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iBRIDGE Toronto 2019


Friday, July 26, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

iBRIDGE Toronto 2019

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Conference Pass (US$)
Access to all talks and panel discussions, Lunch plus coffee/ networking breaks -- tickets are on sale by only July 19th.
1d 16h 42m $100.00 $7.72
Students Discounted Pass (US$)   more info 1d 16h 42m $30.00 $3.46
Late Bird Conference Pass (US$)   more info Not Started $150.00 $10.76
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Please consider donating to iBRIDGES as a 501c3 non-profit organizations. iBRIDGES was initially launched at the University of Berkeley, California and aims to take stock, promote, and celebrate the diverse hi-tech and innovative entrepreneurship among Iranian diaspora across the world.
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Event Details

iBRIDGES as a global hub for high tech entrepreneurs of Iranian descent will hold its 2019 Conference on Fri, July 26th in the beautiful multicultural city of Toronto. This gathering will take place at MaRS Discovery District, the biggest startup hub in Toronto and will be an unparalleled opportunity for entrepreneurs, VCs, and executives from around the world to jointly explore global advances in high tech entrepreneurship. 

The conference will be held in conjunction with Tirgan Festival, the largest Iranian cultural festival with over 160,000 visitors from within Canada and around the world, 250+ artists, and 140+ performances, talks, presentations, and workshops.

Talks and Panel Discussions Will be Conducted in English.
Dress Code: Business Casual


8:00AM – 9:00AM

Registration/ Networking and Coffee

9:00AM – 9:30AM

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

9:30AM – 10:15AM

Contribution of Iranian Diaspora to Economic and Business Sectors in North America

Pirooz Parvarandeh, Chief Operating Officer, Aquantia

10:15AM – 11:00AM

AI and Big Data – Global Opportunities for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Chair: Parisa Naraei, Manager, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)


Hamid Akbari, CEO, Blanc Labs

Negar RostamZadeh, Research Scientist, Element AI 

A Discussion of AI Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Countries

11:00AM – 11:30AM

Coffee/ Networking Break

11:30AM – 12:30PM

Iranian Women in Tech – Emerging Movers and Shakers in Innovation

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

Melody Adhamy, CEO, Havas Canada
Malekeh Amini, Founder and CEO, Tryat
Niki Bayat, Co-founder and CEO, Aescula Tech
Sepideh Nasiri, Founder and CEO, Persian Women in Tech

12:30PM – 1:30PM


1:30PM – 2:00PM

Keynote: "Nothing is Impossible"

Firouz Naderi, Scientist/ Former Director, Solar System Exploration at NASA / JPL

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Amazing Entrepreneurship Stories

Chair: Mehrdad Hariri, Founder and President, Canadian Science Policy Conf.

Fay Arjomandi, Founder and CPO, mimik technologies inc.
Martin Basiri, Co-Founder and CEO, ApplyBoard

Brienne Ghafourifar, Co-founder, Entefy

Sepi Ghajar, Founder and CEO, TAYGO

3:00PM – 3:30PM

Networking Break

3:30PM – 4:00PM

iBRIDGES 2.0 – Next Steps

Chair: Mahboob Bolandi, Founder and President, Karafarin Canada
Panelists: Current and Former iBridges Board Members

4:00PM – 4:30PM

Closing Remarks – Way forward

Kamran Elahian, Founder and Chairman at Global Innovation Catalyst



Limited Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Please check our website at and email us at if interested.


Have questions about iBRIDGE Toronto 2019? Contact iBridges

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When & Where

MaRS Discovery District
101 College Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1L7

Friday, July 26, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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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.

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