Although there are a plethora of Middle East Centers and Islam and Democracy Programs at various American universities, few, if any, focus on the relation between the promotion of entrepreneurship and development and the attainment of democratic sustainability. Yet such an approach has become both timely and indispensable in light of the Arab Spring, which is unlikely to survive, let alone thrive, in the face of continued economic failure and injustice.

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Past Events

June 4-6 2015 iBridge 2015 High-tech Entrepreneurship in Iran – Berlin, GermanyRead More
Nov 19-21 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit – Marrakesh, MorroccoRead More
Oct 23 2014 BPEDME-Borsa Istanbul Annual Event – Istanbul, TurkeyRead More

Announcements

The Guardian’s recent article about the opportunities of Iranian hi-tech entrepreneurship at the upcoming iBridge Conference in Berlin.
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BPEDME Advisory Council member Hossein Askari’s interview with German Public Radio, “A Benchmark for Islamic Societies: The Seed for change,” is posted belowRead More
The first interview of the Middle Eastern Role Models project is up, featuring Ibrahim Turban, the chairman of the Istanbul Stock Exchange.Read More

IN FOCUS

6-15-2015. BPEDME’s Advisory Council member Stephan Chambers on iBridge Berlin in the Financial Times

Stephan Chambers iBridge Article

6-15-2015. Below are two articles focusing on the impact of iBridge Berlin

Reuters iBridge Article
Wall Street Journal iBridge Article

6-2-2015. The Guardian’s recent article about the opportunities of Iranian hi-tech entrepreneurship at the upcoming iBridge Conference in Berlin

Guardian iBridge Article

5-23-2015. Below is an article published by the Financial Times regarding BPEDME’s upcoming iBridge Conference in Berlin

iBridge Berlin Article

4-11-2015. iBRIDGE Berlin is the sequel to iBRIDGE Berkeley 2014, a highly successful conference on the potentials and pitfalls of Iran’s high-tech sector. iBRIDGE Berlin will bring together European and American entrepreneurs with their counterparts from Iran to explore the role that a high-tech entrepreneurial ecosystem can play in Iran establishing a sustainable economy as an engine of innovation. In addition to featuring dozens of plenary sessions and panels, the conference will be accompanied by tons of workshops on entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and management. This educational conference follows closely from last year’s event at Berkeley, and like its predecessor, is in full compliance with US sanctions laws and regulations concerning Iran. However, with the prospects for the reduction and eventual lifting of sanctions improving, we believe that the time is propitious to explore and debate the role that high technology can play in Iran’s economic development and diversification. The informational poster is attached below.

iBridge Berlin Conference

2-8-2015. BPEDME Advisory Council member Hossein Askari’s interview with German Public Radio, “A Benchmark for Islamic Societies: The Seed for change,” is posted below.

Hossein Askari Interview

1-23-2015. Videos of interviews with Middle Eastern role models will be posted on our Media page. The first interview is up, featuring Ibrahim Turban, the chairman of the Istanbul Stock Exchange.
10-23-2014. The BPEDME – Borsa Istanbul annual event on Turkey was held in Istanbul this year. The event focused on “Building Bridges Through Entrepreneurship: Turkey’s Rise As a Startup Nation in Regional and Global Perspectives.” We have uploaded the entire conference in the four YouTube videos below:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Turkey Conference Info

8-15-14. Videos from BPEDME’s conference on High Tech Entrepreneurship in Iran are now posted!

Bridge 2014 Videos

11-19-2014. BPED organized a conference and participated in the White House Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakesh, Morocco. Videos are posted below.

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