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NUST H-12, Islamabad

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Schedule

Friday

Apr 11
  • Registration Starts
  • Kick off
  • Speaker
  • Pitches Start
  • Vote & evaluation of pitches
  • Announcement
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Coaches and Teams meet & Greet
  • Guests Round Table

Saturday

Apr 12
  • Arrive, Breakfast & tea
  • Team work
  • Lunch & Namaz
  • Talk over Video link
  • Talk by Owais
  • Mentor Meeting / work on project
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Dinner
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Apr 13
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch & Namaz
  • Final Touches to Presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Talk by Arslan Vardag
  • Talk by Ejaz Ishaq
  • Announcemet of winners
  • Closing Speech by Jehan Ara & Amer Q
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Go home!
Premiere Sponsor & Strategic Partners
Speakers

Syed Ahmad

Syed Ahmad is the founder of DPL (www.dplit.com), An award winning IT services company based in Islamabad having offices in the USA and Sweden. Syed bootstrapped his company from his drawing room with three co-founders and since then grown to 80-100 highly qualified people. His mission “Liberating minds to become the largest model IT services company” drives him to focus on company (counter-)culture and people. The Rebel Ethos, that define him and his organization are all about inspiring people to reach pinnacle of self-actualization.

Arsalan Vardag

Arsalan Vardag is Co-founder of J.A.S.B. & Associates, Chartered Accountants – a full service public accounting firm having offices in Islamabad and Karachi with around 80 team members, providing Accounting, Auditing, Taxation, Corporate and Consulting Services to a large number of clients.

Arsalan Vardag is a Fellow Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan having over seventeen years of experience. His diverse experience includes working for the big four accounting firms, the private sector (MNCs and Local Groups) and the Public Sector. His work took him to eighteen countries in three continents.

He is sports enthusiast and had been participating in athletics, swimming and rock climbing.

Barrister Ejaz Ishaq

Ejaz Ishaq Khan, Barrister-at-Law, is the senior partner at AQLAAL Advocates. He is a corporate lawyer with 20 years of diversified experience of transactional and contentious work in the corporate, commercial and infrastructure sectors for private and public sector clients. He has worked on a broad range of projects including start-ups and has advised the sponsors of projects on project structuring, joint venture arrangements, shareholder agreements, incorporation of project companies, executive compensation arrangements,
investment protection and exit arrangements. One of the key strengths of Ejaz’s practice profile is his experience both as a transactional attorney and as a litigator.

Ather Imran Nawaz

Ather is an experienced business and technology executive with 15 years of experience in corporate sector. He specializes in technical, business and operational leadership of knowledge organizations, with expertise in leading offshore offices and distributed teams. Ather has vast experience in hiring, training, mentoring, developing and transforming knowledge workers into effective teams that have delivered results in globally distributed organizations. Ather has been involved in product development, business strategy, project management and customer engagements. Ather has performed budgeting, financial planning and forecasting, operational management and development and execution of HR policies alongside his technical leadership roles.

Amer Qureshi

Amer Qureshi, FCA is a highly experienced, finance and management professional with an excellent track record in senior management across several industries and in many countries. Amer has recently completed a project for Enterprise Qatar, a semi government organization established to develop the SME sector and create a culture of Entrepreneurship in the Country. Amer was the CFO of the organisation and involved in all major projects at the strategic level.
Amer has also been the Director of the Entrepreneurship and SME Centre at LUMS as well as being a faculty member of the Business School.
As a highly experienced consultant, Amer specializes in Strategic Planning, Strategic Management, Financial Planning and Leadership and has undertaken projects in Australia, Dubai, Kenya and Pakistan. Amer has extensive experience in the SME sector and has also been actively involved with new venture creation for many years.
He is highly regarded for his excellent presentation and communication skills and prides himself on his ability to motivate and inspire people. A sought after speaker and presenter at events and conferences, he is highly respected for his unique presentation style.
He is also a successful published author in the areas of Leadership and Small Business Management, selling over 10,000 copies of his books worldwide.
Amer’s book The A to Z of Healthy Small Business has been published in Australia, India and Pakistan and is a highly regarded resource for small business owners. The most recent book, Leadership Insights – Success Strategies from Pakistani CEOs is the first leadership book written based on research with the leading CEOs of the country.
With significant experience in working with CEOs, Boards and Management Teams, Amer is able to work effectively with all of the stakeholders.
Amer has also worked with the leading international firms including KPMG and Deloitte over a seven year period in the early stages of his career in Australia.
Amer is a highly motivated and committed person who excels in leadership positions and strives to make a difference in every aspect of life. He is the founder of My Biz Pakistan Foundation an enterprise platform established to help young people start a real business.

