Despite the aftermath from COVID-19, Pakistani entrepreneurs received $163 million through 15 transactions within the first three months of 2022.
According to Invest2Innovate, a Pakistani consultancy organisation, the sector raised more than half of the total amount raised in the entire year 2021 ($350 million), a significant amount.
The creator of Invest2Innovate and general partner at its sister firm, i2iVentures, Kalsoom Lakhani, stated that $22.2 million was amassed in the first quarter of 2021.
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She went on to say that the majority of this money was raised in the B2B e-commerce industry. Bazaar ($70 million), Retailo’s ($36 million), and Jugnu ($22.5 million) received the largest publicly announced startup funding rounds in 2022.
In light of concerns about a cooling off or a scarcity of growth-stage capital in the Pakistani sector, the founder believes that the fact that B2B e-commerce businesses raised later stage rounds is a good signal for the market.
Appreciating her team, Lakhani went on to say the Fintech industry fared well during the quarter, but it did so mostly through earlier-stage transactions such as NayaPay’s $13 million seed funding round.