daftarkhwan | coworking | Lahore
This insights session, we’re joined by Farhan Syed, the Chief Operating Officer of Bagallery, who explores the best way to develop your business through the lense of the fashion and beauty sector, using Bagallery as a case study. Bagallery, founded in 2017, is an e-commerce beauty platform that has pivoted into fashion and lifestyle, growing at a rate of 22% on a monthly basis.
Despite the pandemic, or perhaps because of the vacuum for innovation it created, Pakistan’s startup ecosystem has flourished, with 41 deals amounting to $57.7 million being closed in 2020. 2021 has only built upon the blazing speed of last year with increased interest by international investors. According to i2i’s (Invest2Innovate) latest research, since 2015, startups in Pakistan have raised approximately $424 million in funding, with close to $212 million raised in 2021 alone.
Ahmad Saeed, Co-founder and CEO of GrocerApp, connoisseur of House music and a risk-taker originally from Bahawalpur, ready to follow his passions wherever they might lead him joined us this insights session to explore his unique disposition in the e-grocery ecosystem. The event was hosted by our very own: Shoaib Zahid Malik, one of GrocerApp’s earliest investors, a seasoned entrepreneur, investor and Partner at Walled City Co. GrocerApp, founded in 2016, was one of the first online platforms geared towards creating ease by bringing the super store to your doorstep. Over the course of the pandemic it has grown 10x, by 300% in the last three quarters alone and managed to raise $5.2 million in Series A led by Dubai-based investment firm Hayaat Global.
What would this world be without poverty? This is a burning question that has been finding answers across Pakistan for years. In this fireside session hosted in collaboration with Sang-e-Meel Publications which is a publishing house focused on the promotion of South Asian literature, they have published numerous books of Dr. Amjad Saqib amongst many other notable writers.
Globally, covid 19 has wreaked havoc on the world’s economies, forcing businesses, big and small to shut down. But it is especially in times of adversity, that we need to adapt and innovate so we can continue not just surviving but thriving. daftarkhwan has had the pleasure of facilitating the journeys of several determined businesses that have managed to pivot in this pandemic, pioneering a new path for themselves and others in the same field.
Amnah Maqsood, founder of Body by Butter, a low-carb and keto meal planning and delivery service active in Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Sargodha and Gujranwala, joined us for an insights session moderated by Ayesha Nasir founder of Scaryammi, to discuss the keto diet, the misconceptions around it and her entrepreneurial triumphs.
Imran Khan, founder and managing director of RapidCompute, Pakistan’s first indigenous enterprise-class public cloud provider, shares his compelling startup journey this insights session. RapidCompute, a division of Cybernet, the leading internet and data communication network service provider in Pakistan, was founded in 2011, quickly growing to be operational in 10 different cities in the country, serving clients across various sectors in Pakistan, Dubai, Sri Lanka and the Middle East.
In 2016, daftarkhwan set out to redefine the way we work, triggering in the 5 years since, a coworking movement across Pakistan. With each new facility, daftarkhwan has altered how people feel about workspaces across the board. With the relaunch of daftarkhwan | One, as with all new sites, we are all set to raise the bar once more.
daftarkhwan has grown thanks to and with, its community of daring entrepreneurs, startups and enterprising companies, delivering high-end agile workplaces, suited to the evolving needs of the modern day. We at daftarkhwan understand that space is essential. It determines your productivity, drive and attitude when faced with challenges. daftarkhwan gives you a space that enables development, encourages engagement and inspires innovation - allowing you space to grow.
Ricult, operating in the US, Thailand and Pakistan, is a data analytics platform that uses AI and machine learning to force data from agricultural value chains, then processed on their proprietary algorithms, to generate actionable insights for the entire ecosystem. Ricult prizes productivity and profitability, aiming to help those who work hard day in and day out to help us at the most fundamental level, sustenance.