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Technology Funding
Options in Pakistan
January 2014
Shehryar Hydri
@sheryhydri
Karachi - 10
PASHA Fund for Social Innovation
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P@SHA LaunchPad (Nationwide)

pashafund.com

In partnership with Google. R...
Karachi - 10
DYL Ventures

Mentoring and funding. No public
portfolio companies.

dyl-ventures.com
DotZero

thedotzero.com...
Lahore - 5
PLAN9

plan9.pitb.gov.pk

Venexel

Pakistan’s top incubator. 1200
applicants, 47 incubatees, 20
grads including...
Islamabad - 7
NUST Technology Incubation Center
nust.edu.pk/INSTITUTIONS/Directo
rtes/TIC/Pages/default.aspx
Cloud 9 Start...
Other Cities - 5
KPK Incubation Center, Peshawer

kpincubation.gov.pk
Technology Incubation Center
(TIC), University of En...
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A summary listing of technology funding sources in Pakistan. This includes incubators, shared office spaces, accelerators, institutional lenders and university labs in major cities.

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Technology Funding Options in Pakistan

  1. 1. Technology Funding Options in Pakistan January 2014 Shehryar Hydri @sheryhydri
  2. 2. Karachi - 10 PASHA Fund for Social Innovation + P@SHA LaunchPad (Nationwide) pashafund.com In partnership with Google. Rs. 50,000 to 850,000 grants for ideas with social impact. 12 companies awarded. Also starting a new incubator in 2014 Seed Ventures / Incubation seedventures.org Mentoring, Incubation, Funding. 13 portfolio companies. seedincubation.com Cyan Capital cyancapital.com Arpatech Arpatech.com Breeze Angel Investments breezecom.biz Private Equity Fund for large companies looking to raise more than Rs. 700 mn. Investments include hubpower.com and inboxbiz.com Tech company + Early stage fund, 2-3 deals a year in US / Pakistan. Prefer majority stake and operational control. Portfolio includes Eatoye.pk. Tech company + Early stage fund, 2-3 deals a year. Prefer majority stake and operational control. Portfolio includes Goodcoresoft.com and Facebook.com/TheGameLoop
  3. 3. Karachi - 10 DYL Ventures Mentoring and funding. No public portfolio companies. dyl-ventures.com DotZero thedotzero.com/ Mini Ventures miniventures.co MIT Enterprise Forum Pakistan mitef-pakistan.org IBA CED Accelerator Program (CEDAP) ced.iba.edu.pk/acceleratorprog.p hp Industry events + Commercial coworking space for hire. Possible funding between $5,000$250,000. No public portfolio companies. Industry events + early stage mentoring and funding. No public portfolio companies. Industry events + BAP (Biz Acceleration Program) with cash awards and exposure to US investors/market. Entrepreneurship Development and Accelerator Programs. 5 portfolio companies.
  4. 4. Lahore - 5 PLAN9 plan9.pitb.gov.pk Venexel Pakistan’s top incubator. 1200 applicants, 47 incubatees, 20 grads including Peercloud, Eyedeus.com, Hometownshoes.com and Rocxial.com venexel.com Early stage mentoring and funding. Match-making with Technical Co-founders. No public portfolio companies. LUMS Incubator starting in 2014 lums.edu.pk Business Incubation Centre, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences uvas.edu.pk/centers/BIC/ Space and mentoring. No public portfolio companies. SMEDA (Nationwide) Commercial loans up to Rs. 2 mn. smeda.org
  5. 5. Islamabad - 7 NUST Technology Incubation Center nust.edu.pk/INSTITUTIONS/Directo rtes/TIC/Pages/default.aspx Cloud 9 Startups Subsidised office space and business support. 13 incubatees including Tunacode.com and cricout.com cloud9startups.com Free incubation space and seed capital up to Rs. 1 mn. Access to mentor network. 3 portfolio companies include Hybridsignals.com, Meritaleem.com and Obeeble.com The Indus Entrepreneurs Islamabad Chapter islamabad.tie.org Industry events + access to angel investor network. No public portfolio. Invest2Innovate (Nationwide) Virtual Accelerator for Social Enterprises. $100k-$250k funding range. Equity/Profit mix, averaging 3% to 5% for-profit enterprises) 5 portfolio companies. invest2innovate.com ICT RnD Fund ictrdf.org.pk Jumpstart Pakistan jumpstartpakistan.com COMSATS Incubation Centre comsats.edu.pk/bic/Default.aspx Research and Development related grants for industry-academia partnerships. Several million rupees available depending on project type. Over 80 projects funded. Incubation space and see funding + mentoring. 1-2 companies per year. No public portfolio companies. Incubation space and business support. 2 incubatees include Ranicautomation.com, intesol.biz
  6. 6. Other Cities - 5 KPK Incubation Center, Peshawer kpincubation.gov.pk Technology Incubation Center (TIC), University of Engineering & Technology, Peshawar nwfpuet.edu.pk/tic/tic.html Basecamp www.Basecamp.pk Business Incubation Center University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Incubation space and business support. Funding up to Rs. 1 mn. No public portfolio companies. Incubation space and business support. 2 incubatees include appfactor.net and hortonsden.com Peshawer’s first co-working space has become a hub for the local tech community. Residents include Startupweekend Peshawer, TDL, Sweet Pixel Studios, Peshawer 2.0 and TEDx Peshawer. Incubation space and business support. No public portfolio companies. uaf.edu.pk/bic/bic_introduction. html The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership & Incubation, IBA, Sukkur http://www.siba.edu.pk/CELInc/ social.htm Incubation space and business support. 1 incubatee. Pakistan News Cloud pakistannewscloud.blogspot.com

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