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Dare To Disrupt – The Rise of Grocery Startups in Pakistan

Part II: The B2C Online Grocery Segment Over the last decade, E-commerce has been  a fast-growing sector across Asia, including in Pakistan. This growth is the result of a number of factors: technological transformation, e-commerce infrastructure, logistical improvements, and socio-cultural demands, which has led to  a spike in e-commerce activity and more specifically in online …

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Dare to Disrupt – The Rise of Grocery Startups in Pakistan

Part I: The B2B Online Grocery Segment The momentum in the grocery e-commerce segment in Pakistan as a whole has been underway for roughly five years (with players such as MandiExpress, Sabzi.pk, QnE, etc. operating since 2015), but the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns helped startups see quick and significant growth. (Read MIT Technology Review’s 2016 piece here) The …

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Taking the Pulse of Pakistan’s Investment Landscape – Deal Flow Analytics

Why a Deal Flow Tracker? Why Now?  At Invest2Innovate, our research arm Insights is dedicated to closing the information gap when it comes to the Pakistan startup landscape. In November 2019, our team released the Pakistan Startup Ecosystem Report, in partnership with the World Bank (with the support of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Finance Initiative, We-Fi). That comprehensive study …

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How EdTech is Reshaping the Education Landscape in Pakistan

E-Learning & its Future in Light of COVID-19   Since the outbreak of COVID-19 this year, students of all ages have been confined to their homes for months on end.Lower income schools, in particular, are having a difficult time keeping their students engaged, and most if not all, do not even have a Learning Management System …

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Covid-19 and Startups: Pivots, Partnerships and Future Positioning

The Age of COVID In February 2020, i2i’s Insights newsletter covered the growth of Pakistan’s travel industry, and its place on various global lists as the next place to visit. In April, just two months later, that same industry was one of the hardest hit due to the global coronavirus outbreak. In addition to travel & …

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Startups need enabling environment to thrive

KARACHI: Pakistan needs a lax regulatory environment for startups and investors alike, in the form of simpler business structures and tax breaks for the former and incentives for the latter, said Invest2Innovate Ventures Managing Partner Misbah Naqvi. She was addressing the panel discussion ‘Fund raising – the Venture Capital Lens’ at the two-day Momentum Tech …

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Launch of Pakistan’s Startup Ecosystem Report 2019

Invest2Innovate in collaboration with The World Bank launched the 2019 Startup Ecosystem Report at Nest I/O’s 021 Disrupt Conference in Karachi Sunday, November 3rd. The report, which was done via the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi of World Bank), provides a comprehensive analysis of the startup landscape with a finance, regulatory, and gender lens, looking …

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i2i Ventures, female-founded first investment in Mauqa Online

i2i Ventures, an early-stage VC fund with a focus on Pakistan-based technology startups has announced the launch of its $15 million fund and their first investment in a Pakistani startup Mauqa Online, in a statement to MENAbytes. Founded by Pakistani-American social entrepreneur, Kalsoom Lakhani and fintech and impact investing professional, Misbah Naqvi, i2i Ventures, according …

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Rise of Pakistan as a Growth Market in Local and Global Tourism – i2i Newsletter

Rise of Pakistan as a Growth Market in Local and Global Tourism Snapshot of Travel & Tourism Industry in Numbers If your social media feeds are not already filled with this update, we are here to remind you that Pakistan made it to the top of Conde Nast’s list as one of the most exciting travel destinations of 2020. Forbes also …

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Pakistan’s Mobility Landscape – i2i Newsletter

Pakistan’s Mobility Landscape Breaking down the buzzword. Mobility is a buzzword, one that’s been used frequently in the startup ecosystem. But what do we actually mean when we talk about the mobility landscape? Ultimately, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) includes everything from car-sharing, ride-sharing, ride-hailing to food delivery, micro-mobility (e.g, bikes and rickshaws), and other transportation network companies. We …

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