We select entrepreneurs with groundbreaking ideas for an annual program designed to grow businesses and position them for investment.
Our community of investors is passionate and committed to supporting young entrepreneurs in Pakistan.
We provide cutting-edge data, insights & analysis to help stakeholders navigate & understand growth markets.
Invest2Innovate supports startup communities in growth markets, and has been operating in Pakistan since 2011. We believe that startup communities are forming all over the world, but more fragile or nascent markets can disable and hinder that entrepreneurial growth. At i2i, we believe the next great innovators can and should come out of countries like Pakistan, Iran, and Nigeria, but need the resources and proper ecosystem to get there. That’s where we come in.
i2i takes an ecosystem approach in our work. We don’t believe you can drop an incubator or accelerator in a vacuum and expect to see success stories. i2i works with all stakeholders to not only support entrepreneurs, but also facilitate access to capital, mitigate risk for investors & support players, and strengthen the policy environment for businesses in these countries.
We value trust, community, and collaboration – the tenets of a strong ecosystem.
Incubate – Invest2Innovate finds, selects & vets entrepreneurs for the i2i Accelerator, an annual four-month program that provides business support and access to mentors and investment. Since 2012, i2i has accelerated 21 startups in Pakistan, which have gone on to raise over $1M in capital, create over 850 jobs, scale their businesses, and deepen their social and economic impact in the country. i2i also has 35+ mentors and 15+ investors in our network, who are all local and successful Pakistani entrepreneurs dedicated to supporting innovative startups in Pakistan. In 2016, the i2i Accelerator will focus on health & nutrition startups or companies that have an impact on those sectors. i2i is also licensing our Accelerator curriculum to power startup programs in other growth markets. This year, i2i designed the curriculum, back-end processes, and trained the team behind the Grameenphone Accelerator, which launched in February 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Invest – The local angel investor landscape in Pakistan has grown significantly over the last five years, with many individual investors collaborating to invest in startups and launching funds. Invest2Innovate works closely with these local investors to foster that community in Pakistan, AKA i2i Angels. At the end of each i2i Accelerator, our entrepreneurs pitch before an audience of these investors. i2i also engages our angel investor community as judges in the selection process of our Accelerator batch as well as mentors during our program in order to build trust and deeper relationships between investors and entrepreneurs in Pakistan.
Insight – In the last two years, i2i has worked with a number of stakeholders, like the World Bank, Deloitte, DFID, and the British Council to conduct research and analysis of Pakistan’s current entrepreneurship ecosystem. In the past, i2i has released a landscape analysis of Pakistan’s startup community, assessed the rising entrepreneurial ecosystem in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, and designed curriculum and trainings for earlier-stage entrepreneurs.
Our team is now looking to strengthen our Insight vertical in order to build new products and analyses to provide deeper insight into Pakistan and other growth markets. Our vision for Insight is simple: to leverage information and data in order to ultimately see more success stories emerge from these markets.