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Devin D. Thorpe
Devin Thorpe

Social Entrepreneurs Borrow From Tech Entrepreneurs To Accelerate Impact

Social entrepreneurs have been mimicking the tech accelerator model in recent years with great success. Invest2Innovate, a Pakistan-based accelerator for social entrepreneurs just launched its most recent class of seven entrepreneurs working in five companies.

i2i, as Invest2Innovate is known, is working to accelerate innovative products that support the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pakistan.

On Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM Eastern, i2i Founder Kalsoom Lakhani will join me for a live discussion about the accelerator program, the entrepreneurs it supports and the impact they are having. Tune in here then to watch the show live.

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More about Invest2Innovate:

Invest2Innovate, or i2i, supports startups and the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem in new & untapped markets, and have been operating in Pakistan since 2011. i2i selects impact entrepreneurs for the i2i Accelerator, an annual program designed to grow businesses and position them for seed investment via i2i Angels, our angel investor network. Invest2Innovate has accelerated 11 companies, with 5 additional companies in our latest class, has 35+ local mentors who are part of our network, and 15 investors who are part of our growing angel community. We aim to scale to a new country by late 2015.

Kalsoom’s bio:

Kalsoom Lakhani is the Founder/CEO of Invest2Innovate, or i2i, which supports startups and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem in developing markets, beginning in Pakistan. She is also the co-founder of The Hero Project, a storytelling platform that celebrates and highlights everyday hidden heroes. Kalsoom has trained young entrepreneurs, changemakers, and civil society leaders in Cambodia, Ireland, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. She has been a Washington, D.C. co-ambassador for Sandbox, a global network of innovators under 30, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. She was featured in Diplomatic Courier’s Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders under 33 in 2012, and was named an Ashoka Changemakers/ American Express Emerging Innovator for 2013. Kalsoom also founded the popular blog, CHUP, or Changing Up Pakistan in January 2008, and has written for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, NextBillion and Pakistan’s Dawn Newspaper. She has a B.A. from the University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs and Middle East Studies, and an M.A. from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in International Affairs/Conflict Resolution.

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