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This activity is part of the multi-annual project “Promoting Entrepreneurship Development and Upscaling Innovative SMEs in the Islamic Republic of Iran” initiated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) following a formal request of Mr Azari Jahromi, Minister of Information and Communication Technology of Iran. The main goal of the project is to build capacity and to improve the competitiveness of ICT startups and scaleups in Iran.

As part of this project we are among others involved in mapping and analyzing the startup ecosystem of Iran, organizing training programmes for entrepreneurs and mentors in the ecosystem and establishing a virtual entrepreneurship hub where all initiatives come together.

On this page you can find more information about the series of Train the Trainer programmes that are part of our effort to strengthen the ICT startup ecosystem in Iran. These programmes will be provided by Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Applications for this edition of the programme have been closed. Please visit this site for future updates.

  • In order to realize sustainable impact in the ICT startup ecosystem of Iran, ‘Train the Trainer’ programmes are part of the UNIDO project. In essence, by supporting startup mentors, coaches and other service providers in the ecosystem we aim to empower them to pass on this knowledge to startups and scaleups in the ecosystem. The programmes are about co-creation, this means blending cutting edge knowledge and international best practices with the expertise that exists in the local ecosystem.

    We believe that innovation does not take place in isolation but rather, is the result of interactions between different service providers and support organizations. A well-functioning innovation ecosystem provides startups and scaleups with the necessary access to talent, capital and markets. The Train the Trainer programme aims to facilitate these processes and linkages to increase effective support for Iranian entrepreneurs overall. 

  • Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship is the leading centre for entrepreneurship in Europe. Fueled by the belief that entrepreneurship is the primary driver for innovation, the centre strives to embed entrepreneurship in the DNA of people by applying the knowledge and network of Erasmus University Rotterdam, a university founded by entrepreneurs more than 100 years ago. With 4 full professors and 35+ academic trainers on entrepreneurship, Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship offers actionable executive entrepreneurship training and innovation programmes to corporates as well as starting entrepreneurs. Every year, 3,000 students are taught the foundation of entrepreneurship in the centre’s own entrepreneurial learning environment: a 10,000 m2 campus located in the innovation district in Rotterdam and also the home base of 100+ innovative companies. In a quest to encourage entrepreneurship not only at home but internationally as well, Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship develops, implements and executes programmes to train entrepreneurial skills abroad. All of their activities aim to strengthen local entrepreneurship ecosystems by bringing together different (local or international) organizations.

  • Format

    This programme is a combination of online workshops and coaching, both on a peer-to-peer level as well as on a participant-facilitator level.

    The programme consists of three afternoon sessions in which the following themes will be addressed:

    • The entrepreneurship process
    • Ecosystem mapping exercise
    • Partnerships
    • Impact measurement
    • Strategy and implementation

    We do not include a detailed programme here because we intend to maintain flexibility in the outline of the sessions.

    Who can apply?

    We are looking for enthusiastic startup mentors, coaches, entrepreneurs and other ecosystem support organizations from all provinces* who:

    • Are proficient in the English language;
    • Have experience with the startup ecosystem in Iran: either as an active participant in one of the ecosystem pillars (network, expertise, capital, education, support) or as a successful startup founder;
    • Can demonstrate traction in the ecosystem, including a record of activities and/or interaction with other ecosystem players;
    • Are mentors or who have worked with entrepreneurs before (pre);
    • Are willing to invest time and efforts into the implementation of the insights

    *The first edition of the programme takes place completely online


    2-3 trainers from Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship will facilitate this Train the Trainer programme.

    Dates and fees

    The UNIDO Train the Trainer programmes take place several times a year.

    The next edition of the Train the Trainer programme takes place online in August 2021. Applications can be submitted until 20 July 2021. Capacity is 60 persons.

    This programme is free of charge.


    The first edition of the programme takes place online via Zoom. We make use of an online learning environment to accompany the sessions.

  • During the programme, participants will:

    • Increase their knowledge and skills in ecosystem development, including their own organization’s position in the ecosystem and how to collaborate with other service providers;
    • (Further) develop the competencies needed to apply an experiential, action-based approach to the design, implementation and facilitation of entrepreneurial support programmes;
    • Draft a strategy on how to maximize the level and effectiveness of the support that their respective organizations offer to ICT entrepreneurs in Iran

    Learning method: Experiential Learning

    Through our teaching method of Experiential Learning, this programme equips you to put newly acquired skills into practice right away. This method assumes that learning is a continuous process of experiences that are transferred into knowledge, consisting of four phases as visualised in the image below.

    Through experiential learning participants are expected to take responsibility for managing their own learning trajectory, which takes place in a larger sense than merely the physical space of the classroom. Participants receive the tools in class, which can be used directly within the organisation. We believe that knowledge creation should take place along different paths; not just between participants and facilitator but through peer consultation as well. As such, participants are encouraged to actively partake in the programme, as it directly influences their learning experience.