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Startup Grind is the world’s largest community of startups, founders, innovators, and creators. We bring like-minded yet diverse individuals together to connect, learn, teach, help, build, and belong. We do this daily through our local events, flagship conferences, startup program, partnerships, and online media + content - collectively reaching over 3.5 million individuals worldwide.

We believe in making friends, not contacts.

We believe in giving, not taking.

We believe in helping others before helping yourself.

Umar Farooq is a strategic leader as well as a powerful innovator, with a track record of proven success. As Founder, President, and CEO of HCP Group & Tech Valley Abbottabad, Mr. Umar Farooq achieved milestones in the IT industry and his enthralling entrepreneurial spirit helped him to explore new successful business ventures.

Mr. Umar Farooq holds a degree in Master of Business Administration (IMBA) in International Business from Stratford University – Falls Church, Virginia. He did different courses for professional grooming in Project Management, Continuous Process Improvement, Six Sigma Quality Covey’s 7 Habits, Conflict & Labor Dispute Management, and Change & Time Management. He also owns Tech Valley ( Tech Valley Pakistan was founded in June 2015 in response to the void of tech companies operating in the most scenic areas of Pakistan; the Majestic Northern Mountainous regions of KPK and Gilgit/Baltistan. Our team at Tech Valley quickly realized that tech-talent was readily available within these mountains, but there was a severe lack of organized visionary goal-oriented leadership i.e. A Successful Tech Company. Therefore, we banded together with all the Mountain-Techies we could find and set them on a mission to establish The Leading digitally-enhanced Social Enterprise within Pakistan and hence; Tech Valley was born.

Essentially, we use technology to help people build successful businesses and in the process, we aim to increase positive social interaction. Our mission is to transform the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Mountainous regions working in four domains; Entrepreneurship, Capacity Building, Education, and last but most obvious Tech & Tourism.

Tech Valley is engaged & working with both private, government & International organizations on numerous educational Tech and Incubation projects. As part of our government engagement, we do realize that companies have expertise in relationships with their clients but limited experience of working directly with governments. We help organisations cross that divide to establish and build partnerships with the public sector that harness the power of social impact programs.

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Past Events

Firseside Chat with Sundas Khalid, Senior Analytical Lead at Google

"How fast can you deploy? - Introduction to Heroku and Gitpod"

Don't fundraise and pitch to investors. Do this instead.

Bridging the Gap of the Digital Divide and Blended Learning

Startup Grind Hosts Raheena

Fireside Chat with Jahandad (Founder at Indus Heritage Club)

Startup Grind Hosts Usama Tariq,CEO Textte

Startup Grind Hosts Ms. Sumeera Wahid

Startup Grind with Sana Mir,Former Captain Pakistan Women Cricket Team

Failures, Fortunes & Success; In Converstation with Ms. Amna Sardar Ex MPA, Social Activist

Failures, Fortunes & Success; In Converstation with Ms. Amna Sardar Ex MPA, Social Activist

Startup Grind Hosts Nadia Sarwar, Author, Blogger, Article/Content Writer, Founder Elaj Ghr

Startup Grind with Abdullah Ijaz, Co-Founder & Strategy Lead Tech Valley Abbottabad

Startup Grind with Malik Ahsan Ali, Founder & Managing Director, Codematics Inc.

Startup Grind with Qaiser Abbasi, Founder MoonRabbit

One on One with Dr.Iffat Zafar, Co-Founder Sehat Kahani

Startup Grind Abbottabad Hosts Ali Moeen Nawazish

Startup Grind with Khaula Mustafa(Educationist/Social Activist)

Fireside Chat with Dr. Asad Jamil, CEO Frontier Medical & Dental Saturday 7 April 2018 3:00 PM Saturday 7 April 2018 5:00 PM IN 12 DAYS


  • Umar Farooq

    Umar Farooq

    Tech Valley

    Startup Grind Abbottabad Chapter Director

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  • Najamus Sahar

    Najamus Sahar

    Startup Grind Pakistan

    Program Manager/ Host

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  • Arslan Baloch

    Arslan Baloch

    Tech Valley

    Event Organizer

  • Ahmed Ali

    Ahmed Ali


    Digital Content Creator

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