Owais Anjum

Owais is the co-founder of Cricout, a product that brings social and crowdsourcing element to way cricket is followed online. The company was initiated over a year ago, was bootstrapped for the first 10 months, and has recently raised seed capital from the US for launch and expansion. Overall, Owais has 15 years of experience in technology, management and leadership and has built and scaled development organizations both in USA & Pakistan. His previous stint was with a silicon valley based company, Numetrics Inc., where he initiated and scaled the company from the first hire to 30 people and eventually had 90% engineering done in Pakistan. An artist by hobby, Owais is an avid student & evangelist of UI and UX design. He has a bachelors in Computer Science from GIK Institute, and an MBA from San Jose State University, California.

Usman Sheikh

Usman Sheikh a serial entrepreneur with over 8 years of experience in building businesses. Having launched his first business in the niche of educational marketing in Singapore, Usman now has a portfolio of companies that have successfully launched and marketed products globally. His current startup Identifii uses personality and aptitude assessments with the aim to improve the hiring process. He also serves on the board of advisors of several companies. He has an undergraduate degree from the National University of Singapore in Economics.

Usman Sheikh is also a certified psychometric consultant from the prestigious Psychometric Centre at the University of Cambridge and is also a certified NLP Practitioner.

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Jehan Ara

President - PASHA

Jehan Ara is the President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA. She has to a great degree been responsible for developing the P@SHA brand and for creating linkages between P@SHA and local and international partners.

Jehan has 29 years experience in Marketing, Communications and interactive New media in Hong Kong, the Far East, the UAE and Pakistan. She is a motivator, an entrepreneur, a social activist and a strong propagator of extending the power and use of Information and Communication Technologies beyond pure traditional business, to empower and enable communities. She is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and at colleges and universities across Pakistan and the region. She also writes for various industry publications.

Policy Advocacy through the use of cutting edge technology is one of Jehan Ara’s passions. Cyber Crime, Privacy and Data Protection legislation are some of the things she is advocating for. She is currently also collaborating on an initiative called Take Back the Tech which is meant to create awareness on how technology can be harnessed to end Violence against Women and girls.

In addition to her role as President of the industry association, she is working on an initiative known as the Women’s Virtual Network which will connect educated women with potential employers, mentors and peers remotely, thus bringing more women into the economic fold and creating a community that will evolve into a support network for professional women.

Zartash Uzmi

Zartash is on the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at LUMS since 2002. He is also a cofounder at Confiz Limited which runs Pakwheels, the largest Pakistani portal for car enthusiasts, buyers, and sellers. Zartash received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. At LUMS, his research is focused on scalable design for networking systems. He has also mentored several student startups and is part of the core team that is setting up the LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship.

Badar Khushnood

He calls himself a 360 degrees digital marketing professional, consultant, speaker and trainer. But in reality he is a mutant (good looking one!) who can captivate the audience in no time. Google would not have found a better person than him to represent Google in Pakistan.

Syed Ahmad

Ex. Vice Chairman at P@SHA and CEO at DPL   |   LinkedIn

Syed Ahmad is the founder of DPL (www.dplit.com), An award winning IT services company based in Islamabad having offices in the USA and Sweden. Syed bootstrapped his company from his drawing room with three co-founders and since then grown to 80-100 highly qualified people. His mission “Liberating minds to become the largest model IT services company” drives him to focus on company (counter-)culture and people. The Rebel Ethos, that define him and his organization are all about inspiring people to reach pinnacle of self-actualization.

