time, test it with your would-be consumers and pitch the business to a panel of judges. 

So whoever you may be, and whatever dreams and aspirations you may have, come and take part in a weekend that could change your life! 

And even if it doesn't, you can be sure that you will come away from the event with an extremely awesome and memorable experience. 

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Wednesday August 16th

4:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

4:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:30 pm
Begin Work
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

10:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

Thursday August 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Friday August 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Mario Candeias
CEO of Espinas Palace Hotel

Reza Ghiabi
Opportunity Maker - Director OPPMAKR Institute

He believes in a future where everyone has the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential and our collective ability to build that future together. He is an unshakable responsible optimist. Described as “a passionate entrepreneur with strategic intellect” and “a pillar of the start-up community in Iran”, Ghiabi teaches leaders and organizations how to grow to their fullest potential both individually and organizationally. With a bold goal to help build a world full of opportunities, Ghiabi is leading a movement to create high impact ventures. 

Hamid Ghobadi

Event Judges

Fardad Zand
Co-founder & CEO @ Amin Advisor

Fardad is a passionate serial entrepreneur with four previous failed and successful startup attempts. With undergrad degrees in Polymer Engineering and Computer Science, he has Master degrees in Technology Management and Econometrics, and a PhD in Economics from Delft University. His Postdoc at MIT Center for Digital Business was on the topic of Knowledge Platforms. Following a two-year period as Assistant Professor in Technology, Strategy & Entrepreneurship, he joined the Business Technology & Innovation practice of McKinsey & Company, serving clients in many industries, namely Public Sector, Telecom, Banking, Health, Education, Oil & Gas, and Startups. About a year ago, Fardad established Amin Advisor as a boutique consulting firm, specialized in Strategy, Innovation, and Advanced Analytics. He has recently joined Iratel Ventures as a Partner, helping them to set up an innovation center in Iran. He also teaches "Platform Business Models" for MBA and PhD students at the Management & Economics department of Sharif University.

MohammadReza Farahi
Finance Director, Rahnema Ventures

As the Finance Director of the team, my main responsibilities include, but not limited to, the followings:
-Designing and articulating win-win contracts with start-ups using different classes of preferred stocks, convertible note, dynamic contracts, etc. 
-Valuation of startup, using different methods and validity crosscheck tests
-Verifying assumptions such as growth, conversion rate, price elasticity,…
-Analysis and validation of financial projections
-Forecasting financial and business targets and articulating growth indices
-Designing final Shareholder Agreement contracts;
-Analyzing different vertical markets and platforms within the IT industry

What I like the most about my job in Rahnema, is that I should use my different abilities and skills such as real time problem solving, extensive and conclusive negotiations, passion for different forms of teamwork, etc at its utmost level. 

Mohamamd Ramin Komeilian
Angel Investor

I am Mohammad Ramin Komeilian, citizen of the world. Intersted in technology, food and running, not necessarily in that order.In running, I seek freedom, tranquility and connection with the soul in its purest and most natural form. In food, I see growth, health and art, as a great chef is a great artist and great food, which is natural food, purifies and cures. And in technology I see ease of life and connection.

Kaveh Yazdifard
Data-driven Strategist

A diverse background in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering and MBA and careers in Pharmaceutical, Food, and Marketing Consulting companies, coming up from Lab expert to Market Research director, and Managing Director makes Kaveh a great source for advise on how to tackle challenges in a wide variety of industries. His focus as a mentor is helping teams with advise on topics like Business Strategy & Marketing.

Coaches and Mentors

Reza Ghiabi
Opportunity Maker - Director OPPMAKR Institute

He believes in a future where everyone has the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential and our collective ability to build that future together. He is an unshakable responsible optimist. Described as “a passionate entrepreneur with strategic intellect” and “a pillar of the start-up community in Iran”, Ghiabi teaches leaders and organizations how to grow to their fullest potential both individually and organizationally. With a bold goal to help build a world full of opportunities, Ghiabi is leading a movement to create high impact ventures. 

Mehran Davoudi
Independent Software Professional

He works as IT consultant for large companies in Iran, known for his experience in building successful large-scale software projects. Also he knows the Iran "Startup ecosystem" and usually is being invited as a mentor for startups 

Mahyar Khattak
Partner @ Iratel Ventures

I'm Mahyar aka Mad Max. I'm a partner in Iratel Ventures (venture capital firm) and also acting COO of our innovation centre called iLab. Me and my team have one purpose, to empower global Iranian entrepreneurs and put the Iranian technological power on the world map. My background is finance so if you have any financial questions come find me. Last but not least don't forget this is meant to be a fun event so try to have fun, learn and make new friends.

Ramin Khatibi
Product Design Director

Ramin is a design enthusiast who is currently the Product Design Director of Samsson Group, and the Chief Creative Officer of Hooshmand Tadbir. He designed Fulham F.C. remote educational system and also consults Iranian and international startups in their product's designs. He can help guide you achieve a better, more efficient and high-quality product.

AliReza Khodaie
CEO at ARTMAN and Business Strategist

His passion is “management” and this shapes most of his activities. He teaches, studies and works in three major fields of strategic and development management, project management and HRM. Recently founded “Business Hangout” for gathering who have common interest in management and business. His main career is management and business consultancy and has executed numbers of projects in this field. He is a mechanical engineer from SUT and University of Tehran MBA.

