JazzCash and Fatima Gobi Ventures Team Up to Boost Startups in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD ( Web News )
JazzCash, Pakistan’s leading FinTech platform and Pakistan’s most active venture capital (VC) company, Fatima Gobi Ventures (FGV) announced a strategic partnership that is poised to have a massive impact on advancing the growth of startups and budding businesses in the country.
Formerly known as MobiCash, JazzCash is a mobile wallet, mobile payments, and branchless banking services provider. As of October 2023, the firm has a market share of 54%.
FGV combines Fatima Group’s on-the-ground knowledge of Pakistan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and Asia-focused VC firm, Gobi Partners’ 21 years of success in building sustainable and community-uplifting companies across Asia. Collectively, Gobi Partners and FGV have invested in over 400 companies and nurtured nine unicorns.
This mutually beneficial partnership will see JazzCash catal yse FGV’s existing and future portfolio companies by onboarding these companies onto its platform, which is serving over 44 million users, over 300,000 merchants, and over 900 businesses with a nationwide network of 230,000 agents. Through this, FGV portfolio companies will be able to tap into JazzCash’s massive network for potential collaboration and expansion opportunities.
AamirA ftab, Chief Product Officer at JazzCash said: “At JazzCash, entrepreneurship and innovation are at the heart of what we do. Our partnership with Fatima Gobi Ventures embodies our commitment to fostering growth for startups by giving them the tools, resources, and network they need to thrive. We look forward to creating a dynamic ecosystem that benefits businesses, consumers, and the overall economy.”
Jamaludin Bujang, General Partner at FGV said: “This partnership marks a significant leap in advancing digital innovation in Pakistan. Together, with JazzCash, we aspire to elevate the startup ecosystem and bolster promising ventures on their journey to growth.”
As a part of the first phase of this partnership, JazzCash will venture into travel tech, e-commerce, and fintech by onboarding FGV’s investee companies namely Abhi, PriceOye and SastaTicket. Each of these companies has proven market leadership in their respective fields.
This partnership is expected to provide a head start for promising startups but also benefit the broader financial technology sector in the country. It also serves as a compelling example of the power of collaboration in catalyzing innovation and growth.