The team behind the innovative RoshniRides startup and CEO of Hult Prizes met with Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the United Nations today.
Startup Roshni Rides from Rutgers Business School has been founded by Pakistani American Students Gia Farooqi, Moneeb Mian, Hasan Usmani and Hanaa Lakhani.
Roshni Rides is a transportation network solution that provides accessible, affordable and reliable public transportation for urbanized refugees living in informal settlements in South Asia. After winning the semi-final round Team Roshni Rides through a crowdfunding campaign raised $30,000 — came to Orangi Town, Karachi and did a two month pilot project.
RoshniRides is a non-profit based around the idea of establishing a transport network for refugees. What makes their idea unique is the use of solar powered rickshaws.
The Hult Prize competition challenged student teams from around the world to propose scalable start-up businesses capable of improving the lives of 10 million refugees by 2022. Roshni Rides competed against five teams for the $1 million Hult prize at United Nations Headquarters and — they did it in a style. There are 200 million urbanized refugees in South Asia who can’t access resources like markets, schools, hospitals, and places of employment due to a lack of public transportation options. This limits opportunities for refugees and hinders their ability to be self-sufficient. Roshni Rides cracked this challenge and came-up with the winning formula. They plan to use the solar powered rickshaw rides to transport the refugees to hospitals, schools and markets. The vehicles would be run on a systematic route.
The Hult Prize competition challenges student teams from around the world to propose scalable start-up businesses capable of improving the lives of 10 million refugees by 2022. They also ran a pilot project in Orangi Town, Karachi. The team won against 5 others competing at the Hult Prize competition.
The Hult Prize competition challenges student teams from around the world to propose scalable start-up businesses capable of improving the lives of 10 million refugees by 2022.
CEO Hult Prize, Ahmed Ashkar also met with the PM with the RoshniRides team.
Noman Azhar advisor/mentor to Hult Prize Pakistan and head of Branchless Banking JS Bank and Suffiyan Malik from Hult Prize Pakistan represented Pakistan at Hult Prize 2017 Finals held at United Nations on Saturday 16 September.
Mustafa Minhas Director at Isra University Islamabad, and lead sponsor of Hult Prize Pakistan along with Imran Jattala National Director have been instrumental in launching and building the Pakistan chapter of Hult Prize.
Hult Prize Pakistan is creating an impactful Startup Ecosystem in Pakistan and they are looking to collaborate with the stakeholders from Government, Policy Makers, Legislators, Social Development Sector, NGOs, Impact Investors and Startup Incubators/Accelerators.