Startup Weekend Lahore

    Friday, February 26 - March 10, 2019

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Startup Weekend Lahore

Friday, February 26 - March 10, 2019

Friday, February 26 - March 10, 2019
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Lahore University of Management Sciences

Lahore, Punjab

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Friday March 8th

4:00 pm
Registration Starts
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Welcome & Introduction
Welcome, Introduction of Coaches and Motivational Speakers

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Pitches Start (1 min/individual (pre-registered)- no teams formed yet

8:30 pm
Voting Starts
Attendees Vote for Top Ideas

9:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Attendees head towards dinner for some ice-breaking

9:45 pm
Pitches Selection Finalized
Voting results are finalized

10:00 pm
Start formalizing 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 March 9th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Team Formation
Teams formed, Coaches assigned and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Begin Work
Teams start to work

1:30 pm
Attendees head towards lunch

2:30 pm
Motivational Speech
Call for needs & skills (Motivational Speech & open mic session)

3:00 pm
Support from coaches
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

7:30 pm

8:30 pm
Status Report
Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Wrap up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you want

Sunday March 10th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Call for help (be motivated to achieve your goal, so don’t be shy)

1:30 pm

2:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep
Gut check. Start prepping for presentations

5:30 pm
Final Presentations
Time to show what you've been working on for 2 days

7:30 pm
Closing Ceremony

8:45 pm

9:45 pm

10:00 pm
Go Home!


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).

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.

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.

Imran Ali

Event Judges

Babar Khan Javed

"Babar is a freelance business journalist based in Karachi, with an inclination towards the sharing economy. He also ghostwrites for various C-suite leaders and advises food & fashion brands on their customer acquisition & retention goals. He can be reached at or @Babarkj for professional matters."

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.

Adam Ghaznavi

Co-founder of, Adam Ghaznavi first worked as a General Manager at Careem. Before that, he was a venture leader at Easy Taxi, Pakistan. and a product manager at A Babson College MBA Graduate, he was a board member of the Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC)

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.

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.

Hussain Nasir

I am a gregarious entrepreneur with a passion for modern technology. I co-founded a software business called Rolustech following my post graduate degree from England. 

Rolustech is a full service SugarCRM Partner firm providing comprehensive solutions to a global clientele. We develop cutting edge Web and Mobile applications. Over the years my organization has accomplished a number of remarkable milestones including 400+ successful projects.

The journey with Rolustech was set back in 2006, when I went to Cass Business School, London. While studying there I studied the contemporary trends and realized the potential of open source technology along with the unlimited pool of local talent to provide them an opportunity to work on international standards; I came back to my homeland and started striving to commence this organization. From the first step, I was fortuitous to be accompanied by my brilliant and enthusiastic partner- Shahrukh Riaz who had obtained great exposure and experience while completing his post graduate education from University of Manchester. 

Our international exposure helped us in founding this organization however it was our consistent hard work, risk appetite and result driven strategies which allowed us to achieve rapid growth year on year.

With every passing day, I see myself growing with the growth of my organization.

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.

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

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.

Khurram Zafar

Khurram, until recently, worked as the Chief Information Officer at a Pakistani stock exchange and was nominated the best private sector CIO of Pakistan by P@SHA. He is currently an Adjunct Professor for Entrepreneurship at Information Technology University and a Board Member at Plan9.

Previously, he was a visiting faculty member at the Beaconhouse National University’s School of Computer & Information Technology. He has also co-founded two software product start-ups in the Silicon Valley and has been part of the founding team of 2 global IT consulting firms. He has also consulted for Visa, DHL, Sony, AT&T, Agilent, Merrill Lynch, and several other Fortune 500 and venture-funded start-up companies in varying capacities. Khurram is also an angel investor with an interest in the technology and agriculture sector and has been an adviser to several Venture Capital firms in the United States.

Aside from being a Prentice Hall published author, he is also a progressive farmer, an avid investor in North American securities markets, an absentee landlord of his US and Pakistan based real-estate, a poet, a magician and a proud father of three angels.

Ijaz Nisar

jaz Nisar is the Founder & President of Pakistan’s Best Selling Business Magazine, Manager Today and CEO Leading Edge OD & Training Consultancy.

He is OD practitioner, behavioral trainer, personal coach, and author of Best Selling Book "100 Business Leaders of Pakistan". 

His 16 years experience in the corporate world has been most enriching till now with the responsibilities of an executive for two large organizations with a size of average 15000 employees and valuing over USD 15 bn public sector entities in Pakistan. Both legacy brand names of National Bank and State Bank of Pakistan (NIBAF) where he has been designing, developing, delivering training and OD initiatives in the field of Strategic Leadership & Management Development.

Saadi Azeem

With over 6 years of experience in Banking And Consulting. I have worked in telecom, housing, retail and healthcare sectors in U.S, Europe, Middle East and Pakistan. More recently I have been working as consultant for McKinsey and company in Dubai. I have an MBA from Purdue and BSc (batch of 2008) Accounting and Finance from LUMS.

My interests include private equity and VC investments in Growing startups in Pakistan.

Sameer Noorani

Sameer is the founder of Roomvine, a geo-contextual platform which allows interaction with people and businesses in real world setting. Prior to that, Sameer was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where he advised and guided top management across industries on commercial and operation strategy.

Sameer holds an MBA from INSEAD and a B.Sc. from LUMS.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Sajjad Kirmani

Sajjad Kirmani is the founder and CEO of INFOGISTIC rated as the Best Startup by P@sha in 2012. He is leading the efforts to further increase the organizations investment, business activity & strategic partnerships across globe. He provides guidance and mentors the technical, sales and operations team to meet their day to day challenges. 
He has over 28 years of experience in Information Technology and has served in leadership positions in multinational organizations across Middle East and Pakistan. Prior to establishing INFOGISTIC in 2012, he served 14 years as Director & Executive Vice President at NetSol Technologies where he played a vital role in its global expansion as well as becoming the first company to have CMMI ML 5, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000. 
Sajjad is passionately pursuing his vision to make INFOGISTIC as a center of excellence in Cyber Security and e-Health Technology. 
His contributions towards Information Technology in Pakistan earned him the title of “CIO of Year” in 2010 by Teradata. He is also the CEO and Executive Board Member of DicoTech INFOGISTIC Qatar.
Sajjad holds a Master´s degree in Computer Sciences from University of London along with MBA degree from IBA. He has a passion for gardening and maintains one of the best spring gardens in Lahore.

Nadeem Zahid

Nadeem Zahid is Founder and CEO of tFinery, a US and Pakistan based consulting and innovation center, currently developing its own software products. As a silicon valley experienced expat Nadeem has over 20 years of experience in leadership, productizing, innovation and marketing of hi-tech products with companies like Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, Extreme, Alcatel and Lucent, specializing in the fields of Networking and Hardware/Software. He is also the author of a book on “Product Management”.

Javed Zahoor

With 16+ years of hands on experience in Enterprise web based, Hybrid & distributed systems design, development roll out and service in the fields of Telecom, Healthcare and ERP domains.

Working as Director & Consultant with several Software/IT Firms and as a visiting faculty member with FAST-NU and ITU, Mr Zahoor is currently the Head of Technology at Virtual Force.

Shehryar Shahid

Omair Sajid

9+ years experience of Java/ Enterprise Java Application development. Experiences in development of Integrations/Workflows using WebMethods Integration platform. Experience in implementing PeopleSoft Campus Management Solution.

Good analytical, design, architecture and development skills. Sound communication skills. Hardworking. Experience in managing large teams.

Specialties:Java , Javascript, Groovy, Grails, Spring Framework, C/C++, PL/SQL, Peoplesoft Campus Management Solution, WebMethods 4.1, WebMethods 6.1, WebMethods workflow, JavaScript , PL/SQL, Spring, J2EE, UML, HTML, XML

Amer Sarfraz

Nahil Mahmood

With over 18 years' experience in telecom, broadband, banking, Information Security, and ICT, Nahil Mahmood has represented six of the world's leading Information Security & Network Security solutions. He is an established and credible Information Security Leader, holding a number of leadership positions for global associations and known for conducting world-class IT training and events internationally. Mr Nahil has been awarded the Information Security Leadership Achievement (ISLA) Award by (ISC)2 Tokyo, Japan. Additionally, he works as the CEO and Founder of Delta Tech, an IT firm specializing in Information Security solutions, a globally Certified Trainer For Franklin Covey International.

Sajjeed Aslam

Excellent communicator and executive with a proven track record of leading the finance function of telecom service provider and a crisp understanding of managing growth, increasing margins and incorporating multi vertical value added services within complex emerging market dynamics with a focus on mitigating risk.

Rich mix of owning accounting and financial management, M&A, turnarounds, governance, cost reductions , margin boosting strategies, change management and IPO strategies and Public Sector Finance Stewardship in regional and multinational USD 100M+ entities. Strategic thinker – helps create, own and execute cross functional corporate plans and enables Financial analysis to become a competitive enabler for the organization. Proven success managing finance teams to achieve KPI’s by localizing global best practices to current market realities.

Haris Nadeem

Summary: Technology enthusiast, UI/UX designer, blogger, SEO/SEM, web developer, community manager and a big Android fanatic.

-- Blogger - for the past 7 years and have managed to run several high-traffic technology focused blogs that generate more than 70% of traffic from search engines. Experienced with monetizing content for users with different ad networks, for various platforms. All blogs and their designs were highly optimized for search engines.

-- Community Manager - Have successfully developed and managed an entire community of Google enthusiasts and Android developers in Pakistan. Organized events, seminars, activities with focused audiences and spoke myself on various topics around online money making, Google tools, freelancing etc.

-- Monetization Specialist - Have been monetizing own websites and blogs by partnering up with various ad networks and working closely with them to improve and optimize ad revenues. Currently, also working at the same position for Bramerz to manage and optimize their web properties.

-- Speaker - Have spoken at several events and seminars on the topics: making money online, freelancing, blogging and content monetizing tips, Google tips and tools for businesses etc.

-- Web Developer - Some freelance experience working with languages like HTML, CSS, PHP etc. on various content management systems, i.e. WordPress and Joomla.

-- UI / UX Designer - Experimenting with some user interface designing and developing experiences for mobile apps, Android and iOS.

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

Syed Abid Ali

Syed Abid Ali is the Chief Commercial Officer at INFOGISTIC & Co-Founder of CyberWise. He has over 14 years of experience in IT and specializes in developing business plans and conceiving strategies for successful product roll outs. At INFOGISTIC he has been instrumental in rolling out the e-health product “CloudClinik” besides growing the cyber security portfolio in Middle East & Pakistan.Prior INFOGISTIC, Abid was Country Manager for Intel Security for AFPAK region. His other notable roles include being Head of Business Development for Cyber Security portfolio at Netsol Technologies and Technology Consultant for Doha Asian Games.
He holds a degree in Technology Management from Queens Mary, University of London and has passion for music.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Lahore is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Zartash
  • Mohkum
  • Rooshan
  • Muhammad
    Muneef Rizvi
  • Aiman


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.

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