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The 24-hour lockdowns that have become common in several cities across the world. Due to this, the sudden increase in demand for online grocery ordering has accelerated the grocery e-commerce trend by two to three years for most retailers. The demand has pushed even the food delivery platforms like Foodpanda, Cheetay, and others to start offering groceries on their platforms alongside their roster of meals from restaurants.
We will ask the above questions from Ahmad SaeedGrocerApp. He recently raised investment $1 Million during Covid19, how difficult for them for this round.
Ahmad has 9+ years of experience in running large size projects/teams. He was the COO of PakWheels in his last role, from a team of 8 in 2010 left it with 3.5 Million USD funding and 200+ team with presence nationwide. After that, he founded GrocerApp in 2016 - scaled it to 3 biggest markets in Pakistan with raising 1.5 million USD funding from the region's most renowned investors. GrocerApp...
Ahmad has 9+ years of experience in running large size projects/teams. He was the COO of PakWheels in his last role, from a team of 8 in 2010 left it with 3.5 Million USD funding and 200+ team with presence nationwide. After that, he founded GrocerApp in 2016 - scaled it to 3 biggest markets in Pakistan with raising 1.5 million USD funding from the region's most renowned investors. GrocerApp has a run rate of a few million USD and leading E-Grocer in Pakistan. Ahmad has done BSC Hons in Finance.
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Iftikhar Hussain is an ecosystem builder, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has closely worked with private and public institutions promoting the use of social media to further causes like entrepreneurship, gender rights, women's economic empowerment, and violence against women.
He was the Founder/ VP Business & Strategy at TEC, which is a leading conference management firm in Pakistan, launched DIGIMARK, Pakistan's most premium conference on Digital, and founder of DIGITALK, a monthly digital forum to strengthen the digital ecosystem in Pakistan.
Iftikhar holds a graduate degree in Computer Sciences from University of Central Punjab. He is an IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program) Alumnus, which is US Department of State’s premier professional exchange program on the theme Social Media Activism. Mr. Hussain is a certified trainer as well as a facilitator from British Council. His signature program "Turning Contacts into References” is one of the most vibrant sessions in universities and incubators throughout the country.
He is the founder of Transforming Hub aiming to bridge the industry-academia gap in a unique way through industry problems paving the way for entrepreneurship. Iftikhar has 14 years of work experience and worked with Ufone, UBL, CodeWeek Magazine, Punjab Commission on the Status of Women, Women Development Department & Niu Media Productions.
Mahrukh Qadeer is the founder and CEO of communal workspace, Co-Wired. Qadeer started her multifaceted professional career after receiving an M.S. in Computer Science. Having 12+ years of experience working for several multi-national organizations and social gaming giants like DeNA, she developed expertise in designing mobile applications and app monetization frameworks for smart devices. Qadeer is also a visiting faculty member of a national university. She works as a consultant to a number of organizations as well as engages in a myriad of public speaking opportunities including Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016, Berlin where she was invited as a speaker and also moderated a panel discussion.
Previously, she has served as CEO at Mahir Online that connects people with local eateries. This versatile experience led her to start Co-Wired in April, 2017. The ideology of Co-Wired lies in its slogan – Create, Communicate, Collaborate. She laid down the foundation of Co-Wired on philosophy of supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem by conducting training programs and connecting its members to resources, support networks, and mentors. This co-working space acts as starting point for entrepreneurs to lay the first brick of their idea. Currently, a number of startups, multinational offshore companies and other corporates are also utilizing Co-Wired as a workspace along with other small-scale businesses. The flexible packages complemented by state-of-the-art working facilities cater to all types of requirements. For example, Mompreneur package is designed specifically for working mothers of school going kids, looking to work in dynamic environment to maintain discipline in their workflow.
Co-Wired also led into unprecedented collaborations of businesses leading to better work opportunities. Several focused workshops and vocational trainings are conducted on topics like Growth Hacking, Website development, Videography, Design Thinking and Social Media Marketing Certification. Hosting entrepreneurship-related discussion sessions is also a regular practice at Co-Wired where various professions like healthcare, finance, music and media are discussed in the context of technology and consumer behavior.
She is a Facilitator for British Council's DICE Fellowship Program. DICE is a pilot program that takes a holistic approach to address entrenched issues of economic and social exclusion. DICE takes an 'ecosystem' approach to nurture economic inclusion, with a focus on women and girls, young people, disabled people and other often excluded groups. DICE is delivered by an interdisciplinary and inspired group of colleagues and change-makers in Pakistan, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, South Africa and UK.
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