Startup Weekend Karachi

    Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
  7. Blog
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Startup Weekend Karachi

Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017

Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 5:00 pm

The Nest I/O
3rd Floor, Citiview Naheed Supermarket Building, Shaheed-e-Millat Road
Karachi, Sindh

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Brewing Innovation!

Startup Weekend is BACK in Karachi!

Startup Weekend is a global movement of entrepreneurs who learn the basics of founding and launching successful startup ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe come together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

So if you have a good idea with the drive to turn it into a reality, this 54 hour action packed weekend is exactly what you need! 
Startup Weekend Karachi brings with it the opportunity for young entrepreneurs to receive coaching, form teams with other talented entrepreneurs, and turn their business idea into a reality! 

Startup Weekend follows a basic model which ensures maximum action in 54 hours:

  • Pitch: Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback
  • Form: Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) 
  • Build: A 54-hour frenzy of business modeling, coding, designing, and validating
  • Present: A presentation in front of local entrepreneurial leaders 

To register, click here.


Friday March 24th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Event Overview and Keynote
Introduction to the event and keynote

6:30 pm
Pitching Begins
You have 60 seconds to pitch!

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm

9:30 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

10:00 pm
Get home and charge up for the next day!

Saturday March 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams form and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm
Speaker Session

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
Back to work!
Make the most of coaches and mentors around you!

4:00 pm
Speaker Session

5:30 pm
Back to work!
Ask as many questions as you want from your coaches and mentors!

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Resume Work!

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. Go home and get plenty of sleep for the final pitch next day!

Sunday March 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast

9:30 am
Begin work
Plenty to get done today!

1:00 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Pitching Session
Get ready to pitch you final idea in front of the judges!

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!
Pat Self on Back and Head Home!


Atif Azim
CEO of VentureDive Pvt Ltd

Imran Moinuddin
Founder & CEO

Imran Moinuddin is the founder & CEO of NexDegree (Private) Limited. Prior to founding the company, Imran worked as a research analyst and consultant for a biometrics consulting firm in New York City where his clients included both private and government institutions such as the DHS, DARPA, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and Honeywell. Imran is especially strong in the area of scalable architectures and systems/infrastructure performance optimization and has served clients in all major continents. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Event Judges

Talha Izhar
Co-Founder & COO at

Talha Izhar has worked in the software industry for 8 years in the capacity of Programmer to Product Manager in health care, banking, mobile applications and social gaming industry. He started a successful product and services company, Innovations, back in 2008 and is currently focusing his new startup iTap Studios where they make Mobile Products across all major platforms.

Raza Matin
Marketing & Business Consultant - Pakistan at Google

Midhat Fatima
Entrepreneur | Director at TEXT

Midhat works in complex, fast-paced environments across multiple teams without sacrificing any attention to detail. From creating project plans to managing resources, consistently meeting deadlines and business objectives on or under budget.

Rabia Garib
Co-Founder & Chief Editor at TheNewSpaces

Rabia Garib is the CEO and co-founder of Rasala Publications where her responsibilities include business strategies, content development, training and design. Her passion for information technology, education and technology trade journalism are profound and are categories that will change the face of the world as we know it today. Based on her experience in technology trade media and convergence of different media platforms since 1998, she was selected as an Eisenhower Fellow, to represent Pakistan in the 2-month Multi Nation Program amongst 24 other countries, and specialized in the field of technology Trade Journalism and New Media. She is the Editor-in Chief of a local edition of the world’s largest technology business leadership magazine brand, CIO and more recently, heading up one of the world’s largest technology consumer magazines, PC World Pakistan.

Faizan Siddiqi
Managing Director | Interlink Multi Media at Jang Group of Companies

Global experience and expertise in:

1.Digital B2B, B2C, C2C Product Development (digital products and digital channel enablement in agile and waterfall environments)

2.Marketing Science and Ad Networks Scaling (digital, automation, data driven, cross-channel with client and agency experience)

3.Big Data and Analytics ( standing up teams to solve complex analytical problems and develop long term capabilities)

4. Complex operational roll outs expertise (setting up and launching global centers of excellence to solve complex technical and operational items including offshore tax)

A detail focused, technology-savvy futurist who has been instrumental in developing strategic growth opportunities in developed, conflict and post conflict economies and has a successful track-record of exceeding growth, scaling and financial targets. Has has built innovative digital products,(featured at Google I/O, implemented and optimized digital service experiences, with a specialty on the application of big data and ideation to solve emerging challenges.

He has experience in digital transformation, product development, customer experience, loyalty, big data, AI, marketing automation and innovation. Equally comfortable in corporate and startup environments, he has demonstrated the ability to add value in different scenarios from Turn-Arounds to IPOs.

Recognized for strong leadership and relationship skills, he has effectively managed teams up to a 1000, along with complex internal and external relationships and multi country settings with onshore, near-shore and offshore setups. He has operated in multiple global locations and served on global boards of organizations, managing high performance teams mentoring them to collaborate for exceptional results. He has a flair for managing global government , stake holder and investor relations. 

