Despite being barely 70 years old, Pakistan is widely regarded as world power—for both its nuclear arms as well as its strategic location in South-Central Asia. And now, the country is fast becoming known for technological innovation, even in the face of numerous socio-political and economic challenges.
Open access to the internet and smart devices has led to a Pakistani technology startup boom in the past few years, some self-funded, many supported by various local startup incubators.
The following are 15 such tech startups founded by young entrepreneurs in Pakistan.
Healthwire is an online service for helping patients find and book an appointment with healthcare professionals. Currently the platform only works for finding a dentist, but the company has plans to include other types of medical professionals in the future. Healthwire only lists doctors registered with the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC), the country’s medical and dental regulatory authority.
Auto Genie is a online car repair booking service based in Lahore. It provides oil changes, engine tuning, detailed checkups, and other value-added services. To use the service, simply book an appointment via its smart portal and pay for the job after the work is completed.
Convo—initially launched as Scrybe in 2005 in Islamabad—is a private social network for businesses. 5000+ companies across 156 countries currently use this service, from tech firms and advertising agencies to publishing houses and designers. It boasts visual conversation and reduced friction in communication amongst users, ensuring high quality digital collaboration in one place.
Founded in 2015, Patari is a music streaming service specializing in Pakistani music. The app is available for both iOS and Android, and boasts a collection of over 20,000 songs—making it one of the largest music streaming services in the country. Notable features of Patari’s music programming include spotlights like classic of the day, guilty pleasure of the day, lost gem of the day, and folk song of the day based on listener’s preferences.
Edutative’s platform provides prospective university students and parents reviews of local universities, as well as discussion tools, guidance, and advice around their chosen field of study. 40 local universities are currently collaborating with Edutative.
Currently in incubation, Vivid is developing an alternative to interactive voice response (IVR) for use in customer service use cases. It provides a visual navigational tree that can cut short hold and wait times for support.
Groopic does away with the need of Photoshopping the photographer into the final picture. The app basically merges two images into one to ensure that no one is missed in the final group photo.
Currently in incubation mode, Payload is a payment app specially designed for Pakistan’s predominant cash economy. It uses bitcoin technology for financial transactions and promotes safe, rapid, and inexpensive transfer of funds.
Sabzi.pk does away with hassle of going to the market for vegetables and fruits by offering same-day delivery to your doorstep. It even allows exchanges of delivered produce if it doesn’t suit your needs. Cash is paid on delivery of ordered items.
Founded in 2006, Mindstorm Studios is the leading mobile and PC game developmer in Pakistan. The company has been delivering exceptional content to global audience for over a decade; acclaimed titles include Cricket Revolution and Whacksy Taxi, among others.
Arazi.pk is Pakistan’s first premium real estate portal. It offers a database of properties and various other tools for aiding your search.
Meri Taleem is an online platform for prospective college and university students. The portal offers information about national universities, from admissions and housing to fee structures and campus life. It also offers career counseling services and an online admissions portal that students can use to apply to any university in Pakistan.
Savaree is a car booking app for finding rides at competitive rates. It features full background checks on drivers and full day car rentals and vans for trips.
Trequent is a smart watch for tremor patients. A tremo-quantifying device tracks the patterns of tremors via specialized sensors, which then in turn transmits the data to a smartphone and cloud storage beyond. The offering enables healthcare professionals to gather reliable, concrete data for aiding in patients’ treatment and therapy.
Chimera develops a virtual dressing room that presents a 3-D view of a garment on the shopper. With 6 major clients on board with the technology, Chimera is considered one of most promising Pakistani upstarts to emerge in recent years.
As these tech startups serve to illustrate, Pakistan has no shortage of technological innovation—with the help of local incubators, many of these entrepreneurs are overcoming various strategic and funding obstacles to debut their products and services on the world’s stage.