Last week Avatech opened its doors for the first time, welcoming the 20 selected teams to start the eight weeks of Pre- Accelerator at Avatech.
Said Rahmani, Sarava Co-founder Speaking at the opening event
After a first screening and two rounds of interviews and pitches, we were able to select 20 promising teams for Avatech’s first cycle. The selected teams and their businesses cover a wide range of topics such as Online Education, distributing Audio Books online, News- and PR- platforms, a Project Management Software, a Decoration tool using augmented reality to help people decorating their houses and many more.
DigiKala CoFounder Speaking at Avatech Accelerator
We started the Pre-Accelerator with a Kickoff event with all the teams, local mentors and many supporters. The event was filled with speeches about entrepreneurship in general and the Iranian startup scene. The teams got an introduction to the program of the next eight weeks and got an overview about our local and international mentors. Some local mentors like Hamid Mohammdi (digikala), Shayan Shalileh (anetwork), Hessam Armandehi (CafeBazaar) and Hamid Rezazadeh (Pichak) even came on stage to share their experience.
Morteza Alamolhoda, Pichak CoFounder shared his startup story
After a short break we welcomed Morteza Almalhoda from Pichak as speaker who shared some of his insights on building a startup. Last but not least the teams had the chance to introduce themselves and their ideas as elevator pitch. The event ended with some networking so everybody had the chance to get to know each other.
After the opening the teams could not wait to start working. We had a first week filled with workshops, pitches, mentor and feedback sessions and teams working hard to move forward.
The next weeks will be filled with more workshops on topics like Customer Development, Marketing and Sales, Metrics and many more topics. We will also have lots of sessions and our teams will have the chance to speak to local and international mentors. We are looking forward to seven more great weeks and lots of progress. (Go to post to see more photos)
Teams did a lot of networking and started working at Avatech
Hessam Armandehi, the cofounder of CafeBazaar on the stage
Sara Usinger, our program manager at Avatech talked about the program structure
Avatech teams ready to rock!
Shayan Shalileh, Anetwork cofounder on the stage at Avatech kick off event
Hamid Rezazadeh, Pichak cofounder delivered a speech at avatech kick off event