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Top 5: Most Promising Startups from Pakistan

Top 5: Most Promising Startups from Pakistan

Top 5 startups from Pakistan : If the aim of Pakistan’s entrepreneurs is to portray the country in a positive light, bristling with talent, ideas and smart execution, then they are certainly on the right path. From media mentions to improving lives, Pakistan’s new breed of entrepreneurs and the startups they have founded showcase the talent bursting from the seams of a country mired in socio-political unrest.

Here then are our picks for the top 5 startups from Pakistan:

1.    CONVO

Convo

When Barack Obama mentions you and your startup in a tweet, you know you have arrived!

top 5 startups from Pakistan

A multiplatform social network enterprise app, Convo offers teams the ability to work in a media-rich virtual environment. It’s a bit like Facebook but apparently much more productive. It was started in 2005 in Islamabad as Scrybe and was later renamed Convo. A five-member team worked out of a small room to make a global impact on the way collaborative software was perceived.top 5 startups from Pakistan

The company recently attracted a $5 million investment from a top tier venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. Currently, Convo’s market position cannot be determined as financial data is yet undisclosed. However, the firm claims to have a customer base of 6,000 in over 150 countries and a usage footprint of around 10% of Fortune 500 companies.

2.    APPOGRAPHY

Vivid by Appography

Touted as “the only Pakistani startup to have secured seed funding from UK investors”, the founders of Appography have also been selected to participate in Blackbox Connect – a 2 week immersion program in Silicon Valley for non-US startups.

Vivid is an IVR (Interactive Voice Response) alternate which aims to transform the long and sometimes frustrating on-hold times and queues during calls into a more meaningful visual experience. Vivid cuts short the typical IVR prompts by opening up a visual navigational tree. This allows the person on-hold to have a more interactive experience in getting the help they need while simultaneously avoiding long wait times on the phone.

Appography’s philosophy is to transform the intersection of arts and technology into meaningful consumer products – and it seems well on its way with its first product!

3.    EYEDEUS

Groopic by Eyedeus

Groopic is a clever little app that allows the photographer to be in the photograph as well. Winning the best startup award at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) where the idea was conceived, Groopic was incubated by Plan9. It is a graduate of Google’s BlackBox Connect program.

Groopic is a handy little photo app designed to incorporate the entire group of people into a picture. The person taking the shot has traditionally always joked about being “photoshopped in” at a later date. Well, no longer! With Groopic, you take two pictures – alternating between two people holding the camera. The app seamlessly integrates the two different pics into one picture showing all the group participants.

Eyedeus Labs, the company behind Groopic, is a specialist in developing computer vision technologies for smartphones.

4.    EATOYE

EatOye

EatOye is a food delivery service operating in 8 Pakistani cities. Starting off as an eating out guide in 2011, it currently has over 700 restaurants and local stores in its directory of providers. They cover major chains such as KFC, Subway and Domino’s.

Going a step further than other similar sites, they also offer a restaurant reservation option. It’s free for users and generates revenue by charging a transaction fee from eating establishments for each delivery. Orders can also be placed by phone and confirmations are sent via SMS. Payment for the order is made upon delivery.top 5 startups from Pakistan.

EatOye faces some stiff competition from the financial might of its direct competitor, FoodPanda, a Rocket Internet venture. But for now, it seems that EatOye is holding its own in the popular and fast-growing food delivery niche in Pakistan.

5.    POPINJAY

Popinjay

Popinjay – a fashion startup – brings together a heartwarming story of the craftsmanship of artisan women from Pakistan’s Punjab region to sew beautiful and fashionable handbags. The project, the brainchild of entrepreneur Saba Gul, is funded by startup incubator Invest to Innovate.

The handbags are produced locally, with the highlight being the historical art-inspired embroidery of the Punjabi women. Popinjay’s products have been featured on Vogue, NBC, and CNN and Al Jazeera America.

With a strong PR and media team and a blend of talented designers, this startup seems poised to introduce the rest of the world to Pakistani fashion.

Now that we’ve posted our top favorites, it’s your turn. Take a moment and tell us which startups you think deserve a top spot in Pakistan and why.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Dawn Moreno

    18/02/2014 at 8:37 am

    There is a LOT of extreme talent in Pakistan- Karachi. I am PROUD that President Barack Obama realizes this. YES, make immigration easier. The idiotic thought that the Pakistan people are terrorists is PROPAGANDA from past administrations. We have Christian extremeists in the US. Yes, there are some Islamic extremists. MOST extremism in ANY school of thought is dangerous.

    I work for a company that has an office in Karachi, PK. The talent I see there is unbelievable. YES, make immigration easier and less expensive.

    While we are at it, I think making the K1 Visa process a tad easier and not discriminating on age differences is important. A 28 year old male in PK has much the maturity level of a 40 year old US man. Why? The whole system is different. These young men are supporting entire families on very little pay– their drive, dtermination, and skills are exemplary.

    YES, Pakistan holds much talent. I firmly agree.

    A US girl who loves PK.

    Not afraid to sign my name- DAWN MORENO

    • Hasan

      22/02/2014 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you for the kind words. Hopefully we won’t disappoint!

  2. Samina

    06/03/2014 at 6:57 am

    Love EatOye and reckon it surely should be on the list – ordering food is so much easier, I like there easy to use site and it just works! Hat’s of my fellow Pakistani’s

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  4. paitbhar

    22/11/2015 at 3:13 pm

    Great article, and it’s fun to see where all these startups ended up two years later. EatOye is going strong! Would love to see a new article about the top startups in 2015.

    P.S: The second Groopic link redirects to a local folder.

    • PakWired

      23/11/2015 at 10:35 am

      Thank you. The links have been fixed!

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