Techstars Global Startup Weekend

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Global Startup Weekend

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 3:00 pm

Lahore University Of Management Sciences
Opposite Sector U, DHA Lahore
Lahore, Punjab

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Here’s your opportunity to transform your ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complementary skills & the passion to build a product in one weekend. Design for learning, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced marketeers, designers & industry professionals.
  • Friday night: 60-second pitches that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable business concepts.  We hope you’ll pitch, but definitely not required!
  • Saturday and Sunday: Work days! Teams focus on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the entrepreneurial world.  You’re welcome to stay and work as long as you like!
  • Sunday afternoon: Teams demo their products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.  
Here’s some of the things you get from attending
  • Delicious & healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend
  • A free .co domain name* along with many other perks
  • Awesome coaching by industry leaders
  • A network of 120 new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about creating something new

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Friday November 10th

3:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

5:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:45 pm
Pitches Selection Finalized
Voting results are finalized

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

Saturday November 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

1:00 pm
Check-in, status reports, call for help

1:30 pm

2:45 pm
Help from coaches
After some motivational speech, Coaches help teams one-on-one because they are here to help!

7:30 pm

8:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

1:30 pm

2:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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 Presentations
Time to show what you've been working on for 2 days

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Closing ceremony

8:45 pm

9:45 pm

10:00 pm
Go Home!


Humayun Mazhar


He established himself as a key player in the IT export space in the mid-90’s, and now he aims to reshape the stage for Pakistani tech startups with a preference for innovative ideas advocating social change. His genius has evolved from decades of innovative business practices and management, and with his new venture you can borrow what he is, what he’s learned and what makes him the powerhouse that he is. As the Founder and CEO of CresSoft - the first software export company in the country – Humayun spearheaded the company to put Pakistan on the global IT outsourcing map, and in doing so, was able to make the fresh IT graduate the most eligible bachelor in the country at the time. He currently holds principal positions on the board of various Crescent Group companies and is the President of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Lahore Chapter. Because of his achievements in the softwareIndustry, he received the NCR IT Excellence Award in 2000.
Humayun is a headstrong individual with a can-do attitude. He is an active part of his community, supporting social causes like The Citizen’s Foundation, LRBT, CARE and Crescent Educational Trust to name a few. In the past he has held vital positions at the likes of Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA) and the managing committee of the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce (FPCCI), and his service to the community has led to him receiving the Corporate Philanthropy Award by the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP) in 2009. As an avid follower of the Steve Jobs philosophy, Humayun “Stays hungry”, “stays foolish ” and follows his heart. He is an optimistic yet realistic man, influenced by art, coffee and music. But before any of his passions, he values a business that can grow, teach, learn and inspire.

Zafar Khan

A performance Internet Based Marketer and Entrepreneur, Mr Zafar Khan has bootstrapped his company to a multi-ten-million per year in sales per year. His main focus has been on making his organization tackle more verticals and on maintaining the growth rate.

Mr Zafar has specialized in internet marketing and evaluating business plans. Such expertise, he believes, are required in scaling up an organization and creating new processes that are necessary for a business to run successfully.

Event Judges

Tosheeba Sarwar

An experienced entrepreneur, business executive and advisor to a number of emerging and established businesses, Tosheeba Sarwar has over 15 years of experience. She uniquely specialized in guiding small and medium sized business owners towards attaining a level at which they work on their business through development and implementation of key points in business planning and planning for growth and expansion, both domestically and internationally.  Ms Tosheeba worked closely with companies and business owners providing business valuation services and advice on developing and implementing strategies to maximize business value.  She founded the image management outfit – I managers;  and worked with lead brands with a focus on Business Modeling, Strategic Planning, Image Management, Brand Management, Marketing & Promotions, Systems Development, Coaching & Training. She has been associated with about 27 start-ups in different sectors including hospitality, apparel, services, furniture, retail, fashion, surgical instruments, and academics. In addition to the commercial ventures, Ms Tosheeba has actively worked with NPOs such as the CARE Foundation, International Iqbal Society, Kaarvan Foundation & PSTA (teacher training organization).

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

Murad Akhter

As Co-Founder and CEO of Tintash, Murad leads a talented and passionate team of Mobile Game and App Developers, Designers, Producers and Artists. Over the past 6 years he has been responsible for grooming and hiring top talent, and driving product development of top-tiered mobile games such as Woody Woodpecker and StickCricket as well as for striking distribution and development deals with renowned game studios and brands such as Digital Chocolate, Playfirst, Universal Studios and BBC Worldwide.

Murad has over 10 years of experience in product management and software development in the high-tech industry. Prior to Tintash, he worked in Silicon Valley at Apple Computer on flagship products such as the company’s first line of 64-bit systems as well as its transition from PowerPC chips to Intel’s multi-core processors. He later worked on jukebox and VOIP applications for the Ultra-Mobile PC platform at Microsoft before starting Tintash in 2007. Murad graduated from Stanford University with an MS and BS in Computer Science.

