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Zahid Lilani
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📈 Q3 Funding is Up 58%

During Q3 2020, eight Pakistani startups raised $16,025,000 in disclosed funding.

Compared to Q3 2019, that’s an increase of 58% from $10,170,000 and 22% increase over the previous quarter from $13,100,000.

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For more numbers and a list of startups that raised funding, check out the post.

🚀 Techshaw Pulse

This month, your favorite newsletter turned ONE. And to celebrate, I am giving you visual access to my spreadsheet where I keep tabs on all things startup funding.

Introducing Techshaw Pulse

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Ever since I discovered Glide, I wanted to turn my spreadsheet into an app. But it wasn’t made for Glide, so I had to configure it to make it Glide-able. Long story short, it’s ready for your eyes while I populate it with more transactions and data points.

Here’s what you get:

  • Snapshot: a summary of all data points that can be summarized.
  • Tracker: a running list of funding transactions updated within 24 hours of the announcement. Currently, it has all the data between 2017-2020.
  • Profile: “almost” everything you ever wanted to know about the funded startup.

All data comes from publicly available information sources such as online databases; Crunchbase, CB Insights, etc., industry reports such as i2i Insights, and online publications such as MENAbytes.

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And one more thing.

If you are interested in accessing the entire spreadsheet that powers the app, you can download it.


💰 Funding (amount disclosed)

$1,000,000
Aimfit, the Lahore-based health tech startup in the fitness niche, raised $1,000,000 in Seed investment from Indus Valley Capital and other undisclosed Angels.

$13,000,000
Bykea, the Karachi-based transportation and logistics startup, raised $13,000,000 in Series B investment from Prosus Ventures, Sarmayacar, and Middle East Venture Partners.

$700,000
Healthwire, the Lahore-based health tech marketplace, raised $700,000 in Series A investment from 47 Ventures.


📰 Learn

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📜 Read

An inside look at how Arbisoft hires fresh graduates. To fix education, stop throwing money at it and start utilizing technology. Pakistan needs to come together to innovate; it won’t happen in a vacuum. Interview with Ahmad Saeed, CEO and Co-Founder of GrocerApp on securing $1 million in Seed money and the food tech industry. Deep dive: ‘The Rise of Grocery Startups in Pakistan.’

📺 Watch

A conversation about the future of Venture Capital with Bilal Zuberi, Partner at Lux Capital.

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