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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!

Startup Weekend Peshawar

Here we are with the first ever Startup Weekend in the Northwest! This promises to be an amazing weekend with some of the most creative talent you can get in the region – the next generation of innovators, designers and entrepreneurs, ready to take on the world!

In simple terms, its a ‘No talk, all action’ weekend. We stick to the official Startup Weekend format – people come in with ideas on a Friday evening, team up and build their startup by Sunday night for the final pitch – all in 54 hours!

If you are a designer, developer, marketer or student with a burning idea that you always wanted to turn into reality, then Startup Weekend is your place.

The registration is closing on Dec 10th.  If you have any last minute questions about attending or sponsoring the event, feel free to email us at peshawar@startupweekend.org

آخر هفته پيلنګ په پيښور: په شمالي لويديځ کښې د ټولو نه وړاندينئ د آخرهفته پيلنګ سره موږ ستاسو پر مخ يو! دغه لړ کښې دا لوز دې چه دا به يوه زبردسته آخر هفته وي چه پکښې دسيمې د ټولو نه زيات خلاقه موهبتونو نه يو څو ګډ وي- د مبتکرو، سکښتګرو او آجرانو نوې کول به استخدام کوي! په اسانو اصطلاحاتو کښې، دا “برغزووي نه، درست ابتکار” آخر هفته ده. موږ به خپلې رسمي بڼې سره ځان سريښؤو- خلق به د جمعې په ماښام د خپلو مفکورو سره راځي، ډلې جوړښت به ووکړي، او تر يکشنبې شپې به خپل پيلنګ د پائې غورې له روغ کړي- ټول په څلورپنځوس ساعتو کښې! که تاسو د يو جدي خيال لروونکي سکښتګر، پراخندوي، کاروباري يا محصل يئ چه تاسو مدام دغه خيال حقيقت کول غوښتل نو آخر هفته پيلنګ د ستاسو ځائې دې. د نوم ليکنې پاڼه به زر خيژؤو. آيا که تاسو غواړئ چه د آخرهفتې په دې ماجرې کښې کفالت ووکړئ يا ملاګر شئ او يا منصف شئ نو مهرباني ووکړئ موږ له په peshawar@startupweekend.org بريښنا ليک ووکړئ.

Schedule

Friday

Dec 13
  • Registration Starts
  • What is a pitch? workshop
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Session
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Top Ideas Announced
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Dec 14
  • Arrive
  • Teams continue on working on ideas (Coaches Session 1)
  • Lunch & Prayers Break
  • Speakers
  • Teams continue working + Call for Needs & Skill (Coaches Session 2)
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day.

Sunday

Dec 15
  • Arrive
  • Teams continue on working on ideas
  • Final Session with Coaches
  • Lunch & Prayers Break
  • Start Preparation for Presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging, awards & wrap up
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Go home!
Premier Sponsors
Speakers

Jehan Ara

President P@SHA   |  

Jehan Ara is the President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES. 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 part of an initiative called Bolo Bhi which is an organization focusing on research backed advocacy.

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.

Zafar Khan

CEO of Sofizar

Zafar Khan is the CEO of Sofizar which he founded in 2004. Prior to Sofizar, Zafar Khan was the co-founder of PrimeDTV, an ATSC reference design company based in Shanghai and Anaheim. He worked at Gemstar in Hong Kong and Boston, as well as at Avalon Computers, a high performance computing company.
Zafar did his undergraduate at CalTech and graduate coursework at Harvard. He is the recipient of three US and international patents in automated consumer advertising technologies. Zafar has been on the Central Executive Committee of P@SHA and is a Past Vice Chairman.
He is a highly accomplished engineer, a Performance Internet Based Marketer and an Entrepreneur who has bootstrapped his company into a multimillion dollar venture. He is currently focused on steering the organization to tackle more verticals and on maintaining the growth rate.

Zia Imran

CEO, Vahzay Inc

Zia Imran is the CEO and founder of VahZay (Pvt) Limited, a software and IT products and services company based in Lahore.

He is an MBA, Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, Chicago, Illinois, USA and Masters in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
He also served as the Chairman of P@SHA, the industry trade body for IT industry, in 2009. Imran has taught a very popular course in Entrepreneurship at FAST, Lahore campus. Zia also consults with startups on business strategy, marketing and operations and has advised US companies set up joint ventures and globally outsourced operations.
Zia has more than 16 years of experience working in Silicon Valley and globally at leading companies like Oracle, Altera and numerous startups both in Silicon Valley, USA and in Pakistan.

