May in Review

In these times of crisis, there is  a lot of transformation in how businesses are run. Let’s take a look at how the month of May has been.


A Society powered by Entrepreneurs

In conversation with the global representatives of Accelerate Prosperity, discussing the various opportunities offered by Accelerate Prosperity Pakistan, which is a premier business incubator and accelerator in the country with a wide regional presence, diverse portfolio in multiple market sizes and scenarios and global impact.


Post COVID19: The New Face of Tourism in Pakistan

Post COVID19: The New Face of Tourism in Pakistan with Aneeqa Ali (The Mad Hatters), Muhammad Imran (NANOIT Solutions) and Muhammad Komail Abbas Naqvi (FindMyAdventure) to discuss the implications of the COVID19 lockdown on the tourism business; how it’s going to shape up post-pandemic and how these entrepreneurs are innovating to prepare for the new normal.


How Fuchsia, a Shoe Company, is Powering through the Market Crash of COVID19 Lockdown

Afshan is CEO & Co-founder at Fuschia and member of the Board of Advisors at PWIC. She has also worked as Data Engineer at INRIX and at Microsoft as Sr. Business Analyst (BI) where she Delivered reporting and analytics for OEM Finance during Windows 7 and Windows 8 launch including real time business insights for executive audience. Fuchsia Shoes features beautifully handcrafted ballet flats that bring with them a heartwarming story. They realized that such a combination is missing in the Western retail market today. Their search for a product to fill this gap led them to discover the challenges faced by the native artisans, such as lack of exposure to their art and low wages. Startup Grind Islamabad converses with the co-founder and CEO, Afshan about how the company is faring amidst the COVID19 lockdown.


Challenges and Opportunities in the Creative Industries

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown and the resulting policies and changes in consumer behavior, what are the effects on the creative industry of Pakistan? We’re bringing together two creative entrepreneurs, Amneh Shaikh Farooqui (Co-founder Polly and Other stories) and Nimra Qazi (Founder & Principal Architect at Timeline Designs) to discuss the challenges they’re facing and any opportunities that have come forth during the COVID-19 lockdown.


Global Webinar: Fireside Chat w/ Zeeshan Ali (Vice President, Salesforce Canada)

In conversation with Zeeshan Ali, Vice President Salesforce Canada. Zeeshan Ali is the Vice President at Salesforce Canada for the digital transformation technologies since March 2015. He’s responsible for Salesforce’s products portfolio, with a focus around financial services, tele-communication and retail verticals. He’s spent 9 years at Salesforce and previously, he held various positions with technology giants like Oracle Corporation and BEA Systems. He talks about his background, his journey and the role he sees Pakistani diaspora playing in advancing tech in Pakistan.


How to Build a Narrative for your Startup Brand

During the National Entrepreneurship Summit 2020, conducted by the National Incubation Center Lahore, a session was carried out for startups on building a narrative for a brand, discussing: how to build strong narrative; why building a strong brand is critical for startups; how to build a great brand. The panelists included Junaid Aziz (Director Brand development at Montres Journe America); . He also served as brand manager Rolex USA and Dawn Group, Pakistan. Currently, Ayesha Khan (Brand Director, Nike USA);  Umar Qamar (Founder of Export Leftovers); Faisal Sherjan (Director National Incubation Center Lahore); Syed Talaal Burny (Developer Relations Manager, Careem) and Umer Hussain (Founder of Sweet Tooth).


How to Pitch to a VC

For startups, knowing the right way to pitch in front of venture capitalists is extremely important. This session covers: how to pitch to a VC firm; what should a startup do before approaching VC firms; how VC firms in Pakistan think about Covid-19. The panel consisted of renowned investors including Ali Mukhtar (CEO, Fatima Gobi Ventures); Misbah Naqvi (Partner at i2i Ventures); Aatif Awan (Founder & Managing Partner at Indus Valley Capital); Rabeel Warriach (Founder & CEO at Sarmayacar); Meenah Tariq (Partner at Karavan, Ex Head of Strategy & Accelerator at Invest2Innovate); Omar Shah (Founder & CEO at Colabs); Ali Samir Osman (Director at Jaffam Management Consultancy) and Faisal Aftab (Managing Partner at Lakson Venture Capital). The session was held during the National Entrepreneyrship Summit and was moderated by Khurram Zafar, Director 47 Ventures.


12 Simple Ways to Increase Startup Sales

For many startups, the dilemma is that they start a business, but then what? How does one go about increasing sales with limited resources? To discuss this in detail, Daud Yamin (VP Sales – TeraData), Abdullah (Head Business Dev – Pakwheels), Abu Bakar (Head of Sales, Foodpanda), and Imran Khan (Regional Sales Manager, came together for a panel discussion during NES2020 to share some great hacks to increase your sales.


Crowdfunding in the New Normal

Startups are seeing a new normal when it comes to getting funded. Amy Vik is a Ph.D. Research Fellow at the University of Agder and she’s helping startups grasp the concepts around crowdfunding. National Incubation Center conducted a session with her, aimed at helping startups effectively raise capital with careful and thorough crowdfunding campaigns.


The Future of Work

What actually is the future of work? How can digital communication tools enhance productivity and efficiency? What industries will be most affected by the current pandemic? NIC Islamabad brought together esteemed panelists like Osman Rashid, Fatima Mazhar, Ghazanfar Ali and Puruesh Chaudhary to share their expert opinion on the topic.



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