Iran Bootcamp

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Iran Bootcamp for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
March 25 – April 8, 2023

 Innovation and entrepreneurship have become even more important as key development promoters in the post-pandemic era. The Bootcamp for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will provide a thorough exposure to the concept and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Iran Bootcamp on Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be offered by UC Berkeley’s AMENA Center for Entrepreneurship and Development from March 25 – April 8, 2023, at the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.

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The Program

The course will combine classroom sessions with lectures and interactive activities as well as out-of-class exercises and assignments to provide participants with the skills, culture, and networks they need to establish, operate, sustain, and scale new businesses. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive UC Berkeley certificates.  

Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship, gaining familiarity with the processes that will allow them to go from ideas to business. The course will cover best practices on recruiting and retaining talent, forming teams, pitching ideas, raising capital, prototyping solutions, testing markets, selling and marketing products and services, and launching scalable enterprises capable of creating value in both economic and social terms. Participants will also learn how to define problems and determine which ones to solve, becoming familiar with formulating solutions that are “usefully different” from and superior to what exists on the market.  

Throughout, theoretical and conceptual approaches will be supplanted by case studies and visits to Silicon Valley. Participants will be exposed to practical examples of budding and thriving startups, renowned technology companies, venture capitalists, angel investors, incubators, and accelerators. The course will be enriched by insights from entrepreneurs and VCs, who will discuss their successes and failures, analyzing the lessons they have derived from each.

The first week of this two-week program focuses on lean startups, the method that describes how today’s entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create successful businesses. The second week focuses on problem-solving and design thinking, enabling participants to learn and practice the innovation process. Each week, participants will have a one-day visit to Silicon Valley incubators, corporations, and startups. There will also be a visit to the famous Computer History Museum.

Agenda

See below for scheduled events and daily training programs. During the program, minor changes and displacements may be made to the schedule.

Day 1: Saturday, March 25
  • Arrival
Day 2: Sunday, March 26
  • 5:00 pm Registration
  • 6:00 pm Reception
Day 3: Monday, March 27
  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am Session 1: Orientation
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Break
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Session 2: Entrepreneurship in a Box
  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Session 3: Entrepreneurship in a Box
Day 4: Tuesday, March 28
  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am Session 4: Entrepreneurship in a Box
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Break
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Session 5: Entrepreneurship in a Box
  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Session 6: Fireside Chat: Silicon Valley Expert
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Break – Networking
Day 5: Wednesday, March 29
  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am Session 7: Entrepreneurship in a Box
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Break
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Session 8: Entrepreneurship in a Box
  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Session 9: Innovation Field Trip
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Break – Networking
Day 6: Thursday, March 30
  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am Session 10: Entrepreneurship in a Box
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Break
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Session 11: Entrepreneurship in a Box
  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Session 12: Innovation Field Trip
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Break – Networking
Day 7: Friday, March 31
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Silicon Valley Visit 1
Day 8: Saturday, April 1
  • Free Time
Day 9: Sunday, April 2
  • Free Time
Day 10: Monday, April 3
  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am Session 13: Design Thinking
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Break
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Session 14: Design Thinking
  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Session 15: Fireside Chat – Silicon Valley Expert
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Break – Networking
Day 11: Tuesday, April 4
  •  9:00 am – 10:30 am Session 16: Design Thinking
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Break
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Session 17: Design Thinking
  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Session 18: Fireside Chat: Silicon Valley Expert
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Break – Networking
Day 12: Wednesday, April 5
  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am Session 19: Project Workshop
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Break
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Session 20: Project Workshop
  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Session 21: Fireside Chat: Silicon Valley Expert
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Break – Networking
Day 13: Thursday, April 6
  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am Session 22: Project 1
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Break
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Session 23: Project 2
  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Session 21: Fireside Chat: Silicon Valley Expert
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Break – Networking
Day 14: Friday, April 7
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Silicon Valley Visit 2
  • 6:00 pm Reception – Certificate Awarding
Day 15: Saturday, April 8
  • Departure

Rules and Regulations

  • Applicants should apply by filling out the application form.
  • UC Berkeley’s admissions committee will carefully evaluate each file and admit eligible applicants to the program.
  • Admitted applicants will receive a letter of acceptance and supporting documents to apply for  B1/B2 visas.  
  • Participating in all training sessions, project workshops, fireside chats, and Silicon Valley visits is mandatory. 
  • Participants will be required to work on projects in teams and present their projects on the final demo day.
  • Participants will be provided with housing at or in the vicinity of the UC Berkeley campus. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the UC Berkeley campus.
  • Participants who complete the Bootcamp will receive UC Berkeley certificates of completion.

Registration for this Bootcamp has ended
Click here to register for the next Bootcamp in July 2023