High-Tech Entrepreneurship



Kamran Elahian, a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist, and a "Global Instigator for Good" will take you on a journey as he shares his successes and failures, “celebrating the art of failure” and studying in-depth the critical elements of iTechpreneurship™, investment in high tech, and the effects of positive change that shape society’s future.

Experienced and reputable entrepreneur Kamran Elahian is currently chair and co-founder of Global Catalyst Partners (GCP), an international technology oriented venture capital firm. He is co-chair of UNGAID, The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID) - a United Nations global forum that comprehensively addresses cross-cutting issues related to ICT in development.

He founded Schools- Online in 1996 (now part of humanitarian charity Relief International) a charity that works to bring the Internet to underprivileged schools in over 36 countries. In almost 3 decades as a high-tech entrepreneur, Kamran has co-founded 10 companies: CAE Systems (acquired by Tektronix for $75M) Cirrus Logic (IPO at $150M) Momenta, NeoMagic (IPO at $300M) PlanetWeb (acquired by MTI in 2009) Centillium Communications (IPO at $700M) Actelis Networks (a broadband communications systems company) Informative, Entopia, Greenfield Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2006).

Kamran is also a board member of Actelis Networks, Beceem Communications, iKoa and SoundHound. Kamran has an educational background in science, having first achieved his BSc Computer Science and Mathematics and then a MSc in Computer Graphics from the University of Utah. In 2013, Kamran was a mentor for Unreasonable at Sea, a tech accelerator for social entrepreneurs founded by Unreasonable Group, Semester at Sea, and Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.


Innovation Catalyst
Global Innovation Catalyst LLC
January 2016 – Present | San Francisco Bay Area

Chairman, BIT-AMENA Center for Building Innovation Economies
University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
2016 – Present | Berkeley, California

Global Innovation Advisor
500 Startups
January 2016 – Present | San Francisco Bay Area

Co-Founder & Chairman
Global Catalyst Partners
1999 – Present | Palo Alto, CA

Co-Founder and Charter Member
January 2014 – Present

Founding Mentor
Unreasonable Group
2009 – Present

Founding Investor and Board Member
2006 – Present | San Jose, California

Founding Advisory Board Member
2015 – Present | Barcelona, Spain

Advisory Board Member
Partners for Sustainable Development
2009 – Present | Palestine

Advisory Council Member
IVECA International Virtual Schooling
2009 – Present | Greater New York City Area

United Nations Global Alliance for ICT in Development (UN GAID)
2009 – 2011 | New York, NY

Chairman Emeritus
Relief International
2003 – 2009 | Greater Los Angeles Area

Co-Founder & Chairman
Actelis Networks
1999 – 2009 | Fremont, CA

Co-Founder & Chairman
1996 – 2009 | San Francisco Bay Area

Honors & Awards

  • Global Instigator For Good
  • Philanthropists of the Year Award
  • Middle East International Film Festival
  • The Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award
  • SVForum's Visionary Award
  • Best Arabic Film (Cairo International Film Festival)
  • Special Jury Prize - Silver Pyramid (Cairo International Film Festival)
  • Honorable Mention - Skyy Prize (San Francisco International Film Festival)
  • The Tech Museum Awards (The Tech Museum Awards)
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award
  • Master Entrepreneur Award Winner Northern California Region


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10-14 October, Barcelona
8 - 10 December, Barcelona
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