For the first time, seasoned entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Iran convened, in a sold out event in UC Berkeley Wheeler Auditorium, on September 6th 2014,
to explore the opportunities and challenges of high tech entrepreneurship in Iran and its impact on the country's ongoing economic development. iBRIDGE Berkeley raised awareness about the critical need to build educational bridges and promote the culture of “Entrepreneurs without Borders”. The iBRIDGE Berkeley conference was predicated on the notion that the promotion of entrepreneurship, and innovation is the indispensable key to sustainable growth.
This gathering is part of a global effort to draw attention to “High Tech Entrepreneurship in Iran: Opportunities and Challenges.” This tagline represents the iBRIDGE Berkeley vision of calling upon change makers and thought leaders both in Silicon Valley and Iran. Conference participants educated each other about the issues impacting high tech entrepreneurship in Iran, the prevailing conditions in the country that deviate from the “global innovation model,” and the steps that should be taken to reduce this gap. iBRIDGE Berkeley complies with sanctions and corresponding laws. This conference explored the role of high tech in economic development: where change is the catalyst and choice is unlimited.
The issues that was explored in this educational conference included the status of civilian research and development spending, startup growth, protection of intellectual property rights, laws and regulations governing bankruptcy, the attraction of venture capital, cultural attitudes towards entrepreneurs; failure, existence of innovation clusters, the ease of starting businesses, and the availability and accessibility of mentors and role models. Special attention was also given to how Tehran can thrive by becoming a regional entrepreneurial hotspot, and the role that the city’s diverse and cosmopolitan nature can play in fostering creative tensions and intellectual exchanges that are paramount for unleashing innovation.