We Believe The Next Great Entrepreneurs Will Come From Growth Markets.
We Provide The Support Needed To See Those Success Stories Emerge.
Who We Are
Invest2Innovate supports startup communities in growth markets, and has been working in Pakistan since 2011. We provide support to entrepreneurs via our own flagship program the i2i Accelerator, which has graduated 47 startups that have gone on to raise over $7.5M and create over 2000 jobs since 2012. i2i also designs & launches programs for entrepreneurs via partnerships with players like Facebook, Karandaaz & the World Bank, and has so far provided capacity building support to 42 incubators & accelerators in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam & Cambodia. i2i also releases comprehensive data & briefings on Pakistan's startup ecosystem via Insights, our research arm, and i2i's sister entity, i2i Ventures, is our venture capital fund for Pakistan, investing in high-growth early-stage startups in the country.
WHAT WE DO
“i2i Ventures invests in early-stage technology-enabled startups solving big problems in Pakistan.”
Impact through i2i Accelerator
Fully Female Founded Startups
Startups Raised Investment Within 2 Years
Impact through Support Programs
Mentors & Industry Experts Engaged
Applications Received & reviewed
Incubators & Accelerators Trained
I2i accelerator was the best program we could have found as an early stage startup. From great mentors, a growth focused curriculum, amazing networking to post accelerator help and support, the accelerator helped recognise our true vision and mission. Even till today, I feel that I am still a part of the cohort as the learning has not stopped. This is a unique opportunity for startup founders to experience.
I can safely say that the time i spent as a part of the i2i accelerator program was the most fulfilling in terms of learning for our startup. The mentors go out of their way to help you with your business’s specific problems, and the curriculum was brilliantly structured and well-delivered. The team is highly competent, and we built lasting relationships with each of them. Glad to be an i2i alumni!
I’ve supported i2i from their early days and the thing that always stood out was their willingness to take risks and work with all types of startups. They have always refined their focus to what truly mattered. From grooming teams that no one bet on to actually launching a multi million dollar fund to plug the funding gap, i2i has earned founder’s respect for always sitting on their side of the table.
The i2i accelerator was the best thing that happened to my business at just the time I needed the support to grow from one stage to the next. The network and support Kalsoom and the team built for the startups was excellent, however, the secret ingredient was still the fact that the i2i team took ownership in the journey of our businesses.
Dot & Line grew wings when we were accepted by i2i. With the accelerator, we got access to a deeply inspirational mentor community that helped us flesh out an idea into a real business! But what resonated with us the most was how i2i continues to root for your business and support you long after you have graduated! You make connections that last a lifetime! Entrepreneurs, if you have a fantastic idea apply now and I promise you, you’ll find your village in i2i
Working with i2i really opens up your network; knowing the right people and making strong connections with them is so important for any start-up (esp. The early stage!). As a woman, being part of a community that is bringing together strong and passionate women from all over the country, is very inspiring and taught me a lot. I2i is a place to get constructive feedback on your startup or idea, and then continue to be a part of a solid entrepreneur community that will support you long after the accelerator is over.
I2i was a phenomenal experience that plugged various gaps in our business knowledge. Moreover, i2i introduced us to a cohort of similarly motivated individuals who all became an immense source of support, especially in moments of doubt or uncertainty. I2i is a great program for early stage social startups and Pakistan will hugely benefit from it in the days ahead. So if you are a social entrepreneur with the zest to make your startup the next big thing, apply now and be part of the amazing i2i experience
Being one of the many accelerator programs operating in Pakistan, we were skeptical about the value additions i2i’s accelerator would provide our startups with. Kick starting with high energy, the four month program challenged many of our assumptions pushing us to pivot and iterate our product and services. The dedicated i2i team along with a diversified pool of mentors and investors across Pakistan helped us with our legalities, evaluations and financials of our startup that had been overlooked previously.
I2i has been a trailblazer for building Pakistan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and for nurturing some of the most innovative business models to emerge from the country. If you're a startup/early stage entrepreneur with a passion for impact and want to take your business to the next level, then come join this premier accelerator and learn from the most knowledgeable and well networked group of mentors and investors. So what are you waiting for?! Be a friend to yourself and apply now!
‘From my experience of working with startups and evaluating investable opportunities, I have concluded that the i2i accelerator is one of the best programs in pakistan! It provides founders with a structured approach of learning and mentoring - the impact of which is clearly visible when conducting due diligence with founders. If you’re a startups founder that wants to learn what it takes to build/grow your business with direct access to credible investors - then this is the program for you’
This report [Pakistan Startup Ecosystem Report 2019] accurately identifies some of the major hurdles faced by early stage businesses in Pakistan and has been long overdue. It provides in-depth context of the challenges and helpful recommendations on the way forward. This report is an important reading for anyone interested in understanding and reforming the startup ecosystem in Pakistan.
One of the key impediments to Pakistani entrepreneurship accelerating even faster is the capturing and sharing of information. Not only does that limit the learning that can take place within the ecosystem, but can also potentially stifle innovation in the long run. This report [Pakistan Startup Ecosystem Report 2019] diligently put together by the i2i team, goes a long way in bridging that very gap in our ecosystem. Investors like us rely on such pieces of work to further build the conviction that is required to be investing in Pakistan’s nascent venture space.
‘I2I has literally ignited my interest in the start up sector. i2i initiatives, trainings and the reports (available here) that have been compiled on the startup ecosystem are a great tool for not only those who want to be an entrepreneur but also for those who want to carry out research on startup markets. The professionalism and dedication of the i2i team is indeed commendable and I wish them the very best for all of their future endeavours along with my support wherever possible.’
I2i played an instrumental role in co-creating the curriculum for the inaugural batch of the four-month-long accelerator program run by BYLC Ventures. I was especially impressed with the professionalism of the i2i team and their ability to deliver high-quality work under tight deadlines. Our team greatly benefited from Kalsoom and Rohma’s deep understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in developing countries, challenges faced by early-stage startups, and the skills and tools required to create and grow a new business.