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The Pakistan StartUp Cup Challenge is a business model competition open to all business types, with a special focus on entrepreneurs with grassroots-driven business models. Since 2013, more than 4000 Pakistanis have participated in the past three installments of the competition.

In this year’s Pakistan StartUp Cup Challenge, 2200 applications were received, numerous one-on-one experiential business model building sessions were conducted and over 350 mentors were engaged. This national competition took place in Peshawar, Karachi, Lahore, and Faisalabad and Islamabad offering rigorous mentorship, visual thinking tools to facilitate the development of business models and unfaltering support that make for a nurturing cocoon for startups.

“In 2016, we saw impressive women-led teams take their business ideas from a dream to a revenue-generating reality throughout the course of Pakistan StartUp Cup.” TiE Islamabad Executive Director Murtaza Zaidi. Pakistan StartUp Cup continues to foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pakistan, carving a niche focused on business support initiatives in Pakistan and the efficiency of organizing challenges in the process as well.