January 9 – 20, 2017

The BIT-AMENA course on High-technology Entrepreneurship & Investment will engage promising entrepreneurs, business executives, and public sector administrators from Asia, Middle East and North Africa to support transformative impact, job creation and service as mentors and inspirational role models. The program will provide exposure to the concept and practice of entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and at established companies and startups in Silicon Valley. Participants will be selected through a rigorous online application process, and provided with the opportunity to spend two weeks in the Bay Area, involving both conceptual and hands-on instruction at the Haas School of Business and Silicon Valley. Read more.

Building Innovation Economies

Building Innovation Economies

BIT-AMENA Roundtable on Hi-Technology Entrepreneurship

and Investment

Thursday, October 6, 2016,  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Banatao Auditorium -Sutardja Dai Hall


zahediDariush Zahedi, Director of the BIT-AMENA Center
for Building Innovation Economies in the Middle East

Since 2001, he has taught a diverse array of courses for the Departments of Political Science, Political Economy, and Peace and Conflict Studies as well as the Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley. Zahedi has also taught for the College of Letters and Science’s Discovery Courses Program. Teaching in the program is by invitation only, with invitations issued solely to instructors whose teaching record is stellar.


sarafanLily Safaran, CEO of Home Care Assistance

Home Care Assistance is one of the fastest-growing companies in America with more than 6000 employees across 100 markets. She is also an investor, advisor and mentor for startups and accelerators, including 500 Startups and StartX. Lily serves on the boards of several high-impact organizations including the Stanford Alumni Association, the BerkeleyHaas Center for Entrepreneurship and Development in the Middle East and Pars Equality Center. Lily has been recognized as one of Silicon Valley’s 40 under 40; she also holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering and B.S. in Science Technology and Society with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from Stanford.

Nikki Iravani, Inventor of EyeXam Appiravani

Dr. Nikki Iravani is a renowned optometrist and Founder and CEO of Global EyeVenturesis as well as the inventor of the EyeXam app – the first and only patented self-administered vision screening test for mobile devices. The EyeXam app is the eye care industry’s leading app which has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times from the iTunes App Store and Google Play. She has been recognized as one of the successful women in the optical industry and is a globally sought after industry speaker and ophthalmic consultant.

Bahram Bahrami, Executive Scientist Entrepreneurbahrami

An executive scientist entrepreneur, who has integrated engineering, biology, and clinical translation with business principles. His work helped launch and advance four bio-tech and bio-pharma companies, two of which obtained regulatory clearance and introduced products into market, while the other two are in human clinical trial phases.

Deal Camp at Berkeley

Deal Camp at Berkeley

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Deal Camp is a four-day course focused on the nuts and bolts of deal making for investors who want to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments. Participants will work with leading UC Berkeley faculty and 500 Partners to develop strategies to structure deals in order to maximize investment returns.

Program participants will attend the 500 Startups Preview Day in San Francisco on October 18 and then head to UC Berkeley for Deal Camp on October 19-21. Deal Camp will use a project-based learning approach in which participants will take part in a negotiation simulation with real companies which they will have seen pitch at 500 Startups Preview Day.


Angel investors, VCs, fund managers and attorneys looking to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early stage investments.


The four day program of densely scheduled lectures and workshops take place on the UC Berkeley Campus. Participants will also be invited to attend the 500 Startups Preview Day in San Francisco.


The program fee is $7,800 and covers tuition, all course materials, most meals, and admission and transport to Preview Day. Travel and accommodations are not included. Discounted rate available for VC Unlocked and UC Berkeley alumni.


We accept qualified candidates on a rolling basis and space is limited, so we encourage you to apply early.

iBridge Barcelona

iBridge Barcelona

iBridges Barcelona:

Global Meet-up of Hi-Tech Entrepreneurs of Iranian Descent This event will take place on December 8-10, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.

Please click here for more information.

HiTech Summit, Baku

HiTech Summit, Baku

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



Roundtable details will be forthcoming October 2016.