22 tech entrepreneurs, selected through an extensive criteria, will represent Pakistan at the 6th annual Startup Grind Global Conference, which will take place February 12 – 14, 2018 in Silicon Valley, USA.
They will be joining more than 5,000 founders and investors from around the world and participate in more than 40 keynote and fireside sessions to share ideas and best practices on how to start and grow their businesses and increase job creation in Pakistan.
This delegation marks the launch of the 2018 PAK-US Tech Exchange, which is a week-long immersion program in Silicon Valley to create global opportunities for Pakistani technology entrepreneurs, powered by Startup Grind Pakistan and supported by Draper University, OPEN Silicon Valley, Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation, Virgin Teez and Careem ERUPT.
As part of this exchange program, the tech entrepreneurs will have campus tours of tech giants like Google, Facebook and Apple. They will participate in the World Bank event featuring “The potential of BPO in KPK Pakistan”, arranged by OPEN Silicon Valley, and attend a workshop on “Exponential Thinking”, arranged by Silicon Valley’s top entrepreneurship program at Draper University.
Careem ERUPT is a virtual ecosystem connecting all incubators, accelerators, industry experts and academia. Startup Grind Pakistan has partnered with Careem to amplify the impact of the PAK-US Tech Exchange, and collaborate on the common goal to promote the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pakistan.
The entrepreneurs will also be joined at the conference by famous Silicon Valley based technology entrepreneurs, including Reid Hoffman from Linkedin/Greylock Partners, Cal Henderson from Slack, Steve Huffman from Reddit, Guy Kawasaki from Canva, and Dr. Andrew Ng from deeplearning.ai/Stanford/Coursera.
“We hope to make PAK-US Tech Exchange a gateway for Silicon Valley to connect with Pakistan’s emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem.” said Chapter Director Startup Grind Islamabad; Arzish Azam, who is leading this delegation and envisioned the PAK-US Tech Exchange Program.
This is the largest independent Pakistani delegation traveling to Silicon Valley, which indicates the need our entrepreneurs face to scale their startups globally, and the help provided by Embassy of the United States in Islamabad is proof of the strong ties that exist between America and Pakistan.
2018 Startup Grind Global Conference is Startup Grind’s largest event ever. Startup Grind is the largest international independent startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.
Startup Grind hosts monthly events in more than 300 cities and 115 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.