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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Short intro

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
 
This year it is even bigger. On the dates, 16th -18th of November 2012, more than 100 cities will be participating in the Global Startup Battle!  And Karachi will be a part of it. This means that the  finalist from Karachi will be up for big prizes. For more details on the Global Startup Battle, please visit: www.globalstartupbattle.org

Schedule

Friday

Nov 16
  • Registration Starts
  • Introduction and Ice-Breaking
  • First Guest Speaker Session
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Tea Break
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Ending

Saturday

Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Setting up workspace for the weekend
  • To the Breakouts!
  • Mentors arrive
  • Lunch
  • Guest Speaker Session
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Dinner and Wrap-up

Sunday

Nov 18
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Dinner
  • Wrapup
  • Pack up and time to say Good Bye
Judges

Nadeem Ghani

Dean, Nixor College

Has worked in the US industry for more than 20 years.

Dr. Zaheeruddin Asif

Program Director FCS

IBA

Imtiaz Noor Mohammad

Country Manager, Effective Measure

Has been involved with Google, with their Google Development Group program.

Dr. Shahid Qureshi

Dean

Center for Entrepreneurship Development, IBA

Coaches

Imtiaz Noor Mohammad

Country Manager, Effective Measure

Has been involved with Google, with their Google Development Group program.

Dr. Zaheeruddin Asif

Program Director FCS

IBA

Shahjahan

CEO

Team::Ants

Afaq Ahmed

P@sha

Afaque Ahmed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering conferred upon him by the University of Texas at Austin, USA, and an MBA from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is the author of a successful blog “http://www.backtopakistan.com” which tries to influence successful Pakistanis living abroad to come back to their home country and serve the nation. Leading by example himself, he returned to Karachi in 2004 to play a role in the development of the IT industry in Pakistan. He took the non-traditional route and did not join the family’s textile business. In 2007, he founded the Breezecom group, a technology company now operating in 5 countries with a few hundred employees. The company portfolio specializes in telecommunications Research and Development, software product development and high-end technical services. The company now has a multi-national presence catering to 700 Telecom companies in over 25 countries around the world. He is also a founder and director of Robotics Labs, Karachi, a flagship company teaching children (ages 6 – 18 years old) how to make robots and related robotic sciences. Over the last 8 years, he has sold a few technology companies that he himself founded, or bought and turned around, into profitable ventures.

Ashraf Kapadia

Chairman

Open Karachi

Dr. Shahid Qureshi

Dean

Center for Entrepreneurship Development, IBA

Uzair Ahmed

Tradekey

Uzair Ahmed is a seasoned Human Capital Specialist with more than 15 years of diversified local and International experience. He holds Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from NED and Masters in HR from Karachi University, currently he is working with TradeKey as Head of HR. He has participated in several entrepreneurial events as a Mentor and Guest Speaker with renowned institutions.

Imran Khan

Faculty, IBA

Incubation expert, Motivator

Erum Abbasi

Faculty, IBA

Incubation expert

Speakers

Shahjahan

CEO

Team::Ants

Amir Anzur

Entrepreneur

http://amiranzur.com

Organizers
Haseeb Tariq
Muhammad Rayyan Taqdees
IBA Web Society
Usama Batavia
Hashim Yasin
Sohaib Bin Shahid
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