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Iran wants to invent the next Silicon Valley

“We have the same work-ethic as in Silicon Valley”, says Bijan Ghodstinat, the white-haired Internet-investor whose turquoise colored Polo-shirt spans his wide breast.

“Our young people work six days a week and have not more than 7 days of vacation during the year and earn minimum wage plus a success earn-out. They have to passionately believe in their ideas; otherwise they have no place here”.

Mr. Ghodstinat manages the Iranian Start-up-Incubator Maps. Whoever has a good idea for an Internet-company receives an office, start-up capital and continuous consulting and training from Ghodstinat and his partners. As well as Californian entrepreneurial spirit. But to relax, instead of a Pinball machine, there is Fig-tree in the garden of the old house.

More exciting than in Silicon Valley

And instead of Caesar’s salad and Pizza there is Safran-Rice and barberries for high potentials in the North of Tehran.

Down there in the valley there is an eight million metropolitan city which is waiting for a boom after the international economic sanctions. It is in way more exciting than Silicon Valley and more relaxing at the same time…

Mohammad Noresi, 27, and Hediye Delkhosh, 25, were also in Berlin. “We were pretty amazed about the huge interest we received from the people there – including investors”, says Noresi, a slender Kurd with a passion for Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan.

The two Giants are part of the decoration on his desk at the Maps offices and while his partner Delkhosh likes that kind of music too, her white head scarf rests relatively neatly on her head, if you compare it to other young Teheran girls.

Strong emergence of crowdfunding

The startup that the two of them founded is called Hamijoo and presents a crowdfunding platform for artists. “Hediye has studied Computer Science and I have studied biomedical engineering”, Noresi says, “but at university we also came into contact with artists. And we saw that they themselves had a problem with investments. ”

In Iran, he explains, the only sponsors for art are either the government or companies. “In that way, creative people in this country can never work quite independently. We want to create a direct relationship between art and those who need it.”

This relationship, it seems, is a true love. The platform has been online for some more than 100 days now but it already collected a little less than 20.000 Euros for six projects, funding one of them – a performance by artist Hila Sedighi – by even 101 percent.

“She just called us to say she had received enough money now and that we could stop”, Noresi tells with a grin. Maybe now there will be more money left for his favorite project: Meysam Azad is looking for donors in order to record his first studio album.

With his Iranian folksongs he has already become a super star on internet video platforms, even though until now he has only recorded himself with his mobile phone in his own living room. But Iranians around the world like to click him.

More Chances for girls

“It is a pity that because of the sanctions so many young people go abroad”, says Arefeh Tambakuzadeh, 24 years old. The IT specialist works for the start-up Miras in the office next to Art-financiers. Miras conducts big-data analysis for financial and aerospace companies.

“Young men find it easier to go abroad. This has created more opportunities for us girls”. A walk through the offices of Maps shows she is right. Two-thirds of the young people here are women – and many of the executives are women. This also why the start-up industry is a future-engine for Iran. And probably someday a model for the rest of the Middle East.