KITE hosted the i2i session on January 11th 2014. Entrepreneurs from the second i2i Accelerator class attended a mentoring session conducted by Afaque Ahmed and Faisal Laghari. Both speakers shared personal experiences of their ventures along with hurdles faced and creative ways to overcome them to help young entrepreneurs realize the importance of constantly struggling to make a new business successful.
The mentoring session was followed by an Investor Gathering the next day. Entrepreneurs pitched their prototypes in an attempt to get funding to launch their projects from the pilot phase. Around 15 investors attended the event and each interested investor held a one-to-one session with the i2i entrepreneurs in a separate breakout room, at KITE’s premises.
The 5 entrepreneur projects that featured were:
Reading Room Project (Entrepreneur: Mashall Chaudri): An educational technology venture that gives low-income Pakistani students access to excellent online learning resources in a supportive environment.
3Restart (Entrepreneur: Mustafa Saeed): An enterprise that provides game based learning solutions for higher education.
Amal Academy (Entrepreneur: Benje Williams): Amal Academy is a nonprofit venture that helps Pakistani youth develop the professional skills they need to achieve their career dreams.
Asli Goli (Entrepreneur: Saim Siddiqui): A for-profit enterprise that leverages mobile technology to detect counterfeit pharmaceuticals and medicines.
Raise D’Bar (Entrepreneur: Junaid Malik): A venture that produces high-end energy bars working with local farmers in Skardu in the northern areas of Pakistan.
CureFusion (Entrepreneur: Daniyal Shah): A web based electronic medical record platform that allows medical practices to manage their patient data and practices’ day to day activities in a more efficient manner.