Mezino Technologies Pakistan celebrated its 10-year long journey with members of the global and local Information Technology Industry at Faletti’s Hotel, Lahore today.
The event was well attended by Mezino’s employees, businessmen, Venture Capitalists, All Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA), USAID Punjab and IBM Pakistan.
The highlight of the celebration was an expert panel discussion on the topic of how companies can grow to Mid-Stage and beyond and what kind of challenges and opportunities are there in the local and global context.
Ms. Lea Swanson, Provincial Director Punjab USAID stressed that at USAID, they are trying to support the business sector in Pakistan which is the backbone of country’s economy.
Mr. Zafar Khan, CEO SOFIZAR Pakistan and CTO and President ConstellationCK USA said “If you are willing to raise investment for your startup you should be very clear in it and be a businessman rather than just try to be a rock star.”
Mr. Chris, Founder and Managing Member at 1839 Ventures in response to a question about the Pakistani market’s perception for startups and businesses, said that, 1839 Ventures is the first Venture Fund that has come to Pakistan from the US and he hopes that startups will get the funding and it will encourage other funds to invest in Pakistani Startups.
Ms. Jehan Ara, President Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & IT Enabled Services (P@SHA) shared her valuable insights about the industry from Pakistan’s perspective. She said, the public is not concerned with the team developing the product but the solution they are getting from that product.
Mr. Ghazanfar Ali, Country General Manager IBM International Business Machines said, startups should really know that why are they launching in the first place. The companies that have grown big had a strong vision and they knew from the beginning in which direction and at what level they will go to.
The panel discussion ended with the comments that entrepreneurs should be focusing on the building blocks, thinking the process and learning new technologies because it’s critically important for startups to aware of upcoming business opportunities and the changing technology environment.
The panel was followed by presentations from the various segments of Mezino Technologies.
Farrukh Usman, Founder and CEO of Byonys Medical Devices shared his motivations behind moving to Pakistan in order to bring medical innovation to this country followed with presentations by Eric Flachbart and Franklin J. Rudolph. The next presenter Fouad Bajwa introduced FootMetrics, a digital data platform for the Retail Sector in Pakistan. The final presenter Ali Rana, Co-Founder of Wahupa introduced a cutting-edge enterprise resource planning platform for automating the global commerce and industry.
Speaking on the occasion, Ahmed Muzammil, CEO Mezino Technologies shared his experiences along the journey and emphasized the value of the “Third Win”. He thanked everyone who was part of the Mezino journey and stressed the importance of building long-term relationships for generating success and in personal, professional and business.
Mezino Technologies was founded in 2007 and provides product development to start-ups and businesses around the globe. The company maintains a portfolio of partnerships with its future forward-looking technology product based companies including FootMetrics, Byonycs Medical Devices and Wahupa.