These past three years have seen the Pakistani tech industry at its best. With the rise of startups, entrepreneurship, incubators and investors, things now look quite hopeful for the young and talented of this country. In fact, the interest shown by veteran IT professionals in building raw entrepreneurial talent through incubation centers and startup events has a host of youngsters motivated and eager to represent ideas that could potentially change the socio-economic landscape of Pakistan.
One such event is the Shepherd’s Pie, an initiative of Jumpstart, one of the most renowned incubators of the country. Following the theme of Shark Tank and Dragon Dens, an incubation model that gives a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to show their business plan or prototype to a host of panel judges who are actually veteran investors. Based on the strength of the plan, the contestants can even secure on-the-spot investment from investors.
About the Event
The Shepherd’s Pie is year-long event divided into two seasons along with one local finale and one international competition. In the first cycle of investments, startups from all over the country will be screened. In Season 2, three startups each from the four major cities of Pakistan (Peshawar, Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore) will be selected for a final round of competition.
Finally, seven out of the twelve will be selected for the LaunchPad7 incubation and get equity-based seed funding to (worth Rs. 750,000) for one whole year with free space and constant mentorship.
In the grand international competition, one finalist will be selected to represent Pakistan at SeedStars World Event and compete with 50 Startups from 50 different countries to win over $500,000 in investment.
For its first season incubation cycle in 2015, the Pakistani medical startup DoctHERs was selected for SeedStar Summit, representing Pakistan in Switzerland.
Benefits of Being Part of Shepherd’s Pie 2016
In addition to investment opportunities, the benefits of being part of Shepherd’s Pie could get your startup:
- Opportunity to represent Pakistan in International SeedStars World Event in Switzerland and compete for $500,000 investment.
- Be part of the most exciting mentorship session with CEOs of the LaunchPad7
- Promotion of your start-up via Priority Listing on Jumpstart website and social platforms.
- Access to a pool of Renowned CEOs and Entrepreneurs around the world through Shepherds exclusive network.
- Mentorship sessions with international mentors through Seedspace
and much more!
How To Register?
Register your startup today (9th – April is the last date) and send in your pitch with complete business plans and prototypes. City wise selection will be held from May – November, starting from Peshawar in May, September in Karachi, November in Lahore and the final event being held in Islamabad.
For registration details, visit the Jumpstart Pakistan website here.
To register for Shepherd’s Pie 2016, fill out the form here.