Invest2Innovate has revealed the 4th class of its annual accelerator program, through which high-potential entrepreneurs in Pakistan are given the opportunity to connect to all the valuable resources and support that they need in order to develop their businesses.
It is a four-month program that runs its course from September to January. At the beginning of the program, the chosen entrepreneurs will be granted access to virtual support for the purpose of developing their businesses. This year’s selected entrepreneurs include The Dot & The Line, Emperors Bazaar, EzPz Health, doctHERs and Smart Security Solutions.
The Dot & The Line is an after school academic enhancement center that presents a new approach to learning, while taking the focus away from the traditional tuition culture in Pakistan. Emperor’s Bazaar is the pioneer of a crafts based e-commerce marketplace in Pakistan that provides a catalogue of handcrafted goods from across the country. Smart Security Solutions is an Internet Of Things (IOT) company that develops firmware, hardware, and software that brings innovative car security and safety solutions to consumers.
Ezpz Sehat is an online healthcare information system that provides details regarding doctors practicing across Pakistan. Similarly, doctHERs is a healthcare marketplace that gives female doctors the opportunity to reach out to millions of patients in real-time by taking advantage of broadband technology.
The accelerator has over 35 local mentors, who are successful Pakistani entrepreneurs and industry experts themselves, dedicated to supporting the curriculum of its program. Entrepreneurs will take part in six in-person weekends in either Karachi or Lahore, with targeted sessions led by these mentors on topics pertaining to branding, customer acquisition, financials and operations, and much more.
Invest2Innovate’s investor community is referred to as i2i Angels and is primarily made up of successful Pakistani entrepreneurs who are passionate about investing in promising startups within the country. These investors are given the opportunity to directly engage in the selection and mentorship of startup enterprises before investing in them.
With the aforementioned efforts, Invest2Innovate is working to build a better enabling environment in Pakistan in order to bring about investment and entrepreneurship, as well as to foster economic development and encourage progressive social reforms in Pakistan.