iBRIDGE Toronto


Friday, July 26 2019

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

MaRS Discovery District

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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.


Presented in Partnership with Community Partners


iBRIDGE brings all entrepreneurs of Iranian descent 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.


Please 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
Fereydoun Taslimi, President of iBRIDGES
Mehrdad Ariannejad, President of Tirgan Festival
John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

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
Hamid Akbari CEO, Blanc Labs
Negar RostamZadeh Element AI Research Scientist
Chair: Parisa Naraei Manager, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Coffee/ Networking Break

11:30 AM 12:15 PM

Iranian Women in Tech – Emerging Movers and Shakers in Innovation

Melody Adhamy, President and COO of Plastic Mobile
Niki Bayat, Co-founder and CEO Aescula Tech
Sepideh Nasiri, Founder and CEO PWIT
Chair: Nadereh Chamlou, Former Senior Advisor, The World Bank Group

12:15 PM 1:15 PM


1:15 PM 2:00 PM

Nothing is Impossible

Firouz Naderi, Former Director of the Solar System Exploration at NASA

2:00 PM 3:00 PM

Amazing Entrepreneurship Stories

Fay Arjomandi, Founder and CPO, mimik technologies inc.
Martin Basiri, Co-Founder and CEO, ApplyBoard
Brienne Ghafourifar, Co-founder, Entefy
Sepi Ghajar, Founder and CEO, TAYGO
Chair: Mehrdad Hariri, Founder/ President, Canadian Science Policy Conf.

3:00 PM 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM 4:00 PM

iBRIDGES 2.0 – Next Steps

Chair: Mahboob Bolandi, Founder and President of Karafarin Canada
Panelists: Current and Former iBridges Board Members

4:00 PM 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks – Way forward

Kamran Elahian, Founder and Chairman at Global Innovation Catalyst

Presenting Partner



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Diamond Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
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Major Donors

Houshang Shans


Kati Asgari Hosein Amooshahi


NYX Capital Corp Steve Tabrizi

(UP TO $5000)

Narges and Ali Shakeri RBC Royal Bank Reza Esmaeili Shahriar Mirzaei Tooran & Babak Mortazavi Spotlight Development

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