The South Asia Emerging Markets team at Google’s headquarters in Asia, led by Tania Aidrus and Khurram Jamali, partnered up with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) to organise Pakistan Startup Summit 2016 in Singapore.
Under this partnership, Google sponsored a group of startup founders from top business incubators and accelerators of Pakistan to attend this event at its office in Singapore. It was a four-day programme designed for the Pakistani startups to understand the Singaporean entrepreneurial landscape, explore business opportunities in Singapore, pitch to investors and venture capitalists and meet similar startups in business incubators and accelerators in Singapore for possible business partnerships.
The nine startups selected for this programme included BeautyHooked, Dockit, Treble, RepairDesk, Vanilla Arcade and Interacta from LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship, Makistra from Plan9, Hireonic from Nest I/O and Ezpz Sehat from Invest2Innovate.
The organising team at Google arranged several sessions and activities for the startups including a session with Amer Qureshi, Director Deloitte Private in Australia, on financial planning and how to raise funds for your startup and a session with an ex-Googler Steve Feiner, CEO, A Better Florist, on the experience of running a business in Southeast Asia.
There was a pitch practice session with two highly experienced professors of entrepreneurship at INSEAD Singapore campus, Ash Singh and Paul Kewen-hite, where all nine startups got to hone their elevator pitches with individual feedback from the mentors. Pakistan Startup Workshop by Saleem Hasan of Privity, an introduction of the VCs and entrepreneurial landscape of Singapore and a session on how to build a great business by Chua Lee Lock, CEO of Vertex Ventures and a networking session with Jeffery Paine of Golden Gate Ventures were some of the other sessions arranged for the startups.