SlingShot is a regional startup program to promote Central and South Asia's most profound tech-enabled startups to become potential unicorns and set them on a path of undeterred growth and catalytic impact. SlingShot aims to foster innovation, access to capital and creative exchange of ideas, market linkages and technology by growing a regional community of innovators, entrepreneurs, and ecosystem enablers.

Top 10 tech-enabled startups from Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan will be pitching to raise $100,000 worth financing/grant.

SlingShot allows potentially disruptive startups to use Accelerate Prosperity, its resources and network of coaches, mentors, investors and business linkages, as a springboard to unlock a long-lasting journey of growth and catalytic impact.
What Type of Startups Are We Looking For?
We are looking to provide second-tier investment to tech-enabled, scalable, innovative, and fast-growing startups with a special focus but not limited to the following sectors:
  • Healthtech
  • Agritech
  • Edtech
  • Fintech
  • Femtech
  • Foodtech
  • Insurtech
  • Proptech
Opportunities For Entrepreneurs
  • Capacity Building
    Capacity building through virtual one-on-one mentorship sessions in partnership with Starta VC
  • Peer-to-Peer Learning
    Industry-specific peer-to-peer learning and opportunities for entrepreneurs to collaborate
  • Networking
    Networking with potential investors, industry experts, and other entrepreneurs to build relationships and potentially find new business opportunities
  • Mentorship
    Opportunity to receive personalized mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and investors having a strong reputation within the startup community
  • Make a Financial Pitch
    Chance to pitch your startup to Accelerate Prosperity Investment Team and external investors at a Demo Day in Dubai
  • Raise Financing
    Chance to secure financing of $100,000 to help your startup scale globally and become the next unicorn in the region
Meet Our Mentors
At SlingShot, we give entrepreneurs the opportunity to collaborate with experienced mentors who are successful entrepreneurs and investors. These mentors will offer personalized guidance based on their experinece of building successful startups worth millions of dollars.
  • Sarosha Imtiaz
    Duke University MBA Candidate (2023) | Co-Founder at Aiva Labs | Ex-AWS | 40 Under 40
    Sarosha is a distinguished pitcher, a national finalist for the Creative Business Cup 2019, and regarded as one of the leading young entrepreneurs and product marketing professionals in Ontario. Her team is building Aiva Labs, a design solution to help brands drive engagement, leads and sales. Her goal is to empower hundreds of students & young professionals to become adaptable in their careers and create impact.
  • Adnan Patel
    Practice Leader | Crowe Consulting | Cloud Solutions

    Adnan is a multi-functional consulting and business executive with a unique combination of global experience and broad background in professional services, business development, sales, systems, and processes in diverse vertical markets. Active in enterprise software markets, he has delivered significant business results in challenging start-up and high-growth enterprise environments over the past 25 years.
  • Al Lalji
    Group CEO & Managing Partner for SmarTek21 and SmarTek21 Product Holdings Products
    Al has over 22 years of experience in technology management and consulting with Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial firms. Al has helped take software products and services to market for one of the largest software companies in the world. His extensive experience spans Operations, Software Development, Customer Support to Sales and Marketing. Al has hands on technology experience in Banking, Insurance, Healthcare and Software Technology.
An Entrepreneur's SlingShot Journey
1
Application Submission and Induction to the SlingShot Program after the Selection Process
2
Investment Readiness Training and Advisory
3
Top Competitive Startups Nominated from Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan
4
Pre-Selection Regional Pitches Assessed by AP's Investment Team
5
Pitch at the SlingShot Demo Day in Dubai for $100,000
6
Final Selection of Startups for Funding Disbursement
7
Post Investment Technical Assistance and Investment Support
Partners in Capacity Building
Accelerate Prosperity is partnering with Starta for online capacity building of the entrepreneurs.

Starta is a VC firm and accelerator based out of the USA with an interest in the region. Their mission is to provide opportunities to:
  • International startups who want to scale globally and raise capital
  • Aspiring industry leaders, seeking professional training
  • Investors who believe in long-term growth potential and a strong connection with the community