Q1 2021 Funding Up 1,362% YoY to $18.7 million

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📈 Q1 Funding Up 1,378% YoY to $18.7 million

During Q1 2021, Pakistani startups raised $18,700,000 in disclosed funding across eight deals.

Compared to the first quarter of 2020, it’s an increase of 1,378% from $1,265,000. However, compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, it is a 6% decline from $19,645,000 million.

For more numbers and a list of startups that raised funding, check out the blog post.

Q1 2021 Funding and Deals

💰 Funding (disclosed)


24Seven.pk, the Lahore-based grocery delivery startup, raised $150,000 in Seed funding from the SOSV accelerator.


Dastgyr, the Karachi-based B2B e-commerce marketplace startup, raised $150,000 in Seed funding from the SOSV accelerator.


Remotebase, the Lahore-based startup HR Tech startup placing remote engineers, raised $1,400,000 in Seed investment from Indus Valley Capital, Draper Associates, and Hustle Fund.


Sehat Kahani, the Karachi-based telemedicine startup, raised $1,000,000 in Pre-Series A funding from Islamic Development Bank, 10Pearls Ventures, Mentors Fund, Impact Fund, Impact Investment Exchange, KASB Securities and Din Group.


SadaPay, the Islamabad-based FinTech startup building a neobank, raised $7,200,000 in Seed funding from Recharge Capital, Kingsway Capital, and Raptor Group.

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