NSTP, in collaboration with Paklaunch (PL), and the U.S. State Department, hosted a pitching session of the USPWC-Paklaunch Accelerator and a networking session at NSTP, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST). The program’s primary objective was to empower women entrepreneurs in the country.
This exclusive event was honored by the presence of distinguished guests, including the Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Andrew Schoffer, and the esteemed Courtney Powell, Chief Operating Officer of 500 Global.
500 Global, a renowned venture capital firm, manages an impressive portfolio boasting assets under management (AUM) exceeding $2.7 billion. This organization is dedicated to early-stage investments in visionary tech entrepreneurs from across more than 80 countries. Among its numerous accolades, 500 Global’s portfolio includes a remarkable 45 companies valued at over $1 billion and an additional 120 companies valued at $100 million or more. Notable among its investments are industry-leading companies such as Canva and Reddit.
The event was further enriched by the presence of notable investors and startup professionals. Among the notable figures in attendance were Dr Rizwan Riaz, VP #NSTP, Kate Somvongsiri, Mission Director of USAID Pakistan, Tania Aidrus, Zahra Zahid, Director of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Mei Chel Tan, Partner at 500 Global, Taimur Malik, Nayab Babar, CFA from VEON Ventures, Shehryar Hydri, Managing Partner – Deosai Ventures, and various other luminaries from the tech industry. Their active involvement contributed invaluable insights and expertise to the proceedings, thereby providing a networking opportunity for the program’s startup founders and the broader NSTP community.
Special recognition to Aly Fahd, Founder of Paklaunch, for supporting the female founders within the USPWC-Paklaunch Accelerator program.