Two Pakistani companies, Travoney and Jeevay Sehat, made it to the list of top 15 startups that participated in Startup Istanbul last month.
Jeevay Sehat is a Karachi-based startup making use of technology to connect patients with doctors. It removes the need for long queues for appointments with a doctor and connects patients to medical experts through a video link. The doctor is able to analyze a patient’s vitals and tests and provides online prescriptions. The mission of this startup is to improve accessibility of healthcare .
Project director Shoaib Sharih told MIT Technology Review Pakistan that participation in Startup Istanbul had enhanced their expertise. He said exposure through this platform had helped them improve their business plan.
Travoney, also based in Karachi, is a facilitation platform for fast and secure deliveries. Their protocols and measures ensure on-time deliveries through a network of trusted travelers. The startup says that their P2P model takes half the time required by courier companies to send urgent deliveries, making them a go-to choice for millennials.
Talking to MIT Technology Review Pakistan, co-founder Razaur Rahman said, “The conference was very useful in projecting Travoney on a global scale and getting the right coverage for our project.” He said the conference had also provided his team access to new contacts which they would not have gotten easily.
The top 50 startups selected in conference had an opportunity to present their enterprises to investors on Demo Day. Winners of the final round included Advancio Interactive, Momy Helper and Homade enterprises.
Established in Nigeria in 2016 as a financial technology company, first prize winner Advancio Interactive produces branchless banking solutions. Their branchless banking solution suite uses mobile phones, web and POS devices to automate key financial operations like creating accounts, agent-based deposits, cash withdrawals, funds transfers and bills payments on the field by agents on behalf of banks and financial institutions.
Second place winner MomyHelper originates from Gaza. MomyHelper is a mobile app that provides Arab mothers easy, discreet, and affordable access to Arabic-language professional counseling on topics related to childcare, marital issues and other physical and mental health topics. The initiative aims to help mothers of Arab countries live a healthy and successful life.
Indonesia-based Homage, which came in third place, was developed as an alternative to unhealthy and poor quality food. Homade collaborates with organic urban farmers and thousands of skilled home chefs to provide affordable high quality food to its customers. The startup describes itself as a food explorer.
Wolves Interactive from Turkey received an honorable mention by the judges of the competition. The enterprise, which builds mobile racing games, launched its first application in 2016 and has had more than 11 million downloads worldwide.
More than 4,000 participants and 500 startups from 65 countries around the world participated in the event held in Istanbul. The conference brought together internet companies, angel investors, venture capitalists and leading startups onto one platform.