Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Lets pick one of our earliest events, the first ever Startup Weekend in Peshawar (an intense 52-hour no-talk-all-action workshop on how to build a business). We had over a dozen startups that were built in 3 days. One of the startups has now scaled and online work trainings to studnets across the country in collaboration with the World Bank and provincial governments. Another founder pivoted and is doing a unique pizza+delivery business in Peshawar. Yet another guy who had only 2 cofounders, has a gaming studio which is 22 people strong! If we take one of our flagship events, e.g. DYS2015, we had 100 speakers from SF to Nepal, 3500+ participant from all over, 5million+ impressions online, and 20million rupees raised by startups in 3days!
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
We remain connected to all 13 university campuses and several schools in Peshawar at the student, faculty and leadership levels in order to create awareness and promote a startup culture. We have an extensive ambassadors network in the pool of university students living and studying in Peshawar which totals more than 50,000 enriched and concentrated here from a population of 50,000,000 in the region (we therefore hope each one of these will be a changemaker in their home towns). We have organised more than a 100 events including hackathons, socials, meetups, talks workshops and conferences. Startups in Peshawar cross the 100 mark and we hope to inspire and help create hundreds more in the years to come.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
We are city-focused initiative and therefore density is what we are after. We want to be able to attract, retain and concentrate as much talent as we can in Peshawar. We want to grow the number of startups hatching every year and those raising investments.
We hope that by 'leading by example' and by demonstrating through our work, we can inspire change at the policy level.
We are engineering an ecosystem through an citizen-led, lean, organic and bottom-up approach, almost from scratch. In the next 5-10 years, we want to replicate this model in atleast 5 other cities in 'growth markets'.