After months of outreach, deliberation and decision making, we are SO excited to announce the seven entrepreneurs who are part of i2i’s 2nd Accelerator program, beginning next month in Pakistan. Many thanks to all of our judges through the application process – Yasser Bashir, Sadaffe Abid, Fawzia Naqvi, Imran Moinuddin, Farzal Dojki, Atif Azim, Khurram Zafar, Babar Rashid Khan, Raj Mathur, Cameron Miller, Elmira Bayrasli, Misbah Naqvi, Jeremy Higgs, Zahoor Khan, Saba Gul, Sajjad Haider, Sehar Tariq, Ali Saigol, and Faizan Laghari.
Without further a do, allow me to introduce the next class of the i2i Accelerator:
- Reading Room Project (Entrepreneur: Mashall Chaudri): An education technology venture that uses the Internet and blended learning to teach Pakistani low-income students how to self-learn.
- Asli Goli (Entrepreneur: Saim Siddiqui): A for-profit enterprise that leverages mobile technology to detect counterfeit pharmaceuticals and medicines.
- Ideacentricity/OddJobber (Entrepreneur: Adnan Khawaja): An innovative venture that uses mobile/online technology to increase income of low-skilled workers (particularly rickshaw drivers) and match them with jobs.
- Entaly (Entrepreneur: Mustafa Saeed): An enterprise that provides game based learning solutions for higher education.
- Setu (Entrepreneur: Benje Williams): A soft-skills training institute to empower underprivileged Pakistani students and prepare them for the job market.
- Nutri Nysa (Entrepreneur: Junaid Malik): A venture that produces high-end energy bars by working with local farmers in Skardu in the northern areas of Pakistan.
- CureFusion (Entrepreneur: Daniyal Shah): A web based electronic medical record platform that allows medical practices to manage their patient data and practices’ day to day activities in a more efficient manner.
Next month, the i2i Accelerator kicks off with a retreat outside of Islamabad with the i2i team & our entrepreneurs. While i2i will be providing hands-on support through the four-month program, the class will convene in-person for intensive two-day sessions in Karachi and Lahore (our program will alternate weekends in those cities in order to give our entrepreneurs access to top mentors in each place). The curriculum is designed to grow these businesses and position them for funding with topics ranging from business model development & operations to marketing/branding & governance.
We’re so excited to get started and to share these entrepreneurs’ stories with you in the months to come! You can also support the i2i Accelerator by donating to our Indiegogo campaign, which aims to raise $15K (we’ve already raised $8K in just over a week).
In case you missed what happened in our last Accelerator, here’s a nifty video to remind you: