|Project Title||StartUps Connex|
|Project Summary||Connect start-up incubators in Peshawar, Pakistan with U.S. counterparts to exchange best practices on start-up development.|
|Agency||Department of State|
|Number of Interns||1|
Peshawar, Pakistan has a lively tech start-up scene, including several incubators – see illustrative list below. This project seeks to provide these incubators with useful, two-way connections to U.S. counterparts. The intern would:
• research types of tech start-up incubators in the United States, cataloguing the different services provided, and assessing the pros and cons of different models across different sectors;
• network with U.S. and Peshawar-based incubators and start-ups to explore the possibility of mutually-beneficial connections to the Pakistani start-up scene;
• facilitate such connections;
• document successes and difficulties of such partnerships or exchanges.
Some organizations on the Peshawar start-up scene are:
Peshawar 2.0 is a social enterprise aimed at building a startup community in Peshawar. It has hosted TEDxPeshawar, Startup Weekend, Peshawar Civic Hackathon, Global Entrepreneurship Week and country’s biggest tech conference, the Digital Youth Summit that hosted 28 sessions and 66 speakers over two days.
The Mentors is connected to the Institute of Management Sciences university and its Enterprise Devlopment Cell, and works with students on tech startup skills.
SmileSN is a social networking service for users to meet, talk, share or start listening to their interests via their mobile phone, with over 1.3 million subscribers. Smile can be used on any device from simple to a well-featured smart phone, laptop or PC. SmileSN is working with the provincial government on traffic updates, monitoring and evaluation, and a public complaint record and feedback mechanism.
Hiwaas.com develops apps and websites for new businesses. Some examples are: Waycool, which does keyword searches in Facebook; Extractor Pro to pull emails from facebook IDs; and FBK-VA, to post keyword-determined relevant content to a page; and Place SMS, which auto-sends SMS when you enter or leave a specific location.
PlaceMe.pk is a website and app to let students search for accommodations across major cities of Pakistan.