Articles by Kalsoom Lakhani
In Pakistan, Going Beyond ‘Potential’: Despite progress, Pakistan’s current environment criminalizes good actors rather than enabling them
Kalsoom Lakhani first wrote about Pakistan’s entrepreneurial potential for NextBillion back in January 2012, when the ecosystem there was still relatively nascent. Nearly three years later, the founder and CEO of accelerator Invest2Innovate says today’s entrepreneurship competitions, co-working spaces, university incubators and organizations are not just a rare occurrence, but are becoming the norm.
Can Better Data Sharing Help Solve Pakistan’s Education Emergency?: Developyst’s platform is for NGOs, policy makers and educators to make better decisions
Developyst is Pakistan’s first social enterprise in education with a vision to champion data-driven development. The Developyst platform, which will be launched in 2013, seeks to be a space for education stakeholders to grow and develop their network by providing access to data in interactive and visually diverse ways.
At Invest2Innovate, or i2i, we encounter these issues on a daily basis. We are an intermediary organization that supports seed-stage social enterprises in new and untapped markets, beginning in Pakistan. In order to better address the disconnects evident in this sector, we just launched i2i Angels, a community of angel investors committed to investing and supporting innovative and high-growth enterprises in Pakistan.
The criticisms of Pakistan’s volatility are not without merit; the roses are more the thorny than plain variety. But I launched my company, Invest2Innovate (i2i) in fall 2011 because because I believe strongly in the potential of untapped markets like Pakistan, 66 percent of the population lives at the bottom of the pyramid, under $2 a day.