We have a strong global and local network, and help our companies with fundraising, strategy, and partnerships.
Our sister entity’s research arm, i2i Insights, supports our portfolio companies on collecting user insights to accelerate their growth.
We have a bench of operators & experts that support the growth of our portfolio companies via AMAs, office hours, and hands-on technical support.
We know talent is one of the biggest challenges every startup in Pakistan faces. We help our companies with sourcing, hiring, and optimizing their talent pool.
Our Co-Founder & General Partner Kalsoom Lakhani founded Invest2Innovate in 2011, which was one of the earliest players in the Pakistan startup ecosystem. i2i Ventures, our early stage VC fund, launched in August 2019, co-founded by both Kalsoom & Misbah Naqvi. They are separate but sister entities -- Invest2Innovate runs ecosystem support programs and houses Insights, which releases comprehensive research on the Pakistan startup space. i2i Ventures is a standalone VC fund, but we get exposure to pipeline via Invest2Innovate and work closely with our Insights team, which helps our investment team make better data-driven decisions and also works with i2i Ventures' portfolio companies on user insights & research.
We invest in both pre-seed & seed stage companies. We are sector agnostic, but are most excited by companies addressing large market opportunities in Pakistan. If you're pre-seed, we'll focus mostly on the founding team and the market opportunity, and if you're seed-stage, we'll also dig deeper into your initial traction and actual numbers. But most of all, we love & invest in great founders, who are curious, thinking big, know what they don't know, and have what it takes to build big & bold companies.
Our initial check sizes range from $250K - $500K. We do lead deals, but also are collaborative and like to co-invest with friends and other VC funds, and often bring others into deals with us.
We're really proud of the value we provide our portfolio companies after the deal is done, and our founders are some of our best ambassadors. We support our companies on fundraising, strategy via our bench & network, hiring & talent optimization, and user insights via support from our sister company Invest2Innovate's Insights team.