Reversing the Brain Drain in Pakistan

We are a 501c3 non-profit seed fund that mentors and invests in Pakistani expats moving back to launch for-profit social ventures. We get referrals for the best candidates through our volunteer chapters around the world that engage with the Pakistani diaspora through social entrepreneurship workshops. Our flagship workshop is a global hackathon held simultaneously across our chapters that connects participants to domain experts and investors.

Launched in 2013, Pakathon is a global organization with 85+ volunteers organized around 8 volunteer chapters in the US, Canada, Middle East and Australia. By hosting events in cities abroad we connect the Pakistani diaspora to issues in Pakistan and scout for potential “Returners” – individuals who want to move back to Pakistan and do impactful work.

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Making An Impact

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Streams at Pakathon

"Pakathon has touched the lives of many at Malakand over the weekend, and it won’t stop here."

- pakathon Malakand

  • 1000+

    Global participants

  • 15

    Host cities

  • 5

    Host Countries

  • 45

    Member Universities in Pakistan

Success Story

Saim Siddiqui

After successfully competing at Pakathon 2013 in Boston, Saim has moved to Pakistan to launch his company Procheck: a serialization solution for drug companies

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