All eyes on Karachi, Pakistan for the Momentum tech and startup conference – Giga Startups
All eyes are on Karachi as the eighth-most populous city in the world is about to be home to the Momentum startup and tech conference, Pakistan’s leading entrepreneurial event. Pakistan’s startup and tech scene is exploding onto the global stage with an increase in foreign investment and home-grown startups. Now, over 15,000 attendees are expected to descend upon the Expo Centre in Karachi, Pakistan for the Momentum startup conference and exhibition. Taking place February 19 – 20, Momentum will consist of some 400 startups, over 50 speakers, 50 exhibitors, some 24 investors, and representatives from 20 incubators. Founded by Syed Amir Jafri, the main aim of the event is to help startups to get all the required resources to create a successful startup.
Momentum is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire and connect Pakistani entrepreneurs who work on innovative and disruptive technologies to create the knowledge economy to drive Pakistan’s growth over the coming decade. For the conference, the leading incubation centers and accelerators will be bringing their best startups to the event from all over Pakistan, while companies such as IBM, Enclude, Microsoft and Acumen are also strategic partner of this ECO system.
Paytm acquires smart-savings management startup Balance.Tech
Paytm today announced that it has acquired Bengaluru-based Smart-savings Management Startup- ‘Balance. Tech team has great insights and track record in building such intelligent and elegantly designed products. The 6-member Balance team has joined Paytm’s product & design teams and is working on further enhancing the company’s user/merchant interfaces. Tech team will be an invaluable part of the journey. Neither of the companies have disclosed the financial aspects of the acquisition.
We are excited to welcome Ankit, Abhishek and the Balance. They have created a fantastic product with real user engagement. As we constantly look to create customised and intuitive user experiences, the Balance. Tech team will be an invaluable part of this journey. Our team has been building automated products that make the saving experience relatable and delightful by helping users reach their goals in clever little ways.
Our conversational personal savings assistant nudges users to build a saving habit, and give purpose to their money as they go about their busy lives. We look forward to bring in computational intelligence, unique design and proprietary algorithms with Balance to help Paytm users accomplish more with their money.
Kat Co-founded Five by Five, an upstart innovation consultancy, helping organizations of all stripes understand how to work both with and like startups. The young company’s portfolio includes blue chip players like Lufthansa, Google, Cap Gemini and The World Bank. As Founding Partner, Kat’s focus is on startup-corporate partnerships and organizational design for open innovation. She first fell into the startup rabbit hole upon arriving Paris in 2012, when she joined the award-winning civic startup Voxe.org. Her passion for the French tech ecosystem has brought her other hats: French Tech Ticket Ambassador, Google Expert, Director of the Open Data Institute Paris.
Her passion projects remain at the intersection of tech and social good: She led the Filipino government’s 500-strong tech team against the super-typhoon Haiyan and more recently founded the Paris Civic Innovation Fellowship with the City of Paris. In a previous life, she was Reporters sans frontières’ youngest bureau director, a communication strategist at the United Nations and member of the French government’s open data expert committee. Kat holds degrees from Science Po Bordeaux and McGill University.
Greg received his bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1995, and he earned his master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University in 1999. Greg has most recently served as CEO of Experience, LLC, a division of Cox Enterprises. He retired from Cox in December and continues to serve on the board of Experience. He has served as an investor and advisor to The Onion, Automated Insights and SolidFire. Upon graduating from Tech, he worked at Deloitte Consulting, focusing on strategy development for clients.
Greg began his career as an entrepreneur, working with companies such as iXL, Silverpop, Turner and Noro-Moseley. Foster established another company, BrightWhistle, and sold it to Silicon Valley-based private equity firm Silverlake Partners in 2015. While at Tech, Greg was involved in many groups including student government, ANAK, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and he was named Mr. Georgia Tech. Greg has served on the boards of The Georgia Tech Alumni Association and currently serves on the advisory boards of the School of Mechanical Engineering and the College of Engineering.
Techstars Startup Weekend Oberlin
TechStars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.
Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.