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Dare To Disrupt – The Rise of Grocery Startups in Pakistan

Part II: The B2C Online Grocery Segment Over the last decade, E-commerce has been  a fast-growing sector across Asia, including in Pakistan. This growth is the result of a number of factors: technological transformation, e-commerce infrastructure, logistical improvements, and socio-cultural demands, which has led to  a spike in e-commerce activity and more specifically in online …

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Dare to Disrupt – The Rise of Grocery Startups in Pakistan

Part I: The B2B Online Grocery Segment The momentum in the grocery e-commerce segment in Pakistan as a whole has been underway for roughly five years (with players such as MandiExpress, Sabzi.pk, QnE, etc. operating since 2015), but the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns helped startups see quick and significant growth. (Read MIT Technology Review’s 2016 piece here) The …

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Covid-19 and Startups: Pivots, Partnerships and Future Positioning

The Age of COVID In February 2020, i2i’s Insights newsletter covered the growth of Pakistan’s travel industry, and its place on various global lists as the next place to visit. In April, just two months later, that same industry was one of the hardest hit due to the global coronavirus outbreak. In addition to travel & …

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Pakistan’s Mobility Landscape – i2i Newsletter

Pakistan’s Mobility Landscape Breaking down the buzzword. Mobility is a buzzword, one that’s been used frequently in the startup ecosystem. But what do we actually mean when we talk about the mobility landscape? Ultimately, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) includes everything from car-sharing, ride-sharing, ride-hailing to food delivery, micro-mobility (e.g, bikes and rickshaws), and other transportation network companies. We …

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i2i’s New Study: Pakistan Startup Ecosystem Report 2019

The State of Pakistan’s Startup Ecosystem: i2i’s New Study Have you felt the buzz yet? If you haven’t been under a rock, you know that Pakistan is buzzing with young, tech-savvy people in a burgeoning startup ecosystem. Our team was just at 021 Disrupt in Karachi, a major technology conference, and the announcements included a $22 million Series A round …

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i2i Insights Newsletter: 2018 Pakistan Trends to 2019

What were the big developments in Pakistan’s startup space in 2018? There is an endless list of things happening nationwide that will hopefully be positive for both founders and investors in 2019, and we plan to track these developments in future Insights issues. For now, we can comment on the trends we found exciting in …

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i2i Insights Newsletter: The future of work under the gig economy model and how it’s been faring in Pakistan

Is Pakistan entering the age of the “gig” workers? Hello friends, colleagues and co-conspirators!  The nature of how we do work has been changing globally. There has been a rising trend of people foregoing more traditional jobs in favour of freelancing “gigs” which allow them greater flexibility and an opportunity to earn more money. However, for a …

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i2i Insights Newsletter: Pakistan’s Investment Landscape

How much investment activity has there actually been in Pakistan’s startup space? (Note: The numbers stated in this newsletter are based on data i2i mined via publicly reported deals. Therefore, there may be some gaps in the data. Please feel free to send us additional information you may have so that we can make sure …

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Digital Pakistan policy, IT incentives and startups & we just launched the 101 startup legal guide of your dreams

Is the government really on board with an entrepreneurial Pakistan? and the legal startup guide of your dreams! Hello friends, colleagues and co-conspirators! It’s been a big year for digital skills in Pakistan. As I write this piece the DigiSkills program, the federal governments bid to train 1 million Pakistanis “in the future of work” has just …

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The Pakistan Super League & how it intersects with the startup scene

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is widely hailed as one of the biggest events in Pakistan but it’s not just bringing cricket back to the country, it’s also creating space for startups and innovations in the space. Hello friends, colleagues and co-conspirators! Let me just start off by saying CONGRATULATIONS (!) to all fellow Islamabad United fans. We won the Pakistan Super …

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