Q2 Funding Up 364% YoY to $81 million

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📈 Q2 Funding Up 364% YoY to $81 million

During Q2 2021, Pakistani startups raised $81 million in disclosed funding across fourteen deals.

Compared to the 2nd quarter of 2020, it’s an increase of 364% from $17.5 million. And, compared to the 1st quarter of 2021, it is an increase of 312% from $20 million.

Deals were also up 180% YoY and 40% over the previous quarter.

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

Q2 Startup Funding


📣 Shout-Outs

Check out this newsletter about Startup Ecosystems from High Output Ventures curated and written by Zoya Matin. It is not Pakistan specific but covers all relevant news items that relate to Pakistan and then some. Plus, it’s fun to read.

Hamza Mahmood updated his non-exhaustive list of tech startups in Pakistan.

Shahriyar Hydri (Partner at Deosai Ventures) recently shared a Twitter thread and linked to a Google Sheet where you can find a list of VCs/Angels who have invested in Pakistan in the last 3 years. Get spamming.

Wonderful folks at Invest2Innovate are looking for a full-time Research Associate in Islamabad. Yes, it’s Invest2Innovate, not Idea2Innovate.


📰 Learn

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🧠 Read

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🎙️ Listen

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📺 Watch

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