March 14, 2017 – Idea Croron ka Live Video Taping in Austin
Today, the new Pakistani hit show will film it’s first episode of Idea Croron ka (Million Dollar Idea!) in the United States with host Nabeel Qadeer. This episode will air in early April 2017 and will feature guests from Austin’s entrepreneurial community including Alicia Dean, Paul O’Brien, Chris Scheeetz, Gordon Daugherty, and Preston Stewart.
March 13, 2017 – PITB Signs MOU with Capital Factory
The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) signed another MOU with Capital Factory to facilitate an exchange program with their Touchdown Austin team. Pakistani entrepreneurs will receive access to Capital Factory training and resources to help accelerate their launch into the U.S. market. Read more here.
March 10, 2017 – MOU Signed Between City of Austin and Lahore, Pakistan
A MOU between the City of Austin, Texas and the City of Lahore, Pakistan was signed by Mayor Adler and Dr. Umar Saif, Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board, (PITB) designating the two cities as Science Cities partners who will promote bilateral trade, economic development, and exchange missions to each city. GAACC is pleased to support this partnership that will strengthen the ties between Austin and Lahore. Read more here.
March 6, 2017 – Meet the Entrepreneurs
Meet the entrepreneurs of the Spring 2017 cohort. Check out their spotlights on our ATX+PAK Facebook page here: facebook.com/atxpakstartups
March 1, 2017 – Spring 2017 Cohort has Arrived!
The third cohort of Pakistani entrepreneurs has arrived in Austin and is gearing up for an exciting three week stay. They will be co-working out of Capital Factory and training with Gordon Daugherty through his Founder’s Academy with Capital Factory. There are several events you can catch them at so RSVP today!
February 23, 2017 - We're headed to SXSW
Don't miss our ATX+PAK session at SXSW on Saturday March 11 from 3:30PM - 4:30PM at the Hilton Austin - Next Innovation Nation: Pakistan's Startup Scene.
Pakistan is one of the most promising startup scenes in the world, with a rich supply of talent and cutting edge ideas. However, limited funding inhibits growth of the startup ecosystem and lack of exposure to investors in international markets means the potential of many entrepreneurs goes un-tapped.
Dr. Umar Saif, Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Vice Chancellor of Information Technology University, will share how PITB has positively contributed to IT infrastructure and entrepreneurship along with key trends and emerging partnership opportunities. Following, a panel of experts will discuss and debate the rewards and challenges of setting up shop in Pakistan.
Grab your badges and we'll see you there!
January 20, 2017 - Learn About Our Spring Cohort
The ATX+PAK Spring cohort will be co-working with our friends at Capital Factory and will be training through the Founder's Academy with Gordon Daugherty. They will be arriving in Austin next month, but get to know them a bit before they arrive. Check out the links to their companies below!
Surkhail Sohail, WebDealer Solutions – customer engagement
Usman Butt, RepairDesk – cell phone repair shops
Ahmed Malik, Euphoria – AR for marketing companies
Usama Abid, DIY GEEKS – DIY via electronic kits
Saad Ehsan, Aitomation Process Automation – task automation
Ammar Ayub, NearPeer.org - online classrooms
January 3, 2017 - 3rd Cohort Selected
The ATX+PAK Launch Spring 2017 cohort has been selected. Congrats and we look forward to greeting you in Austin, TX!
December 30, 2016 - Patari Raises $200,000 in Seed Funding
Another huge annoucement from our ATX+PAK Program alum! Patari has secured US$ 200,000 of seed stage funding from Sarmayacar, an investor syndicate. Congrats, we are so excited to watch your firm continue to grow! Read more here.
December 14, 2016 - MangoBaaz Secures $115,000 in Seed Funding
Congrats to our ATX+PAK Launch second cohort alum, Ali Gul, and the team at digital media startup MangoBaaz! We can't wait to see how this seed funding will help you grow. Read more here.
December 12, 2016 - Next Innovation Nation: Pakistan's Startup Scene
During SXSW 2017, the ATX+PAK Launch Program will host a panel session, "Next Innovation Nation: Pakistan's Startup Scene," featuring Dr. Umar Saif, Nabeel Qadeer, and Faizan Mahmood of the Punjab Information Technology Board. Learn more about this session and make sure you are registered for SXSW!
December 7, 2016 - What Did the Austin Delegates Think
Check out the Austin delegation's thoughts on the Pakistani entrepreneurial ecosystem!
November 21, 2016 - 3 MOUs Signed Between Austin Delegates and Plan9 Incubator
While in Pakistan, Austin delegates: 3Day Startup, Capital Factory and Tech Ranch, signed MOUs with Plan9. Read here!
November 12, 2016 - Austin Delegation Heads to Lahore
The Austin Delegation heads to Lahore, check out our Facebook Page for regular updates!