Coaches and Mentors

Humayun Bashir
Former IBM Country CEO, engaged with Startups, Social Entrepreneurship, Advisory & Boards

40 years of diversified experience with IBM in Pakistan, Afghanistan , Iran, and MEA headquarters Dubai. IBM Pakistan CEO for 16 years. Started multiple new lines of services businesses and led the way in supporting clients to manage Digital disruption , customer experience management . Analytics, Cloud , Security , Outsourcing etc. As part of team brought in technology solutions for banking, capital markets , and Telecom sectors 

Engaged with Incubators , Startups , Fintechs social entrepreneurship leaders like ICCBS Karachi university , OPEN Karachi, Nest io, I2i, Startupweekend , SEED etc via hackathons as mentor, judge, and Mock board sessions and on two startups Advisory Boards.

Served as Independent Director on Board of Directors of SILKBANK , Karachi Port- KPT , Export Processing Zone Authority, MIT-EP . Serving on Boards of Linde Pakistan, MAP, and Chairman IT Steering committee of PSX. Served on chambers boards for 10 years and Elected President of Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & industry (OICCI ) 2012 and American Business Council (ABC) 2011 

Sana Farooq
Founder & CEO at ELN The e-Learning Network

Passionate about making quality, accredited education available to everyone, everywhere - to empower and enable people and use edtech advancements to achieve that globally! 

Nadia Patel
Founder - Sheops

A therapeutic tutor and marketing professional turned entrepreneur, Nadia founded Sheops, Pakistan’s first online marketplace and community for women, where they can buy or sell goods and services, monetise their talents, cash in on their closets and share ideas about building a business. 

An advocate of women empowerment, Nadia aims to make Sheops a one stop destination for the Pakistani woman for all her business and shopping needs. She also plans to highlight the talent of the underprivileged Pakistani women, by helping them sell their handicrafts and creations on Sheops.

Faizan Laghari
Chief Disruption Officer at TCS Private Limited

Having spent 14 years in the tech industry, Faizan Laghari is one of the most prominent seasoned entrepreneurs. His  devotion for the entrepreneurs made him create Pakistan's 1st co-working space. The last-mile logistics company Forrun, SMS interaction system Textualy and the famous event-discovery and ticketing company Happening PK are some of his finest works. After leaving 3 companies which were later acquired, Faizan now works on his new ideas.

Babar Javed
Country General Manager Centric DXB

With 10 years of experience across Singapore, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, Babar Khan Javed has led and turned around advertising agencies, luxury brands, and digital publishing companies. A regularly published thought leader with Warc Market Leader, Consulting Magazine, Yahoo Singapore, and e27,  Babar identifies himself as a journalist at his core. He is currently the country general manager for Centric DXB, a digital strategy firm based in the United Arab Emirates. He is a graduate of Google's "Squared" digital strategy program and lives at the intersection of digital strategy and perception manipulation. 

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Karachi is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Akash
  • Jehan
  • Uzma
  • Eric
  • Sameer


Jehan Ara
President, Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) and The Nest I/O

Jehan Ara is the President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA). She has been spearheading efforts at P@SHA for the past 14 years during which time she was responsible for developing the P@SHA brand and for creating linkages between P@SHA and local and international partners.   Jehan has over 30 years experience in Marketing, Communications and interactive New media in Hong Kong, the Far East, the UAE and Pakistan. She is a motivator, an entrepreneur, a social activist and a strong propagator of extending the power and use of Information and Communication Technologies beyond pure traditional business, to empower and enable communities. She is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and at colleges and universities across Pakistan and internationally. She also writes for various industry publications.  During her 14 years at P@SHA, Jehan has initiated and worked on many initiatives in the startup and entrepreneurial space. Her latest initiative is the setting up of a technology incubator in Karachi, a city of 25 million – The Nest i/o - in  collaboration of  Google for Entrepreneurs and Samsung and support from the US Department of State.
Advocacy through the use of cutting edge technology is one of Jehan Ara’s passions.Multi-stakeholder backed Cyber Crime, Privacy and Data Protection legislation and Internet Freedom  are some of the things she is advocating for.   
Advisory Positions: Institute of Business Administration (IBA) – Advisory Board MemberPunjab Information Technology Board Plan 9 Incubator – Advisory Board MemberLUMS Center for Entrepreneurship – Advisory Board Member of “The Foundation”NUST Industry Advisory BoardBiztek Industry Advisory BoardIBA Sukkur Advisory BoardNED University ORIC Advisory BoardEducation Innovation Alliance – MemberPresident of Bolo Bhi – a research-backed advocacy organizationMember - World Bank Gender Advisory Board

Akash Shaikh
Program Manager

Akash is an economics major with previous experience in the investment banking industry as a project manager. He is a firm believer in the potential for technology to continuously change lives, and is extremely enthusiastic about global entrepreneurship and technology trends. He is also the founder of a location based mobile app startup in private beta. At The Nest i/o, he is the Program Manager, and works with the startups to help them think critically and apply best practices.

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