• Reverse the Brain Drain

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  • We know moving back is difficult

    Pakathon is a 501c3 non-profit seed fund that mentors and invests in Pakistani expats moving back to launch for-profit social ventures. We get referrals for the best candidates through our volunteer chapters around the world that engage with the Pakistani diaspora through social entrepreneurship workshops. Our flagship workshop is a global hackathon held simultaneously across our chapters that connects participants to domain experts and investors.

     

    Launched in 2013, Pakathon is a global organization with 85+ volunteers organized around eight volunteer chapters in the US, Canada, Middle East and Australia. By hosting events in cities abroad we connect the Pakistani diaspora to issues in Pakistan and scout for potential “Returners” – individuals who want to move back to Pakistan and do impactful work.

  • Learn more about how we're making this happen

    Expanding Clinical Trials to Pakistan

    Maham Siraj & Irtaza Haider, CReSP

    CResP solves the high costs of the US pharmaceutical industry by creating and auditing a network of quality clinical research sites in Pakistan that can offer clinical trials at lower cost. CRESP’s founders are Maham Siraj, a Master's student at Harvard University and Irtaza Haider a graduate of UC Berkley. They have 12 years of combined experience working in the US Biotech industry.

    Authenticating Medicines

    Saim Siddiqui, Founder of ProCheck

    After pitching his idea for a mobile phone based platform for the serialization of authentic medicines at our hackathon, Saim Siddiqui founded Karachi-based ProCheck. Saim left Toronto to work on building the company in Pakistan. Partnered with one of the country's leading manufacturer of medicines, ProCheck allows more than 50,000 patients access to genuine medicines.

    Empowering Professional Women

    Hira Rizvi, Founder of She'Kab

    Hira founded She'Kab, a subscription carpooling service for professional women in Islamabad. By working with the city's existing taxi infrastructure, the company allows 800 women to commute safely. After graduating from Georgia Tech, Hira worked with mentors and Pakathon to scale her business.

    Helping Pregnant Women

    Kamil Shafiq and Israa Nasir, Founders of Ammi Service

    Kamil and Israa from Team Ammi won first place at Pakathon's 2015 Global Finals in Toronto. Their product helps provide critical information regarding maternal care to pregnant women. Pakathon helped them apply into the Invest2Innovate accelerator program in Islamabad. The team has been accepted into the fall program and have moved to Pakistan.

    Training Teachers

    Ahmed Tariq Khan

    Ahmed participated in Pakathon’s hackathon event in Boston in 2014 while he was still working for Fidelity Investments. In 2015, Ahmed moved back to Pakistan and is currently working to launch a teacher training company to improve educational standards in Pakistan and is rolling out a pilot with Lecole, a private educational institute in Pakistan.

    Sustainable Energy Solutions

    Fatima Fasih, EcoEnergy

    "Thanks to Pakathon, I was introduced to my current boss, Jeremy Higgs from EcoEnergy. I had always been passionate about energy issues in Pakistan and so decided to apply and eventually work for this company that provides affordable, accessible and sustainable energy solutions to those that live in off-grid Pakistan. My role allows me to visit interior, rural Pakistan and understand the needs and wants of Pakistanis that live in complete darkness because of lack of electricity. After living as an overseas Pakistani all my life, it was this invisible nudge by Pakathon that pushed me into moving to Pakistan and work for greater impact."

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  • Returner's Program

    Pakathon's Returner's Program is designed to empower Pakistani expats who want to launch projects in Pakistan by connecting them to funding, resources and a community of like-minded change-makers. Our goal is to reverse the brain drain in Pakistan by helping skilled Pakistani expats move to Pakistan and launch businesses. We will help you in the first phase of your journey and connect you to accelerator programs operating in Pakistan.

     

  • This is what your journey could look like

    Phase One

    Boston: You want to work on a project in Pakistan

    You are based outside of Pakistan and want to do meaningful work in Pakistan. Come to events hosted by your local chapter or start your own.

    Phase Two

    You are ready to start your journey to Pakistan​

    You're still in Boston. When you're ready to move back to Pakistan, apply to our Returners Program through the application form on our website. If you think this is not for you, you might consider being a volunteer or donor to help others who are moving back.

    Phase Three

    Karachi

    You have landed in Karachi. We will be checking in with you at least once a month to help you with your goals and whether you need any other connections outside of the accelerator program you have gotten into.

      Phase Four

      Your company is maturing and hitting milestones

      We will evaluate your company for a potential investment of $10 - 50K.

    • Leadership

      We work hard to cultivate an open entrepreneurial ecosystem

      Asad Badruddin

      President

      Azhar Rizvi

      Chairman

    • Core Team

      Faizan Diwan

      Boston Lead

      Myra Khan

      Toronto Co-Lead

      Ayisha Memon

      Toronto Co-Lead

      Sughra Mehdi

      Dubai Lead

      Akbar Agha

      Chicago Lead

      Danesh Gilani

      Washington DC Co-Lead

      Rustom Birdie

      Bay Area Co-Lead

      Osman Khan

      New York City Co-Lead

      Saroosh Gull

      New York City Co-Lead

      Ramiz Khan

      Director of Operations

      Vajiha Sipra

      Global PR Lead

      Taha Jalil

      Global Software Lead

      Ali Taiyeb

      Global Partnership Lead

      Qarib Kazmi

      Pakistan Partnerships

      Juhi Jaferi

      Global Design Lead

    • Advisory Committee

      Dilawer Syed

      President, Freshdesk, President OPEN Global, Member of President Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans

      Imran Sayeed

      MIT Faculty member; started and sold two companies. Former Head of Innovation at NTT Data, Founding Member OPEN

      Rehan Jalil

      Founder and President of cloud security company Elastica; sold to BlueCoat for $280 million. Previously founder of WiChorus

      Jay Corless

      Senior Advisor, United Nations Foundation. Advocacy and funds mobilization with governments, private sector and civil society

      Fawzia Naqvi

      VP Soros Economic Development Fund with expertise structuring and implementing investment strategies

      Naeem Zamindar

      Pakistan Country Director and CEO Acumen Fund, former CEO Wateen Telecom

      Shoaib Zaidi

      Dean, School of Science and Engineering at Habib University; Co-Creator of 23 US patents

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