400 cities, 110 countries and the same time slot, a 54 hour weekend: Startup Weekend has become one of the largest entrepreneurial events held throughout the world and it has produced tens of successful startups. In Pakistan, the most recent Startup Weekend was held in Peshawar on December 13th, 2013. This year, LUMS will be the first to host a Startup Weekend at Lahore.
Lahore University of Management Sciences, LUMS, has always played an encouraging role for entrepreneurs in the country. Home to one of the best business schools, over the years the institution has produced great minds who have gone on to make the country proud. Among them is Ali Rehan, the CEO of Groopic. Ali took the world by storm when his application went viral. While it brought name and fame to Ali, the coverage of the application by international media also shed light on the growing entrepreneurial trends in Pakistan. In his exclusive interview to The AppJuice, Ali put special emphasis on the facilities available at LUMS which had made it possible for him to achieve success.
What is interesting is the fact that Groopic’s beginnings are very closely related to Startup Weekend. Ali and his team wanted to participate in the event and came up with the idea of an innovative application. The massive support and encouragement that they received formed the basis of the startup that stands in front of us today.
This Startup Weekend could change your life too! LUMS is all set to bring more entrepreneurs to the market with Startup Weekend Lahore. The event will be hosted at the institution from 14th to 16th February and The AppJuice will be bringing the latest updates to you. Startup Weekend will be an excellent opportunity for hopeful candidates to meet top-notch people from the industry and draw inspiration from their work. Mentors and Coaches from the related fields will be present and will offer valuable guidance to the participants. The judges for the event include Sajjad Kirmani, Saad Zaeem and Sajeel Aslam. If you have a startup idea, now is your chance to make things happen! Start brainstorming because LUMS Startup Weekend Lahore is a one-of-its-kind opportunity that you should definitely try to avail. The registrations are open!
LUMS will also be starting an incubator soon. According to news sources, the incubator will be primarily limited to the students of the University. With the incubator, they can help bring a new chapter of innovation to Pakistani tech.
Polishing the raw talent is the demand of today and the fact that more incubators are springing up goes on to show that people are recognizing the need to mentor and teach the youth so that they are better equipped to help the country in the future.
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