The Nest I/O has launched more than 150 startups, organized 2 flagship entrepreneurship conferences, conducted over 200 workshops, seminars and trainings, created over 500 jobs, and introduced numerous programs and events to bring together the Startup Community and promote entrepreneurship both in Pakistan and around the globe.
P@SHA’s Tech Incubator The Nest I/O celebrated its 4-year anniversary with the startup community last week. The day kicked off with an Open House where startups showcased their products/services and networked with people from within and outside the startup ecosystem. This was followed by the much awaited session “Bloom Where You Are Planted” with Usman Riaz, an artist, composer, and the founder of Mano Animation Studios, Pakistan’s first hand-drawn animation studio.
The Nest I/O was launched in January 2015, in collaboration with Google for Entrepreneurs and Samsung, with a supporting grant from the US State Department. In just a span of 4 years, The Nest I/O has successfully incubated 8 cohorts of startups, launched over 150 startups in the ecosystem, created over 400 new jobs, hosted hundreds of trainings and workshops, and introduced events like 021Disrupt that connect the local startup ecosystem with global community of entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders.
The Nest I/O announced yet another exciting event during the birthday celebrations which will bring together the local community of entrepreneurs through tech. The SUPFest, in collaboration with Morango Films, has been launched this month and is Pakistan’s first Startup Pitch Festival that seeks to promote entrepreneurs from around the country and bring them to the limelight. This initiative will especially be a great opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs from remote areas of Pakistan where the startup ecosystem is beginning to develop.
One of the recent projects undertaken by The Nest I/O includes connecting big corporates with local talent to come up with innovative and creative solutions to everyday problems. This will not only bridge the gap between corporates and entrepreneurs but will also promote out of the box thinking amongst corporate employees.
“The Nest I/O has come a long way since its inception in January 2015. We started as a tech incubator with the aim of helping entrepreneurs reach their maximum potential and promoting startup culture in a country that has unlimited talent but very limited resources. Today incubation is just one of the many ways in which we are achieving our aim. In just 4 years, we have expanded to include projects like 021Disrupt that promotes local talent globally, we conduct Startup Weekend every few months to place local startups on the global map, we ensure that everything we do is inclusive so women have just as much chance to succeed as entrepreneurs, we have collaborated with global organizations like Ilm Ideas to promote edtech, we have recently launched our acceleration program which is powered by Google Launchpad Accelerator starting off with 4 scaleups. We will continue making efforts as long as there is talent in this country so it’s safe to assume that we will not be stopping anytime soon”, commented Jehan Ara, President P@SHA and Founder of The Nest I/O.
Another major announcement made on the big day was that The Nest I/O will also be opening its doors for entrepreneurs not incubated at The Nest I/O. Entrepreneurs now have the opportunity to experience and work in the rich culture of The Nest I/O by utilizing it as a Co-Working space – to be launched in Feb 2019. Apart from the open house and session by Usman Riaz, a panel discussion was also organized with The Nest I/O alumni to give the audience some insight into the startup journey.