Plan9 has taken over the tech space in Pakistan by a storm. Recently, formed under the astute leadership of Dr. Umar Saif, Chairman, Punjab Information Technology Board, it held its first ever “Investors Conference” at the Arfa Karim Software Technology Park, Lahore, in collaboration with My Biz Pakistan and Angel’s Den.
The conference was attended by like-minded, accomplished and passionate businessmen, entrepreneurs and tech stars where they discussed and shared their views on how to help the startups grow and prosper with the right kind of financial investments.
The aim of the conference was to create an opportunity for leading businessmen, globally accomplished angel investors and academicians to discuss the need and potential of investing in the local IT industry and how we can put a halt at the alarming situation of brain drain.
Noted guests at the event included Chairman PITB Dr Umar Saif, Syed Babar Ali, Babar Ahmed, Bill Morrow, Hussein Kanji, Rob Kniaz, Zahoor Motiwala, Shahid Niaz, Hafiz Awais Ghani, Noman Ahmed Khan, Salem Rehman, Osman Saifullah, Taimoor Hazir, Badar Khushnood, Humayun Mazhar, Afaque Ahmed and significant others. The conference was chaired by Bill Morrow who is a “Serial entrepreneur, who has been creating, building and selling businesses for the last 25 years. He is founder and CEO of Angels Den, Europe’s largest equity funding facilitators, bringing business Angels and entrepreneurs together” and it was skillfully facilitated by Amer Qureshi, who is a business advisor.
Commenting on the event, Mr. Nabeel Qadeer Project Head of Plan9 said, “We’ve successfully managed to put a significant mark on the entrepreneurial landscape that exists in Pakistan. Presenting to you, Pakistan's first Angel Investors Group. *Plan9 Angel Investors Club*. Everything's possible"!
Recognizing the potential of the Plan9 startups, one of the top incubated teams at Plan9, Eyedeus, received a grant of 5000 USD, for their innovation, devotion and unwavering passion.
Hafsa Shorish, Marketing and PR Manager- Plan9, addressed the audience cheerfully and closed it on a candid note by saying, “Let’s not hijack these ideas, let’s finance these ideas because Plan9 does not let you kill your dreams, it provides you with an environment to execute it.”
This conference proved to be a stepping stone in shaping a promising future for the upcoming techpreneurs of Pakistan and it would not have been a success without the genuine efforts of the Plan9 team and the support of the business and tech community.