Pakistan’s Startup Ecosystem Has So Much Potential (INFOGRAPHIC)

Adam Dawood
2:00 pm on May 22, 2013

Adam Dawood is the founding partner of DYL Ventures, a Pakistan-centric internet consultancy firm. You can find him on Twitter as @adamdawood.

Pakistan's startup ecosystem in 2013

Continuing our series of posts on Pakistan’s internet industry we have created an infographic that shows how and why Pakistan could be on the cusp of huge internet growth. With a population actually much greater than the reported 180 million, and with fast-growing mobile and mobile internet usage, Pakistan has a large body of users who are getting comfortable using online services.

As this trend continues and the community continues to strengthen its bonds by hosting startup events such as the recent hackathon where entrepreneurs came together to beat corruption, these opportunities will lead to collaboration and a larger community in which to share ideas. This community of mentors and investors can then help entrepreneurs like Faizan Buzdar to grow their startups in Pakistan so that world-class startups such as Convo start in Pakistan, rather than in Silicon Valley.

Here’s our infographic that includes demographics, co-working spaces, leading VCs, and some stats for early successes like and Check it out:

Pakistan's startup ecosystem in 2013

(Photo credit: Water and Sanitation Hackathon Pakistan on Facebook)

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For more fun graphics like this one, check out previous entries in our infographic series.

  • Samir Saleem

    yet again an insightful article Adam. Glad I could be of help. I believe if Obama can mention Faizan Buzdar that being a Pakistani he created jobs in the US via his startup, the world now needs to see why they should invest in Pakistan to make economies flourish.

  • Faizan Laghari

    Good read! Highlights all the possibilities and opportunities the Pakistan market has for both local and foreign investors. I’m quite confident that we can bank on the thriving local scene to grow just bigger and better over the next few years!

  • M shoaib

    Worth read. Infographic illustrate the opportunities very well.

  • Usama Shahid Khan

    Kudos Adam. Like your previous articles, you have successfully managed to convince every reader that Pakistan is surely the right place for the upcoming tech innovations and offers an unexplored but extremely ripe and lucrative marketplace for investments and high-growth startups.

    A job well done my friend! :)

  • Hamza Rehman

    A good illustration of a potential market. I read your previous article as well, a little similar to this one. There is no doubt, Pakistan has huge potential of becoming a great market place for IT. There are many ideas originating around the country and many positive initiatives to make everything happen. However, in my personal exprience, the thing that is still laking, is the enterpneurial spirit in our youth. Although, there is no talent deficit the country, new grads still wish to look for career jobs and moving abroad. I do not know, it is because the education system in-placed is lacking the empowerment of enterpneurship mindset or whatever the other reason might be.
    Secondly, I would like to stress on society as whole we need to broaden our level of respect beyond the professions of doctors and engineers, that steal most of our youth, to becoming an enterpneur or a CEO of ones own startup. I think, some kind of movement on that would really help bring about the change neccessary, to make the long wished dream, a reality.
    REQUEST; Would really love an article on the recent statistics on youths’ mindset of starting their own businesses of any sort rather than working for others.

  • rehan

    This is possible if pakistan resolve its energy and security crisis. Internet cant work without electricity. :)

  • akbar

    Good Work in Pakistan

  • mohsin

    @Adam, very nice article.
    I see you are very active in covering the StartUp scene in Pakistan.
    I want to contribute into this as well. Can I have your email kindly ?


  • Jehan

    It is good to see you covering the startup scene in Pakistan. Thanks. Would like to add that a new Plug and Play type incubation center will be opening up in Karachi in a couple of months. It is called Dot Zero and is the brainchild of Farzal Ali Dojki, Imran Mouinuddin and Atif with Yusuf Jan joining in as a Board Member and investor.

    Additionally, P@SHA has been running the P@SHA LaunchPad event in different cities every year. We also have the P@SHA ICT Awards which recognize innovation and are in their 10th year. More to come soon.

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