Junaid Malik – Incubation Manager
Junaid has a diverse academic and professional background – a thorough ‘generalist’ who thinks and acts like an entrepreneur, regardless of the industry or position he operates in. After completing a double degree in Economics and Drama from the University of Washington, Seattle, Junaid worked in Pakistan’s media and corporate sector for ten years. Ultimately, after gaining key insights across multiple industries (ranging from telecommunications, plastics manufacturing to Media) he launched his own startup, called Raise d’Bar – developing a series of food products for Pakistan’s growing health conscious urban market. Junaid’s health lifestyle product, Raise d’Bar, was accelerated by Invest2innovate (i2i), and subsequently Junaid has mentored a number of startups, including the award winning social startup making cookstoves for off-grid communities – Jaan Pak, Seattle based woman beauty brand Bath Beauteas and Prokkle, UK based toy sharing platform. Junaid was also among the founding members of Dozo!, a startup based in Thailand that used beacon technology for loyalty programs and launched CricHQ in Pakistan- a New Zealand based sports technology and cricket management platform. Junaid has also worked with Jolkona Catalyst, an accelerator program in Seattle for startups from Bangladesh and Indonesia, with their upcoming cohort of startups by conducting strategy workshops.