Badar Khushnood

Badar Khushnood is a Cofounder and Partner at Bramerz which is the largest 360 degree digital media and marketing agency in the country. Before Bramerz, Badar was Google's Country Consultant for Pakistan for 8 years until December of 2014. He acted as a one-man-on-the-ground-army for Google liaising closely between numerous Google teams and all-things Pakistan from Government Relations to product launches to facilitation of technology. As a strong believer in leveraging technology to solve some of the most complex problems in today's world, Badar brings along more than 17 years of highly rich and diverse experience working with leading brand names in respective categories including ASUSTeK Computers, SMEDA and Nishat Textiles.

Coaches and Mentors

Omar Farooq

Founder at Appsters. A telecommunications engineer by degree from FAST, Lahore. With a combined experience of over 4 years in the industry in primarily marketing agencies and a design house. Omar walked away from the safety of a job in Jan, 2012 – for the first time. Fast-forward 3 years and 3 failed startups later - the 4th one was successful in the form of Appsters. 

We are a web design and development studio. At Appsters, we take client servicing to be an opportunity to learn about different businesses and models. Having said that I love to create new things. A couple of products are in the oven and set to be launched by late-2015.

Nevil Patel
Vice President at i2c Inc.

Nevil has more than 30 years of experience in managing companies and teams that provide high quality software solutions and products in secured environments for global clients. He is a Certified Information System Auditor with a strong understanding of the information security and regulatory compliance requirements in the financial sector.

He is currently the Vice President Operations at i2c Inc. - a Silicon Valley based global card processor with offices in six countries.

Abid Malik

Abid Malik has over 24 years of sales, marketing, finance, and business development experience. Most recently he co-founded Indus Venture, that mentors and helps innovative start-ups funded in early and revenue stages.
At the age of 21, he was running a small paint manufacturing facility and discovered poster color formula that rivaled German’s Pelican brand. Having a passion for entrepreneurship and technology, he started his first venture in California and successfully ran and managed three additional start-ups since 1990. In 2011, he co-founded Visiting Providers, a medical practice in Missouri for homebound patients.

Mr Abid is a member of the International board of Minaret Business Organization (MBO) that has chapters in USA and Asia. He is an independent trustee (emeritus) at a socially responsible Amana Mutual Funds (AMANX, AMAGX, AMDX) that manages over 3.5 billion in assets. Mr Abid also serves as a member of the board for Strategic Research Circle, a non-profit that does research in the area of private enterprise and social responsibility.

Dr Amena Hasan

Dr. Amena Hasan is the Chief Executive Officer of Business for Social Progress (BSP) where she has undertaken multiple constancy assignments with Focus Humanitarian Assistance, Save the Children UK, ESRA Plus (Education Development Center In.), Micronutrient Initiative, LEAD Pakistan, Farm Forestry Support Project (Inter-cooperation), OMV Pvt. Ltd. (Oil and Gas company), Interloop Pvt. Ltd. (Textile industry) and PPEPCA (Pakistan Petroleum Exploration and Production Companies Association). The assignments involved project/program Monitoring and Evaluation, participatory research (qualitative and quantitative), capacity development of health and education department officials, community and local NGO trainings, project development and implementation of community-based projects on education, health, livelihoods, skill enhancement, and natural resource management. All the projects focus on marginalized communities and vulnerable groups especially WOMEN and CHILDREN

Umair Javed

Umair Javed considers himself to be passionate about starting and running businesses that use technology to create value. Some of the "hats that he wears" include Angel Investor where as an investor he is actively looking to fund mobile first startups, in multiple verticals.  Mr Umair is also an Investor and Founder of Nutty Apps; with 50M+ installs in the first 12 months, it has fared pretty well. As founder and CEO of TKXEL, he runs this software services company through providing mobile, web and enterprise solutions engineering teams to startups and enterprises across globe. The list goes on. He has founded and is a director of Strategic Alliancez, where he provides strategic guidance to a digital media agency that he founded few years back. As an instructor and speaker, he loves to teach and talk. He speaks at various conferences and gives lectures on Computer Science and Entrepreneurship in universities.

Syed Ali

Syed Ali is a techy at heart and an entrepreneur at present. He has over 15 years of experience including leadership roles at Sun Microsystems, TRG and currently is a founder of a leading cloud based asset tracking solution (EZOfficeInventory). Syed is passionate about technology and its use by enterprises to improve efficiency.
Syed is a LUMS graduate and holds a Master’s degree in CS from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is also an adjunct faculty at Lahore University of Management Sciences.

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Abdullah Ahmed

Abdullah Ahmed is the co-founder of Alpha Squared Labs, a Web and Mobile solutions company. A developer, designer, consultant and entrepreneur, Mr Abdullah has worked for various tech-based companies around the world. For instance: DealerManage Inc; Matrikon / Honeywell Process Solutions; Sparkative

Usman Ali

Technology and organizational leader with a strong engineering background. Over 9 years experience of team management, engineering, product development, product design, product management, quality assurance, recruiting, hiring, and customer relationships. Mentoring and inspiring diverse teams to deliver high traffic and scalable product. Ambitious to solve business problems while building a vibrant company and team culture. 