Faisal Khan

CEO at Ovex Technologies Pakistan

Zubair Khan

LinkedIn

Zubair Khan - Founder of Tranchulas, entrepreneur, hacker, tech freak & troublemaker
“I just like to keep challenging myself”, says Zubair Khan, a technology entrepreneur with random crazy ideas. Zubair is founder and CEO of Tranchulas (www.tranchulas.com), a multinational information security company with offices in UK, USA and Pakistan. Known for his killer elevator pitches which helped him raise venture capital for Tranchulas, he is also a frequent trainer and speaker at renowned hacker conferences including Hack In The Box Malaysia, Hack.lu Luxembourg and Infosek Slovenia. Zubair graduated from Curtin University of Technology, Australia with a degree in Business IT. He is also Honoree for Asia-Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievement Program by (ISC)2.

Adnan Shahid

Passionate manager with fire to win!! Challenges status quo and willing to champion new order. Disciplined but flexible leader with balanced practice of common sense management, business operations and people management skills. Able to inspire teams with compelling vision of shared mission. Energizes, excites and motivates team to deliver results. Coaches and mentors colleagues and rejoices their success in life. Excellent presentation skills, able to build agreement among stakeholders. Strives to be amongst top 2% high performers and has fun at work. Enjoys adventure sports like wild water rafting, bungee jumping …

Dr.Shoab A. Khan

Dr. Khan is Head of the Department of Computer Engineering NUST College of E&ME. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. He is an inventor of 5 awarded US patents. He has 250+ international publications. His book on Digital Design is published by John Wiley & Sons. Dr Khan has more than 22 years of industrial experience in companies like Scientific Atlanta, Picture Tel, Cisco Systems, and Avaz Networks USA. He has been awarded Tamgh-e-Imtiaz, the Presidential Award for his contribution in the field of Engineering.

Dr Khan is a founding member of Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) and Center for Advanced Research in Engineering (CARE). CARE, under his leadership, has risen to be one of the most profound High Technology Engineering organizations in Pakistan developing critical technologies worth millions of dollars for organizations in Pakistan and other Muslim countries. In last four years CARE has made history by winning 13 PASHA ICT awards and 10 Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards while competing with the best products from advanced countries like Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia etc.

Umar Nadeem

Before venturing out to start his entrepreneurial activities, Umar headed the mobile internet portfolio at Telenor Pakistan. His prior experience spans various roles in banking, consulting and telecom/technology verticals. In addition to founding and managing technology boutiques, Umar is very actively engaged as an ICT consultant with The World Bank. He is passionately driven to leverage the role of technology in public sector management and social development, believing that the handheld ecosystem has a much larger role to play in transforming societies.

Muhammad Farrukh Mahmood

Farrukh is having over 15 years of IT related experience particularly in the field of IT company operational setup/working, IT infrastructure, IT Service Management, business process management, web (Internet/Intranet), workflow, office automation and network based development using the latest development tools and technologies like Lotus Notes/Domino, C#, ASP.NET, SQL Server, iOS, Android, Java Servlets, ASP, PHP. Experience in client/server architecture and the integration of different technologies. Strong entrepreneurial, management, learning and interpersonal skills.

Silver Sponsors
Mentors

Faisal Khan

Founder   |   LinkedIn

Faisal is the co-founder and lead at Peshawar 2.0. A maverick by style, he juggles between his startups and an ambitious project to engineer a startup ecosystem in Peshawar. He is also the co-founder of Basecamp Peshawar and the lead organiser of Startup Weekend Peshawar. With the biotech hat on, he is working on three biotech startups - Sphericos, Averos and the Bioeconomy Unit - all at different stages. Faisal has a doctorate in Systems Biology from the University of Oxford, where he also read Strategy and Innovation at the Saïd Business School.

