WE CAN NOT REMAIN SILENT
We have always taken pride in iBRIDGES being a community that welcomes all innovators and entrepreneurs. Our aim has always been to empower participants by exchanging ideas and learning from best practices.
We believe in the future.
We believe that everyone has the opportunity and responsibility to build a better tomorrow for us all. And with this aspiration in mind, we cannot fathom a future when a brutal regime systematically targets Iranian youth and children and suppresses their opportunities for a prosperous future.
Yesterday, 16 November 2022, in the city of Izeh in the Iranian province of Khuzestan, a ten-year-old boy was killed by military-grade ammunition; his name was Kian Pirfalak. Kian dreamt of being an innovator and inventor. He had developed and tested a water propeller he planned to submit to Iran’s Khwarizmi Festival of Innovation (https://youtu.be/9dnechYcyoM). With so much ingenuity at such a young age, we are sure Kian would make many significant contributions to his community and country if he had been allowed to live a full life.
Now that is no longer a possibility.
As a community dedicated to establishing a global innovation economy that advances prosperity for all, we stand by the brave Iranian people and courageous Iranian women in their quest for their fundamental human rights.
We believe that a just and inclusive society that offers equal opportunities to all citizens is essential for innovation to flourish. Thus we unequivocally condemn acts of brutality against Iranian youth, children, and women.
We invite all members of the global community, particularly innovators and entrepreneurs of all nations, to support the Iranian people in their efforts to achieve a free and just society.
The iBRIDGES Board
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.
At iBRIDGES we believe that the promotion and development of entrepreneurial capacities is a key lever for all societies to elevate their social condition. Entrepreneurship opens minds and enables individuals to unleash their creative capacities. It enables them to shift their perspective from seeing themselves as mere consumers or passive members of society, to being active producers, contributors and creators of their social reality. In particular the high-tech entrepreneurial space brings with it game changing dynamics and new ways of engagement that promote diversity and equal opportunity, celebrates merit based achievement, advocates participative management as well as fosters shared ownership. All of these elements are needed to establish a “Global Innovation Economy”. Individuals who build and accelerate the growth of an “Innovation Economy” everywhere.
iBRIDGES connects aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, established companies, students and investors in a dynamic networking environment.
Past conferences of Berkeley 2014, Berlin 2015, Barcelona 2016, Toronto 2019, and Virtual 2020 brought together 4000+ attendees from 40 countries. Over 300 speakers engaged with attendees, over 700 startups participated in the PITCH FEST, and more than 60 startups pitched their work to potential investors.
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