As a followup to the CPBC ICT Delegation 2019, during which an MOU with National Incubation Centre, Karachi, and Rainbow Cloud Initiative; President Samir Dossal and Zeeshan Ali, VP Salesforce Canada attended the first-ever Startup Grind conference @PNCA Islamabad in partnership with Google for Startups.

Startup Grind is the world’s largest independent startup community, actively working towards education, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs across the world. The first SG conference in Asia featuring 80+ speakers from inside and outside Pakistan. Startup Grind is the world’s largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs in 600 cities, across 125 countries. 

Zeeshan Ali participated in a fireside chat on “Globalizing Pakistan, partnering with the Diaspora’ at the conference and highlighted the contribution the diaspora can make in uplifting the country.

CPBC President Samir Dossal commended the efforts made by the organizing committee and extended full support to promoting and enhancing mutual collaboration particularly in the  IT trade between Canada and Pakistan.CPBC&StartupGrind, Pakistan agreed to support each other in identifying talentsintheITsectors.

The conference also held an Investor Roundtable featuring more than 40 participants including local and international VCs, entrepreneurs, policymakers and other stakeholders to curate a framework for supporting startup funding in the country.

“This is the first international technology conference coming to Pakistan. We have brought together the largest gathering of globally successful entrepreneurs, technology experts and leaders in order to position Pakistan as a tech hub with the likes of Silicon Valley, London and Barcelona” – stated by Country Director Startup Grind.

Arzish, Zeeshan Ali & Samir Dossal with Federal Minister Ali Zaidi


Pakistan has produced the minds behind some of the world’s leading tech companies including Afiniti ($1.6 billion AI startup), KeepTruckin ($1.25 billion startups), FireEye (world’s leading cybersecurity company), Cavium (sold for $6 billion) and many others

The conference brought together over 1,500 founders and thought leaders, on the role of technology for the future of Pakistan. Canada was able to provide a suitable contribution to the ecosystem.