PAK-US Tech Exchange 2019 opens applications for an immersive program in Silicon Valley

By Asra Rizwan on
October 25, 2018
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Pakistan’s upcoming technology exchange program, PAK-US Tech Exchange is accepting applications for its 10-day immersive program in the Silicon Valley scheduled from 10th to 20th February 2019.

Powered by Startup Grind and Ejad Labs, the PAK-US Tech Exchange is an opportunity for startups to access Silicon Valley’s innovative businesses and gain insights from technology leaders and entrepreneurs. Selected participants will visit technology businesses, startup incubators, and universities to bring back the experience to Pakistan. The visits will include Google, Apple, Facebook, CISCO, Intel and Uber, coveted Silicon Valley incubators and accelerators such as Y-Combinator, TechStars, StartX, Founder Institute, Impact Hub and universities such as Stanford University and Draper University.

The delegates will also represent Pakistan at the 7th annual Startup Grind Global Conference that will host over 5000 entrepreneurs and investors from around the globe. Leading technology entrepreneurs such as Reid Hoffman of Linkedin, Cal Henderson of Slack, Guy Kawasaki of Canva, and Dr. Andrew Ng of Stanford University and Coursera are expected as mentors at the Startup Grind Global Conference.

Program Details

The program will allow selected delegates to gain hands-on experience through tailored workshops and mentoring sessions with Silicon Valley experts. They will explore new business models inside or outside of an established organization and application of innovation at various stages of organizational growth. At the end of the program. the participants will be awarded certificates by Ejad Labs for successful completion and will be welcomed to the Pak-US Tech Exchange alumni network.

Who should apply?

The program is looking for the following stakeholders from the Pakistani entrepreneurial ecosystem,

  • Graduate and executive students in business, engineering, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurs, startup founders, and leaders of incubators and accelerators
  • Angel investors and venture capitalists
  • Officers from government agencies
  • Technology professionals running an IT company or having relevant work experience
  • Professionals (corporate, government official, development sector)

Previous participants of the PAK-US Tech Exchange include Manager NIC Lahore – Osama Jawad, CEO Charity Sharity – Hassan Zulfiqar, CEO Cart99 – Ali Wasim Abbas, CEO Maalik – Syed Mudassar Abbas, CEO Connect Ventures – Muhammad Bilal, Specialist Digital Channels Jazz – Nimrah Shoaib, Strategic Head TiE Islamabad – Sidra Riaz and many others.

Important Dates

The program is accepting applications till November 15th, 2018.

Top 25 participants that qualify the selection phase will have to complete a 4-week online accelerator program from January 1st to January 31st, 2019 to further qualify for the activity in Silicon Valley.

The immersion program will run from February 10th to February 20th, 2019.

To apply for the program and explore further details, visit here.

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