Innovation Acceleration Center
Innovation Acceleration Center aiming the reinforcement of entrepreneurship ecosystem and acceleration of Iranian start-ups growth began its work in 2014 under the auspices of Pardis Technology Park (PTP) and benefiting the support of Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology. The main purpose of this center is to perform "Iran Start-up” events as a national program, throughout the country (known as Startup Nation in the world).
Both the government and private sector have collaborated and shared their equipment and experiences in the center. PTP as the establisher, Sarava Pars Company as the investor, Hi-Tech Development Fund as the investor, Iran Entrepreneurs Center as the performer of Start-up Weekend Events and AvaTeck Pardis Company as the executor of Acceleration Courses are involved in the center and the Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology support the activities financially and intellectually.
The main contacts of the center comprise of experts, entrepreneurs and idea owners that are determined to hold up a start-up weekend event and learn the way of team making.
The center is extending the entrepreneurship education, culture and is incredibly welcomed by young audiences.
The center has two chief programs:
"100*100” program with the aim of reinforcing start-ups ecosystem
"100 Start-ups” to accelerate Iran Start-ups
In "100*100” program, one hundred start-up weekend events with the participation of 100 entrepreneurs will be held during three years. It is expected that ten thousand entrepreneurs take part in the events and benefit from knowledge-based entrepreneurship and modern training. Moreover, within this program, dozens of experienced entrepreneurship instructors will be trained among the participants.
Industrial Entrepreneurs Center is the executer of the events and 75 events in the field of ICT and 25 events in other technology fields will be held. The events are held at universities and participants include students, experts and alumni.
There are four main parts:
Facilitators: undertake the supervising of the events’ well-done execution
Mentors: undertake the consultation, problem solution and supervising of the teams
Organizers: undertake the events’ executing, reinforcing and managing
Sponsors: Financial and intellectual supports
The goal of "100 start-ups” program is to accelerate one hundred Iranian start-up companies during ten courses within three years. Sixty percent of the start-ups must be able to commercialize and attract investment of over 8800 USD.
The period of accelerating courses is six months. In the first two months, twenty teams are entered and ten teams will be eligible to attend the next four months.
For further see: www.technovation.ir
In start-up weekend events innovators, entrepreneurs, start-up companies, students and any idea owner gather to exchange their views and form into a team in order to transform their ideas into commercialized products in a three-day event. These events have been held by the support of PTP, National Elite Foundation, universities and SarAva Fund. Commercialization, implementation and credibility of ideas offered during the events are the areas that are emphasized. This project is to be implemented in more than 100 universities in the country within a period of three years and successful teams will become innovation centers.Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology and PTP, have organized ten start-up weekends so far. According to the master plan 100 events are going to be implemented in three years and about 10000 students will experience entrepreneurship and business lessons.