She Loves Tech and Pakistan Needs More Like Her

Saba Khalid of Raaji, went to Beijing, China to represent Pakistan.

After months of travelling across Pakistan on trains and buses searching for female innovators and hosting 3 successful local rounds in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi, the CIRCLE team wraps up months of hard work at the #SheLovesTech Pakistan 2018 Finals. Held on August 16th at the National Incubation Center in Karachi, the finals highlighted 10 female led startups from around the country, which worked on using technology to benefit women positively.

The winner, Saba Khalid of Raaji, went to Beijing, China to represent Pakistan and compete in the Global Finals as well as receive mentorship and investment opportunities. In addition, the runner-up, Orbit-Ed, and second runner-up, Tez Financial Services, will receive PKR 100,000 and 50,000 cash prizes, courtesy of Cargill. Raaji provides a digital platform that educates, empowers and entertains women through various projects. It involves a chatbot that can answer questions about harassment/abuse, health and hygiene as well as education and employment.

Meticulously decorated, the space at NIC pleasantly echoed with national tunes as the guests arrived to witness the startups pitch their ideas. UK Deputy High Commissioner, Elin Burns, gave the opening welcome keynote. Sharing her experience, she said, “In my short time here in Pakistan, I am glad to say that seeing successful women in leading roles doesn’t surprise me. I have met amazing women in a hugely diverse range of fields:  from banking to law, from tech entrepreneurs to pilots. There is a wealth of talent in Pakistan, and She Loves Tech is just one example of that. I hope that this positive trend continues over coming years, contributing to Pakistan’s bright and prosperous future.”

SheLovesTech is a global startup competition that brings together entrepreneurs who employ technology to positively impact women. The competition is held in 14 countries across the world, including Pakistan. The eventual winner of this year’s competition was FREDsense.

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