CIRCLE introduces She Loves Tech Pakistan 2020; aims to empower 10,000 women & girls

By Team BitBol,

CIRCLE, a revolutionary tech start-up from Pakistan, is bringing ‘She Loves Tech
2020’; a globally acclaimed women-centric technology start-up competition, now the
largest in the world, yet again to Pakistan.
In this edition, CIRCLE will be hosting SheLovesTech in 10 cities (Sukkur, Multan,
and Faisalabad etc) across Pakistan, in addition to AJK, while working with different
NGOs, academic institutes, incubators and ecosystem partners across the country.
Regarding this development, CIRCLE founder Sadaffe Abid said, “With She Loves
Tech Pakistan, we aspire to build a platform to support women led businesses. This
year we have an ambitious goal to reach 10,000 women & girls throughpitches,
digital boot camps, workshops and more. I strongly believe that Pakistan must build
policies and systems to support and encourage women.”
It is pertinent to mention here that this year CIRCLE is hosting 10 virtual local
rounds, making it possible for women to join from the comfort of their home,
irrespective of their cities. Furthermore, the goal is to reach 10,000 young minds of
women and girls, not only through the startup competition but also through the
pitches, panels, inspiring talks, digital boot camps and workshops, especially
mapped out for women. 
Initially start-ups will pitch in the local rounds and then the country’s top-12 will
compete in the final Pakistan round. Prior to the final, top mentors will be assigned to
the finalists who will be able to hold office hours with the mentors on topics ranging
from marketing, refining their pitch to business planning and fundraising.
In addition, CIRCLE is also bringing key incubators and stakeholders on board to
execute the local rounds of the competition that includes Momentum, NIC Karachi,
NIC Islamabad, NIC Peshawar, NIC Quetta, Colabs, Tech Valley, Durshals, IBA
Sukkur, Startup Grind Faisalabad, Rupali Foundation, KADO and SUIC among
others, who are partnering with CIRCLE to host the rounds and support in the
outreach efforts.CIRCLE is supported by HBL, Pakistan’s leading bank to take She
Loves Tech Pakistan national and grow women in technology. Special mentoring
sessions are planned with the top Computer Science women students in the country.
UNDP is also a partner to further youth development esp. women’s empowerment.
With Pakistan having one of the lowest female labor force participation rates in the
region at only 25%, CIRCLE is promoting She Loves Tech to encourage women
startups and women in technology.
The 2020 edition of She Loves Tech will be happening in 30+ locations globally
including China, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong etc.

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