Peshawar 2.0 is a social enterprise aimed at building a startup community in Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.
It is a citizen/youth-led movement to rebuild and rebrand the City of Peshawar through innovation and entrepreneurship in technology, design and art.
We believe entrepreneurship is an empowering medium to translate creativity and talent of the youth into action that has social and economic impact. It is a medium of expression for the youth, a channel for their passion and energy, a source of income and job creation and the primary driver of a knowledge‐based economy.
By instilling a problem-solving and ‘can‐do’ attitude in our youth – from medics, engineers and scientists to designers, artists and MBAs we are set to inspire a generation of innovators and entrepreneurs in the region.
We have a two-tier strategy 1) to create a vibrant co-working space (‘basecamp’) for talented students that are working on their startups and projects where they can socialize and share ideas, skills, resources and energies 2) to create a network of mentors and seasoned professionals, in the country and abroad, who can ‘give back to the nation’ by investing their experiences, skills, networks and seed money in some of the best youth in the region at the basecamp.
We also intend to add a library, lecture hall and our own hujra for academic discussions to the basecamp and organize regular talks, panel discussions, journal clubs and bootcamps/workshops at the basecamp.
The basecamp will be a unique platform for the Pashtun diaspora from across the world to contribute their part as we build Peshawar 2.0, our dream city. The youth abroad can use it to take up placements or internships in Peshawar in anything from a community health or education project to a tech startup. Professionals can drop-by, give a talk, socialize and inspire the youth when they are visiting the City, volunteer as a mentor/advisor of a project or a startup or even fund anything that impresses them!
Faisal is our CEO and the driving force at Peshawar 2.0. He is a strong believer in the power of technology and entrepreneurship and has an unwavering love for the city. Faisal is a biologist and has academic interests not just in genetic circuits and cells but also startups and ecosystems. Faisal advises on several boards including the KP Information Technology Board, the Higher Education Research Endowment Fund and the Advisory Committee for Science and Technology at the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He holds a masters and a doctorate from Oxford and has won numerous scholarships and awards.
Uzair leads our marketing & communications wing at Peshawar 2.0. With a strong interest in New Media, he is responsible for leading our marketing & PR campaigns. This can range from creating iconic brands within Peshawar 2.0 to putting together quality events to help rebrand the city. Before cofounding Peshawar 2.0, Uzair was involved with a digital marketing agency in Leeds. Uzair is a Mass Communications & Business graduate from the University of Northumbria. His favourite thing about Basecamp is that it is only a few minutes away from the best tikkas in the city.
Bilal is passionate about making creative things happen and has several community projects on his plate. Has any event in town happened without him? There is your answer, he’s our main guy for pulling things together. He still likes what he studied at uni, economics, and has an eye on public policy.
Neelam, aka P2’s sith lord, is our full time talk to people, make things happen, go-getter person. She is a Fulbright scholar with an MPA from The Ohio State University. She hears the goals of all, envisions the big picture and then makes it happen. Being the youngest among seven, she is a self-proclaimed good listener and eternally cursed with not being taken seriously. She is on the dark side for the cookies.
Salman is co-founder and head of talent and research at Peshawar 2.0. Salman is responsible for promoting entrepreneurship and startups in universities, engineering campus ecosystems, and working with ORICs. He is passionate about education and public policy. Currently, he is conducting a research to find out how public policy can help create startup clusters. Salman holds an MBA and MS degree from IMSciences. Apart from Peshawar 2.0, he teaches at Edwardes College, the oldest educational institute in Peshawar, and writes for different blogs. Salman likes trekking up in the North and raiding those food streets down in the South.
Peshawar 2.0 is our dream city. A city of technology, design and art.
The most hospitable city for startups.
A city with the most resilient and rebellious entrepreneurs.
The most disruptive innovators.
The most creative designers and artists.
Lets build our network.
We strive to re-build our city through creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship by empowering the youth to be self-sufficient individuals that are able to give back to Peshawar, Pakistan and the World.
Promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and foster a problem-solving ‘can-do’ attitude through projects ranging from curriculum development at Universities, Colleges and Schools, to talks, seminars and bootcamps for all DIY innovators and the general public.
Bridge the gap between academia and industry by aligning university research with local problems and the needs of our industry – by redefining the ‘final-year project’, all the way to lubricating cross disciplinary and inter-departmental research collaborations.
Provide a basecamp, a platform, a go-to place, our co-working space for all students, young innovators, from all disciplines and stages of education to develop their ideas and make them a reality.
Empower our youth to be resilient, rebellious and non-conformers, pursuing their passion and harnessing their skills to build their future in their own way.
Support local startups with all their needs – from product design, branding and business models to fundraising and customer development through our local and global network of mentors, angels and advisers.
Support youth/citizen-led development projects to rebrand and rebuild Peshawar by harnessing cutting-edge technology, design and art.