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Women Startups Take Center Stage

By TR Pakistan

She Loves Tech Global Startup Competition is taking place in Pakistan in July 2017. The competition aims to give promising women entrepreneurs and women-impact startups an opportunity to showcase their businesses to a global audience of investors and influencers from the tech community. She Loves Tech Pakistan 2017 is the Pakistan round of the competition and will be hosted by CIRCLE.

CIRCLE, Pakistan’s partner for She Loves Tech, is a social enterprise focused on women’s economic inclusion and leadership development with the mission to develop and build the entrepreneurial and leadership capacity of women in Pakistan. It does this through advocacy, research and capacity building initiatives including Women and Business chapters in three cities, campus chapters in 10 institutes, 40+ local and international partners, leadership development programs and innovative campaigns. To bridge the digital gender gap, CIRCLE Tech offers technology skills to young women from underserved communities with the aim to reach 10,000 women by 2020. 

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The top team from She Loves Tech Pakistan 2017 will receive a spot to pitch at the global finals of the She Loves Tech 2017 Global Startup Competition which will be held in Beijing, China on September 16, 2017, with the chance to participate in a week-long boot camp consisting of talks and panels, visits to leading tech companies, networking opportunities, and personalized pitch preparation workshops.

Additionally, Teja Ventures, a venture capital (VC) fund with a gender lens, SOSV, leading VC seed funding for female-founded startups, and other affiliate funds of the She Loves Tech global initiative will also be actively looking to invest in women impact startups from the competition.

The competition will have rounds in Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Singapore, and is being supported by leading players in Pakistan’s entrepreneurship ecosystem: The Nest i/o, Plan 9, Tech Valley Abbottabad, Peshawar 2.0, WeCreate Pakistan, Telenor Velocity, Momentum, NED ORIC CINETIC, Herself.

She Loves Tech is a global initiative showcasing the convergence of the latest trends in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and the opportunities it creates for women. Jointly founded by Lean In China and Tech Rock, She Loves Tech’s goal is to provide a platform for international and Chinese tech companies, investors, entrepreneurs, startups and consumers together, to promote technology for women and women in technology.

Entries for the competition are now open with 23rd June, 2017 as the deadline.

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