IRAN START(s)UP

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80 million of mobile users, almost half of them with smartphones, 32 million people with an average age between 20 and 32 years old, a 4G speed connection that has grown by leaps and bounds over the last three years.

We are talking about Iran, the most closed country in the world because of the international sanctions and the Revolutionary Guards of the 1979 Islamic revolution: great changes are taking place in the country of the Ayatollah since young Iranians have started to create startups with success never experienced before.

After the nuclear deal signed with the West, Iran looks to the future, hoping that international sanctions will be eliminated as promised. Meanwhile investments slowly increase and come from both internal and external sources: the innovation ecosystem develops between startups, incubators and venture capitalists ready to finance new ideas, which are already ready to be developed. Iran lacks all the things people have seen on the Internet in other countries: thus Snapp and Tap30 are designed to offer in Tehran the same service that Uber does in Europe; then Zarin Pal, the Iranian Paypal; Digikala, the local version of Amazon; Zomaq, the new Expedia and so on. Many young people have returned to Tehran after gaining experience in California, the government also tries to do its part with the Technology Park, where the writing at the entrance reads: “the Iranian Silicon Valley”. But the private sector leads the way.