Micropower Labs grabs top prize at Telenor’s Digital Winners competition
Micropower Labs is on a roll!
At Telenor Group’s annual Digital Winners competition, Pakistani startup Micropower Labs grabbed the top spot and walked away with a 100,000 Norwegian Kroners cash prize to explore market expansion to some of Telenor Group’s other markets in Asia. Micropower Labs specializes in hardware development, including the world’s fastest-charging 5000mAH power bank that charges itself in just 15 minutes. This news comes a week after it was revealed that the startup had been awarded an AUD $100,000 equity-free grant from Government of Queensland, Australia.
Abdullah Soomro, the 24-year-old Founder and CEO of Micropower Labs said, who was thrilled on the win, stated,
“This is amazing – there were some great pitches and truly tough competition here from around Telenor’s Asian markets, but it’s great to come away as the winner. We are looking forward to exploring every opportunity with Telenor as a future partner.”
Telenor Group’s Digital Winners program connects local startups with international players in Asia’s technology and innovation ecosystems, including investors, fellow startups, and corporate partners. The program is designed to provide insights into regional expansion and new market launches, including team capacity building and doing business in specific markets where Telenor Group has a footprint. This year, Telenor Velocity sent two of its startups Micropower Labs and Artsy to Digital Winners Asia which was conducted for the first time in Telenor Group’s new Singapore hub.
Telenor Pakistan CEO, Irfan Wahab Khan, congratulated the startup on its win, stating,
“I extend my heartfelt felicitations to Micropower Labs team on their victory at DWA. This feat proves that Pakistan has remarkable talent that shines on a global platform given the opportunity. The remarkable success comes as a testament to the excellence of Telenor Velocity that enabled a successful scale up to access the market and international investment successfully. I wish Micropower Labs the best of luck for their future endeavors.”
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Micropower Labs is also planning a Flashpack Pro 12000mAH for larger devices, and going forward plans to develop power packs for the entire spectrum of devices that people use every day, from smartphones to PCs. In addition, they’re developing “CityOS”, a new kiosk-centered initiative which will provide people both power and city-related mobility services, collect environmental data from users of these kiosks and employ blockchain technology for future sources of revenue.
Soomro added, “We have a lot of exciting prototypes in development.” One of these includes the world’s first solar-powered wearable cooling device, a concept he came up with after witnessing the suffering of his fellow Karachi citizens in the Summer 2015 heatwave, which claimed 1500 lives.