iBridge Barcelona was held on 8-10 December 2016 as a global meet-up of high tech entrepreneurs of Iranian descent. Seasoned entrepreneurs around the globe from the US, Iran, Europe, and the Middle East, participated in the conference.
The event was an unparalleled opportunity for entrepreneurs, VCs, and executives from around the world to jointly explore global advances in high tech entrepreneurship. The conference was characterized by a community that shaped and welcomed diversity, fostered open exchanges between participants, and encouraged curiosity, learning and free sharing of experiences while forging new contacts and friendships.
This global gathering, which convened at Fira de Barcelona, included 40 sessions with 86 speakers, and 650 registered participants from 40 countries around the world. Of these, 250 participants were from Europe, 120 from the US, and 200 from Iran. The event was also live streamed to viewers around the world.
In line with its philanthropic mission, the organizing team included more than 100 volunteers as the backbone, and more than 40 members of steering teams, advisors, and board members. These represented 21 countries in total by themselves – a truly international collaboration for an international event. The event was financed by a global crowdfunding campaign which to date has raised more than $170,000. The combination of community contributions and volunteer work allowed low registration fees to enable increased participation of young entrepreneurs.
iBRIDGE Berlin was a three-day event to be held on June 4-6, 2015 in Berlin, Germany that is organized by iBRIDGES. It brought together European and American entrepreneurs and their counterparts in Iran to explore the role that a high-tech entrepreneurial ecosystem can play in Iran’s economic development and diversification. The event was comprised of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, as well as visits to local incubators in Berlin.
iBRIDGE Berlin was a sequel to iBRIDGE Berkeley, the innovative conference held at the University of California, Berkeley on September 6, 2014 which was a sold-out groundbreaking event, with over 700 attendees and 1,000 viewers via live stream, brought together thought leaders and seasoned entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Iran to explore the opportunities and challenges of high tech entrepreneurship in Iran and its impact on the country’s ongoing economic development.