Pakistan
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Advertising Agencies[]

An advertising agency or ad agency or advert agency is a service based business dedicated to creating, planning, and handling advertising (and sometimes other forms of promotion) for its clients. An ad agency is independent from the client and provides an outside point of view to the effort of selling the client's products or services. An agency can also handle overall marketing and branding strategies and sales promotions for its clients.

Media Agencies[]

Pakistan's major Media agencies include:

  • Geo Films
  • BOL Network
  • Independent Media Corporation
  • Beyond Records (Pakistan)
  • Mandviwalla Entertainment
  • Media Circle Private Limited
  • MindWorks Media

Venture Capital Firms[]

Local[]

Several sources, both in Pakistan and Silicon Valley have provided the same reply to enquiries for names for this category; that there is currently only one serious player:

JumpStart Pakistan initiative Change Pakistan Through Entrepreneurship!

Please visit for more info. www.jumpstartpakistan.com

Private Equity Funds/Firms[]

  • JS Private Equity Fund
  • Pakistan Private Investment Initiative: US$ 72 Million (US$ 24 Million each) have been give by USAID to 3 Financial Institutions (JS Bank, Abraaj Capital, Indus Basin Holdings) to open funds.
  • Pakistan Private Equity Management Limited (Arif Habib Group) in progress.
  • IGI Funds - http://www.igi.com.pk (This neither a fund nor a firm but has made some private equity investments in syndication with others).
  • Abraaj Capital - http://www.abraaj.com (A Dubai based Buy Out Fund)

MultiNational[]

Actual:

Intended:

  • Leapfrog - This firm has not yet entered Pakistan. They have intentions to enter.

Rumours etc.:

  • Draper Fisher Jurvetson - Mention has been made of them having a presence in Pakistan. But no confirmation can be found
  • E-Planet Ventures - Asad Jamal did come to Pakistan, but no idea about activities

Government/Public Programmes/Funds.[]

These Non-Profit Companies provide grants for services / consultancies.

Proposed Venture Capital Companies[]

Business Support Organizations[]

Incubators[]

Groups (Networking, etc.)[]

Forums[]

Business Plan Competitions[]

Entrepreneurship Development Centers at Universities[]

Entrepreneurial Universities[]

  • University of Management and Technology(UMT) offering multiple entrepreneural activities 
  • University of Veterinary & Animal Science - http://www.uvas.edu.pk - The University is in the process of setting up a University Company under the name of U-Biz

Diaspora/Abroad[]

Blogs[]

Brain Trust / People in the Know[]

In Pakistan[]

Individuals:

  • Farooq Ahmed - Founder of Arcift Technologies, Lahore
  • Sana Ullah Khan Bhittani Islamabad
  • Umair Aziz, Creative Chaos, Karachi
  • Monis Rehman, Naseeb Networks, Lahore /Silicon Valley
  • Naeem Zamindar, Mobilink, Islamabad
  • Athar Naseem, AMZ, Karachi
  • Ali Athar Mahmood, Millenium Fund
  • Sohaib Umar, TMT Ventures, Karachi
  • Muhammad Yar Hiraj, Lahore
  • Jamal Arif, LUMS, Lahore
  • Shahid Khan & Mian Amir, Grant Thornton, Islamabad
  • Jawwad Ahmed Farid, Alchemy Technologies, Karachi
  • Jehan Ara, P@SHA, Karachi
  • Zia Imran, PSEB, Islamabad
  • Khurram Zafar, Lahore Stock Exchange, Lahore
  • Sajjad Sarwar, iStartUS Pakistan.

Companies

Pakistan-Focused, Abroad[]

  • Khalid Ali Khan, CEO Enlight World Exports. Washington
  • Faisal Quayum, Sitara Investment/Sitara Ventures, London
  • Imran Qidwai, Zaviah, Boston
  • Khidhir-Hyatt Khan, Hyatt Portfolios, Venture Consultants, London.
  • Anwar Ali Mustafa Jumabhoy, Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd
  • Sara Akhtar, Capital Market Specialist, Competitiveness Support Fund
  • Atif Bilal Siddiqui, Octagon Business Consultants, Business Development Services/ Support Services Provider to SMEs
  • Faisal Sohail, CMEA
  • E & Y Venture Capital Advisory Group - http://www.ey.com/PK/en/Services/Strategic-Growth-Markets/SGM_Venture-Capital_Overview
  • James Caan, Hamilton Bradshaw
  • Faraz Hoodbhoy, CEO PixSense
  • Sajjad Sarwar, iStartUS USA

Diaspora, General[]

  • Bilal Zuberi
  • Akbar Sharfi, Tipton, Boston
  • Umair Khan, TEF, Silicon Valley
  • Naeem Zafar, Berkeley / Silicon Valley & Lahore / Karachi
  • Dr. Akram Chaudhry, Silicon Valley
  • Naveed Khan, Silicon Valley
  • Asad Jamal, ePlanet Ventures
  • Ammar Hannafi, Alloy Ventures
  • Sana Bhettani

Pakistani Companies Funded by VCs[]

Inov8 raised Series A funding of $5.4 Million at a valuation of $100 Million from His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan of UAE

  • Pakwheels

PakWheels closed one of the largest venture capital investment deals by securing $3.5 Million of investment from Malaysia based venture capital fund.

Studies of Entrepreneurship[]

  • Entrepreneurship in Pakistan http://ideas.repec.org/p/pid/wpaper/200729.html This is a study carried out by Mr. Nadeem Ul Haque (Former Vice-Chancellor Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad) and published by the same Organization in 2007. The paper presents an analysis of the state of entrepreneurship/rent seeking prevailing in Pakistan and the analysis allows obtaining and understanding of the kinds of reforms (including legislative changes) that are required to develop entrepreneurship.

Interesting Articles[]

A Collection of Articles / Blog Posts on Entrepreneurship in Pakistan

- http://lahore.metblogs.com/2008/11/25/lahore-bloggers-meetup-2008/
   - http://www.techmynd.com/lahore-bloggers-meetup-what-actually-happened/
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