Zia is a serial entrepreneur who previously started a software development tools company in Silicon Valley arguably pushing the state of the art in this area to the next level.

Gold Sponsors
Judges
Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Jehan Ara

President P@SHA

Jehan Ara is the President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES. 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 part of an initiative called Bolo Bhi which is an organization focusing on research backed advocacy.

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.

Zafar Khan

CEO of Sofizar

Zafar Khan is the CEO of Sofizar which he founded in 2004. Prior to Sofizar, Zafar Khan was the co-founder of PrimeDTV, an ATSC reference design company based in Shanghai and Anaheim. He worked at Gemstar in Hong Kong and Boston, as well as at Avalon Computers, a high performance computing company.
Zafar did his undergraduate at CalTech and graduate coursework at Harvard. He is the recipient of three US and international patents in automated consumer advertising technologies. Zafar has been on the Central Executive Committee of P@SHA and is a Past Vice Chairman.
He is a highly accomplished engineer, a Performance Internet Based Marketer and an Entrepreneur who has bootstrapped his company into a multimillion dollar venture. He is currently focused on steering the organization to tackle more verticals and on maintaining the growth rate.

Muneeb Waseem Khwaja

VP Development - Caremerge   |  

Muneeb is a Erasmus Mundus scholar with over 8 years of experience in the software industry. His primary interests have been working with startups and developing products from ground up.

Muhammad Asif

Founder - Probist   |  

Mohammad Asif is a software geek and have written web applications used by millions of people worldwide. Asif laid foundations of Probist Inc, a web product company which has found success by providing web applications that have been used by over 25,000 brands including Google, Pepsi, and Nestle. Before starting Probist, he worked as a founding employee of two successful start ups in silicon valley. He holds an undergraduate degree from NUST, and was a research fellow at Stanford University.

Ali Raza

Founder - Sweet Pixel Studios   |   LinkedIn

Ali is the founder of SweetPixel Studios, a Peshawar based startup that creates web and mobile apps for multiple international clients. He has worked with US and UK based companies and promote a work-from-home lifestyle and a minimalist approach to life. He blogs at 'From the Geek's Head' sharing his knowledge and thoughts with the world. He believe it is better to invent your own job in today's economy.

Waleed Zeb Khan

Organiser - Startup Weekend Islamabad   |   LinkedIn

Waleed is technology enthusiast and a staunch promotor of technology entrepreneurship. He has been the lead organiser of Startup Weekend Islamabad, TedxNUST and NUST Business Plan competition. He helps regularly organize workshops and conferences to encourage young minds to take on the path of entrepreneurship and to provide aspiring ones the mentoring and guidance opportunities which otherwise would not be available to them.

Syed Ahmad

CEO, DPL

Syed Ahmad is the founder of DPL, an IT outsourcing company established in 2003. Syed has a diverse set of global experiences and is passionate about topics such as Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Syed is always set on an agenda to change the world with his rebel ethos while having fun with his job and daily life. A father of two, he likes adventure sports like Sky diving/jumping and exploring nature (more so in his dreams).

Usama

Founder, MeriTaleem.com

An engineer by training and an entrepreneur by choice, Usama is working towards the goal of promoting higher education and IT entrepreneurship in Pakistan. He is founder at MeriTaleem.com and is also working with other startups in different capacities. He also co-founded Cloud9 Startups, a seed venture aimed at helping youngsters start their entrepreneurial journeys. He likes to experiment, invent and innovate. In his spare time, he loves traveling and enjoying new food experiences.

Sarfaraz

Consultant and entrepreneur   |  

Sarfaraz has worked in investment management and venture cap with experience in analysis and investments having worked for Lloyds Bank, HSBC and the hedge fund industry. In addition to this he is a member of a social impact investors committee which encompasses leading trusts and foundations. He has also consulted for social enterprises, supported tech startups as an adviser, is currently consulting at Acumen Fund and is a graduate of the University of London with a keen interest in entrepreneurship.

Partners
Organizers
Faisal Khan
Muhammad Uzair
Salman Ahmad
Asem Khan
Ahsan Azhar
Meher Ali
Faizan Khan
Rubab Tanveer
Aliya Syed
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