Tech Week in Pakistan (Issue 14: 18th May)

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FoodPanda has just released some numbers regarding its performance in Pakistan. An article by BrandSynario says that received 15,000 orders from mobile devices, and with 65% of orders coming from mobile devices that means the service receives somewhere around 7,700 orders* a month right now. If we take average order size as PKR 2,000** this means is currently seeing a GMV of PKR 15.4m per month or PKR 184.8m per year.

*15,000 orders in Q1 is 5,000 orders per month. With 65% of all orders being from mobile, (5000/65)*100 ≈ 7,700

** based on my own personal order history with FoodPanda that on average cost PKR 2060.

BrandSynario | FoodPanda

Launch of “The Foundation”

LUMS launched its startup incubator and has offered 4 startups space within its centre. The incubator is the first step the Centre for Entrepreneurship has undertaken and will soon be launching a seed stage startup fund and a network of “Plug ‘n Play” centres. The first four startups to be incubated at the incubator are:

  • Savaree – ride sharing social network
  • Appography – visual IVR company
  • Bugdev Studios – game developers
  • Cognitica – AR based games for children

LCE | TechJuice

ILM Apps Challenge

The Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF) has launched a program aimed at creating creative ways by which to improve the quality and reach of primary and secondary education in Pakistan. The initiative is hoping to recruit the best young minds in Pakistan to come together in an education inspired Hackathon, with the best ideas being funded and planned for implementation.

The PIF has partnered with the Department for International Development (DFID) a UK based organisation aimed at ending extreme poverty. With PKR 1 billion already invested to support underprivileged students in LUMS, the DFID’s aim in Pakistan is to support four million children in school, recruit and train tens of thousands of new teachers, construct or rebuild more than 20,000 classrooms and improve test results in core subjects.

ILM | ProPakistani

XGear Launches Crowd Funding Campaign

XGear a local startup focused on gathering data from your car and providing data such as fuel management, behaviour moniitoring and live tracking has just started crowd funding its first set of products. They are looking to raise $10,000 to continue developing useful apps for the platform.


Other News

  • Innovate & Lead: Pakistani Startups with Brilliant Ideas | Dawn
  • Poll: Do You Want YouTube Ban to be Lifted? | ProPakistani
  • UET Launches incubator dubbed TICK | TechJuice
  • This “SmartBike” was partially developed in Pakistan | Mashable
  • A Conversation With KickStoro Founder Azm Dar | TechJuice
  • The secrets of Pakistan’s economic upsurge | Financial Times
  • Meetup with Finland’s Serial Entrepreneur, Investor & Technologist – Wili Miettinen | BrightSprye
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