Paklaunch – an exclusive community of talented Pakistani professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors – is holding its flagship event on 8th September 2021. The event, which is a premier virtual conference, focuses on showcasing the Pakistani startup ecosystem as ‘The Next Big Thing’.
The Paklaunch Vision
In an attempt to share knowledge and explore opportunities, Paklaunch was launched in April 2020 as an exclusive community comprising thought leaders and professionals.
The community thrives on the mission of making significant and praiseworthy contributions towards accelerating Pakistan’s progress in the fast-paced growing ecosystem of tech startups. Since its inception, Paklaunch has attracted over 5,000 members of prominent profiles from around the world.
‘The Next Big Thing’
The upcoming event organized by the community will highlight some of the biggest international VCs along with Pakistan’s success stories with almost all players of note within the ecosystem attending.
The focus of this virtual conference will be to send an invite to the global top names about Pakistan’s rich and ripe attractive market and to learn why major global investors are excited about this untapped startup ecosystem.
The 90-minute conference will include views of Tier 1 VCs about why they are excited to invest in Pakistan, and how the local entrepreneurs are building companies that are transforming lives locally.
Intended to equip the attendees with the knowledge of investment in Pakistan, the event will also shed light on how Pakistani entrepreneurs are attracting attention globally through innovative solutions in sectors such as healthcare, education, and financial services.
A Convergence of Thought Leaders
The event will include esteemed personalities such as Dr. Arif Alvi – President of Pakistan, Mamoon Hamid – Partner Kleiner at Perkins, Mudassir Sheikha – Co-Founder & CEO at Careem, Christopher M. Schroeder – Co-Founder at Next Billion Ventures, David Nangle – Managing Director at Vostok Emerging Finance, and more.
Other prominent speakers include Anna Khan – General Partner at Charles River Ventures, Yousuf Khan – Partner at Ridge Ventures, Kamil Saeid – Partner at Defy, Shane Shin – Founding Partner at Shorooq Partners, and Paul Santos – Managing Partner at Wavemaker Partners.
The virtual conference will be initiated with a welcome note from none other than Dr. Arif Alvi – President of Pakistan, which will be followed by short presentations on ‘Why Pakistan?’ by Aatif Awan – Founder & GP at Indus Valley Capital and ‘Pakistan Start-up Ecosystem in Numbers’ by Kalsoom Lakhani – Co-Founder, i2i Ventures.
Insightful Panel Discussions
The conference will then proceed to include a local VC panel discussion which gathers great personalities such as Misbah Naqvi – Co-Founder at i2i Ventures, Khurram Zafar – Director at 47 Ventures Ltd., Rabeel Warraich – Founder & CEO at Sarmayacar, Faisal Aftab – Co-Founder & GP, Zayn Capital, and Ali Mukhtar – Founder & GP at Fatima Gobi Ventures.
The agenda for the virtual conference also includes a panel discussion from the perspectives of global VCs such as Mamoon Hamid – Partner at Kleiner Perkins, Christopher Schroder – Co-Founder at Next Billion Ventures, Anna Khan – General Partner at Charles River Ventures, Yousuf Khan – Partner at Ridge Ventures, David Nangle – Managing Director at Vostok Emerging Finance, Kamil Saeid – Partner at Defy, Shane Shin – Founding Partner at Shorooq Partners and Paul Santos –Managing Partner at Wavemaker Partners.
Shareworthy Success Stories
The event will move on to include success stories from various renowned initiators of ideas in Pakistan who will shed light on their entrepreneurial journeys in the country and the market knowledge that helped them build a stable and successful business.
This session will include specialists such as Mudassir Sheikha – Founder at Careem, Imran Ali Khan – CEO & Co-Founder at EMPG, Muneeb Maayr – Co-Founder at Bykea, Uzair Gadit – Co-Founder at Gaditek, Shoaib Makani – Founder at KeepTruckin, Iffat Zafar – Co-Founder at Sehat Kahani, Usman Gul – Co-Founder & CEO at Airlift, Hamza Jawaid – Co-Founder at Bazaar, Majid Khan – CEO at Cheetay, and Monis Rahman – Co-Founder, Finja.
Why You Should Be A Part Of It
The profusion of such great business tycoons from the local and global markets is a perfect opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to understand the Pakistani market better and not only enter it but conquer it with the right guidance and direction.
Those who wish to reap the benefits of ‘The Next Big Thing’ in Pakistan can register themselves at https://paklaunch.com/conference21/