Amir Banifatemi

Amir Banifatemi


Research Interest

Start Ups

Emerging Technologies

Amir Banifatemi is an active investor, Emeritus President and current Board Member of Tech Coast Angels Orange County Network (Largest Angel Network in USA. He is a founding member of K5 Ventures, an early stage funding platform that invests and grows technology based companies and also a co-founding partner of K5Launch, one of the first startup accelerators in Southern California. Amir Banifatemi’s constant focus has always been on identifying and developing future and emerging technologies that can impact society with special emphasis on healthcare, information technologies, and predictive analytics and artificial intelligence.

His career began in Europe working in R&D and system design for on-board spacecraft medical and scientific experiments. His vision of a broader industrialization led him to establish partnerships with university labs and incubators to productize and market their research projects. Having worked in Europe and in the US, Amir Banifatemi has more than 25 years of experience in development and growth of high technology ventures. He has held various senior executive positions with P&L responsibilities within very large companies such as EADS, AP-HP (largest European hospital group), and the European commission division for information society and media. 

Amir was notably at the origin of the first implementation of a pediatric telemedicine network in Europe in 1989 and won France Telecom best technological innovation award in 1991 for his work in the tele-health and remote diagnostic field.

Amir has also contributed to the formation of the business model institute in 2001 and worked with Fortune 500 companies to help with new innovation and business model design practices. He enjoys mentoring and has personally contributed to the growth and funding of more than 10 successful startups in the fields of healthcare, big data and analytics, and predictive technologies.


Quarter / Year Program Course Number Course Title
Spring 2016 FTMBA 290 Launching Technology Ventures


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