The Federal Minister of Information and Technology and Telecom, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, visited The Nest I/O, P@SHA’s Tech Incubator on August 25 to discuss the needs of the ecosystem of startups in Pakistan.
The highlight of the meeting was the discussion on how the Government, the startup ecosystem and the broader IT industry could come together to solve commonplace problems through the use of cutting-edge technology.
Jehan Ara, President P@SHA and Founder of The Nest I/O, welcomed the visitors and briefed them about the work The Nest I/O has been doing for the past 4 years to promote entrepreneurship and startups in Pakistan and to put the local ecosystem on the global map.
Khalid Siddiqui enquired about the challenges that startups face and what steps could be taken by the Ministry of IT to improve on the ease of doing business for the IT sector as a whole.
The Minister was informed that some major issues that needed to be tackled in respect of Startups in Pakistan are the:
- Establishment of a one-window operation
- The development of Software Technology parks and Special Economic Zones
- Effective online payment systems
- Focused training on high tech skills
The meeting is a great step forward for Pakistan’s IT sector as it could potentially lead to collaboration between the government and the IT community to enable affordable housing, better governance, improvements in education delivery and more inclusive healthcare.
The profiles of startups in Pakistan introduced to Khalid Siddiqui are:
Mandi Express is a Fresh Produce and Grocery delivery service. They have vegetables and herbs, local and imported fruits, meats, export quality seafood, organic products, honey, juices, granola bars and dry fruits which are delivered straight to customers’ doorsteps, 7 days a week. They also provide specialty seasonal items from the forests up north and nearby countries.
ConnectHear is a social entrepreneurial startup that aims to bridge the communication gap between the deaf and mute people and the community at large. They are setting up a sign language interpretation system, connecting sign language interpreters to the deaf and mute individuals or organizations who cater to them.
Along with that, they are also developing an application to convert audio to sign language, using Pakistan Sign Language to make the application convenient to be used in Pakistan.
ModulusTech is The Nest i/o’s batch 5 startup that provides portable housing that can be set up in as little as three hours. From setting up large cost-effective housing colonies to catering the product to the client’s needs, ModulusTech offers you sustainable solutions.
Asaan Taleem, started as a Facebook page in April 2016 to build an ever-growing community of seniors, professionals, and students. Within a year and during incubation at the Nest I/O, the idea evolved from being a library of pre-recorded lectures to Live Video Classes by Qualified Women.
TelloTalk is an all-in-one chat application which is a Dynamic, Secure, Local and Integrated platform that includes everything from messaging, localized stickers, customizable emoticons, regional Pakistani language keyboards, music and news absolutely free.