Abdul Basit

CEO ,
EBOLT

A mechanical engineer by training, Abdul Basit is the CEO of EBolt – Pakistan’s first local manufacturer of electric bikes. Ebolt’s bikes are zero emission, and powered completely by long-lasting batteries. EBolt is also the winner of the Global CleanTech Innovation Program (GCIP), run by United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Basit’s diverse portfolio also includes significant experience in manufacturing, the food industry, and marketing.

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Aman Sansowa

Founder
TECH MONKEYS

Aman Sansowa is a researcher, developer, Electronics and Communication Engineer, and an entrepreneur with a passion for the field of IoT. He has done projects in the areas of Embedded Systems, Internet of Things (IoT), Information Technology (IT) and Human Computer Interface (HCI). Being an avid reader has helped him adapt to the ever changing field of technology, thus helping him solve various social problems.  He is currently working on a women-centric startup, with which he aims to empower women in developing countries like India with the use of novel technology and ideas.

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Chandni Chhabra

Designer & Co-Founder,
DNODE STUDIO

Chandni Chhabra is a digital fabrication and craft enthusiast. She has been researching on ways to develop digital design tools that can utilize the knowledge and data collected by the local crafts. She is a design student and a FabAcademy graduate and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in ‘Interior Design’ from CEPT University.

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Devansh Shah

Young Entrepreneur,
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR

Devansh is working on a cost-efficient, solar powered and early detection of Carbon Monoxide. This solution is Arduino driven, aimed at rural settings to help save lives claimed due to incomplete combustion of fuel (wood) by removing CO through exhaust fan.

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Faisal Laghari

CEO,
LEARNOBOTS

Faisal Laghari is a social entrepreneur with passion to revolutionize the current education system. His startup focuses on providing hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education at P-12 level and are the leading player in it in Pakistan. They have a series of educational kits and programs that they integrate into school curriculum.

Recently they have achieved a major milestone by reducing the cost of STEAM education per child to only $2 a month which can get them a potential revenue of $250 million per annum. LearnOBots was bootstrapped for 3 years, starting from $4000 of founders money, they generated almost 100x revenue.

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Hira Naeem

Fashion Designer

Hira is fashion and Design graduate from PIFD currently working as a freelancer. She is also the first Pakistani Fashion designer to 3-D print a fashion collection.

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Keyur Punjani

Founder,
INFINIUM
ROBOTICS LLP

Keyur Punjani is a Mechanical Engineer by training, who founded Infinium Robotics LLP in 2016. Keyur oversee the sales, marketing and business development, product strategy and operations of the company. Infinium Robotics LLP makes affordable, easy to use and reliable desktop 3D printers for various verticals like engineering, product development, education, and architecture. He plans to create an affordable additive manufacturing system which will be able to print metals, ceramics and polymers in a single machine; with a whole ecosystem of products from materials to design portal.

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Maryam Arshad

CEO & Director,
IMPACT DYNAMICS

Maryam is the Founder of Impact Dynamics, an enterprise with a focus on driving change through social innovation, digitalization and education labs. Maryam is the founding team member and former Community Manager at the National Incubation Center (NIC) Islamabad. An IVLP alumna, Maryam passionately runs the Google Business Group Peshawar which is ranked in the top ten chapters of the world and is also a Director for Startup Grind Peshawar.

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Mitwa Palkhiwala

Founder,
TECHIESTA

Mitwa Palkhiwala is a researcher, developer, inventor, entrepreneur and Electronics & Communication (E&C) Engineer. She is very fond of learning new technologies and loves to implement her knowledge into various innovative projects. Her projects are mainly based on Embedded Systems, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Internet of Things (IoT). She has also applied for a patent application for one of her projects. She is currently working on a women-centric startup, with which she aims to empower women in developing countries like India with the use of novel technology.

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Musstanser Tinauli

CEO,
FORI MAZDOORI

Musstanser Tinauli is a smart city expert, and founder and CEO of Fori Mazdoori (Fori). Fori helps connect blue-collared workers with potential employers through digital inclusion. He holds a PhD in Design from Politecnico di Milano, Italy; and Masters degree from Multimedia University, Malaysia. He has been a recipient of two prestigious fellowships including IBM Phd Fellowship and Roberto Rocca PhD fellowship. He has also previously lead a high profile project Trash Tack at MIT.

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Nandan Shah

CTO & Director,
ALTERATION TECH

Nandan Shah is the CTO and Director of Alteration Innotech Private Limited – a Pune based tech startup. Nandan has seven patents to his name, for products like a foldable keyboard, a rape prevention device, and security systems.
He is currently working in the fields of IoT, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Nandan’s inventions and story have received consistent coverage from newspapers, TV channels and blogs across India.

