Startup Weekend Tehran: Blockchain Edition

    Thursday, August 9 - 11, 2018

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Startup Weekend Tehran: Blockchain Edition

Thursday, August 9 - 11, 2018

Thursday, August 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Tehran Province, Tehran, District 1, Fereshteh St
Tehran, Iran

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Startup Weekend Tehran: Blockchain Edition

Startup Weekend Blockchain Edition!

All of the awesomeness of Startup Weekend combined with all the mystery and possibility of Blockchain Technology. Let's do this! According to Blockchain Revolution author, Don Tapscott, "blockchain technology – a truly open, distributed, global platform – will fundamentally change what we can achieve online, how we do it, and who can participate."
Check out his TED Talk on How the Blockchain is Changing Money and Business.Harvard Business Review Article: The Blockchain Will Do to the Financial System What the Internet Did to Media

What is Startup Weekend?Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago"? If you have, that means you did not have a process for taking that idea from concept to creation.

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to...
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Boston,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, or
  • take your own idea from concept to creation
Who is Startup Weekend For? It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.),
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills,
  • passionate visionaries, and
  • many more!

What's the twist? 

Blockchain edition means we will be focusing on ideas that utilize the power and potential of blockchain technology and design to solve problems. Blockchain technology gives us an opportunity to reimagine how we move, transact, share, and track goods and services. Some argue that blockchain technology is like the next internet. That is, the internet was the enabler and delivery mechanism for some of the greatest ideas of the last 2 decades. Blockchain can do the same for the next couple of decades and this is our chance to be the first ones to embrace and build on it. Don't miss this opportunity to get in on a new pioneering technology, early in the game! 

Whether you are interested in the blockchain or not, the ultimate objective of the event is to empower you with a powerful process for taking any idea, blockchain-related or not, from concept to creation! 

Your full-price ticket includes:
  • Access to the full, weekend-long, event
  • Access to the educational pre-events
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the blockchain world and the tech startup community
  • 6 meals plus coffee throughout the weekend
  • Pre-event Workshops on understanding blockchain
  • All-star judge's panel led by tech, startup, and blockchain leaders
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don't have an idea, that's quite all right! Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest! The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other. If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Join us for a very special weekend! 

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Thursday August 9th

4:00 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
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

10:00 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

Friday August 10th

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

Saturday August 11th

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!

Event Judges

Fred korangy
CEO at New Enterprise East Investments

A seasoned executive with over 30 years of business and operational experience in variety of fields from real estate development, finance, to high technology and strategic planning. Proven ability to manage concept-to-product cycles. Entrepreneurial view on business with focus on growth and results. Strong financial and organizational skills with focus on start-ups and emphasis on leadership, contracts, human resources and financial and legal transaction structuring. Over 20 years of international business experience in United States, Europe and MENA region.

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.

Majid Zamani
Founder and CEO, KIAN Capital

Majid Zamani is a seasoned investment banker with over 15 years of international experience in Iran, Europe and the United States.
He founded and grew Kardan to its current position and now has founded Kian. He is a former World Bank consultant and has worked for AIG in New York and Petroleum Finance Corporation in Washington DC. He earned his MBA from University of Illinois – Chicago, an MPA from Columbia University – New York and a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Tehran.

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.

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.

Maisam Zargarpour

Designer & Writer of TV & Radio Programs in Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting
Translator of the book "Thinking in new boxes" to Persian

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.

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.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Tehran: Blockchain Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Amirreza
  • AliReza


Andrei Munteanu
Community wizard

Tech savvy traveler, Startup Weekend Global Facilitator and running all the place. 
Organizing startup events within the community in the past 5 years, co-ordinating volunteers and making sure the community gets their dose of Startup & Tech events on a regular basis. Co-founder of Cowork Timisoara, Startup Survivor true believer, Community Manager at FintechCamp and always on the lookout for a good espressoh. 

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