October 31, 2016 - ATX+PAK Second Cohort Recap
October 19, 2016 - ATX+PAK Pitch Showcase
Did you miss the 2nd cohort's pitch showcase? Check out the event here
August 26, 2016 - Meet our 2nd Cohort
August 15, 2016 - Second Training Partner Selected
GAACC is excited to announce that our next cohort will be hosted at Capital Factory during the first half of October 2016. Capital Factory is the entrepreneurial center of gravity in Austin, Texas. Located in the middle of downtown, Capital Factory has 50,000 square feet full of startups and entrepreneurs. During their time at Capital Factory, the Pakistani startups will have access to extensive training, mentorship, and networking. Training will be provided by Gordon Daugherty and the Founder's Academy. Their program will culminate in Pitch Showcase for members of the Austin startup ecosystem.
August 5, 2016 - Announcing the Second Cohort
We are preparing to host our second group of startups who will be arriving in early October. Six startups from Plan9 in Pakistan have been selected:
- Affordable.pk - Pakistan's first fashion classified marketplace to buy & sell clothing
- Babyplanet.pk - online baby and kid product market
- BookMyUmrah.pk - online travel services for hajj/Umrah pilgrimages
- Club Internet - Bringing the next billion people online by improving the usability layer of the Internet
- MangoBaaz - online Pakistani information and entertainment company
- Virgin Teez - design, buy, and sell custom t-shirts online
August 2, 2016 - Join the ATX Delegation to Pakistan
Calling all Texas investors and incubators! As part of the ATX+PAK Launch Program, we are hosting a delegation of incubators and investors to explore Pakistan's startup ecosystem and rising investment opportunities in Lahore, Pakistan on November 14 - 21, 2016. This opportunity will allow you to meet our partners at Plan9 (Pakistan's largest tech incubator) and PlanX (Pakistan's largest tech accelerator).
There are spots available for a small number of investors and other related businesses to join this delegation. A portion of the cost will be subsidized. The amount of the subsidy will depend on the total number of delegates. If you are interested in participating in this delegation, please complete this online application. The deadline to apply is August 31.
August 1, 2016 - Patari to Complete in the World Startup Cup
Patari is off to compete in World Startup Cup held in Washington DC! The World Startup Cup 2016 is an international competition participated in by eligible entrepreneurs all over the world. They are one of 7 world finalists out of 70 national winners for the world start up cup. Congratulations and lots of success from the ATX+PAK Launch friends!
July 25, 2016 - Top Startups to Watch in 2016
Did you know that Pakistan is being called "the next destination for entrepreneurs and investors!" We are thrilled to have hosted some of 2015's most impressive startups including Autogenie and Patari and can't wait to see what is in store for Wifigen and Travly in 2016. Learn more about Pakistan's top start-ups here and keep your eyes peeled for news on our second cohort coming soon.
July 22, 2016 - Travly Raises $200,000 in Seed Funding
One of the startups from our first cohort, Travly secures investment from CresVentures. Travly was incubated at Plan9 - PITB's Tech Incubator and was later accelerated at PlanX. We congratulate team Travly and their CEO Shahmir Khan. Read more about this accomplishment here.
May 31, 2016- Travly to Attend 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit with President Obama
Congratulations to startup founder Shahmir Khan with Travly, one of our participants in the first ATX+PAK cohort, for being selected to attend the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit with President Obama. Travly is being named one of the top 150 startups in the world!
Travly was also the winner of the ATX+PAK Launch pitch showcase held May 18, 2016. Judges were impressed with the on demand rickshaw service's Tuk-Tuk Rani program for female drivers and customers. We're proud to have hosted Shahmir and the rest of the entrepreneur group here in Austin!
March 15, 2016 – Announcing the First Cohort
We are preparing to host our first group of startups who will be arriving late April/early May. Six startups from Plan9 in Pakistan have been selected:
- Patari Pakistani music-streaming site
- Wifigen Helps businesses brand and capitalize free wifi
- Travly On-demand rickshaw hailing service
- Pantera Energy Helps businesses and homes go solar in Pakistan
- Smag Makes smart handbags
- Autogenie On-demand auto maintenance at your doorstep
March 1, 2016 - First Training Partner Selected
GAACC is excited to partner with Tech Ranch Austin on our ATX+PAK Launch entrepreneurship exchange program. Tech Ranch focuses on development of the entrepreneur, the local and global community, and impacting the world. Tech Ranch has a robust international startup exchange program and appreciation of global connections.
Six startups from Pakistan will be hosted at Tech Ranch later this spring. During their time at Tech Ranch, the Pakistani startups will have access to extensive training, mentorship, and networking. Their program will culminate in a Demo Day for members of the Austin startup ecosystem.
February 16, 2016 - City of Austin Press Release
The City of Austin Economic Development Department Global Business Recruitment and Expansion Division has received a grant from the U.S. Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan to facilitate a two-year entrepreneur exchange program between Austin and Pakistan.
ATX+PAK: Launch, a partnership between the City, the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Information Technology University in Punjab Pakistan, will connect the vibrant community of entrepreneurs, creatives, and investors in Austin’s startup scene to those in emerging startup communities in Pakistan.