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Gender Lens Startup Investment

A Gender Lens on Pakistan’s Startup Investment Landscape

Note: In the following analysis; Female-founded startups refer to Female-only teams (1 or more female founders) Female co-founded startups refer to Mixed-gender teams (at least 1 female founder) Pakistan’s startup ecosystem has rapidly developed in the past few years. Although currently experiencing an economic slowdown, the ecosystem’s stakeholders continue to demonstrate resilience and a forward-thinking […]

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Overcoming Bias in Startup Investment Selection

The “F” Factor: Overcoming Bias in Startup Investment Selection

This blog was co-authored by Cyrine Ben Fadhel, a venture capital investor at Global Ventures and Sarwat Rattani from the Insights team at Invest2Innovate. In the world of business and technology, the gender parity debate has been rehashed many times without a lot of action contributing toward change. This disparity extends to the startup ecosystem, where female founders secure

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The impact of platform bans on Pakistan’s startup ecosystem

Online platforms are at the epicenter of communication and spearheading information in the modern technological world. Whereas in Pakistan internet penetration stands at 36.5% and a significant portion of the population are internet users (82.9 million in January 2022), there is a huge gap around the need for dialogue and advocacy for freedom of expression. Most recently,

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Merger acquisition M&As

Could M&As Be a Possible Solution for Pakistani Startups as Funding Wanes?

In our last blog post, we examined the prospects of the startup ecosystem following the elections on February 8th. Since then, perhaps the most noteworthy news to emerge from the ecosystem involves Turkish fintech powerhouse Papara‘s acquisition of SadaPay, a prominent fintech company in Pakistan. Although the details of the acquisition have yet to be

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Political Economic Situation

Has Pakistan’s Politico-Economic Situation Prolonged The Startup Winter?

After an eventful week, the general elections in Pakistan have finally wrapped up. As the final numbers unraveled, it became evident that the electoral mandate was divided, with no single party commanding a clear majority for government formation. Consequently, the result remains uncertain, leaving the nation in a state of anticipation as they contemplate the

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