Go Iran Program

Discover Iran as one of the world’s largest untapped emerging markets to grow your business.


Why Iran?

The Iranian market represents an exceptional opportunity for technology and knowledge-based companies. Thanks to the lifting of economic sanctions in 2015 startups now have the chance to benefit from this great market.

  • 18th largest economy in the world by purchasing power parity.
  • Iran has a young and highly educated population
  • Surprisingly strong manufacturing base
  • Iran offers a great geographic advantage by connecting Asia and Europe
  • Increasingly sophisticated infrastructure
  • thriving startup ecosystem
  • human capital base

All these factors provide the foundation for an emerging knowledge-based economy and offers great opportunities for technology and know-how transfer.

Startups Wanted
Startups & SMEs wanted!
We connect you with leading local corporates and organizations in a high potential market and will actively promote your solution

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Expand with a strong partner
We make your market-entry-journey as efficient as possible. Most of the planning and preparation can be undertaken in your own country, working with our local experts remotely.

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We have an awesome network
We understand the Iranian market and have a strong network of local enablers, experts and decision makers

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We know Iran and its culture
As an internationally operating team we have a strong cultural awareness, which ensures the effectiveness of our process

We are looking for
B2B technology startups and SMEs that

  • have a unique value proposition and scalable products/services
  • are already generating revenue with existing clients or at least have first pilot projects
  • are ready to scale and want to expand their business to Iran and the west Asian region
  • look for technology transfer and collaboration opportunities with leading corporates in the region
 

Core Industries

These are the core industries our program focuses on. If your product or solutions is along the value chain or a complementary product please apply.

Industrial manufacturing & production
Industrial manufacturing & production

Mining
Mining sector

Water
Water sector

Energy
Energy sector

Topics we are looking for

Why we are your perfect partner to expand to Iran

WhatAVenture established a joint venture in Tehran with high-profile local partners to support leading corporates to be innovative through:

  • Corporate-Startup collaborations and technology transfer
  • Solving R&D challenges through access to an international expert network (Crowdsourcing/Open Innovation)
  • Executive education programs and learning journeys in fields of innovation management and corporate entrepreneurship
  • Defining and establishing innovation strategies and processes in organizations

With offices in Austria, Germany, Italy and Iran WhatAVenture’s aim is to leverage its wide multinational network and accelerate innovations on a global scale.

 
Working together
We believe that Iranian market and its landscape of interesting corporates provides exciting opportunities for technology-driven startups across Europe to drive their sales growth.

Dr. Stefan Perkmann Berger

Managing Partner, WhatAVenture

 

What's the deal?

We operate on a revenue sharing model to share the risk with you as your partner.

4 Steps to join the program

  1. Click HERE and fill out the application form and provide us with the core information about your company (It takes approximately 15 minutes to present and register your startup)
  2. Best-in-class startups and SMEs will be invited for an online interview with our team to discuss their business model, technology and growth ambitions.
  3. Successful candidates will then be invited to a final remote pitch event in front of industry experts and high profile local partners.
  4. We will then have a kick-off workshop with the selected startups to discuss next steps and define a collaboration model that works best for all. (typically, the selection process takes 4 weeks)
 

What our partners say

What makes a start-up successful, is not only a good idea or sufficient finance but also determination and courage to take risks and venture into the boundaries of the unexperienced. Sow your ideas on a fertile land! Experience Iran!

Dr. Pedram Soltani

Chairman of Persol Corporation

There is a great potential for technology-driven startups and companies, who can help the Iranian industry to be more efficient and more innovative in their business.

Faraz Edrisian

CEO Cabro Group

What’s in there for to you?

    Drive your sales growth in a new market Validate the market opportunity for your business from your own country
  • Scale up your business in a high potential market
  • Get guidance in the whole process from our experts and local partners
  • Drive your sales growth in a new market
  • Validate the market opportunity for your business from your own country
 
Join the Go Iran Program
Discover Iran as one of the world’s largest untapped emerging markets to grow your business.

Deadline: 31.03.2017

FAQs

Not until we have a hot deal for your business! Thanks to our local partners most of the planing can be undertaken remotely.
No! The whole process will be in English.
We operate on a revenue sharing model to share the risk with you as your partner.
  1. Click HERE and fill out the application form and provide us with the core information about your company (It takes approximately 15 minutes to present and register your startup)
  2. Best-in-class startups and SMEs will be invited for an online interview with our team to discuss their business model, technology and growth ambitions.
  3. Successful candidates will then be invited to a final remote pitch event in front of industry experts and high profile local partners.
  4. We will then have a kick-off workshop with the selected startups to discuss next steps and define a collaboration model that works best for all. (typically, the selection process takes 4 weeks)