June 24th, 2018, (Karachi, Pakistan): CIRCLE brings She Loves Tech, the world’s largest women and technology start-up competition, to Pakistan again this year. The She Loves Tech (SLT) 2018 Global Startup Competition will be held in 14 locations across Africa, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, and the UAE. CIRCLE, a social enterprise focused on furthering women economically in Pakistan, has partnered with She Loves Tech to bring the competition home so that Pakistani women to get an opportunity to showcase their talent. CIRCLE will be hosting the local rounds for the competition in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi from June to August and is bringing all key incubators and stakeholders on board.
World’s largest start up competition focused on women and technology showcases women-impact and women-founded innovative start-ups and disruptive technologies across strategic locations on the One Belt One Road axis. The competition expected to attract over 500 women impact and women-led startups from around the world and male start-ups who are using technology to solve problems that women face, will benefit from an interconnected global network of like-minded innovators, mentors, investors, and other supporting organizations.
“We are excited to bring SLT to Pakistan again. 2017 final was in IBA. We had incubators throughout the country to join us. 80+ startups applied and this year we are reaching out to incubators again to ask them to join us. We are having local rounds this year. Islamabad with WECREATE. Lahore with Innovation district 92. Karachi final rounds. We had people like Jehan Ara and our global ambassador. She Loves Tech is growing bigger as the world’s largest competition on women and tech. We are very honored that we are able to bring it back to Pakistan and shine the light on Pakistani women.” Circle Founder, Sadaffe Abid.
Last year, Anusha Fatima, founder of trashIt became the winner of She Loves Tech Pakistan. Team trashIt’s pitch dealt with the garbage disposal problem in Pakistan and how the garbage heaps on streets were choking the country’s growth.
Speaking of the benefits to trashIt of joining She Loves Tech, Anusha Fatima said, “Through the She Loves Tech initiative, CIRCLE connected me to amazing mentors such as Raza Matin (Country Consultant, Google) who helped my team further advance trashIt.” With She Loves Tech competition, CIRCLE hopes to inspire women in tech and create role models for Pakistani youth.
Rules and regulations of the competition can be found here. Local round winners from each country will:
- Receive a trip to Beijing, China where they will pitch on an international stage at the She Loves Tech 2018 international conference
- Participate in a high-level boot camp including workshops and company visits
- Network with top investors, mentors, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the ecosystem
CIRCLE calls out to all the women entrepreneurs to participate in this global competition which will not only provide them a chance to showcase their business but will also provide them a chance to go to China, receive mentorship and expand their networks. You can enter the competition if you are an early stage tech start-up that has a viable product past its conceptual stage or if you fulfil at least one of the following criteria:
- Has a product designed specifically for women
- Has a product that disproportionately affects women
- Has a significant proportion of female consumers
- Has at least one female entrepreneur on the founding team