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. Bridge 2014 raised awareness about the critical need to build educational bridges and promote the culture of “Entrepreneurs without Borders”. The Bridge 2014 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 Bridge 2014 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. Bridge 2014 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.
University of California at Berkeley has long been a major hub for education and intellectual exchanges among various cultures and is the major sponsor of Bridge 2014. The beautiful Wheeler Auditorium, which can accommodate over 700 participants, was the venue for the event on September 6, 2014 andwasSOLD OUT!. This full day event provided ample face-to-face
networking opportunities amount the entrepreneurs worldwide.
Bridge 2014 additionally provided freeworldwide live video streaming of the event. About 800 people participated online.