Twenty-two delegates were able to represent Pakistan at the 6th annual Startup Grind Global Conference, which will took place February 12–14, 2018 in Silicon Valley, USA. They were joined more than 5,000 founders and investors from around the world and participate in more than 40 keynote and fireside sessions to exchange ideas and best practices for how to start and grow their businesses.
This delegation marks the launch of the 2018 PAK-US Tech Exchange, which is a week-long immersion program in Silicon Valley to create global opportunities for Pakistani technology entrepreneurs, powered by Startup Grind Pakistan. As part of this exchange program, the delegates were awarded campus visits of tech giants like Google, Facebook and Apple. They also participated in the World Bank event featuring “The potential of BPO in KPK Pakistan” arranged by supporting partner OPEN Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley’s top entrepreneurship program Draper University arranged a workshop on Exponential Thinking for the delegates to get a preview of their Entrepreneur Immersion Program. These entrepreneurs also be joined at the conference by leading technology entrepreneurs, including Reid Hoffman (Linkedin, Greylock Partners), Cal Henderson (Slack), Steve Huffman (Reddit), Guy Kawasaki (Canva), Dr. Andrew Ng (deeplearning.ai, Stanford, Coursera).
“We hope to make PAK-US Tech Exchange a gateway for Silicon Valley to connect with Pakistan’s emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem.” said Chapter Director Startup Grind Islamabad; Arzish Azam, who is leading this delegation and envisioned the PAK-US Tech Exchange. “This is the largest independent Pakistani delegation traveling to Silicon Valley, which indicates the need our entrepreneurs face to scale their startups globally, and the help provided by Embassy of the United States in Islamabad is proof of the strong ties that exist between America and Pakistan.”
The 2018 Startup Grind Global Conference has been Startup Grind’s largest event ever. Startup Grind is the largest international independent startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Startup Grind hosts monthly events in more than 300 cities and 115 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.
For more information on PAK-US Tech Exchange, please visit http://www.putechex.com/