Startup Weekend Fashion & Tech Tehran

    Wednesday, December 28 - 30, 2016

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Fashion & Tech Tehran

Wednesday, December 28 - 30, 2016

Wednesday, December 28 - 30, 2016
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Palladium mall

Tehran, Iran

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We are super excited to be part of the third edition of the Global Fashion Battle - the biggest Fashion & Technology startup competition in the world.

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 December 28th

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

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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

Thursday December 29th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 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 December 30th

8:00 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Shahin Fatemi
CEO & Fonder of DORSA Leather

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.

Shahin Fatemi
CEO & Fonder of DORSA Leather

Vahid Mohammadian

Vahid Mohammadian is the general manager of Science & Wealth of Pars Investments and Entrepreneurship.  He passed more than 10 years in designing and developing creative applications and ideas and now, as an investor, he is looking for talented teams and inspiring ideas to invest.

Ramin Samizadeh
CEO of Nirvana Company (Engineering Decoration)

Coaches and Mentors

Behzad Sadeghi

Behzad Sadeghi has close to 30 years of experience in both the technology and business ends of the software industry. In the late 90’s, he co-founded a US technology startup in the field of Elliptic Curve Cryptography, raised over $5 million in both debt and equity financing for the company over a seven-year period, and served as its VP of Business Development through the company’s sale to ICEsoft Technologies. Today, he advises software teams on how to produce high-quality software.

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 

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. 

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.

Alireza Nakhjavani
CMO of Adidas in IRAN

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.

Sina Rahimi Motem
Ecommerce Business Developer

Sina is the co-founder of ARAABE who has brought both expertise and knowledge of e-commerce specifically with the domain of Iran. He has worked as an e-commerce business developer atBamilo and Dorsa. He is an aerospace engineer who has obtained his Master’s from Luleå University of Technology in Business Administration in Service Management.
Now ARAABE as a Ecommerce Business Solution tries to offer consultancy for Iranian Business owners and Startups.   He thinks even successful traditional businesses could not survive without IT.

Dana Mashalahpoor

Dana is studying  

Goldaneh Torkamani
PR & Advertisement expert in Fashion industry

Goldaneh Torkamani is deeply in love with fashion

Foad Saeidi Nik
Founder & CEO of TAGMOND

Foad Saeidi Nik has graduated from University of Tehran in Information Technology and his main interest is management and marketing in e-commerce. He has been working at TAGMOND from 2 years ago and now he is cooperating with more than 30 Brand agencies and as a result of this cooperation, he has lots of information about their problems. His technical knowledge helped him to solve their problems in a more efficient way.

Tohid Tasoujian
CEO & Founder of TAXI MODA

Tohid Tasoujian as an entrepreneur is full of love and emotion for himself and his friends. He tries to see loveness and emotion as a part of people's life in different ways. Because enjoying of of good life ,good job ,good business and good city is a sample of happiness and all of them together will be enjoyable . He studied graphic in art & architecture faculty and he is interesting to sport & photography. He has been graduated in MBA from TEHRAN UNIVERSITY ,He trained hightech entrepreneurship course from Berkeley UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA He is always discovering another perspectives and creative look of daily affairs that engage us. “My 48 cheese making workshop” is a book that he is involved it these days .

Azar Saberi
Head of Designer in DORSA Leather

Touraj Saberivand
Minimalist Designer

He believes in minimalism not only as a paradigm of Design, but also as a lifestyle.
Touraj writes and criticizes in newspapers and is a social activist, too. He threw two thousand paper boats at water in memory of the two thousand Syrians who drowned while running away from war.

Makan Mehrpouya

Born on 1978 – Tehran
MA in Cinema Studies – University of Tehran
Funder of Modendo Creative Studio
Funder of Iranads Club
Filmmaker, Advertising Consultant
, Creative Director, ex-university lecturer and always a student

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.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Amirreza
  • Khayyam
  • Moojan


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