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Nitin Tyagi

Co-founder
NIT DISCOVERY

Nitin Tyagi is an inventor and the co-founder of NT Discovery, a company developing solutions for industries in various domains. The current innovation they are working on is a smart fuel and fleet management solution which is being tested currently in Meerut. Nitin also holds 8 patents for his various innovations along with two National Awards.

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Pallavi Jain

Founder,
CHANGE MAKERS

Pallavi is the Co-Founder & Director of The Change Designers LLP, a multi-disciplinary communication agency for social, organizational and behavior change. Pallavi holds dual masters’ degrees in communication from London School of Economics and University of Southern California. She has worked extensively in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh with clients including, Nutrition International, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Government of Karnataka, Purpose Climate Lab, PCI Media Impact, Thinkthrough Consulting, University of Texas at El Paso and many more.

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Raghav Gupta

Co-founder & CEO
NYMBLE LABS

Eating freshly cooked food every day does not have to be so hard and time consuming. Nymble is trying to change the way people cook and consume healthy home-cooked food through domestic cooking robots. Raghav’s first product cooks curated meals for users automatically, at the press of a button – tailored to the taste preferences of the user. No longer does one have to run around in the kitchen to have freshly cooked food.

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Ramla Qureshi

CEO & Founder,
WOMEN ENGINEERS PAKISTAN

Ramla Qureshi is a Fulbright scholar, currently pursuing her PhD in Structural & Earthquake Engineering at the State University of New York. She likes to identify as a “Scholar-activist”, and is paving the way for technical advancement of women in science, technology, engineering & math. Her organization, WEP, works to realize these goals, providing a parallel college experience via school outreach, hands-on industry training, student-industry linkage; and multiple seminars and conferences surrounding advancement of women in STEM fields.

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Rishabh Agnihotri

Founder & CEO
BIECAN

Blecan is a smart point-of-sale system with proximity interactions between users and merchants establishing contextual user-experience like automated walk-in ticketing, walk-out payments, etc. The startup has built a simultaneous payment processing mechanism which can replace traditional one-to-one payment mechanisms like card swiping machines and qr-code-based payments. Blecan is incubated at GUSEC and has received a $25000 grant from the local government.

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Sacha Marie Ahmed

Co-founder,
RAH-E-MAA

Sacha is a public health practitioner, and co-founder of Rah-e-maa, a company that designs ICT services to improve maternal and child health in Pakistan. Rah-e-maa received a $100,000 investment from the UNICEF Innovation Fund last year to bring its first product, Super Abbu, to market. Super Abbu is a free hotline targeted at low-income and low-literate expectant fathers. The service connects them to each other and to doctors over a phone call, allowing them to record questions that get answered by a doctor within 48 hours. Super Abbu has so far acquired 21,500 users since its launch on 31st December 2017.

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Sarang Sumesh

Young Entrepreneur
AUTOMATIC CAR SEAT

Saarang Sumesh is a young robotic maker. He started making at the age of 3. He used to participate in Maker Fest conducted by Motwani Jadeja Foundation in Ahmedabad.

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Shahmir Khan

Founder & CEO
TRAVLY

Shahmir is a former Co-founder and CEO of Travly – a ride-hailing startup that helped shape the on-demand transportation space of Pakistan along with tech giants such as Careem and Uber. One of the first to successfully close a seed round of $200,000 from Pakistani investors. He is an alumnus of Plan9, PlanX, and GES+. He is also the winner of National Mobile App Competition 2016 and a key member in the Mozilla community who played an integral role in nurturing it’s growth in Pakistan. Currently, he’s working on a mobile marketplace for home-cooked meals to tap into Pakistan’s $250 million food delivery and takeaway market.

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Smit Bhanushali

Lab Manager
YUVALAY ELAB

Smit Bhanushali is the Lab Manager at Yuvalay Electronics Lab (a part of Yuvalay Charitable Trust) where he oversees administration, and guides candidates in activities related to their projects. Smit envisions developing a network of development-centers across the country where people are provided not only with resources and mentorship, but also opportunities to start contributing to the betterment of their communities.

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Usman Butt

CEO ,
REPEIR DESK

Usman Butt is the Founder and CEO of RepairDesk, a startup that allows mobile repair shops to keep track of items for repair, set deadlines, assign employee tasks, save customer information, collect deposits, print repair tickets, and manage invoices and receipts – helping them save over 1000 man-hours every year. RepairDesk’s software is currently being used in hundreds of cell phone repair shops around the world.

