Startup Weekend 2017 Successfully Concludes in Lahore

The Startup Weekend, which enables potential and aspiring entrepreneurs to work in an interactive environment to make their ideas a reality, was held at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) from November 10 to 12, 2017.

The event witnessed a rigorous 54 hour marathon of intensive team working, networking and socialising, providing a platform to transform startup ideas into applicable businesses. The Startup Weekend not only assists the participants in practically carrying out their ideas but also helps them reach global markets.


First Day

Day one was all about getting to know each other with fun packed ice breaking sessions and interactive talks to ensure a friendly environment so that everyone felt comfortable.

The event was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Vice Chancellor LUMS followed by Faisal Sherjan, Director National Incubation Centre, Lahore, Humayun Mazhar, Founder, Chairman and CEO CresVentures addressing the participants followed by an introduction of the coaches, speakers and guests.

Of the 120 participants, 63 gave a 60-second pitch about their business idea and attendees voted for the top pitches.

The selected ideas that had immense potential were:

  • Liticle
  • dreamX
  • Xhaust
  • Oostad
  • Pet cash fishing farm
  • Find key
  • Virtual surgery
  • Pak-freight
  • Idea jo zindagi badal de
  • Viraas
  • Millionaire media
  • Timekeeper
  • Base plan
  • Color your life
  • Serge
  • Trev card
  • Cake factory
  • V swat

The day ended with a dinner and a networking night where the budding entrepreneurs were given a chance to connect with renowned entrepreneurs.

Of the 60 ideas presented on Day 1, 20 were shortlisted and teams were formed among the remaining participants.

A healthy community building exercise took place as people selected new team members.

Second Day

The second day of the event was all about interacting and working on the ideas that were selected on the first day. The participants formed teams and rigorously started working on their ideas for the final presentations that were to be held on day three.

They all gathered in the Smart Lab of the Computer Science department at the LUMS Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering and worked in teams, providing each other assistance in areas they were good at, creating a dynamic environment that promoted creativity and innovation.

The teams were assisted by mentors from diverse entrepreneurial backgrounds providing them with valuable advice and insights about their business ideas and constantly guiding them on the details.

The mentors who assisted the participants were Omar Farooq, Happa Studios; Abid Malik, Director Indus Ventures; Fahad Yaqub; Syed Ali, CEO 7vals; Khurram Samad, GenIT; Abdullah Ahmed, Software House; Saj Khan, Senior Programme Manager Scrybe; Awais Younas, CEO SPM Consulting; Shayan Zaeem, Co-founder and Abbas Yousafzai, Co-founder CTO Yotascale.

Third Day

The third day was all about adding final touches to the ideas followed by a formal presentation. The final ideas, selected at the end of the first day, continued to be mentored during the first half of the day.

They worked rigorously on their final presentations assisted by mentors from the previous day. Additional mentors, such as Dr. Amena Hasan, CEO of Business for Social Progress, Maha Rehman, Development Consultant and Dr. Mahrukh were also available at the venue to assist the participants.

The latter half of the day consisted of presentations where each team was given 5 minutes to pitch their ideas to the judges followed by a 3 minute Q&A session. Syed Babar Ali, Pro Chancellor LUMS also made an appearance and stayed at the venue for most of the presentations.

The panel of judges consisted of some of the most well reputed entrepreneurs such as Jehan Ara, President [email protected] and The Nest I/O; Tosheeba Sarwar, Business Executive and Advisor; Badar Khushnood, Co-founder and Partner at Bramerz and Murad Akhter, Co-founder and CEO Tintash.

The event ended with a dinner followed by a closing ceremony where ESurge was declared the winning idea followed by Viraas and Base Plan as runner ups.

  • And these are our startups to compete with ones from Japan, US, China, India etc. etc. Do they have any idea that start up needs to beat whole world in order just to survive? And we are highlighting the juice making websites here in Pakistan. It just tell what happen when we let spread cancer of private education mafia. They kill youth thinking ability. Promoting startups in Pakistan will make us more poor country. Tell kids first to get highly skill or knowledge and then teach them to work professionally. Then support ventures where academia contribute in research part and highly educated skilled people do implementation in company. Only then we can see products working on genetics, quantum computing, space ship engines, 3D printing machines, robots etc. Yeh fresh fruit wali website say kaam nahi chaay ga bhai sahab. This is equivalent to rickshaw while world us making Tesla. Also ban university professor to have side companies. These f**** destroy industry academic colloboration and kill good ideas brought to them. Confiz founder is a professor in LUMS. No wonder he is promoting fresh fruit website and busy killing and stealing any good idea. Lums is a cancer spread by Ba bar Ali. All his life, he sold Pakistani market to foreigners and kill any local competitors. Dirty man is spreading same thing through LUMS where his dishonest faculty kill good ideas and make sure good things cannot happen in local industry. It’s long story of dishonesty keeping it short here.

    • Just to add, NFC payment is 15 year old idea widespread everywhere and as things never stay still, many new solutions already came after this tech.

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