The Nest i/o introduced its latest cohort of startups to investors, industry experts and the media at a graduation ceremony held in Karachi today. This graduating batch of The Nest i/o startups includes 3 teams working in the technology-education space, the purpose of which is to facilitate innovation in Pakistan’s education sector. The diverse cohort also includes business innovation in the healthcare, retail, fintech and advertising space.
With this fifth batch passing out of The Nest i/o in 27 months, the total number of graduating startups has come to 97, out of which an increasing number of co-founders are women. Moreover, The Nest i/o and its team have achieved over 200 mentions in local and international media including Forbes, Bloomberg, and PBS NewsHour and have been featured in various print and digital publications.
The event started at 4:00 PM with a welcome speech by Jehan Ara, President P@SHA and The Nest i/o followed by a keynote by Ben Lyon. The startups pitched in front of mentors and investors from different industries including Abdullah Seja from ARY Digital Network, Irfan Pardesi from ACM Gold, and Shayaan Tahir from Homeshopping.pk.
In her address Jehan Ara talked about the mission of The Nest. “Our job here is very simple. We are here to facilitate, to empower, to support and assist the new generation of young people who are out to change the world … and they have already shown that they can. It is these young people who will change the image of Pakistan. The 5th cohort is truly diverse – 40% women, some serious engineering products, software, apps and online platforms. We are extremely proud of what they have achieved in these 4 months at The Nest i/o.”
Since its inception in January 2015, The Nest i/o has blazed the trail for a new generation of tech entrepreneurs, providing them with space, support, mentoring, business curriculum and access to investors and a global network of industry experts. The Nest i/o does not charge these startups, nor does it take any stake in their ventures.
A project of P@SHA, The Nest i/o was set up in partnership with global partners Google for Entrepreneurs and Samsung, and with a supporting grant from the US State Department. The Nest i/o has also partnered with Ilm Ideas 2 and UK Aid to support incubation of startups working in the education-technology space.
LIST OF BATCH 5 STARTUP BUSINESSES GRADUATING FROM THE NEST i/o:
Meilleur provides Pakistan’s first multi-axial, industrial grade, cost-effective CNC Machine Router which overcomes the flaws of manual machining. www.meilleur.org
- Comfort Cart
Comfort Cart is all about enhancing the shopping experience for retailers and consumers with reduced counter checkout time and increased sales turnover. firstname.lastname@example.org www.comfortcart.pk
Khawo allows customers to order directly from an interactive menu and ordered item will be printed wirelessly on chef & counter tables simultaneously. email@example.com
ModulusTech offers portable housing that can be set up in as little as three hours, providing small scale and large scale sustainable solutions for your housing needs. firstname.lastname@example.org www.modulus-tech.com
theCounsellor provides a platform for students to connect with career counsellors and get the best counselling they need. email@example.com
- The Podcast Revolution
AssignMe is a mobile enabled solution with features for managing your field workforce. It allows users to run complex and diverse field operations. firstname.lastname@example.org www.assignme.net
My Mohalla is a free application where neighbors can privately communicate, buy/sell/borrow items, alert neighbors during distress and ultimately get to know one another. email@example.com
AuratRaaj is a digital content platform for education, entertainment and empowerment of Pakistani women. firstname.lastname@example.org
Unity is a retail network that allows brands to sell with the click of a button by replacing the existing processes that are complicated, cumbersome and redundant. email@example.com
Bolo Tech is the world’s first speech therapy platform in Urdu. It aims to improve speech and communication disorders and assist the hearing impaired with and without gadgets. firstname.lastname@example.org
CertCars provides both the vehicle seller and the buyer with an opportunity to sell or buy a vehicle right from the comfort of their homes. email@example.com
Instrucfor is an online marketplace for hiring instructors and tutors on the basis of their skills, expertise, experience and reviews of their past students.
- Tools For Teacher
An app which will provide pedagogical support to all teachers, make teaching stress-free and make the learning process effective and interesting. firstname.lastname@example.org www.armeg.org
J-Axis is a start up production house that designs interactive concept learning games for kids to educate them and boost their creativity in a very innovative way, which is through edutainment games. email@example.com