The Iranian diaspora has also started to take notice of opportunities within the start-up scene. This is encouraging, given that it features many successful entrepreneurs including Pierre Omidyar founder of Ebay, Omid Kordestani at Google, Salar Kamangar, CEO of YouTube, and Arash Ferdowsi, co-founder of Dropbox. Some of them have made serious commitments to accelerate and invest in start-ups inside Iran. Others are creating platforms outside of Iran for Iranian entrepreneurs to connect with the global start-up scene. Some are also returning part-time or full-time to Iran, to play a part in the start-up ecosystem.

This is perhaps the most promising trend – young Iranians educated abroad are seriously considering the country as a place to build start-ups. Iran’s opportunities, despite all of its challenges, are alluring.

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Diaspora: noun /daɪˈæs.pər.ə/

a large group of people who come from a particular place and are now living in many different parts of the world

“the Ukrainian diaspora flocked back to Kiev”

“the connections between Israel and the Jewish diaspora”

Take notice of:

to give something your attention:

“Voters are beginning to take notice of him as a serious candidate.”

“Please take notice of the nearest emergency exit.”

Encouraging:    Adjective  /ɛŋˈkʌrɪdʒɪŋ,ɪŋˈkʌrɪdʒɪŋ/

    positive and giving hope for future success; promising.

    “the results are very encouraging”


taking into account.

“given the complexity of the task, they did a good job”

Feature:  verb /ˈfiː.tʃər/ 

to include someone or something as an important part:

“The movie features James Dean as a disaffected teenager.”

“This week’s broadcast features a report on victims of domestic violence.”

Commitment:     noun   /kəˈmɪt.mənt/

a willingness to give your time and energy to something that you believe in, or a promise or firm decision to do something:

“Players must make a commitment to play for a full season.”

Play a part:

to help to achieve something; make a contribution to a situation

“My thanks to everyone who has played a part in saving the hospital.”

“social and economic factors may have also played a part”

Alluring:    adjective     uk /əˈljʊə.rɪŋ/ /əˈlʊə.rɪŋ/ us /əˈlʊr.ɪŋ/

attractive or exciting:

“She was wearing a most alluring dress at Sam’s dinner party.”