Currently, he is Head of Engineering at - Pakistan's #1 automobile portal with monthly 7 million visits and more than 80 million views.

Fahad Yaqub

Full stack developer. Team builder. Culture hacker. 
Previously Head of Engineering and founding team member at Convo. Now Head of Engineering at Quixel

Umair Sheikh

Umair is a serial entrepreneur with over 14 years of diverse business experience. He has established and managed several brick and mortar businesses and has also had considerable success as a real estate investor. Umair has been involved in tech startups since the beginning of 2015 and his startup has already been pegged as "one of the companies to lead the next wave of disruption in the tech space" by Sahil Aurora (Cofounder, Red Herring). Umair Sheikh's startup was a nominee for Red Herring Asia Top 100 Award and was also the only Pakistani startup to exhibit at the RISE Conference '15 (Hong Kong) alongside 540 best startups from all around the globe.

Maha Rehman

Maha is working as a Development Consultant.  She has been working with Systems Approach for Better Education Results Project at the World Bank. As a part of this project, she led implementation of the SABER toolkit on the teacher rationalization and recruitment policy in Punjab. She has also been associated with the Sindh Education Reform Project at the World Bank. She has also been blogging at World Bank, End Poverty in South Asia. She has been mentoring social enterprises.

She has a Masters in Economics from Duke University and an undergrad degree in Economics from LUMS.

Shayan Zaeem

Shayan is the Director and Producer of Caramel Tech Studios. A top tier gaming studio in Asia which has collaborated with industry giants such as EA, Half Brick, Kabaam, Animoca, Scopely, Stick Sports, Big Fish to name a few.
He recently Co-founded ‘Fizz’; a RT social platform for gamers. There is a huge gap between the gaming communities (1.2B+) across the world that needs to be bridged. Fizz provides a RT- chat platform with auto translations creating a one-world environment so gamers from around the globe can come to one place and connect. Shayan loves product, and invests his time deeply into the daily product life cycle at the company.
He is currently helping review the Punjab IT Policy 2016 a project by the Pakistan Information Technology Board (PITB) an initiative by the Punjab Government; which will in return help boost the economy in sectors such as education, health, environment and rural development.
Apart from all the seriousness he loves his organic food, traveling, horses and petting animals. 

Abbas Yousafzai

Abbas Yousafzai is currently working as the Co-Founder and CTO of Yota Scale, an enterprise-grade systems management platform for cloud computing. It enables cloud ops managers to effectively and, in real time, balance performance, availability and security needs with cost considerations. Before this, he was the chairman and founder of Conrad Labs, a high tech company working with a number of cutting edge startups in and around cloud space. A Computer Scientist by profession, Mr Yousafzai has worked for several tech-based companies, mainly in the US.

Ahmed Shuja

Ahmed Shuja, an entrepreneur and an Interaction Designer designing and developing software and systems since 1997. He holds a BSc (hons) in Computer Sciences from UET, Lahore and an MSc in Human Computer Interaction with Ergonomics from University College London. In the past, before he founded Obscure UX, he worked at LUMS in Pakistan and Philips in the UK among others. He provides consultancy to startups and large corporations in all habitable continents of the world, speaks at tech events, and blogs at and You can read his thoughts and connect with him at

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Lahore is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Rabail
  • Moazam
  • Ali
    Haider Irfan
  • Mehar
    Hassan Aziz
  • Umair
  • Mubashra


Zartash Uzmi

Zartash is on the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at LUMS since 2002. He is also a cofounder at Confiz Limited which runs Pakwheels, the largest Pakistani portal for car enthusiasts, buyers, and sellers. Zartash received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. At LUMS, his research is focused on scalable design for networking systems. He has also mentored several student startups and is part of the core team that is setting up the LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship.

Osama Jawad

Osama is the Manager Administration of LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship. He is a graduate from University of WALES institute Cardiff with a Masters Degree in Project Management. He is also a Software Engineer from University of Staffordshire. Previously, he was working as a freelance capacity building consultant with various organisations and institutions. Osama worked as an Assistant National Director for SOS Children's Villages Pakistan, where he was responsible for managerial, operational and monitoring functions. Initiatives such as extension of schools in rural areas, upgrading of technical and vocational training center, skill development of children in SOS Youth facilities and organisation development were key milestones under his belt. Before that, Osama worked for Cardiff University (UK) as the Program Manager for Pakistan and was designated as their Country Representative. Osama was published by University of Wales (MBA ­ Profile for Pakistan) in 2007. During his academic years, he worked part time with the International Office and was also a co­founder of two societies in Cardiff Business School to engage international students in healthy actitives. He also taught at Institute of Management Sciences (PAK Aims) and has been an active member of various youth societies and NGOs including Community Welfare Foundation. Osama is an adventurer, a photographer, a progressive farmer and a loving son.

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