LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to partner with a fine selection of service providers to offer help and support to our current as well as graduated incubated/accelerated startups. The Foundation has agreement with each of these service providers whereby these companies will impart services to the startups who approach them, in return for a subsidized fee, a part of the equity or a convertible debt. The exact terms of the service contract are to be negotiated individually between the startups and the service providers. Any startup that wishes to employ the services of any of these companies can do so by sending a request at lce@lums.edu.pk

OUTSOURCED DEVELOPMENT SERVICES PARTNERS

Mindstorm Studios was conceived back in 2006 by a handful of talented people who sought to create quality experiences. Passion and commitment has led them to create a number of outstanding games since then, and has shaped the company into a stalwart games developer that aims to deliver exceptional content to a global audience.
Conrad Labs started out in 2009 and excels in providing exceptional software solutions to businesses. The company's work philosophy is to help each startup fulfill its distinctive engineering needs varying from technical product development and management to quality assurance, technical writing and systems operations.

Arbisoft is a technology company that designs and engineers robust software using mobile, web and cloud technologies. The company has built highly successful partnerships with some of the leading technology businesses of the world. In addition to conceptualising and developing innovative software systems, Arbisoft also offers software quality assurance services, web data scraping and data analysis services.

 
 
DevBatch is disciplined IT Solutions provider developing websites, web and mobile apps and cross platform compatible apps. The company provides innovative IT enabled web and mobile solutions and enterprise Mobility solutions to large scale enterprises and Government sectors both at national and global level. With 5+ years of experience in IT, DevBatch has accomplished more than 200 projects for countries around the globe.
 
 

LEGAL SERVICES PARTNERS

AZAM & RAI is a Pakistan-based, full-service, general-practice law firm with multiple areas of expertise and particular emphases, strengths and specialist capabilities in a number of legal sectors including contracts, intellectual property, information technology, investment and telecommunications.

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Malik & Zeshan is a specialized corporate and tax law firm with in-depth experience in litigation as well as transactional practice. The company's core philosophy is to secure the interests of our client and maximize value for our clients in any business or contentious proposition.

Ahmed Uzair and Co is a client centric, creative and enterprising law firm. The firm offers legal advice and services in the fields of tax, customs and duties, trade and investment law, intellectual property and corporate advisory among others.
Salahuddin, Saif & Aslam (SSA) is one of the fastest growing law firms in the country that deals in dispute resolution, arbitration and litigation, mergers and acquisitions, international trade, intellectual property, banking and finance and telecom among other legal services.

BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES PARTNERS

Freshdesk is a cloud-based customer support platform that enables companies of all sizes to provide great customer service. The company has extended the Startup Offer to LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship for the currently incubated/graduated startups. With the offer, startups can avail the free Freshdesk license and the customer support service software suite to handle their customer communication using powerful tickets-based system.
Microsoft Innovation Centers - Lahore is a platform for collaboration on innovative research, technology or software solutions. It has number of offerings for their huge echo system including start-ups. Microsoft Innovation Center Lahore has been working with start-ups and offers various programs to The Foundation Startups including technical training, business skill development, access to product testing lab and startup incubation.
Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. Some of the world’s hottest startups, including Pinterest and Dropbox, have leveraged the power of AWS to easily get started and quickly scale. AWS Activate is a program designed to provide startups with the resources needed to get started on AWS.

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Mobilink and LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship (LCE) have signed an agreement whereby, the Telco in collaboration with LCE will scout, mentor and provide sustenance to LCE’s fourth cohort of 11 business startups. This extension of support to young entrepreneurs is being carried out by Mobilink under their ‘Make Your Mark’ (MYM) initiative with the objective of ‘Helping young people shape their future’. The partnership will see Mobilink support LCE by providing financial and non-financial assistance to help them in their pursuit of supporting the enhancement of the entrepreneurial eco-system in Pakistan.

Gust is a global SaaS funding platform for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments. Gust enables skilled entrepreneurs to collaborate with the smartest investors and angel investor networks by virtually supporting all aspects of the investment relationship, from initial pitch to successful exit.

 

INVESTMENT PARTNERS

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FundingLab is a pioneering initiative to establish the first crowdfunding (rewards/donations) platform targeting countries where P2P payment solutions are not readily available; it does this by working under the not-for-profit umbrella. The portal is focused exclusively on projects coming from Incubation centres. FundingLab works with local partner institutions to develop incubation centres, by using their information sharing assistance from established incubation centres.

Fatima Ventures is a venture capital fund that invests in creative, visionary and passionate founders in Pakistan. It is a subsidiary of Fatima Group which is the most progressive business conglomerate in Pakistan, with a strong portfolio of products and services. It is a significant player in the growth and sustainability of important industries of the Country.

CresVentures is an Angel Capital firm. Simply put, the firm connects entrepreneurs with resources to kick-start the next big idea. Through extensive market research and a hands-on mentoring experience, the company is a game changer for startups in Pakistan.

NETWORK PARTNERS

TiE Lahore is a chapter of TiE Global which is a non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals, established to foster entrepreneurship and nurture entrepreneurs. It focuses on the promotion of entrepreneurial culture among younger generation, mentoring and coaching new entrepreneurs and arranging discussion forums for various entrepreneurial ideas.

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The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000+ influential business owners with 160 chapters in 50 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.

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UKAID: The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is the official development agency of the Government of UK managing aid for the poor, developing countries. The objective of providing aid to developing countries is to eradicate extreme poverty around the globe.

OPEN (Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and business leadership amongst Pakistanis. It is an inclusive, encompassing and collaborative initiative with a vision to become the premier organization driving entrepreneurship in Pakistan.

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Startup Weekend, a program by Techstars and powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, is a 54-hour entrepreneurship event for young entrepreneurs to experience highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. Participants learn how to create a real company, meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help them get started - just over the span of a weekend.

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The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales to tackle widespread poverty and hardship in South Asia. He engaged with the entrepreneurs of the British Asian diaspora, linking them with social entrepreneurs and grassroots interventions in the region.

P@SHA was initiated by a number of software houses in an attempt to create a functional trade association for the IT industry in Pakistan. It has emerged as a solid platform for promoting, protecting and developing the software industry in Pakistan over the years. The organization provides a focal point of representation for outside agencies of various concerns and aims to protect the rights of its members by initiating policies and creating an environment that attracts more firms to join the industry.

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The Pakistan Education Innovation Fund (Ilm Ideas 2), supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), provides a platform for the generation, piloting and scaling up of innovative solutions to address critical education challenges in Pakistan.

ACADEMIC PARTNERS

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The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is a world class academic institution with a proud history of achievement, and ambitious plans for the future. Since its inception in 1985, LUMS has strived to achieve the aim of imparting world class education while encouraging research and intellectual growth in the country. As a result, LUMS has played a key role in setting high standards of academics and producing professionals who can compete with counterparts from any university across the world.

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The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. British Council is on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life, every day.

Founded by Imran Khan in 2008, NAMAL College began its humble beginnings as a technical training and diploma awarding institute. Within this brief period, it now awards University of Bradford undergraduate degrees to its students. It is an associate college of University of Bradford, having also an advisory relationship with LUMS.

Lahore College for Women University, formally Lahore College for Women is an institution that has been empowering generations of women through higher education and opening the doors of employability and entrepreneurship for the last 94 years. Being a progressive university for women, it aims to come up to the standards of top international universities.