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Venture Capital FirmsEdit

LocalEdit

Several sources, both in Pakistan and Silicon Valley have provided the same reply to enquiries for names for this category; that there is currently only one serious player:

JumpStart Pakistan initiative Change Pakistan Through Entrepreneurship!

Please visit for more info. www.jumpstartpakistan.com


Private Equity Funds/FirmsEdit

MultiNationalEdit

Actual:

Intended:

  • Leapfrog - This firm has not yet entered Pakistan. They have intentions to enter.

Rumours etc.:

  • Draper Fisher Jurvetson - Mention has been made of them having a presence in Pakistan. But no confirmation can be found
  • E-Planet Ventures - Asad Jamal did come to Pakistan, but no idea about activities

Government/Public Programmes/Funds.Edit

These Non-Profit Companies provide grants for services / consultancies.

Proposed Venture Capital CompaniesEdit

Business Support OrganizationsEdit

IncubatorsEdit

  • SEED Incubation Centre, Platform for young startups and entrepreneurs. www.seedincubation.com and www.facebook.com/seedincubation
  • TIC - http://www.tic.org.pk This is an initiative of NUST (www.nust.edu.pk) at Islamabad
  • Askari Commercial Enterprises An AWT (www.awt.com.pk) initiative for the benefit of retired Army Officers located in Rawalpindi
  • E-Magine Group - www.e-magine.com - This Company is run by a Kellogg Alumni and provides an Incubator Space.
  • PSEB Smart Plug & Play Incubator - (www.pseb.org.pk)
  • Saif Center for Innovation - www.saifcenter.com 

Groups (Networking, etc.)Edit

ForumsEdit

Business Plan CompetitionsEdit

Entrepreneurship Development Centers at UniversitiesEdit

Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CENTIN)- http://centin.umt.edu.pk/

Entrepreneurial UniversitiesEdit

  • University of Management and Technology(UMT) offering multiple entrepreneural activities 
  • University of Veterinary & Animal Science - http://www.uvas.edu.pk - The University is in the process of setting up a University Company under the name of U-Biz

Diaspora/AbroadEdit

BlogsEdit

Brain Trust / People in the KnowEdit

In PakistanEdit

Individuals:

Mr Khurram Mujhtba CEO JumpStart Pakistan Islamabad

  • Sana Ullah Khan Bhittani Islamabad
  • Monis Rehman, Naseeb Networks, Lahore /Silicon Valley
  • Naeem Zamindar, Mobilink, Islamabad
  • Athar Naseem, AMZ, Karachi
  • Ali Athar Mahmood, Millenium Fund
  • Sohaib Umar, TMT Ventures, Karachi
  • Muhammad Yar Hiraj, Lahore
  • Jamal Arif, LUMS, Lahore
  • Shahid Khan & Mian Amir, Grant Thornton, Islamabad
  • Jawwad Ahmed Farid, Alchemy Technologies, Karachi
  • Jehan Ara, P@SHA, Karachi
  • Zia Imran, PSEB, Islamabad
  • Khurram Zafar, Lahore Stock Exchange, Lahore

Companies

Pakistan-Focused, AbroadEdit

  • Khalid Ali Khan, CEO Enlight World Exports. Washington
  • Faisal Quayum, Sitara Investment/Sitara Ventures, London
  • Imran Qidwai, Zaviah, Boston
  • Khidhir-Hyatt Khan, Hyatt Portfolios, Venture Consultants, London.
  • Anwar Ali Mustafa Jumabhoy, Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd
  • Sara Akhtar, Capital Market Specialist, Competitiveness Support Fund
  • Atif Bilal Siddiqui, Octagon Business Consultants, Business Development Services/ Support Services Provider to SMEs
  • Faisal Sohail, CMEA
  • E & Y Venture Capital Advisory Group - http://www.ey.com/PK/en/Services/Strategic-Growth-Markets/SGM_Venture-Capital_Overview
  • James Caan, Hamilton Bradshaw
  • Faraz Hoodbhoy, CEO PixSense

Diaspora, GeneralEdit

  • Bilal Zuberi
  • Akbar Sharfi, Tipton, Boston
  • Umair Khan, TEF, Silicon Valley
  • Naeem Zafar, Berkeley / Silicon Valley & Lahore / Karachi
  • Dr. Akram Chaudhry, Silicon Valley
  • Naveed Khan, Silicon Valley
  • Asad Jamal, ePlanet Ventures
  • Ammar Hannafi, Alloy Ventures
  • Sana Bhettani

Pakistani Companies Funded by VCsEdit

Studies of EntrepreneurshipEdit

  • Entrepreneurship in Pakistan http://ideas.repec.org/p/pid/wpaper/200729.html This is a study carried out by Mr. Nadeem Ul Haque (Former Vice-Chancellor Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad) and published by the same Organization in 2007. The paper presents an analysis of the state of entrepreneurship/rent seeking prevailing in Pakistan and the analysis allows obtaining and understanding of the kinds of reforms (including legislative changes) that are required to develop entrepreneurship.

Interesting ArticlesEdit

A Collection of Articles / Blog Posts on Entrepreneurship in Pakistan

- http://lahore.metblogs.com/2008/11/25/lahore-bloggers-meetup-2008/
   - http://www.techmynd.com/lahore-bloggers-meetup-what-actually-happened/

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