In recognition of our Donors

The total number of scholars is 14434

Diamond

Plug and Play

Plug and Play is the ultimate innovation platform – connecting the world's largest corporations to the best startups in their industry. Our innovation platforms are industry-themed and comprise of 3-month accelerator programs, corporate innovation, and investment.

Diamond

HAND Foundation

HAND Foundation is an advisory, advocacy and grantmaking organization dedicated to building better communities by enabling the growth and advancement of individuals. We invest in social causes and individuals that share our beliefs and values, are making a meaningful difference in one of our focus areas, and are part of a larger network of people and organizations in their field. We advise social entrepreneurs and philanthropic organizations who seek a strategic thought partner to help them set a vision, build a strategy, and execute in a way that allows them to get more from the limited financial resources they have available to them. To get the most from our investment and advisory services, we help broadcast the great work of the organizations and individuals we support through our newsletters, participation in cause-related conferences, and public speaking. Nonprofits who demonstrate that their program or proposal is aligned with HAND Foundation's core strategies and mission areas are encouraged to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through our website

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Faraj Aalaei

Faraj Aalaei, an Iranian American immigrant and a 35-year veteran of the communications industry, has raised funds in excess of $370 million for his semiconductor companies from private and public investors, executed several M&A deals and taken his previous start-up through IPO. Prior to joining Aquantia, Faraj was the guiding force behind Centillium’s successful track record as a leading innovator of high performance, cost effective semiconductor solutions for broadband access networks. Under his leadership, Centillium went from seed financing to NASDAQ IPO in 3 years, the fastest ever for a semiconductor company. An industry pioneer and holder of three patents, Aalaei has spent the last three decades at the forefront of technical advancements - from helping develop the world's first broadband modem for CATV networks to the introduction of Centillium's high capacity convergent technology for DSL, optical and VoIP applications.
Prior to co-founding Centillium in 1997, Aalaei held a variety of management and engineering positions at leading technology providers, where he applied his expertise to the development of DSLAM, Digital Loop Carrier and Fiber-to-the-Curb products at Fujitsu; the first SONET system and the first high speed two way systems for CATV networks at Bell Labs. He began his career at MA/COM designing very high speed satellite communications systems. Aalaei holds an BSEET from Wentworth Institute of Technology, MSEE from University of Massachusetts and an MBA from University of New Hampshire.

Diamond

Susan Akbarpour

Blockchain• Cryptocurrencies • Smart Contracts • ICO, Impact Investing • Pull Advertising • PaaS • Board Members • Omnichannel • Marketplace as-a-software • Influnce marketing as-a-software • Data modeling & Optimization • Content Monetization • Product & Business Development • User Experience & Interface • Strategic Alliances • Negotiation • Forbes contributor writer • Marketing & Relationship Management • Global Project Management • Client Acquisition & Management • Publishing & Editorial Management • PR & Marketing • Social Media • Social Entrepreneurship & Political Fundraising • Problem Solving • Mentoring • Multi-language Fluency (English/Farsi/French)

Platinum

Moshen Moazami

A father and husband with intense interest in technology and application of technology to improving human condition.

Gold

Lily Sarafan

Lily Sarafan is President and CEO of Home Care Assistance (HCA), where she has led the company from startup to sector leader with more than 7,000 employees across 170 markets. HCA is consistently recognized as a best-in-class consumer service, and Lily as a featured expert on innovation in healthcare and the future of aging.
Lily is also a board member, investor and advisor for innovative companies. Her board service extends to high-impact nonprofits including the Stanford Alumni Association, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs, the BerkeleyHaas Center for Innovation Economies and the Women's Alzheimer's Movement. She is Founding Partner of Project BIG: The Stanford Brain Immune Gut Initiative and serves in various leadership roles to advance civil society, global economic development and precision health.
Lily holds an MS in Management Science and Engineering and BS in Science Technology and Society from Stanford University, where she was Eben Tisdale Fellow and Class President. She has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Women Health Care Executives Woman of the Year and a Silicon Valley 40 Under 40. Lily is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Silver

Brian Hedayati

Silver

Mansour Izadinia

Silver

Ravin Agah, MD, PhD

Bronze

Nasrin Hashemi

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