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Amina pasha

Founder
JUGAAR ADDA

Amina Pasha is a co-founder of Jugaar Adda, which explores everyday materials and creative design practices to develop flexible and creative tools that function as building blocks for ingenuity, capable of integrating play and work for personal and collective fabrication. The aim of the start-up is to create opportunity to develop activities for children and young adults that support the ‘jugaar spirit’. Amina is curious individual, parent and architect who works to enrich her engagement with her environment.

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Amna Hassan

Product Designer,
SOCIAL INNOVATION LAB

Amna Hassan is a Product Designer. She is a maker and working on her project “Lee”, a three-wheeler car. She has designed it to cater the needs of youngsters who can’t afford a car, and face immense commuting problems on a daily basis. Her aim is to impact the lives of millions of Pakistan’s nation by offering them an affordable, covered, three-wheeled, smart and fuel efficient alternatives to cars. She has won Chugtai Award for her excellent performance. She has worked in a social enterprise base incubator and accelerator and has created brand identity of many startups.

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Fariha Anwar

Co-founder
IMPACT NETWORK

Fariha Anwar is an entrepreneur and a dentist by profession. She has a passion for social enterprise. She had practiced dentistry for four years and then headed a social enterprise incubator for two years as a Project Manager. She is working on her own social enterprise that aims to provide dental care plans to underprivileged communities at affordable prices. She is one of the founding team member of Impact Network, a collaborative platform looking to connect, support and strengthen the social entrepreneurial community of Pakistan. She has recently co-authored a book titled, “Beyond the Buzz: A Deep Dive into Pakistan’s Startup Ecosystem”.

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Kokab Khalid

Founder & CEO
ILLUMIEN

Kokab Khalid is a passionate maker and educator who promotes DIY culture in Pakistan. She holds a Master of Science in Business and IT. She has designed a 3-axis CNC machine in which they have fabricated their 1st CNC router using local resources with the help of her husband who is also a maker and hobbyist. She has also utilized her skills of 3D modeling for wood carving, particularly for home furniture. She uses 3D modeling techniques and applies her carving designs on wood using her own home-made CNC router.

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Komal Mohanlal

Founder
ASAAN TALEEM

Komal is a co-founder of Asaan Taleem. She holds a business degree from Institute of Business Administration and has expertise in the field of marketing, management, finance as well as teaching and mentorship. Her enthusiasm for women empowerment and social entrepreneurship is what has led her to initiate Asaan Taleem. Asaan Taleem is an Ed-Tech initiative that connects qualified women including tutors, professionals, and HomeMakers to teach young girls through live video classes, who otherwise do not have access to quality education due to societal restrictions.

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Lalah Rukh

CEO ,
SCIENCE FUSE

Lalah Rukh is a social entrepreneur and a science communicator. She is the Founder and Director of Science Fuse, a social enterprise working to change the way science is perceived and communicated across classrooms in Pakistan, inspiring more children from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to pursue STEM education and careers. Lala Rukh has been working with science communication for the last seven years, including at the Science Museum in London and at a leading social enterprise in Norway, Forskerfabrikken. She is also a Pakistan Acumen Fellow for 2018.

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Sadaf Ahmed

CTO & Director,
ROBOTICS CLUB

Sadaf Ahmed is the founder of Robotics Club. She aims to be the flag bearer in making STEM education a part of regular curricula in Pakistan in order to equip the next generation with 21st century skills. For the accomplishment of her passion, she has started her own STEM institute called The Robotics Club Pakistan, in which multiple courses are being offered in the field of robotics, science, engineering and technology. She holds an MIT Degree from Australia and CS & Business Administration degrees from one of the leading universities in Pakistan.

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Tayeba Tariq

Co-founder,
HERSTELLAR

Tayeba Tariq is a tech entrepreneur, with a history of working in computer science, android development, graphic design, and operations management. She is a co-founder, trainer, and event manager of Herstellar, which is a platform for empowering women by educating them through technology. She is also co-founder of Mechanic Bulao, which is Lahore’s first company that provides bike maintenance service at users’ doorsteps through a website and mobile application.

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Wafa Tahir

Co-founder & CEO
FUNPARAY

Wafa Tahir is a co-founder of Funparay, an e-commerce store for art hobbyists. In aims to provide its users a platform to monetize their artistic talent. Funparay makes it easy for artists to showcase their articles and connect with their potential customers. While art is a hobby of Wafa’s, being a computer science graduate, she has always been interested in technology – so decided to merge the two fields together. Alongside this, she is currently pursuing her Masters in Development Studies from ITU, Punjab.

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