WHAT WE DO
iBRIDGES is an open, inclusive and collaborative initiative which aims to empower a worldwide high-tech entrepreneurial community, focused on those of Iranian descent, to exchange knowledge, best practices, and innovative thinking. The iBRIDGES community is committed to nurturing individuals who build and accelerate the growth of an “Innovation Economy” everywhere.
iBRIDGE brings all Iranian entrepreneurs together to explore the role that a high-tech entrepreneurial ecosystem can play in economic development and diversification.
Our mission is to create a community of high-tech entrepreneurs of Iranian descent, energized to exchange knowledge, best practices, and innovative thinking.
We connect entrepreneurs and startup founders with experienced investors and successful entrepreneurs. iBRIDGES provides a dynamic platform for mentoring relationship.
Speakers and PanelistsPlease scroll down for the schedule.
Professor of Economics St. Edward’s University
Asieh Namdar (MC)
News Anchor CGTN AMERICA
Scientist/ Former Director The Solar System Exploration at NASA
Director The world Bank
Mayor of Toronto
Founder and Chairman Global Innovation Catalyst
Founder / President Karafarin Canada
Founder and CEO Tryat
Co-Founder/ CEO ApplyBoard
President Tirgan Festival
Founder/ President Canadian Science Policy Conf.
CEO Havas Canada
Former Senior Advisor The World Bank Group
Research Scientist Element AI
Co-founder/CEO Aescula Tech
Manager, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Chief Operating Officer Aquantia
Advisor/ Coach/ Senior Business Developer at SAP
Founder/ CEO TAYGO
Founder/ CEO Persian Women in Tech
SchedulePlease note that the talks and panel discussions will be conducted in English.
|8:00 AM||9:00 AM||
Registration and Coffee Networking
|9:00 AM||9:30 AM||
Opening Session and Welcoming Remarks
Asieh Namdar (MC), News Anchor at CGTN AMERICA
|9:30 AM||10:15 AM||
Contribution of Iranian Diaspora to Economic and Business Sectors in North America
Pirooz Parvarandeh, Chief Operating Officer at Aquantia
|10:15 AM||11:00 AM||
AI and Big Data – Global Opportunities for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
A Discussion of AI Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Countries
|11:00 AM||11:30 AM||
Coffee/ Networking Break
|11:30 AM||12:30 PM||
Iranian Women in Tech – Emerging Movers and Shakers in Innovation
Melody Adhamy, President and COO of Plastic Mobile
|12:30 PM||1:30 PM||
|1:30 PM||2:00 PM||
Firouz Naderi, Former Director of the Solar System Exploration at NASA
|2:00 PM||3:00 PM||
Amazing Entrepreneurship Stories
Martin Basiri, Co-Founder and CEO ApplyBoard
|3:00 PM||3:30 PM||
|3:30 PM||4:00 PM||
iBRIDGES 2.0 – Next Steps
Chair: Mahboob Bolandi, Founder and President of Karafarin Canada
|4:00 PM||4:30 PM||
Closing Remarks – Way forward
Kamran Elahian, Founder and Chairman at Global Innovation Catalyst