Moreza Hosseini Zadeh
Mobile Development Manager

Morteza started his career ( iOS Development) with first Iranian Startup Weekend in Tehran 5 years ago. He continued his activity in several companies and then founded Fardad Co. Mobile Development team with his friends. Morteza Help multiple companies to start mobile development and now he is Mobile Development Manager at Samsson Apps.

Sara Mahdian
Fashion Designer

Sara Mahdian Born on 22nd April 1982 Tehran, Finished her High-school and Received her Diploma In Graphics from Nour Art School , She studied BA Painting at University of Tehran (Center Campus) and Left her country Right after graduating to Follow her dreams, She manged to Continue her Education At Central Saint martins in London Studying Fashion Design and Print for four years and Finally made it home on Sep 2012 to introduce her semi-wearable Collections under her own name to Iranian Market Until  now .

Vahid Bahmani
Luxury Branding and Marketing Advisor

I’m Vahid Bahmani. I was born on July 2nd 1987 in Tehran. I got my Bachelor’s degree at University of Mazandaran in the field of Business Administration in 2013. Ever since I found out about my interests in marketing and business, I never stopped learning. After I graduated at university, I took two distinctive courses at University of Pennsylvania in Marketing and Operations Management, and another course at University of Tehran in International Commerce and Trade. The more I worked, the more I learnt about myself, marketing and business. One of the fields that I’ve been instinctively talented and interested in is Fashion and Luxury Branding. So, I found it necessary to take another course in Management of Fashion and Luxury Companies at Bocconi University in early 2017. I’ve been doing International Business, Marketing and Branding for more than 6 years with different companies and I can name the luxury brand “DS Automobiles” as the most remarkable one. 

Niki Aghaie
Marketing consultant

Niki is a Marketing Strategist, a World Traveller, and a fashion enthusiast. Her passion lies in being heavily involved in guiding fresh talent towards successful careers within the creative fields. From being employee #1 in a fashion start-up @Teeguise, Assistant Brand Manager @femi9 (MENA Region), Agency Director @Limitlines, to consultant for leading Iranian startups; Niki has experienced business insights spanning over 3 continents. She’s always on the lookout for new innovative ideas.

Ali Moghanchi
Founder of Shopit! And – Member of iLab innovation center

 Ali is a creative soul with no limits. He has two BSc degrees, Computer Science with Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy from University College London (UCL). He has experienced 3 failures and two successes in 7 year period and has no fear of failure. He has nearly 19 years of experience in graphic design and offset printing. At the moment he is the head of UI and UX team of Cepidz and meanwhile he is a business development consultant for other startups and businesses. One of his main Goals is to change management to leadership. He’ll try his best to help you have an agile team and a high quality product.

Rene Fischer
Strategy & Consulting

In marketing communications since age 15, he has always been between creative and strategic roles, uniting the disciplines.Lived and worked in 20+ countries as a Creative Director, Strategist, entrepreneur, as well as consultant. His clients feature any industry imaginable, and stretch from local champions to large multinationals.Rene is a regular lecturer at industry events as well as the Institute of Design in Hamburg, and runs innovation and brand workshops for companies around the globe.

Social Impact Enthusiast & Catalyst

Pionner in Social Entrepreneurship Training and Coaching in MENA with a focus on System change.

10 years of social and commercial experience ranging from strategy, innovation and design, to delivery and implementation of programmes and change. Worked with some of the world’s biggest organizations in non-profit and capacity building programmes, and advisor to many national and international organizations involved in social development around the world, with a focus on youth and entrepreneurship ranging from small sized start-ups to large-scale transgovernmental entities. Mentor and development advisor for many startups, and NGOs Worldwide.
I have launched and faciltited projects across MENA and Europe in various fields Social Innovation in Education, Advocacy, Leadership, Political Analysis, Community development and organinsing and youth empowerment. 
Large scale coaching and facilitation, embracing change and confusion.
Delivered talks and training in 30+ Countries and 1000+ audiences yearly.

Farid Shokrieh
Managing Director and Co-Founder of Four Mind Advertising Agency

Transforming brand story into integrated campaigns through communication channels. 
Farid focuses on designing and directing corporate culture within small and medium-sized enterprises, and how to integrate company culture with brand story to promote the brand first internally before exporting it. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Fashion & Tech Tehran team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.



Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Tehran is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Amirreza
  • Dana
  • Mehdi
  • Mahyar


Amirreza Mohammadi
Startup Community Builder

Startup Community Builder in Tehran and Zanjan 

Eric Brotto
Co-Founder and Principal, Creative Bytes

Eric is currently the International Program Specialist at Rockstart Accelerator in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

From 2014 to 2015, Eric was the Alumni & Partner Specialist for Startupbootcamp where he supported 240 startups in fundraising, connecting them with 20+ of the UK’s top investors. He also managed corporate partnerships with Samsung, Amazon, DT, PayPal, and Google. 

In addition, Eric is a Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend where he has organised and/or facilitated events in London, France, Luxembourg, Ukraine, Norway and Malaysia. He has spoken at numerous events including Eon Guardian Roundtable on Digital Innovation (London), Digital Shoreditch (London), GSY Summit (Malaysia), PODIM (Slovenia), Pirates On The Shore (Oslo) and Signal Conference (Northern Ireland). Startup Reykjavik contracted Eric as their Lean Startup Mentor in Residence during their summer 2014 programme.

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