The year 2017 has been quite an adventurous ride for Iranian businesses looking forward to grow. Economic challenges, sanctions, domestic obstacles, increasing air pollution and an earthquake seem to work together in order to break the spirits of a lot of young and motivated entrepreneurs. Did they succeed breaking them? Of course not! Iranian fortitude might be unknown to many non-Iranians, but yet it is a very true, powerful force within Iranian culture. A very new addition to Iran’s very old and ancient culture is the startup culture: Quite young compared to the startup scenes of other countries, but Iranians always seemed to show a very strong aptitude for the startup & technology environment.
Iranian startups so far have done an excellent job in enriching Iran’s market segments with their fresh and forward-thinking ideas. The amount of productive disruption and innovation they have brought within their young age has tremendously helped the country, more than has been admitted by Iran’s usually very old-school and very centralized business culture. But youth and intelligence are a very fierce combination that can become unstoppable. One unlikely market segment that has truly felt the positive impact startups can bring is the healthcare segment.
Ranging from digital marketing services and website design for healthcare institutions and top-level practitioners up to finding actionable solutions for people and businesses affected by the earthquake last month, Iranian startups have proven their steel even in the face of national catastrophe. Over 500 people died and death tolls are still expected to rise. Iranian crowdfunding platforms 2nate and Mehrabane are collecting money for the victims as part of their social responsibility and Iranians outside of Iran can also commit with PayPal and MasterCard at 2nate.com and mehrabane.ir. Peeyade, Dunro and Puneez are using their influence to persuade people into donating blood to the people in need. Iran’s Uber-style ride-hailing apps Snapp and Tap30 are rounding that up by giving ride discounts to the blood donation facilities.
Iran’s healthcare market holds great opportunities for investors (development & innovation), hospitals (medical tourism), health practitioners and even nutrition experts. If you are interested in working with us on your next healthcare project in Iran or otherwise, feel free to contact us: