daftarkhwan | coworking | Lahore
Situated in the heart of the hills, daftarkhwan | Vantage, elevates your perspective, allowing your business to climb to new heights. Because the people who believe they can change the world are often the ones that do.
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.
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.
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.
daftarkhwan came to life back in 2016, serving as a meeting point for entrepreneurs, startups and enterprising companies. By offering state of the art, agile workplaces that suit the needs of the modern day, daftarkhwan has become one of the leading coworking spaces in Pakistan.
Pakistan is one of the few blessed countries in the world gifted with diverse cultures and immense natural beauty, it is a heaven for any thrill-seeking and nature-loving travel enthusiast. So much so that Traveler by Conde Nast ranked Pakistan #1 as the ‘best holiday destination’ for 2021.
The year 2020 has been a roller-coaster ride for everyone: bushfires in Australia, blast in Lebanon and lastly, the covid — 19, something that we’re still struggling with or will have to for the next couple of years, if not for the rest of our lives.
Daftarkhwan recently hosted the fourth iteration of the ‘VC Exchange’ (VCX) in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The purpose of VCX was to bring forth the creme de la creme of the startup ecosystem and match them with angel investors and venture capital firms investing in Pakistani startups.