From the i2i Accelerator retreat in Murree. Photo credit: Junaid Malik
i2i launched the 2nd class of the i2i Accelerator in September 2013 (and ran a successful Indiegogo campaign to support it, check it out here). The four-month program consists of virtual support and six intensive weekends in both Karachi and Lahore, where entrepreneurs receive access to resources, mentorship, and strategic guidance for their businesses. We recently received coverage of our 2nd Accelerator in Fast Company and Wamda.
Meet the 2nd class of the i2i Accelerator:
Entrepreneur: Adnan Khawaja
IdeaCentricity has launched Oddjobber, a platform to match low income, low-skilled workers to jobs. Using phone calls and SMS, Oddjobber helps job seekers reach the mainstream market. It is currently working with rickshaw drivers in Lahore, matching drivers with those seeking rides via mobile technology. Think “Uber for Rickshaws.”
Entrepreneur: Benje Williams
Amal Academy works to develop professional and life skills amongst the youth in Pakistan, in order to empower underprivileged students to realize their professional dreams. Amal Academy aims to train students in low-income schools, reaching 100,000 disadvanatged students within 9 years.
Entrepreneur: Mustafa Saeed
3Restart (formerly Entaly) provides game-based learning solutions to supplement education in Pakistan and globally. The company develops unique games on low-cost tablets to improve the existing learning environment for lower secondary school age children.
Entrepreneur: Junaid Malik
NutriNysa is a company that is producing Rais’n d’Bar, Pakistan’s first locally-sourced all-natural organic energy bars. Ingredients for Rais’n d’Bars are sourced from low-income farmers in Pakistan’s northern areas (Gilgit-Baltisan).
Entrepreneur: Mashall Chaudri
The Reading Room Project (RRP) curates education technology content to supplement education in low-income classrooms in Pakistan. RRP is currently running their pilot with primary and secondary school students in a slum in Karachi, Pakistan, curating content and facilitating learning in an innovative environment.
Entrepreneur: Saim Siddiqui
Asli Goli is an SMS-based pharmaceutical product verification service for consumers, using unique serial numbers printed on the product. The company aims to combat the counterfeit pharmaceutical industry in Pakistan.