Five Pakistani startups to take part in US entrepreneurship programme

Published: August 11, 2016
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Under the program, the startups will attend a three-week fully funded exchange program in Austin, Texas. PHOTO: AFP

Under the program, the startups will attend a three-week fully funded exchange program in Austin, Texas. PHOTO: AFP

Five Pakistani startups have been selected to take part in the ATX-PAK Launch Entrepreneurship Program in Austin, Texas.

The startups include Babyplanet.pk, BookMyUmrah.pk, ClubInternet, MangoBaaz and Virgin Teez. All five startups are a part of PlanX.

PlanX is an initiative of the Punjab Information Technology Board which empowers commercially-viable, mid-stage tech startups by providing access to multiple funding channels, specialised network of mentors and global exposure to establish high impact businesses.

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The programme, which was initiated in January this year, is a collaboration between the US State Department, City of Austin and Plan9, a sister project of PlanX. Under the programme, the local startups will attend a three-week fully funded exchange program in Austin.

The basic aim of the project is to provide Pakistani startups access to investors and mentors as well as to provide them a platform for collaboration and joint talent development between Austin and Pakistan.

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As part of the exchange program, four cohorts of Pakistani startups will travel to Austin for training, exposure and mentorship over a two-year period. This is the second cohort of local startups that will be travelling to the US. A small group of investors from Austin will also visit Pakistan at the end this year while a Creative Collaboration Summit will be hosted in Austin in 2017.

Here are brief introductions of the selected startups:

Baby Planet

Baby Planet is an online retail store for baby products to help save time, money and energy of busy parents by providing them a hassle-free shopping experience with delivery.

BookMyUmrah.pk

BookMyUmrah.pk allows people to read reviews, compare packages and and book their preferred Hajj, Umrah and Ziyarat packages through their website.

ClubInternet

ClubInternet connects 4.3 billion non-Internet across the world. Their current target market is Pakistan with a population of 170 million unconnected people. They have roughly 400k monthly active users to date.

MangoBaaz

MangoBaaz is a digital media company that aims to satisfy the Pakistani global appetite by covering local news. They have gained much popularity through their viral content and videos.

Virgin Teez

Virgin Teez is an e-commerce store that currently deals with selling apparel and home decor products. Since they source the apparel from the same factories that manufacture goods for top brands like Zara, they ensure quality at 1/4th of the price charged by these brands. They also let you try their products for the perfect size from the comfort of your home.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Farhan
    Aug 11, 2016 - 6:40PM

    None of the five startups can be called real startups as:
    1. Baby Planet and Virgin Teez = Typical E-commerce websites like daraz, ishopping etc.
    2. Book My Ummrah = Should not be in the list of startups my any means
    3. Mango Baaz = Is more of a tabloid news site not a real startup
    4. Club Internet = Is doing what Titan companies like Google and Facebook
    are doing with no clear source of income generation and
    method

    PlanX and Plan9 can sure find better companies than them if they really want.Recommend

  • Jawad
    Aug 11, 2016 - 7:50PM

    Is the US State Department and City of Austin really sincere in helping Pakistani Startups. From the list of companies they have selected it doesn’t look like that.Recommend

  • Jamal
    Aug 12, 2016 - 1:40AM

    We’ve got this startup concept really wrong. Every website is not a startup.Recommend

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