Upcoming Events:

iBridges Barcelona: Global Meet-up of Hi-Tech Entrepreneurs of Iranian Descent, December 8-10, 2016

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BIT-AMENA Roundtable on Hi-Technology Entrepreneurship and Investment, Baku Azerbaijan, December 12-14, 2016

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A 2 Week Course on Hi-Tech Entrepreneurship and Investment at UC Berkeley and Silicon Valley, January 9-20, 2017

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Featured Videos



8-18-2016. Dariush Zahedi, executive director of the BIT-AMENA Center, will participate in the Emirates Foundation Youth Philanthropy Summit 2016 in Abu Dhabi, where he will speak at the opening plenary on November 8th in a panel on “Can Data and the Digital Revolution Drive Enterprise?”
6-25-2016. The BIT-AMENA Center has successfully concluded its new, two-week tech entrepreneurship course at Berkeley-Haas this month focused on business people from Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. A total of 25 students— a third of them women—participated in the inaugural course July 5-15. They included a mix of aspiring and current entrepreneurs, students, lawyers, government officials, and businesspeople from Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Qatar, among other countries. Read more.
4-21-2016. BIT-AMENA: Berkeley iTechpreneurship for Asia, Middle East, and North Africa is the new name for what was formerly the Center for Entrepreneurship & Development in the Middle East (CEDME)  BIT-AMENA is now located at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and is part of the Institute for Business Innovation, the research and public outreach arm of the Haas School.
6-15-2015. BPEDME’s Advisory Council member Stephan Chambers on iBridge Berlin in the Financial Times

Stephan Chambers iBridge Article

4-11-2015. iBRIDGE Berlin is the sequel to iBRIDGE Berkeley 2014, a highly successful conference on the potentials and pitfalls of Iran’s high-tech sector. iBRIDGE Berlin will bring together European and American entrepreneurs with their counterparts from Iran to explore the role that a high-tech entrepreneurial ecosystem can play in Iran establishing a sustainable economy as an engine of innovation. In addition to featuring dozens of plenary sessions and panels, the conference will be accompanied by tons of workshops on entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and management. This educational conference follows closely from last year’s event at Berkeley, and like its predecessor, is in full compliance with US sanctions laws and regulations concerning Iran. However, with the prospects for the reduction and eventual lifting of sanctions improving, we believe that the time is propitious to explore and debate the role that high technology can play in Iran’s economic development and diversification. The informational poster is attached below.

iBridge Berlin Conference

1-23-2015. Videos of interviews with Middle Eastern role models will be posted on our Media page. The first interview is up, featuring Ibrahim Turban, the chairman of the Istanbul Stock Exchange.
10-23-2014. The BPEDME – Borsa Istanbul annual event on Turkey was held in Istanbul this year. The event focused on “Building Bridges Through Entrepreneurship: Turkey’s Rise As a Startup Nation in Regional and Global Perspectives.” We have uploaded the entire conference in the four YouTube videos below:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Turkey Conference Info

8-15-14. Videos from BPEDME’s conference on High Tech Entrepreneurship in Iran are now posted!

Bridge 2014 Videos

11-19-2014. BPED organized a conference and participated in the White House Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakesh, Morocco. Videos are posted below.

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