Have you ever wondered about the opportunities available in Iran’s tech market? Have you ever wanted to a have a face-to-face conversation with Iran’s elite entrepreneurs in order to get insights about the market? Here are six reasons why you should attend the Silk Road Startup Summit this April in Kish Island, Iran.

We’re only two weeks away from Silk Road Startup Summit, the first international B2B and invite-only startup event in Iran. This two-day event consists of startup pitches, networking sessions, fireside chats, speaking slots and workshops. If you haven’t already, you can register for a ticket from this link.

Kish Island is located in the Persian Gulf. - Photo Credit: Financial Tribune
Kish Island is located in the Persian Gulf. – Photo Credit: Financial Tribune

Here are six reasons to not miss the Silk Road Startup Summit.

1. Meet the country’s top 16 startups in one conference

In October 2017, ‘Silk Road Startup’ held the country’s first road trip in order to find Iran’s top startups. After a series of pitch competitions around 7 cities of Iran, 10 startups were selected to pitch at the finals in Kish Island. 6 more startups were later selected as wild card winners by the jury team. During the Summit, the top 16 selected teams from across the country will pitch their startups in front of the audience for the finals.

Attending the event would give you a chance to meet these top 16 selected startups in person, hear their pitch and seek collaboration or investment opportunities.


2. Meet the biggest network of Iran’s startup ecosystem players under one roof!

Silk Road Startup Summit aims to bring together 300 curated attendees during two days of networking sessions, fireside chats, speaking slots and workshops. Founders and executives from some of the well-known startup companies and investment groups in Iran including, Hamid Mohammadi, Co-founder and CEO of Digikala, Nazanin Daneshvar, Co-founder and CEO of Takhfifan, Hamidreza Ahmadi, Co-founder and CEO of Evand, Amir Vohooshi, board member at Rahnema and many more are attending the event.


3. Get insights about Iran’s untapped tech market

Did you know that Iran has 47 million mobile internet users? Or that 60 percent of Iran’s 80 million population are under 30 years old? What do you know about the trends, investment opportunities and marketing tips for Iran’s market?

Silk Road Startup Summit will give you a chance to learn more about the Iranian startup ecosystem and its challenges and opportunities. Hear about the journey of Iranian entrepreneurs who have made it in Iran and get inspired by what they have achieved and how they’ve built this ecosystem.


4. Find the right partners

Thinking about running a tech company in Iran? What about finding a co-founder or co-investor? Silk Road Startup would be the best place to network and find the right partners for yourself in Iran. Whether you’re looking into FinTech, Gaming, Advertising or basically any type of business related to tech you can find someone who can help you out.


5. Gain access to world-class knowledge

Silk Road startup summit is not yet another local startup event. Dozens of international speakers from European tech companies are also attending the event to speak about various topics including IoT, FinTech, AI, Blockchain and many more. See the full list of speakers from this link.


6. Use the opportunity to discover the beautiful Island of Kish and the rest of the country!

The best season to visit Iran is during the Spring and Silk Road Startup Summit happens to be taking place on April 18 and 19! Discover this land of four seasons, with its mesmerizing ancient architecture, must-see nature attractions and historic bazaars and mosques.

Explore the historic monuments in Isfahan, Iran. - Photo Credit: Navid Shahram
Explore the historic monuments in Isfahan, Iran. – Photo Credit: Navid Shahram

If you’re traveling directly to Kish Island you won’t need a visa regardless of your nationality. If you’re planning to visit the other cities in the country you’re probably eligible to get a visa on arrival. See the visa policy of Iran from this link.

Related: 6 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Iran


So what are you waiting for! Get your ticket now from this link!

Thank you to Sara Usinger for contributing to this article.


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