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DMOND is one of Iranian’s top accelerator program, and offers an outstanding opportunity to work with an accomplished network of mentors and investors while supported by an unrivalled alumni network.
We’re proud to say we’re different to other accelerators. Ask around – you won’t find any other program which is able to connect you to Silicon Valley, through Plug and Play Tech Center and international markets.
DMOND is based in Tehran. It also has a very active developer and designer community, hosts dozens of meetups and conferences every month.
No. In the DMOND’s experience, the various challenges that a startup company encounters are unmanageable for a single person to handle. Entrepreneurs need to go through the exercise of finding a co-founder who complements their skills and they can trust before they apply.
We’re focused on technology businesses and while most successful applicants will be solving problems and exploiting opportunities on the web and mobile, we look for gaming, education, shared economy, Big data, Internet of things and cloud services.
We’ll also consider startups in the field of energy, nanotech and biotech.
DMOND program is designed to support entrepreneurs who have experience behind them and speak to solving problems they know first-hand. Ideal candidates are between the ages of 25-35 years old; however, if you are passionate and driven by your vision, yet fall out of this age range, we encourage you to still apply and let us know why we should consider you and your project.
DMOND accepts applications on a rolling basis, so you can apply to our program at any time. But space is limited, so we encourage teams to submit as soon as possible!
The Application process is straightforward and simple and entails completing an online application and submitting a short 1-2 minute video summarizing the company, the problem being addressed, and the solution developed.
Our core criteria are the following: Team: Entrepreneurs are expected to form fully-committed, complementary teams, understanding both technology and business. Domain expertise on the industry they will operate in is also a typical requirement. Finally, we value teams who have worked successfully together in the past.
Market: International, sufficiently big and fast growing markets are required to serve as the canvas on which a team will deliver its product. Anything less probably won't suffice to serve the ambitions of entrepreneurs and investors alike. Product: We invest in teams pursuing innovative software products delivered via the web and/or mobile platforms, nanotechnology and biotechnology products as well. Technology should be means to an end; a catalyst that drives value creation by solving problems an order of magnitude more efficiently than existing solutions.
Maybe. We’ll consider startups that are still at the MVP or prototype stage, though we’ve proven we can provide substantial value to later-stage businesses too.
Yes! BUT if the teams can convince an investor to invest in their business. We participate as part of the investment. In short, the best teams will have access to follow-on seed funding to ensure they continue to grow and scale.
Office space
High speed internet facility + data center
Business services (Accounting, Legal, Recruitment, tax, etc)
Management consulting (BM, Revenue model, Marketing strategy, HR, etc)
Training and workshops
Financing
The point of DMOND is to help you shape your business and find market fit, so a business plan isn’t much use before we do that. Even if you’re trading and have revenues, your business and product are likely to change. Instead, complete the short application form, but please make sure you fill in all the questions.
We believe value lies in entrepreneurs pursuing innovating ideas, not in ideas per se. A business plan alone cannot go a long way. The passion, commitment and domain knowledge of its founders stand as a competitive advantage we consider sufficient. We do not sign NDAs. That being said, you are dealing with an institution that was built to last, its reputation being its core asset.
Accelerator program will conclude with the EXPO event, a demo day that will connect the venture capital and angel investor community with DMOND companies and provide additional exposure for the companies.

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