As a young businesswoman in Iran, Nazanin Daneshvar didn’t plan to become one of Tehran’s trail blazing techpreneurs. She has overcome obstacles of both age, and gender. The 30-year old is part of a startup scene so vibrant, more than one hundred people recently competed for a place at the country’s first private accelerator, providing mentorship as well as funding.
Tehran’s techpreneurs say one of the few benefits of sanctions are the almost limit-less opportunities to localize popular Western sites, like YouTube and PayPal.
Women dominate the hard sciences at Iranian universities, studying subjects like engineering, math and chemistry. And, women are involved in Tehran’s tech sector, but Daneshvar says the real problem is getting the older segments of society to take web businesses seriously.
Shifting traditional mindsets and uptake is a slow process, but with a compelling sales pitch, Daneshvar and her sales…
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