Last week, Global Entrepreneurship Week announced ‘GEW 50’ – an annual list of the 50 most innovative new startups who will be the finalists in its Startup Open competition.
The list includes TalLee, a hardware startup based in Islamabad and incubated at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in NUST, H-12 Islamabad. Rafi Imran Amjad, the CEO of TalLee, started the company after winning the Islamabad Google Startup Weekend competition earlier this year. Now his company holds the distinction of being the only startup from Pakistan featured in the GEW 50 2014 as well.
The company’s main offering is a GSM based doorbell. If you’ve ever seen an intercom, installation and usage is pretty much the same. Where it differs is what happens when a visitor presses the button on the doorbell. A call is placed to your cellphone and you can talk to the visitor from anywhere through your cellphone. TalLee has an inbuilt battery backup as well so it won’t die on you when your electricity inevitably goes out. You can book your pre-order your TalLee unit from the official website here for PKR 9500.
More than 600 startups from 38 countries took part in the competition to be named in the GEW 50 and were judged on their idea, growth potential for business and knowledge of their respective industries. The final list contains 50 startups across areas like biotechnology, communications, education, fashion, finance and others from 19 countries.
The winner of the GEW 50 will be offered an all-expenses paid trip to Milan, Italy for the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Congress. The GEC is a way to bring together entrepreneurs, investors and startups from across the world for building and exploring entrepreneurship ecosystems. The grand prize will offer a lucky startup an opportunity to meet future investors, collaborators and mentors who could be invaluable in helping the startup grow.