Karandaaz Pakistan announced ‘CreditFix’ as the winner of its Fintech Disrupt Challenge 2017 after a close competition between extraordinary startups at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi.
CreditFix, founded by Owais Zaidi will receive up to $100,000 in funding whereas the three runner-ups, ‘Invoice Wakalah’, ‘UniKrew’ and ‘Agrigate’ will receive up to $20,000 each.
The Fintech Disrupt Challenge is aimed at hunting for ideas worthy of creating substantial social impact.
This year, Karandaaz had invited startups in five thematic areas including:
- Access to financial services, payments, E-commerce,
- Interoperability and Early stage ideas related to M-Wallet Use cases,
- Education of Financial Services through technology,
- Customer Engagement / Experience,
- Micro Credit and Digital Savings.
Funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UKAid, the Disrupt challenge offered two different grants, up to $100,000 for established startups and $20,000 for seed funding of new startups respectively.
Speaking to the audience, CEO Karandaaz Pakistan, Ali Sarfraz Hussain said:
I extend my heartiest felicitations to the winning teams of this years’ disrupt challenge and hope that they will be able to break the glass ceilings and expand their startups way and beyond. Through the financial support of UKAid and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we are enabling the startups to scale up and secure access to market to be able to capitalize on the immense potential of Pakistani market.
Director – Digital Financial Services, Rehan Ahmad Akhtar said:
“This year Karandaaz targeted specific thematic areas around which innovation and disruption is required in the market. For this round of Fintech Disrupt Challenge, Karandaaz is not only be funding mature startups with established ideas but also startups who require seed funding and are in the proof of concept phase because we feel that it is important to facilitate a good idea and team which are at a nascent stage.”
Director- Institute of Business Administration, Dr. Farrukh Iqbal and Entrepreneur in Residence from Caribou Digital & DFS Labs, Ben Lyon also shared their thoughts with the audience.
The panel of judges for the event included Azfar Jamal, EVP Head of Payment Service and Banking at National Bank of Pakistan, Humayun Bashir, Former CGM IBM and current Chairman at NCCPL, Khurram Zafar, Director at LUMS Centre for Entrepreneurship and Ali Abbas Sikander, Executive Director at Paysys Labs.
The Fintech Disrupt Challenge is an extension of Karandaaz Pakistan’s overall ambition of promoting financial inclusion to marginalized segments of the society. The company extends financial and technical support to financial technology starts ups which showcase substantial potential to create value for the society.