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Hassan Sayed

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Hassan Syed is the CEO of Bir Ventures USA, founder of IdeaGist, founding director of Minnesota Innovates, and a founding director of the Institute for Innovators and Entrepreneurs at Hamline University Minnesota. His story was recently published by Green Card Voices in their book Green Card Entrepreneurs. He is also recently recognized by Pollen and AARP MN as one of the 50 most inspiring and accomplished leaders across Minnesota.

A technologist by heart, Hassan has 30+ years of broad international experience and an impressive track-record of converting concepts into successful products and scale them at the global level. As the CEO of Bir Ventures, Hassan leads the development of new ideas and focuses on growing the partners network.

At IdeaGist, Hassan amalgamated and leads a collaborative network of more than 300 communities from all 195 UN recognized countries. Harnessing the power of this network, he has launched four knowledge-based products in the market, including www.ideagist.com, first ever SaaS based digital incubator, which now connects more than 32,000 users worldwide. In addition to www.IdeaGist.com, Hassan also started an IOT based company www.tapaphone.com, a social media amplification platform, www.teamup.social, and a Pharmacist Network at www.emergrx.com.

Hassan firmly believes that behind every success story was a good idea, and every good idea needs a robust execution plan. He has brought numerous products to the market from when they were just an idea, developing intellectual property that provided great return on their investments. The success Hassan brings to the table is his ability to lead teams by creating seamless synergies where everyone is connected to the vision, understands what roles they play, and find personal fulfillment as well. His colleagues describe him as visionary, big-picture thinker, and innovative.

Before starting Bir Ventures in 2012, Hassan worked as the Executive Director for Twycross Zoo in the UK, leading Finance, IT, Fund Raising, Project Management and HR. During his job at Twycross, Hassan led the future search for the organization and also helped in a Horizon Scan for Species Conservation by Zoos and Aquariums, under the banner of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

From 2003 to 2011, Hassan worked as the Chief Information Officer at International Species Information System, now Species 360. Hassan led a global team on the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) project since its inception in 2002 through to its launch in 2010. ZIMS is a SaaS-based solution for the global aquarium and zoo community, currently in use by 1,000+ institutions worldwide.

Hassan is always interested in new ideas and always willing to hear about them. He is an advisor to many technology startups.