Welcome to


Friday, July 26, 2019
MaRS Discovery District
101 College St, Toronto, Canada


TIRGAN Festival 2019

July 25-28, 2019 Toronto

What we do

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.



iBRIDGE brings all Iranian entrepreneurs 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.

Friday, July 26th


8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration and Coffee Networking


9:00 am – 9:30 am

Opening Session and Welcoming Remarks

Asieh Namdar (Master of Ceremony)
, 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
Brienne Ghafourifar, Co-founder Entify
Parisa Naraei Manager, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Negar RostamZadeh Element AI Research Scientist 



11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Coffee/ Networking Break


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Iranian Women in Tech – Emerging Movers and Shakers in Innovation

Melody AdhamyPresident and COO of Plastic Mobile
Malekeh Amini, Founder and CEO Tryat
Niki Bayat, Co-founder and CEO Aescula Tech
Sepideh Nasiri, Founder and CEO Persian Women in Tech

Chair: Nadereh Chamlou, Former Senior Advisor, The World Bank Group


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM



1:30 PM – 2:00 PM


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


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Amazing Entrepreneurship Stories


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




Limited Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Email us at info@ibridges.org for more info.

Friends & Supporters

  • Recognition on program booklet
  • Recognition on auditorium screen
  • 4 Conference tickets

Visionary Sponsors

  • Everything in Supporters Package
  • Prominent logo on all promotional material and event signages
  • Prominent logo on conference webpage on Tirgan
  • Prominent logo on iBRIDGES website
  • 1/2 page Ad on program booklet
  • One Tirgan Festival VIP Pass
  • 6 Conference tickets
  • One ticket to Tirgan’s Soiree

Three Panel Sponsors

  • Everything in Visionary Package
  • Full page Ad on program booklet
  • 2 Tirgan Festival VIP Pass
  • 10 Conference tickets
  • 2 Tickets to Tirgan’s Soiree
  • One exhibit table at the venue
  • Banner placement on stage during the sponsored panel
  • Brief Introduction of your organization during the sponsored panel
  • Verbal recognition during opening and closing sessions

One Presenting Sponsors

  • Everything in Visionary Package
  • 2 Full pages Ad on program booklet
  • 4 Tirgan Festival VIP Pass
  • 20 Conference Tickets
  • 5 Tickets to Tirgan’s Soiree
  • 2 Exhibit tables at the venue
  • Verbal recognition during opening session, all panels, and closing session
  • Screening a 30 second video clip about your business/ company
  • Banner placement on stage during opening session, all panels, and closing session

iBRIDGES COmmunity





MaRS Discovery District


MaRS Discovery District, MaRS Centre, South Tower
101 College Street, Suite 401
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1L7


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