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Q1 2024 Quarterly Deal Flow Update: Fundraising Hits Historic Low with Zero Deals

👓 The Outlook Frugality, when associated with businesses, at times, tends to carry a slightly negative connotation. However, for startups, the word remains an essential part of the playbook, especially in their early days. The current funding environment further emphasizes its importance for local startups. In this context, Q1 of 2024 has unsurprisingly turned out […]

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Has the Fintech Boom Turned into Doom for Startups?

If one sector encapsulates the ethos of Pakistan’s startup ecosystem, it would probably be fintech. Over the past two decades, the players in this segment have made significant progress in their ability and appetite to develop and deliver innovative products. The significance of this vertical is exemplified by the consistent investor interest it has garnered

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Cleantech Startups

Cleantech Startups: A Catalyst for Pakistan’s Green Ambitions

Our previous blog posts have covered broad themes that resonate with the overall startup ecosystem. This time, we will delve deeper and focus on a specific vertical – Cleantech startups. Pakistan’s climate challenge, signified by the floods in 2022, has prompted a need for innovation. To provide some context, the country has set a target

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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 acquiring SadaPay, a prominent fintech company in Pakistan. Although the details of the acquisition have yet to be revealed,

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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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