Invest2Innovate has just announced its 5th batch of startups for its annual accelerator. Through the accelerator program, startups get the opportunity to grow and evolve their businesses with the help of resources, networks, support, investment and guidance provided by key players in the industry.
In collaboration with Palladium and dubbed the i2ixHANIF Accelerator, this year’s accelerator has a health, nutrition and accountability theme. Given the highly competitive process, only 4 startups were selected out of over 200+ applicants. These include 2 startups from Lahore, 1 from Karachi and 1 from Islamabad. These companies will also be eligible for grants of £10k pending due diligence by i2i and Palladium.
The selected startups include:
- Ammi Service – a startup using mobile technology to address maternal/infant mortality rates.
- Jaan Pakistan – is introducing clean cook stoves in Pakistan to save lives in rural, off-grid communities.
- Grit 3D – they’re making a functional 3d printed prosthetic hand to enable and empower people with amputations.
- Asaan Doctor – a simplified, affordable, scalable and privacy ensuring web+SMS based medical platform for underserved communities.
The i2i Accelerator is a four-month program that runs from September to January each year in Pakistan. Over the course of four months, selected entrepreneurs receive access to virtual support to grow their businesses, and convene for six in-person weekends in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. The program also includes targeted sessions led by mentors on topics ranging from branding to customer acquisition to financials and operations. The accelerator has over 35 local mentors, who are successful Pakistani entrepreneurs and industry experts themselves, dedicated to supporting the intensive curriculum of its program.