In a nation where female entrepreneurs comprise only one percent, according to the World Bank, women-owned businesses face numerous challenges. However, She Loves Tech Pakistan has emerged as a shining example, topping the list of top 10 rounds with the most applications in 2022 among over 70 countries participating in the competition.
She Loves Tech plays a pivotal role in nurturing young startups, transforming their ideas into reality, and offering prize funding of up to $100,000 to connect female entrepreneurs with a vast network of 50+ ecosystem partners, inspirational role models, and mentors. The specialized curriculum further enhances their capacity for success. The winner from Pakistan receives the opportunity to participate in the prestigious She Loves Tech Global finale and Conference held in Singapore.
Sadaffe Abid, Founder of CIRCLE Women, expressed her motivation for bringing the competition to Pakistan, emphasizing that supporting women entrepreneurs is not just a choice but a necessity to unlock the untapped talent and creativity of women to solve contemporary challenges. She believes that empowering women in entrepreneurship goes beyond business creation, positively impacting families, generations, and communities.
She Loves Tech 2023 is taking proactive steps to promote dialogue and collaboration between government officials and industry leaders for the financial inclusion of women. Round table conferences will be organized to collectively develop policies that establish a supportive environment for women entrepreneurs, facilitating their thriving participation in the dynamic startup ecosystem.
She Loves Tech global startup and tech competition, renowned for its focus on empowering women entrepreneurs, has been making significant strides in Pakistan. CIRCLE Women Association, a women-led startup, has been instrumental in bringing She Loves Tech to the country for the past seven years with support from HBL, building upon the success of previous editions
Previous participants have praised She Loves Tech for its impact on their entrepreneurial journey. Dr. Sarah Alam, Founder of Tibbi.pk and Winner of She Loves Tech Pakistan 2022, highlighted the phenomenal experience and the sense of belonging to a supportive community.
The upcoming She Loves Tech edition includes local rounds in 15 cities, such as Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sukkur, Quetta, Hyderabad, and Gilgit. The outreach efforts will take the She Loves Tech Pakistan team to six out of nine cities, holding rounds in person to reach and empower 25,000 young women throughout Pakistan. Engaging pitches, enlightening panel discussions, inspiring talks, digital boot camps, and tailored workshops will further enrich the experience for participants.