An international competition that focuses on women-led startups as well as startups that work on women empowerment has announced its 2018 edition.
Pakistan is one of the 14 locations across the globe where She Loves Tech will be held this year. Other countries include Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and the UAE.
In a press release, CIRCLE, a Pakistan-based social enterprise that is the local partner for the competition, said that different rounds of the competition will be held in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi from June to August. The winner will proceed to Beijing, China, for the final round of the competition scheduled for September 15, 2018.
The statement said that all key incubators in the country will be brought on board for the competition. It added, “The competition is expected to attract over 500 women-led startups as well as male startups using technology to solve problems faced by women. It will showcase innovative start-ups and disruptive technologies across strategic locations on the One Belt One Road axis. The participants will benefit from an interconnected global network of like-minded innovators, mentors, investors, and other supporting organizations.”
The statement highlighted that those qualifying for the final round in Beijing will get an opportunity to participate in a boot camp including workshops and company visits, as well as network with top investors, mentors, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the ecosystem. The competition is open to early-stage tech startups that have a viable product past its conceptual stage, or if they meet at least one of the criterias set by the organization.
Last year’s She Loves Tech Pakistan edition was won by Anusha Fatima, founder of TrashIt. Team trashIt’s pitch dealt with the garbage disposal problem in Pakistan.
The statement quoted Fatima as saying, “Through the She Loves Tech initiative, CIRCLE connected me to amazing mentors such as Raza Matin [Country Consultant, Google] who helped my team further advance trashIt.”
The last date to apply for the competition is July 2, 2018.