Pakistan may be a third world country, and in the news for all the wrong reasons, but the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well there. The recent advancements in technology have allowed both the young and old in Pakistan to get involved in a lot of new start ups. In fact, 2015 was an amazing year for the Pakistani start ups, as more than $100 million USD was raised by them. The startup culture is still in an age of infancy, but it is definitely on the way up.
Here we look at some of the upcoming and exciting start up companies from Pakistan:
The easiest way to describe Patari is the Pakistani equivalent of Spotify. It was founded in February 2015 by Khalid Bajwa and Humayun Haroon. The website provides Pakistani music, and within a span of one year it has become every Pakistani music fan’s go to website. In fact, it is one of our favourite streaming websites as well. We wrote about it back in June last year, and are really pleased to see it go from one success to another. The official app now has over 20,000 installs, and the website has over 50,000 registered users, and a library featuring over 750,000 songs. With the scattered licensing structure of Pakistan’s music industry, this is an amazing feat in it’s own. The music featured spans all decades, and more importantly, it highlights the new releases as well as new musicians in Pakistan.
While a lot of start ups seem to be a version of what is seen all around the world, AutoGenie.pk have come with a new and innovative concept. The start up has already raised up to 10 million in Pakistani rupees, showing the confidence of the users and investors.
The service provides you the ability to get your car serviced while you are at home. This means that you don’t need to go to the garage, or have to deal with car mechanics. While strict regulations govern mechanics in the west, you may or may not end up having to deal with a ‘change happy’ mechanic in places like Pakistan. AutoGenie solve this by having their own network of mechanics that promise to give you a satisfactory service, all at the comfort of your own home.
Eat Oye is pretty much the Pakistani equivalent of Just Eat or Food Panda. It offers an online food delivery service, and is currently operating in 8 different cities of Pakistan. Unlike other start ups, this actually started in 2011 as an online eating guide, but combining their services with various delivery providers now means that they provide a portal for you to order take aways. It currently has over 700 restaurants on its database, and unlike the west where your McDonalds and KFC don’t deliver, the ones in Pakistan do. The set up is simple, you either use the app or ring and place an order, and pay on delivery.
Chimera is a Leading and Pioneer Virtual Reality company of Pakistan.
Chimera offers Virtual Reality products or services for retailers (in the fashion industry) which provide them with a unique platform to showcase their articles to customers on the go. The person needs to stand in front of the virtual reality dressing room screen and the user gets a list of options. The user can drag garments over his/her body without physically touching the screen and can see how he/she looks, getting rid of the hassle of wearing different clothes, one after the other. Chimera offers a bilateral shopping experience to its users and this eventually increases the sales and provides customers with vital statistics on their everyday purchases.
This unique startup is focused on creating a gaming experience for disabled children. The games are designed to be played using gestures (hence the name), and that means that kids of various physical abilities are still able to enjoy the gaming experience. As it has been proven via research that video games can help relieve chronic stress, the hope is that this start up and their products will be part of a long term benefit. This is being tested by the Al-Umeed Rehabilitation Association (AURA) in Karachi. The system costs USD $850 per system, and is designed to be sold to hospitals for $1200. Of course, the use is not just limited to medical facilities, and it can also be installed in recreational centres.