A Start-up Community of founders, mentors and investors
Teamup represent some of the best entrepreneurs and professionals in fields from technology and business to telecom and enterprise software. Our founders are diverse and we are proud to be building a community of top professionals. We are able to pick from the best–mentors; know that all our incentives are aligned to help the Startups succeed. Once paired with a company, mentors are committed to meeting with their companies in person at least biweekly and also to field questions via email or phone calls.
A Senior International Executive with broad experience in Board Level Strategy, Business and Operations Management, Relationship Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, People Management, Technology Business Start-ups, Business Restructuring, Turnarounds, Corporate Finance, Remote Management, Telecommunications, Mobile Financial Services and other
mobile related services.
Zouhair is currently the Managing Director at ICE Advisors Limited, focused on mobile broadband, mobile financial services and adjacent technologies in mobile. He was until recently the Managing Director, Mobile for Development, GSMA, UK working on the development of eco-systems around mobile financial services, mUtilities, mHealth and mWomen.
Zouhair has over the last 30 years held senior executive positions with the Dhabi Group, Orascom Telecom Holdings, Motorola UK, Millicom International, the ICI Group and PWC. He has led group level initiatives in mobile commerce and infrastructure sharing, led the financial restructuring of group debt of over US$1.8 billion, restructured a mobile company valued at
US$1.0 billion, carved out and prepared a Wi-max business for sale and grown a mobile operator from a customer base of 1 million to over 31 millionover 5 years, with revenues of over US$ 1.3 billion, and a valuation of US $6.0 billion at its peak, making it one of the 5 fastest growing companies in Asia.
Zouhair has been involved with a number of technology start ups, amongst them wCities.com, a location based services company and tagstr.com a photo/video aggregator in the UK. He has advised the founders during the start up of coda payments www.codaypay.com. He has led or been a key member of mobile operator launches in Egypt, Algeria,Tunisia, Jordan and Pakistan.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an alumni of INSEAD, France. He currently serves on the Board of Regents of Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, is Senior Advisor to the Better Than Cash Alliance, UNCDF and an Advisor on the Board of Techpolis, an international telecom consultancy.
Parvez grew up in the United Kingdom where he studied Telecom engineering at the University of North London. Having a passion for mobile phones at an early age propelled Parvez into a fast paced career spanning over 25 years of corporate, strategic, operational and entrepreneurial experience.
Parvez is a well-known figure within the telecom industry across the Asia pacific and MENA regions spanning over two decades. He was been responsible for selection, recruitment, training, mentoring and coaching hundreds of telecom professionals who have risen to ranks of CXX level positions across all five local GSM operators as well as international telecom players.
Parvez has worked with many leading international telecom players including BT, Cable & Wireless, Millicom, Motorola and Orascom, as well as local players such as Instaphone, Paktel, Mobilink, Warid, Wateen, Telenor Pakistan, Qmobile and MegaGate.
Parvez was also the founding director and chief executive of Mobilezone the largest mobile phone handset distributor in Pakistan. Prior to establishing mobilezone, Parvez was a founding member and director at Mobilink and he was responsible for all commercial activities of the company. Key successes include the launch of Jazz prepaid services and the Mobilink nationwide franchise network, both of which are considered as the backbone of Mobilink’s thirty million plus subscriber base
Parvez is also a co-founder of The Mobile advantage company (MAD) and a principle consultant at Excellcomm both companies cover activities such as MVNE/ MVNO, Mobile marketing, Mobile VAS, Subscriber profiling, churn management, executive search & coaching, business process reengineering and startup venture financing.
Parvez currently works closely with leading telecom players board members and CXX team members to setup and develop business plans and new innovative products / services as well as middle management and operational staff to ensure delivery of specified KPI’s within budget.
Parvez has also been invited as a mentor for university startups including NUST (discovery), comsats as well as interacted with various startups from other prestigious institutions.
Parvez has also supported and invested in a number of startups such as
TeamUp benefits from the support and participation of the best mentors with international exposure, ranging from entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to industry experts. We benefit from access to industry professionals from the same background including the Engineering, Business, Medical, and Design domains. We have a large network of experts in a wide range of industries and functions who help founders with everything from pricing models and marketing to consulting and sales.
Team up provide founders with guidance and advice based on your specific needs through calls, training sessions, and informal meetings. You will not only gain access to their unique networks, but also be provided the guidance you need to start your company off on the right track.
We are supported through foundation grants and corporate partnerships and take a small share of equity in our companies.
How it works
The teamup startup fund has deployed large amount on several startups. The Fund supports more than a third of startup companies and this number continues to grow at an impressive rate. The uncapped Fund is open to teamup founders who are fundraising ad invests a handsome amount when the company meets as set of objective. Companies must raise a round of minimum number which will be decided case to case basis, of which a predefined fee must be for professional investors.
WHO WE ARE
We are Industry and Stage Agnostic
Teamup founders tackle big problems in every industry, from biotech, medical device, hardware, cleantech, and non-profit to consumer and enterprise IT. Companies have entered the program at a variety of stages, from having recently developed an initial prototype to having raised a Series A..
EVENTS DELIVER PRESS AND FUNDING TO FOUNDERS
We will host events where our network of investors and press contacts come to hear our companies pitch. These events will be attended by investors and press from leading publications like pro Pakistan, and more. Prior to each Demo Day, our staff and mentors work with each company extensively to refine their pitches. Throughout the session we provide access to numerous top-tier investors, angels, corporate representatives, and press. This is essential for fundraising, publicity, and corporate partnerships.