About

I am a seasoned educator, researcher, and innovator with a deep-rooted passion for fostering startup success. With a rich academic background, including a Ph.D. in Economics and ongoing research, coupled with hands-on experience in developing and scaling startups, I bring a unique blend of academic knowledge and practical business expertise. My journey, marked by overcoming the challenges of raising capital and winning national startup competitions, has equipped me with invaluable insights into entrepreneurial finance, digital transformation, and business strategy. At the heart of my mission is empowering fellow entrepreneurs, from idea inception to business scaling, through tailored mentorship and resource curation. Let’s transform your vision into a thriving business reality.

What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?

Being an entrepreneur means embracing the journey of creating and growing a business from an initial idea. Entrepreneurs face a myriad of opportunities and challenges daily, including innovating unique solutions, navigating financial risks, and managing the uncertainties of market trends. The path from ideation to full commercialization is often nonlinear, involving iterative development, continuous learning, and adaptation. Success for entrepreneurs can be a blend of professional achievement, personal satisfaction, and societal impact. The lifestyle of successful entrepreneurs often requires resilience, a growth mindset, and a balance between intense work and personal well-being, including attention to fitness and nutrition. This holistic approach helps entrepreneurs maintain the stamina, prestige, and clarity needed for the demanding journey of entrepreneurship.

My Commitment

My goal is to assist entrepreneurs in discovering the roadmap to turning their innovative ideas into successful businesses. Here, you’ll gain practical wisdom, access curated resources, and receive mentorship that steers you toward achieving your entrepreneurial aspirations.

Entrepreneurial Experience

I am incredibly passionate about entrepreneurship, innovative startups, and genius founders. Aside from my degree, I have built upon my interest in this field in a number of ways. In October 2016 I launched my startup which allowed me to put theory and inquiry into practice. Besides industry and market analysis, financial modeling, developing, and continuously modifying the business plan, I had difficulties raising capital to finance the startup, and I found that financial constraints are a common issue for most young entrepreneurs.

To tackle the issue, I have successfully participated in several state and national startup competitions to raise capital, which not only enhanced my public relations, presentation skills, and preparing professional pitch decks, also nurtured my talent to become a sophisticated expert in writing persuasive business proposals. It was hard but ultimately, I became stronger and a committed leader who prevailed. After graduating from a few accelerator programs and experiencing the challenges of raising funds, I have been learning and practicing the critical factors of success such as strategy and leadership in the execution of a company. Moreover, I actively participate in the Tippie College of Business and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) programs to interact directly with young peer entrepreneurs and experienced business mentors to grasp and better understand the subject. This hands-on experience has given me an unusually strong sense of the “facts on the ground” for entrepreneurs.  I have been coaching a few startups and my mentorship includes but is not limited to 1) New venture formation and development, 2) Entrepreneurial sales and (digital) marketing, 3) Entrepreneurial finance, valuation, and raising capital, 4) Scaling ventures, and 5) Exit.

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Testimonials

“Mahdi has been such an incredible mentor. He has provided me with unconditional support and resources. This guidance ranges from program recommendations, strategic business planning, and financials. Mahdi not only guided me to the right path but his unique approach by patiently explaining “why” and “how” has made all the difference. It helped accelerate my startup milestone and learning curve. Overall, his mentorship has been invaluable in my entrepreneurial journey.”
Thuy-Twee-Nguyen
Thuy (Twee) Nguyen
Founder of Optic Origin
"Mahdi is an exceptional mentor that goes out of his way to make a vision come to life. I had the privilege of working with Mahdi at the University of Iowa in the Student Accelerator program for aspiring entrepreneurs. He was very dedicated to his own venture but made an effort to assist my business partner and I as we were launching ours. We valued his opinions and connections within the entrepreneurial community. Without Mahdi, we would not have established a brand, LLC, or an E-commerce platform. He always made time to meet with us and answer our questions. His impact on my personal growth and business development was instrumental."
Kennedy-Voss
Kennedy Voss
Co-founder of Wanderlust Wraps