Mian Hamza, 21
Running a startup is not easy, however qualified you may be and no matter what age you are, and against all odds, 21 year-old Mian Hamza is doing a very good job at running his own startup, AutoGenie.
Hamza comes from a traditional Punjabi family where all the male members are expected to look after the family business eventually. By the age of 13 he was proficient in warehousing and had developed a business mindset early. But he always knew he wanted to do something different and not fall in the same monotonous patterns.
While he tried to figure out what he wanted to do, he spent time automating all the paper work at his father’s firm. That is when he realized that most people in Pakistan still rely on paper-based documents and that causes more hurdles than they realize. He combined that with his passion for automobiles and registered in LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship in October 2014. At the time he had no idea how he was going to execute that very raw idea in his mind but he had the drive to do something great.
Fast forward one year, AutoGenie has already raised a $100,000 investment. At AutoGenie (Lahore), they offer all sorts of car maintenance services. Not only this but they have automated data of all customers they have serviced. Currently, they are focusing on people with 9 to 5 jobs, who don’t have the time to take their cars to service stops. Since they went operational in Feburary 2015, they have serviced over 2,000 people.
Balancing university life on one hand and a thriving startup on the other, Hamza is showing no signs of stopping. This year he represented AutoGenie in Startup Istanbul. His startup, currently being accelerated at PlanX, has again been selected for NextGen in Franchising Competition 2016. All set to expand AutoGenie’s functions to Islamabad, he has also partnered with PakWheels in an effort to launch an E-commerce store in the coming year. Hamza also has a concept of Smart Workshops that he hopes to put in action soon.
Needless to say, that Hamza represents the very best of the crop of young Pakistani entrepreneurs.