Abdul Aziz

LinkedIn

Worked as a software engineer at SSI and IBM before co-founding Aurora Solutions. Besides providing development services to various clients with Aurora, Aziz is leading teams on developing financial products related to Bitcoin and Automated Trading. Interests include software design methodologies and building quality software.

Ahmer Mumtaz

CEO at PlanetBeyond

14 years of experience, mostly focused on entrepreneurship and the development, marketing and ongoing management of consumer WEB and mobile applications, Value Added Services (VAS) and messaging, IN and Customer Care and Billing systems. Have successfully started and grown 3 technology startups and have worked with CEOs of leading corporations from almost every part of the world, harnessing their business skills and contacts to resolve conflicts and help bring economic prosperity.

Farrukh Malik

CEO at Discretelogix

A serial entrepreneur, founder/co-founder of multiple businesses including an IT company, leather products manufacturing & export, high tech equipment shops. Love the challenges, believe in innovation, creativity, dedication & hard work.

Saquib Ahmad

Saquib has 14 years of experience in increasingly responsible roles within Sales and Services in Telecom Industry. He has worked in different roles from Technical expert Engineer, Project Delivery Manager, Program Manager, Sales Account Manager, Customer Team Head to Sales Director across Middle East and Africa in Telecom Sector.
In his most recent position, Saquib managed Sales for Business Solutions Department for Nokia Siemens Networks for Middle East (East). His experience is enhanced by his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with majors in Sales and Marketing.

Barkan Saeed

Founder, CEO , Vizteck Solutions

Entrepreneur and CEO of Vizteck Solutions (30+ team members) which develops web and mobile apps and specializes in helping technological start ups grow . An active member in his community, and officially recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper.
Currently working with a number of startups including Caremerge (2.1 million USD funding), truelinked, Registermyinfo and Fitawesome.
Also part of a project "Free education for children" for the last one year with mission of enabling people to have a better life.

Usama Shahid Khan

Founder, MeriTaleem.com & Co-Founder, Cloud9 Startups

Usama is a passionate young entrepreneur who strives to solve social problems through technology. His first startup MeriTaleem.com aims to bridge the gap between students and educational institutions and use technology as a medium for benefiting the two ends. He is also a Co-Founder at Cloud9 Startups which is an early-stage investment capital center for young Pakistani entrepreneurs. He is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and everything in between. A past organizer of Islamabad Startup Weekend, he has been a mentor at Lahore and Peshawar episodes of Startup Weekends and is an active member of diverse entrepreneurial groups across Pakistan.

Adeel Ghaffar

A management consultant, recognized start up Mentor, trainer and young entrepreneur. In 2010, he founded Novellogics (UK) Ltd, a UK based training company which designed first ever established training regime for Pearson Test of English (PTE) worldwide. He has launched Novellogics (Pvt) Ltd further in Pakistan since Sep 2013 as unique learning solution provider through variety of deliverables. Being a strong supporter of student entrepreneurship, his research has been transformed into first ever Scottish university Gateway in Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh- A joint project run by Princes Trust and Scottish Institute of Enterprise.
He has a MBA from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and currently PhD is process from Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a member of Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), Association of Business Executives (ABE), Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs UK (IOEE).

Bilal Farooq

Bilal has 14 years experience in Financial & Industrial Sector of Pakistan. During his professional career his major areas of expertise are in the field of Marketing & Finance. He worked with well renowned financial institutions like ORIX Leasing Pakistan Limited, Faysal Bank Limited and IGI Investment Bank. His major area of expertise was extending credit facility to Corporate & SME Sector of Pakistan. Key skills that he develop over the years are in the field of Strategic Planning, Portfolio Management, Team Building, Receivable Management, Credit Risk Analysis. Other than the core job responsibilities, Bilal also worked in other areas like process development and suggested MIS System for ORIX Leasing that will help to reduce Cost, increase productivity in evaluating the Credit Risk Criteria. Idea System was accepted and implemented. He extended credit facilities to Textile Industry, Oil Companies, Pharmaceuticals, Steel Re-Rolling Mills, Distributor of FMCGs, LPG Marketing Companies, Pharmaceuticals, Oil & Goods Transportation Companies, Hotels, Poultry, Manufacturing & other allied industries etc. In ORIX Leasing, he was selected twice for Best Team Performance Award across the country. In 2011, he joined AlNoor Refractories Pvt. Ltd. as Manager where he worked with the team Local &Chinese Engineers on Coal Gasification System.

