A meeting of the technology and innovation coordination council of Yazd Province was held on May 14, 2019 at the Eqbal technology center with the participation of Sorena Sattari, vice president for science and technology affairs; Mohammad Ali Talebi, Yazd’s governor; Darioush Pourserajian, director of Yazd Science and Technology Park; Mohammad Saleh Owlia, president of Yazd University; and CEOs of some knowledge-based and tech companies.

Innovation factories, a good space for realization of innovative ideas of creative youth

At this meeting, which was held on the sidelines of Sattari’s visit to Yazd Province, Sattari talked about the support provided by the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology for the establishment of innovation factories, the public relations office of Yazd Science and Technology Park reported. He said, “Such factories provide a good space for turning the innovative ideas of educated and creative youth into knowledge-based and creative businesses, and in fact, many of the knowledge-based companies that emerge out of startups leave the factories after acceleration and enter the market.”

Creating an ecosystem conducive to activities of knowledge-based and startup businesses

The vice president said promoting domestic knowledge-based products and making the country self-sufficient in the production of the most important commodities, particularly the sanctioned goods, are two of the important priorities of these businesses in the current year. “The Vice Presidency for Science and Technology is trying to create an ecosystem conducive to the activities of knowledge-based and startup companies through developing the infrastructure and software and financial support under the law of supporting knowledge-based companies.”

Sattari said, “A science and technology park is not a physical space but rather is a strategic concept and serve all parts of the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in an unlimited manner.”

Growth of startups and knowledge-based companies in current year

Sattari said there are 4,300 knowledge-based companies and 6,000 startups working in the country, noting, “Last year, the sales of knowledge-based firms amounted to 90,000 billion tomans, and this trend will accelerate this year.”

He added, “The amount and quality of the activities of these businesses have now reached an important and influential point in the economy.”

Later on, Mohammad Ali Talebi, Yazd’s governor, welcomed the guests and thanked the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology for its approach and useful measures.

He said, “Paying attention to knowledge-based economy is the only solution in the country under current conditions.”

In addition, Darioush Pourserajian, director of Yazd Science and Technology Park, briefed the participants on the measures and macro-projects of Yazd Science and Technology Park to develop the technology and innovation ecosystem.

Sorena Sattari, vice president for science and technology affairs, who had traveled to Yazd Province on May 14, visited innovation, acceleration, and incubation centers of the tech university units in the province as well as the abandoned spinning mill factory. This factory will be turned into a place to host startups and launch the production line of tech products and services with the infrastructure support of the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology.