The 9th incubation cycle of The Nest I/O commenced in February 2019, welcoming 13 promising new teams, filtered from over 500 applications received from across Pakistan. To celebrate the graduation of these exciting new startups, a Demo Day was organized on July 2 at The Nest I/O. A total of 20 startups, which included some alumni, pitched their ideas to a room full of investors, corporates, and entrepreneurs for potential future investment and partnerships.
Since its inception in January 2015, The Nest I/O has been holding a public Demo Day at the end of each incubation cycle to give entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch the startup ideas they’ve been working on during the 4-month program. Like always, this batch too consisted of startups working in a diverse set of industries including healthcare, education, content creation, hardware, and the creative industry, many of which have already launched their products for public use.
“With the graduation of our 9th cohort, the total number of The Nest I/O startups is now more than 160, 74.5% of these are still operational. With each batch, the quality of teams is improving. We are so proud to have facilitated the growth of all these amazing startups and hope to continue helping entrepreneurs across the country,” commented Jehan Ara, President P@SHA and Founder The Nest I/O.
Some high profile individuals attending the Demo Day included Ashraf Kalim of Magnus Ventures, Yusuf Jan, Farhan Qureshi and Raza Matin from Google, Uzair Anjarwalla, Kashif Merchant from EO, Misbah Naqvi & Asad Jafri from i2i Ventures, Asad Khan from Careem amongst others. Each startup had 3 minutes to pitch their idea to the audience, after which they had an opportunity to display their products and engage with investors during the networking session. Investors and mentors took note of their favourite startups during pitching and made their way to the stalls to learn more about them.
“I haven’t been to The Nest I/O for a while now and it was a lovely surprise for me to see the quality of startups. I was really impressed by the teams I have seen here. Batch 9 has more teams based on media and content and this is the first time I’m seeing teams that are so crisp and know exactly who they are and what they want to do. These teams have made me a believer in media and content startups and I really believe that these are the teams that will definitely find a way to monetize on what they’re doing which is always a big question for media and content startups,” commented Yusuf Jan, Founder Eat Mubarak and Angel investor.
The 13 startups graduating from The Nest I/O include:
YAR: YAR – Young Activists Republic is a creative community magazine bringing together writers, artists, designers and creators to celebrate ideas and initiate progressive dialogue.
Healthcare Matrix: Healthcare Matrix has built an interactive standalone unit that automates primary level medical inspection and routine medical tasks to provide a basic medical report, all without the presence of a medical professional.
Nativ Learning: Nativ Learning makes online courses in native languages for personal and professional development. Initially focusing on the Pakistani market, their first course, Chess 101, is currently available in English, Urdu, and Sindhi.
The Tech Pit: The Tech Pit’s latest product, The Cellphone Pitstop, is a multifunctional kiosk which allows users to top up their cell phone credit, charge their phone, get access to Wi-Fi, and deposit cash on an urgent basis.
Qaumi Coup: is group of content creators hoping to produce content which educates and entertains while representing the voices of repressed Pakistani artists.
ABC Moms: ABC Moms is a healthcare startup which provides support and expert advice to new moms by connecting them to relevant experts through their mobile phones without compromising on crucial recovery and bonding time.
Stickistan: Stickistan creates culturally-relevant stickers for the Pakistani audience that users can share with their friends and family over text while also producing merchandise such as phone covers, t-shirts and tote bags.
Namkeen Sach: Namkeen Sach is a content creation company with over 100,000 subscribers creating content about Pakistani tech, tourism, music, culture, food, and sports, while also giving other local creators a platform to launch their content.
ParentsPlus: ParentsPlus is an app designed to empower special-needs caretakers by creating a needs-centric, real-time support community.
Porter Pakistan: Porter Pakistan connects travellers with service providers for services including accommodation, transportation, guides and porters, food and restaurants, shopping and merchandise and security.
Mux Life: Mux Life provides products and services which enable you to control and monitor your home and office electronics through via cell phone without changing any appliances.
iWant: iWant is an online marketplace which aims to redefine how day-to-day businesses are conducted across Pakistan. It brings a variety of service providers to your phone, thus conducting businesses more efficiently within urban cities, for both customers and companies.
Baa-Dum-Tss: Baa-Dum-Tss is a content creation startup bringing creators together by providing them a platform on the digital space to showcase their talent. Producing digital content across multiple platforms, their content includes but is not limited to sketches, vlogs, reviews and podcasts.
Alumni Pitches on 9th Demo Day:
Unity: Unity is a retail network that allows brands to sell with a click of a button by replacing the existing processes that are cumbersome and redundant.
Tech Tree: TechTree brings contemporary teaching methods and aids by offering courses designed by experienced, qualified, and expert professionals with an innate ability to reach out to young minds.
ConnectHear: ConnectHear has set up a sign language interpretation system, connecting sign language interpreters to deaf and mute individuals in an effort to bridge the communication gap.
HaHa Studio: HaHa Studio produces digital content for Pakistani children in Urdu. Through their videos, they aim to help our next generation retain a connection to their culture and language, and mitigate the influence of foreign customs and traditions on their impressionable minds.
Investor Lounger: Investor Lounge is a financial technology company developing online solutions to help investors make better financial decisions. They empower investors with education, financial information, and online financial guidance to help them save and invest wisely.
Closet: Closet allows users to eiter lend out their clothes and get paid for the ‘rent’ or browse through a collection of pre-loved dresses to find their perfect match. Their strict betting procedures, seamless payment process, and timely delivery has helped them gain the trust of their valued customers.
WonderTree: WonderTree creates games which engage special needs children through the newly embraced technology of Augmented Reality. With renowned psychologists and special needs teachers on board, they design and develop games which are purpose-made, accessible, and affordable.