OPEN SV LaunchPad Roundup
The four judges at the event were:
• Riaz Karamali – Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
• Alicia Castillo Holley – Angel Investor & Founder of the Wealthing® Institute
• Stewart Guenther – Board Member, Family Media Angels
• Sudhakar Muddu – VP & GM Cloud and Big Data Analytics @ VMware
• Lilstylers.com (1st PLACE)
Eric Dillon & Kirti Baliga – A new social way for moms to shop for clothes for their children - from pictures shared by other moms. We enable shopping from the pictures with tags placed by moms as they share. Our social platform is the perfect channel for kids clothing brands: a community of moms, focused on kids’ clothes.
• Qritiqr.com (2nd PLACE)
Marco Montes - SaaS solution for any business to receive high volume, precise and real time feedback from their customers and employees. Through its micro survey solution, businesses gather data through mobile devices.
Omar Khalid – Cyclone Firewall Service is a FWaaS solution that provides ubiquitous network usage policy enforcement.
Kevin Longa - documentary series featuring the stories of international food entrepreneurs - from the aspiring chefs in France to the global food enterprisers in America.
OPEN SV Welcomed Rehan Mushtaq and Saad Jangda - Leaders Of Ingenious Zone And Symbios.pk
On Feb 06th, OPEN SV and its members welcomed Saad Jangda, CEO and Founder of Symbios.pk and Rehan Mushtaq, CTO of Ingenious Zone. Saad and Rehan's companies are this year's winners of MITEF-BAP Business Competition and were excited about the prospect of meeting with our members and larger community.
Saad is also the founder of eBusiness Group. He started Symbios with five employees and today the company has grown to 50+ employees with thousands of items listed in the only online store serving the Pakistani market. He spoke about his passion for entrepreneurship and how he bootstrapped his company in Pakistan taking the current sales into Millions of USD. He talked about the challenges of the business environment in Pakistan as well as the replete opportunities for entrepreneurship in Pakistan and the region.
Rehan Mushtaq of Ingenious Zone was present to talk about development of Web and Mobile applications in Pakistan. Ingenious Zone provides solutions ranging from small to large scale applications, including ERP solutions. Ingenious Zone has been providing these services since 2006 and is now moving towards product based business. One of its latest apps is called Swap Device, which is a data transfer application for mobile devices. It allows users to transfer all kinds of data from one mobile to another regardless of the OS or type of the phone. Ingenious Zone has a team of 50+ people at its facility in Faisalabad, Pakistan. Rehan talked about the fierce competition in Pakistan for talent and the segments of markets that exist in the region.
Audience present at the event provided some great feedback to the two entrepreneurs and in fact, Saad managed to snag a new customer adding to the portfolio of the products sold on his website from the audience.
OPEN SV wishes the best to the two entrepreneurs and will continue to work with them and other entrepreneurs in the future.
OPEN Silicon Valley Monthly Breakfasts provides a terrific opportunity for entrepreneurs and industry professionals to meet with Experts in their respective field, in a relaxed, informal setting, to build relationships and get valuable Business and Career feedback. Participatants deliver an elevator pitch for 30 to 60 seconds, and the guest mentor provides immediate feedback, enabling fast, effective, accessible mentoring and relationship development.
Here is the process for submitting your business plan:
2. Send a slide deck to the same two addresses (No More than 10 slides)
As part of the series of events under the program a successful panel discussion on funding trends was held in Q4 of 2013. The details of the event can be found here. If you are looking to submit your plan for participation in the event, the content discussed in the write up and the questions asked are good to consider before formulating your business plan and presentation.
LaunchPad is available to all OPEN members who qualify as an entrepreneur, and comply to a predefined criteria. The participating entrepreneur can expect to get valuable feedback and, hopefully funding to fuel their startup.
Entrepreneurs, mentors and investors are encouraged to attend.
Chair: Shoieb Yunus
Volunteer Team: Saif Akhtar, Mufaddal Esmail, Tajammul Sheikh and AbdulRahman El Hussaini
At OPEN SV we host monthly workshops that focus on specific topics in Entrepreneurship and business leadership.