There are many women who have had a great influence on Iran’s startup ecosystem since the early days of its inception. Here are 6 successful Iranian women entrepreneurs you should know about.
There were fewer women entrepreneurs when the startup ecosystem in Iran started to shape, but nowadays we see a lot of startups in Iran which are led by women entrepreneurs.
Although there might have been some limits for them, happily it’s getting easier and easier for a woman to become a tech entrepreneur in Iran.
By taking a look at Iranian startup events, you can see the growing engagement of women in the country’s tech scene. Every year, dozens of startup weekends are held around Iran and female entrepreneurs have a good presence at these events. Over 20% of the startup founders who pitched during the recent Silk Road Startup events were female entrepreneurs.
Also, one of the most obvious ones was the last fashion and tech Startup Weekend held at Espinas Palace Hotel of Tehran which the majority of contestants were women.
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Of course, there are many successful female entrepreneurs in Iran, here we have selected 6 of them for you to get to know them:
Aseyeh Hatami: She is a graduate of polymer engineering from Tehran Polytechnic University and the founder and Managing Director of IranTalent.com. Established in 2003, IranTalent is an online recruitment service in Iran, with a registered membership consisting of over half a million Iranian professionals, covering various sectors and job categories.
Golrokh Bahri: She has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused on Marketing Management, General from Bahar business school. She is the Co-Founder of Mehrabane, a crowdsourcing platform for charity in Iran. They’ve built their crowdfunding platform to make sure that even if you’re able to give only 1000 Tomans (25 cents) of your money, you know that you are building a better world along with hundreds of other generous people. This company has been involved in many initiatives including giving aid to the earthquake victims in Kermanshah.
Lena Vafaey: She migrated to Vancouver, Canada when she was 18 and received her bachelor of Engineering Geotechnics there. Then she went to New York and studied Architecture. Her first interest in exploring cities was developed during her time away as an exchange student. In 2015, she started working on «Peeyade» project which is a media application that gives users location-based information about Tehran’s cultural and entertainment scene. In 2017, Peeyade was chosen as one of the top startups at SilkRoad Startup event in Tehran.
Nazanin Daneshvar: She received her Master’s degree in Information Technologies from Tehran Polytechnic University. She then moved to Germany and got a job there. She returned to Iran a few years later and was inspired to create a grocery delivery service. She is the founder and CEO of Takhfifan, one of the major online group buying websites in Iran.
Nikoo Niknam: She has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Islamic Azad University with five years of work experience in the print and design field. She has worked as a freelance graphic and web designer and also as a print observer in several companies. She started her startup, Nikprint in 2015. Nikprint is an online service for designing and printing orders with a delivery system.
Tabassom Latifi: She is a graduate of electrical engineering from the Sharif University of Technology and a Master of Business Administration at the same university. She migrated from Khorramabad to Tehran because of her education. She has founded MamanPaz, which is a network of chefs at home. These housewives cook homemade food and they have it delivered to the customers every day.
These were just 6 women entrepreneurs but surely there are many more. Do you know anyone else who is doing a great job in the Iranian startup ecosystem? Let us know in the comments section below.