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Faisal Aftab

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Faisal is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of BitRate Venture Capital. Previously, Faisal was a founding team member of Lakson Venture Capital (Lakson VC) and led the team as Managing Partner & Executive Director.

Faisal Aftab   
Faisal is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of BitRate Venture Capital (BitRate.vc); the fund has a primary focus on growth stage Pakistani ventures and select high potential seed rounds.

His notable investment calls include some of the top names in the Pakistani startup ecosystem: Bookme.pk, Roomy.pk, Bagallery.com, MandiExpress.pk, KnowledgePlatform.com, and CreditBook.pk.

Previously, Faisal was a founding team member of Lakson Venture Capital (Lakson VC); he built the fund from the ground up and led the team as Managing Partner & Executive Director.

As an early Bitcoin and Ethereum investor, Faisal has a deep understanding of global macros and blockchain’s implications on the digital economy.

Faisal has an MBA from Oxford University, joint Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Michigan State University USA. He has also been an investor in Hedge Funds, Venture Capital Funds and an active Angel Investor for over 15 years. Faisal is a limited partner of the Silicon Valley-based Venture Capital Fund 500 Startups.

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Zainab Ruhail

Legal Consultant

As a transactional lawyer, Zainab routinely works on matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project financing, power projects, restructuring, and general corporate / commercial matters.

Zainab Ruhail  
As a transactional lawyer, Zainab routinely works on matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project financing, power projects, restructuring, and general corporate / commercial matters.

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Ali Jumabhoy

Venture Fellow

Ali Jumabhoy is passionate about early stage startups, particularly the investment opportunities in developing economies. Ali was the co-founder of an EdTech company looking to democratize the college admissions process.

Ali Jumabhoy  
Ali Jumabhoy is passionate about early stage startups, particularly the investment opportunities in developing economies. While pursuing a Law (LLB) degree at King’s College London, Ali was the co-founder of an EdTech company looking to democratize the college admissions process. This led to a pivot in career path and post-graduation he joined a FinTech startup based in Singapore as the Head of Content Strategy. Currently Ali is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management.

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We don't just write a check and disappear

Our goal is to back promising founders in companies that are showing initial signs of a product market fit, a network effect or revenue growth; funding winners through the seed and Series A life Cycle, helping them achieve escape velocity!

We act as a soundboard for our portfolio companies, helping them achieve the necessary milestones to succeed. We govern through the board and leverage our advisory network to help founders throughout their journey.




Target Investment Stages

Series A

Our sweet spot is Series A rounds in companies that are market leaders and scaling rapidly.

SEED

We invest in select seed stage rounds for companies showing a network effect or revenue growth led by promising founders.

Pakistan Market Opportunity

Million+

Population; 130 Million Under 30

Million+

Middleclass by 2025, the largest increase after India and China

Million

Broadband Users

%+

Annual Digital Transactions
Growth Rate