Pakistani Edtech Chiragh Wins in Morocco

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Pakistani Edtech Chiragh Wins in Morocco
Pakistani Edtech Chiragh Wins in Morocco

The first-ever A-Hub Grand Finals in Rabat, Morocco saw Chiragh Education Technologies win first place and $10,000. Katalyst Labs has been named the national leader for A-Hub in Pakistan by the Islamic World Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) in partnership with New Space Innovation. In order to achieve its goal of supporting 150+ technologically innovative companies in member states by 2025, A-Hub has established a global accelerator.

In a statement, Maira Siddiqui, Founder and CEO of Chiragh, made the following comments on the occasion:

Since I started Chiragh in the beginning of this year, I’ve been chanting a mantra that I learned from my parents: ‘If you set sail for your journey with good intentions, Allah will open doors for you himself’. Having sweated, cried, and hustled for the past eleven months in order to materialize this mantra, I am so grateful to Alhamdulillah and to each individual who has supported me along the way.

The fact that I have been given the honor of representing Pakistan in Morocco has been an incredible experience for me and now to win ICESCO’s International pitch fest has taken it to a whole new level where Chiragh and I now have a stamp of international validity. It’s time to go international now. My anticipation is that this will open a lot of doors for us and that this will take me one step closer to actualizing my dream of having a Parha Likha Pakistan.

Keeping the immediate business goals of early-stage startups in mind, Katalyst Labs designed and implemented a program that addressed these goals. A founder and CEO of the organization, Jehan Ara, was in attendance to support his startups in the Grand Finals, and when asked about the importance of winning the competition, he stated the following:

As the national lead for A-Hub, I was honored at Katalyst Labs to be able to represent our cohort as a whole and seeing one of our cohort founders win first prize was a true reward for me and the whole program team back at home. In addition to watching the 3 founders pitch their startup businesses with confidence and professionalism, it was a source of great pride for me to witness them respond to questions from the jury with confidence and professionalism. The purpose of participation in such a competition is not only to win but to project a strong image of the Pakistani startup ecosystem and the solutions that are being developed by young people. Additionally, it is an opportunity for people to network and connect with people from different countries that are participating in the event. This is exactly what the Pakistani delegation did during their visit to the United States.

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She added that, “Katalyst Labs has always been committed to highlighting Pakistan’s exceptional startup potential, and I hope that with initiatives like A-hub, we can continue to do that in the future. ”

The three startups that made it through Katalyst Labs’ A-Hub National pitchfest to pitch to an international panel of investors were Porter Pakistan, Airnex, and Chiragh Education Technologies. The Pakistanis were joined in competition by a number of exceptional startups from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Nigeria.

Each member state ran a 3-month accelerator, putting their respective cohorts through their paces. 3 startups were chosen by each member state at the end of the program to pitch at the grand finals in Morocco.

Chiragh Education Technologies is an Edtech empowering the masses with gamified and video-based learning that covers the curriculums from nursery to grade 5, not only in English but also in indigenous Pakistani languages.

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