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Sitting in a panchayat in his hometown of Okara,
These young men are part of three Pakistani teams selected to participate in the 4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit in MalaysiaPlan9 that will take place from
Harnessing local potential
According to Waqas, the name of his company, Hometown, aptly reflects the true inspiration behind the project which connects local craftsmen of handmade leather accessories with customers. It has now evolved into an intricate online business that offers the world access to local handmade leather accessories.
“What started off in my hometown needed to be named as such,” he says. “Similarly,
It started off small-scale. In 2010, Ali set out to create a Facebook page for one leather craftsman in his village to aid him in reaching a larger market. Putting basic tech tools led to the genesis of a model that connects customers to products.
Ali and co-founder
Hometown claims quality is something they do not compromise on. Offering leather, product design along with advance payments to craftsmen and training material, they closely work with the craftsmen.
“It’s not just about one startup, it’s about helping several other startups in the process,” explains Waqas. Over the past year, the business has collaborated with as many as 46 craftsmen from rural areas of Punjab.
“Kuala Lumpur is the place to be if you want to learn about entrepreneurship,” he adds, his excitement evident. “Hopefully, one day,
Safety first, always
“What’s the first thing that comes to mind when one is in a road crash? Calling for help,” says
The idea was conceived after member Adnan Ali’s serious car accident during his 6th semester at college. “The first thought that came to my mind was, how to inform my family?’ recalls Adnan.
According to Omer, the app springs to life when it detects speed that relates to that of a car and impact through the difference in acceleration. Once the app detects impact it immediately sends out an automated SMS to selected numbers, notifying them that the person has been in an accident and needs immediate help.
The team states unanimously that the Smartphone app is truly a ‘lifesaver’.
“Currently, it is priced at
He, indeed, has reason to smile. He will be representing his team for
Shop and share!
Discover, shop and recommend. This is how
“People like to shop and people like to talk about what they bought,” he says. “The app, called Shopanova, gives a personalised experience to shopping. Users can take pictures of a product they bought or intend to buy, and the app traces the location of the user and updates location. It also allows users to go through shopping opinions of a specific product. Basically, it’s all about discovering new products in new areas and sharing views.”
The idea was drawn by the greater number of people now opting to buy products using their mobile phones internationally, a trend Moazzam hopes will catch on in
In his opinion, the most interesting feature of the app is the opinion pool. “People like to comment on almost everything,” he says. “And when they have spent money on something, they want to do it even more’.
As for the trip to
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