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A week ago, StartUp Cup received what we consider some of the most fantastic press coverage of our efforts around the world to date.  US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson was featured as the keynote speaker at the Pakistan StartUp Cup awards ceremony at the Marriott Islamabad Hotel.  Mr. Olson discussed the US government’s commitment to increase opportunities for entrepreneurs in Pakistan:

“We believe Pakistan’s future prosperity will be determined by the success of innovative and fast-growing companies. When entrepreneurs here in Pakistan succeed, they create economic opportunity not only for Pakistanis, but for people all over the world, including the United States,”

11235647343_96b2706fd6_zAdditional press coverage of Pakistan StartUp Cup:

“Fast-growing businesses are key to Pakistan’s economic future.” (US Consul General in Karachi, Michael Dodman – Pakistan Observer, September 2013)

Pakistan StartUp Cup Awards Ceremony (Roots International Schools, November 2013)

Winners of Pakistan StartUp Cup announced (Pakistan Observer, December 2013)

US supports Pakistani entrepreneurs (The Nation – December 2013)

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We commend our friends with TiE Islamabad (The Indus Entrepreneurs) for an exceptionally well-run StartUp Cup competition from start to finish and outstanding community engagement and media coverage.  Read more here about the StartUp Cup team’s work to put a meaningful dent in Pakistan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Congratulations again to Tie Islamabad, Pakistan StartUp Cup and the innovative and hard-working winning teams: Go-Fig Solutions, IdeaCentricity (first runner up) and Bio-Tech (second runner up).

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All photo credits: U.S. Embassy Pakistan (via Flickr).