EDI was honored to organize its first flagship event, “All Pakistan Startup Expo & Awards 2015” at Pak-China Friendship Center Islamabad on Saturday, 9th of May 2015. This was by far, a one-of its-kind, biggest festival of startups & entrepreneurs in Pakistan. Staying loyal to their mission of rebuilding Pakistan through entrepreneurship, Startup Magazine once again provided another platform to the aspiring and current risk takers of the country to come forward and present their ideas to the world; a platform where ideas and innovations were not only encouraged but also recognized and awarded.
Recognizing the annual achievements of Pakistani startups”.
Startup Expo & Awards 2015 provided aspiring entrepreneurs, students and professionals an opportunity to learn and address entrepreneurial trends with Pakistan’s policy makers, successful entrepreneurs and seasoned academicians under one roof. The major goal of the Expo w as to promote, stimulate and provide avenues for sustainability to existing and potential startups.
The auspicious ceremony included high profile keynote speeches, mentoring sessions from 25 seasoned entrepreneurs, panel discussions with gurus and the much a waited startup award ceremony at the end. More than a 100 startups from all corners of Pakistan were shortlisted and displayed their products and services in front of 5000+ visitors at the exhibition area (including corporates, business incubation centers, entrepreneurs, academia, families etc.)
The entrepreneurs were evaluated on the basis of their business model, originality , sustainability, positive cash flows and impact on their local community. The honorable judging panel consisted of Mr. Kamran Rizvi (Founder School of Leadership), Mr. Khurram Zafar (Executive Director LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship), Mr. Sayyed Ahmed Masud (Managing Director Channel 7 Communications) and Mr. Wahaj Siraj (CEO Nayatel). On 9th of May 2015, the day started with registrations, followed by a tea & networking session. The formal proceedings of the ceremony were started with the recitation of the Holy Quran and the national anthem.
The honorable chief guest was Mr. Jahangir Khan Tareen, famous industrialist, entrepreneur & politician. He inaugurated the 100 best startups exhibition and opened the floor b y his key note address, “Recognizing the Annual Achievements of Pakistani Startups”.
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