Bilal is also a founder member of M ~ Consulting, a newly establish venture to provide Business Consultancy Services to SME & Corporate Sector. He has also conducted training sessions on Technical and Soft skills to a Batch of Mobilink in SZabist University, MetLife Alico, 4 Square & NUST. He is also teaching as Visiting Faculty member in International Islamic University.

Saad Hamid

Tech, Innovation and Business Evangelist, C&P Lead @invest2innovate, TEDster, Global Shaper@WEF, TEDx Ambassador, Curator @TEDxIslamabad, @GDG Manager, City Manager @Elance

Muddassar Khalid

Muddassar Khalid is the Tax Partner at UHY, Chartered Accountants, a member firm of UHY International. Although he is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Certified Accountant, but his love for technology has pushed him to explore the technology side of his business. Despite being a taxation guru, he has been engaged in analyzing requirement specifications, development, deployment and implementation of ERP solutions. His interest in this field has lead him to develop expertise in implementation of document archival and retrieval repositories and workflow management systems.

Salman Amjad

Salman Amjad is a Tech Entrepreneur and a Youth motivater. He is the CEO/Founder Techvilla Solutions AND CO-FOUNDER OF social network "SOCCUM"..The pioneer in IT Sector From KPK Province. He is also the President of PYAS [Pakistan Youth Awareness Society].

Owais Anjum

Owais is the co-founder of Cricout, a product that brings social and crowdsourcing element to way cricket is followed online. The company was initiated over a year ago, was bootstrapped for the first 10 months, and has recently raised seed capital from the US for launch and expansion. Overall, Owais has 15 years of experience in technology, management and leadership and has built and scaled development organizations both in USA & Pakistan. His previous stint was with a silicon valley based company, Numetrics Inc., where he initiated and scaled the company from the first hire to 30 people and eventually had 90% engineering done in Pakistan. An artist by hobby, Owais is an avid student & evangelist of UI and UX design. He has a bachelors in Computer Science from GIK Institute, and an MBA from San Jose State University, California.

Muhammad Uzair

Uzair is a Community Manager at MySocialAgency, a UK-based digital marketing firm and also a co-founder at Peshawar 2.0. He is extremely passionate about anything close to Design, Photography and New Media. Uzair is also the curator of TEDxPeshawar and a co-founder at Basecamp Peshawar, where he loves the fact that its just a ten minute walk from the best charsi tikka in town! Uzair holds a Bachelors in Business and Mass communications from Northumbria University.

Dr. Sohaib Ahmad

Sohaib Ahmad Khan is Associate Professor of Computer Science at LUMS School of Science and Engineering, Lahore, Pakistan. His research interests broadly span the areas of image and video analysis, including estimating 3D from images, motion capture and multiple camera surveillance systems. Dr Khan earned his PhD degree in Computer Science in 2002 from University of Central Florida, specializing in computer vision. Dr. Khan was formerly the Department Chair of Computer Science at LUMS, and also leads the Technology for People Initiative, which aims to develop technology solutions that are relevant to the socio-economic context of Pakistan, in the domains of public policy, governance, citizen services and improvement in quality of life.

Sefa Kuru

Country Director in Asli Telecom – Turkey based Telecom company. He has worked in different countries as a business developer. He has experience in various fields such as 2G, 3G, Planning, VAS, Business Development and Project Management. Sefa and his team are focusing on developing new ideas and technology exchange between two brother countries Turkey and Pakistan.

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Khurram Shahzad
Aamir Sohail
Jamal Mansoor
Arsalan Vardag
Zainab Khaliq
Waleed Zeb Khan
Ahmad Khurshid
Usama Tauqeer
Shanza Alam
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