Mozaffar Etezadifar chose to build an initiative that addresses social and environmental needs, rather than purely thinking about his own profit – an admirable characteristic of a millennial Founder! I also find it notable that he’s into building long-term results, rather than only focusing on the present returns.
Mozaffar Etezadifar, born in 1990, has studied Power Electrical Engineering; Economics and Management in Sharif, University of Tehran. He continued his studies in Energy Management as Master in AmirKabir, University of Tehran. He joined Rocket Internet group in Iran as the first member. Eventually, he launched ICT startups before finally deciding to start businesses in the Energy field, which was the main reason to launch SARIR accelerator for engineering startups.
Why did you start your initiative?
The main reason I started my website was because of the lack of attention to renewable energy and environment and also, the unacceptable growth rate of engineering startups, especially in these two fields. I thought it may be a good starting point to attract authorities’ attention for engineering startups in the aforementioned fields (instead of the ordinary and well known ICT startups which are very popular these days in Iran) and it really did! After all these efforts, me and my friends were sponsored by the biggest industrial investment company , “Ghadir”, and we started the first Iranian private accelerator for engineering startups as a priority. Our accelerator name is SARIR.
As an advocate for sustainability and healthy living, how do you spread awareness to your audience? And how does it affect your role as a founder?
Spreading our vision among the youth and society is one of our main responsibilities. We use all our channels and links in communities to tell young entrepreneurs how important renewable energy and environment startups are to us and we provide them with all our facilities and networks. We call ourselves “Match Makers” between industry or government and startups in these fields.
Can you tell us about your co-working initiative? How does it help you expand your network?
Everyone in our company believes in our goal (at least all the cofounders!) because if we don’t believe in what we do, it won’t go any further and it won’t get any bigger. There are so many other profitable startups that we could have invested, but we selected to help and accelerate these kind of businesses so we can do our social responsibility.
What risks are you currently facing and how do you deal with it?
Our biggest risk is our annual budget. Because of the nature of our energy and environment startups, we need to invest a lot of money although we know they will pay off eventually. So, we are concerned about our investors’ decisions in the long term. The good news is, for now, everyone is encouraging us to step up in these fields.
How do you qualify people to bring into your organization?
It’s all about team and attitude. We all know that idea never does anything great. In fact it’s great teams and industrious people who do the great things!
What advice would you have for anyone looking to start their own initiative?
Believe in what you do and make sure you know WHY you want to do so!
EnergyKade addresses concern on renewable energies and the environment by publishing articles on their website and gaining attention from large companies to act as investors for their first private accelerator and co-working space (and VC!), which is intended for engineering teams who aim to run projects in these fields.