Six Pakistani startups are on their way to the US for an entrepreneurship exchange programme

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Six Pakistani startups will travel to Austin, Texas in October to take part in the ATX-PAK Launch Entrepreneurship Program, according to the MIT Technology Review Pakistan.

Babyplanet.pk, BookMyUmrah.pk, ClubInternet, MangoBaaz, Affordable.pk and Virgin Teez are all a part of Plan X, a technology accelerator, run by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB).

The programme, which spans a total of three weeks, is a collaboration between Plan9 and the city of Austin. Six startups are selected every six months on the basis of an evaluated application and a series of interviews for a challenging session of mentoring and training in a Texas incubator.

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4 Pakistani entrepreneurs launch innovative tech-leather products on Kickstarter

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Pakistan is quite famous for its leather products. In past, several startups have taken the indigenous products made in Pakistan to international crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and have raised several hundred thousand dollars successfully.

RockDove is another such startup which is using leather to make products of wide-range including tote, briefcase, wallet, clutch wallet, traveler’s wallet, a camera sling and a baggage tag. The products, although, appear to be traditional yet they are technology based.

Simply said, the products come with a built-in Bluetooth chip which is connected with a smartphone to keep a track of the product and hence the belongings in it as well. The Bluetooth device is mounted on a flexible board discreetly tucked away in each of its products. Although hidden from plain view, it allows users to track their most essential belongings via smartphone or tablet.

Click here to read more by Marium Dodhy @techjuice.pk

 

Pakistani startup, Patari, grabs 2nd position at World Startup Cup 2016

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Pakistan’s popular music streaming startup Patari has secured 2nd position at World Startup Cup 2016, held in Washington DC from 3rd – 5th August.

The first place has been secured by GoMobile, a Moroccon startup that allows disadvantaged people to personalized content via mobile phone. The third prize went to an Armenian startup by the name of HY Pictures which is a media productions company. The winning startups competed with over 1,000 startups which were shortlisted after 65 national level championships to participate in the global edition.

Patari is a music streaming website boasting a database of more than 15,000 songs; the biggest ever collection available online in Pakistan, including both mainstream music and underground scene.

Click here to read more by Asra Rizwan @techjuice.pk

Making it to Silicon Valley – Sheops, TEDdict and WonderTree – three of the start-ups which made it to the GES this year.

Making it to Silicon Valley

In profile: Sheops, TEDdict and WonderTree – three of the start-ups which made it to the GES this year.

This year, as they have done consistently since 2010/11, a number of Pakistani start-ups will participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held in Silicon Valley. They will also be able to pitch to investors at the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) event. Doing so is nowhere as easy as it sounds; GES and GIST are highly prestigious tech events and hard to get into; only 1,000 participants from all over the world may attend and a mere 15 are invited to pitch.

I met three of the entries from Pakistan, and only one somewhat resembled the entrepreneur stereotype of 20-something males with messenger bags slung across their chest. The others? Well, nothing says ‘Pakistani tech entrepreneur’ better than a 38-year-old mother of two, right? Or a trio of CEOs who have never been to school, and of whom, only one can sign legal papers because the other two are underage. No doubt about it, this is one eclectic bunch.

Click here to read more by Sarwat Yasmeen Azeem@aurora.dawn.com

Is this Pakistani entrepreneur’s startup going to dethrone Instagram?

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Time to unfollow her too, I thought.

You know what I’m talking about. Don’t you just hate it when you follow someone on Instagram for their innovative, quirky posts, only to realize a few weeks later that they’ve sold their soul to the devil and stooped to just doing paid reviews? Let’s be honest: content’s looking pretty shoddy now on the mammoth photo-sharing app.

Splore is here to to challenge that very feature — to make sure that their users thrive on quality content rather than star power. This hot new app on the block lets people follow hashtags of interest rather than people, so you’re sure to have a feed that’s basically tailor-made for you, filled with material that excites you.

Click here to read more by Anum Rehman Chagani @images.dawn.com

Is Pak Truck Driver the most exciting driving game to come from Pakistan? We find out

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Newly launched Android game ‘Pak Truck Driver’ is arguably the most exciting driving game to have come out of Pakistan. By putting you behind the wheel of a beautifully decorated truck, it takes you through Pakistan’s breathtaking mountain ranges.

Your task is to carry consignments from one location to another while ensuring minimum damage to the shipment. The narrow and dangerous roads, lofty speed breakers, and tricky curves add to difficulty and excitement.

The trucking experience of course, is not complete without the flamboyant truck horns and folk music in the background; and ‘Apex Logics’, the developers behind the game, have incorporated these elements into the game with style.

Click here to read more by Munir Rahool @dawn.com

4 Pakistani Startups That Do Social Media Marketing Right

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It is said that what people perceive is stronger than the reality, something which rings doubly true in the world of social media marketing.

People now spend quite a lot of time on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter than they do watching TV nowadays, essentially making it a great spot for marketers. In order to win, Pakistani brands and startups have turned to social media.

Here are a few Pakistani startups, in our opinion, that have made the most out of their marketing genius, attracting customers with the right mix of humor, aesthetic style, branding and messaging over social media.

Click here to read more by Samar Yawar @propakistani.pk

 

Where will the world’s next smart cities be?

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Smart cities used to be the privilege of the West. No longer. By 2025, up to half of the world’s smart cities could be outside America and Europe, according to recent studies from research firms IHS and Frost & Sullivan.

With the Middle East expected to achieve the world’s highest growth rates in both mobile and cloud traffic data by 2018, cities in the region could be well-positioned to join the club. Some, in fact, have already started leveraging connectivity to transform into smarter cities. Tel Aviv, for instance, won international recognition in 2014 for its Digi-tel programme, which delivers personalised city services to citizens using data analytics. Dubai has also been actively pursuing its ambition to become the world’s smartest city by 2017, including through the recent launch of a “one-stop shop” mobile app to access government services and the planned deployment of 100 smart bus stations across the emirate by early next year.

Click here to read more by Elie Chachoua @ weforum.org

There’s a global divide in smartphone use. But these countries are closing the gap fast.

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Nearly half the world’s adults have a smartphone and although there is still a significant gap between developed and developing countries, the gap is closing rapidly.

A Pew Research Center analysis based on a survey of 40 nations in Spring 2015, puts global adult smartphone ownership at 43%.

Sales of smartphones are booming, with more than 1.4 billion sold in 2015 and the figure is expected to be higher still this year.

Click here to read more by Emma Luxton Content Producer, Formative Content