Community-centered startup growth enabler having technical background and relevant experience of 7 years with startups, incubators and accelerators helping tech startups scale and grow.

Saba Kalsoom

I am a dedicated startup growth leader with a strong passion for fostering diversity and building communities in the workplace. With a technical background and seven years of relevant experience working with startups, incubators, and accelerators, I specialize in enabling community-centered startup growth. My expertise lies in helping tech startups scale and flourish.

Beyond my professional pursuits, I actively engage in volunteer work with organizations and communities that champion diversity and inclusion, such as Women Techmakers. I believe in making a positive impact both inside and outside the office.

My story

My journey began at the age of 16, when I ventured into freelancing in emerging tech business development while pursuing my education. As a co-founder of a virtual reality-driven edtech startup in the premetaverse world, I achieved recognition as a Runner-Up in prestigious competitions like MIT Solve and Mohammad Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity. Among 3000+ applications, our startup stood out as the only Asian representative. Additionally, I served as one of Pakistan’s first Google Developers Student Club leads, solidifying my profile as a standout student and emerging leader.  

In 2023, my resilience and accomplishments led to Emerging Leaders Awardee by State Department of U.S and got featured in a television interview on Aur Life Official. I was also honoured with the Heroes in Technology award at HBL Pakistan Super League Season 8.

During my free time, I cherish moments spent with my family and friends, exploring new cafes and embarking on hikes around the city. I am also enthusiastic about fitness and enjoy creating educational content on platforms like Instagram and other social media channels. It’s worth noting that laughter is an integral part of who I am, and I take pride in my signature laughter.

Thank you for reading my story, and I hope my journey and accomplishments inspire you.

Director Ecosystem and Partnerships

Sept’22 – Present | Fasset

  • Leading Web3.0 and crypto exchange company operational in various jurisdictions with licenses in the UAE, Malaysia, Europe, and forthcoming license in Indonesia
  • Backed by Liberty City Ventures, Fatima Gobi Ventures, and other prominent investors

Key Achievement

  • Established and managed a robust ecosystem and community, comprising top-tier government relations, academic institutions, and startup ecosystem hubs
  • Promoted Fasset as a leading platform in the Pakistani market, resulting in a significant increase in trading volume
  • Organized successful Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions with key opinion leaders (KOLs) across Pakistan to optimize trading volume and enhance brand visibility
  • Identified and developed new use cases to solve via Web3.0 Technologies, expanding Fasset’s value proposition
  • Resolved users’ issues pertaining to the Fasset App, collaborating closely with the support team to ensure swift resolution
  • Addressed app functionality, P2P merchant issues, and other related concerns to improve user experience
Growth Lead - COGROW Accelerator

August’21 – August’22 | COLABS

  • Identified, managed, and scheduled local and international co-hosted events on a weekly basis with VCs, angel investors, startup accelerators, incubators, and corporates, resulting in a 40% increase in event attendance and networking opportunities.
  • Built strong relationships with communities and businesses, securing dedicated and discounted opportunities for community startups and freelancers, resulting in a 20% increase in utilization of such opportunities.
  • Forged partnerships with content creators and ecosystem influencers, positioning COLABS as a leading ecosystem enabler and increasing brand visibility by 25% within the target audience.
  • Played a pivotal role in the successful seed fundraising round, securing $3 million in investments backed by Indus Valley Capital, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Zayn Capital, Teddy Himler, Turner Novack, and other notable investors.
  • Led the PR plan for the fundraise announcement, resulting in coverage in prominent media outlets and generating positive investor interest.
  • Actively contributed to the growth and expansion strategy for the next 5 years, providing an ecosystem-relevant perspective and driving sustainable growth.
Junior Program Manager

Nov’20 – June’21 | ScaleX Accelerator

  • Developed and implemented a comprehensive brand strategy, resulting in a 40% increase in brand recognition and engagement within the startup ecosystem.
  • Successfully maintained and nurtured the ScaleX community, resulting in a 30% increase in active community members and improved participant satisfaction.
  • Conducted extensive market research to identify global market opportunities for startups, leading to the successful expansion of three cohort startups into international markets.
  • Provided valuable guidance and support to cohort startups in web design, content development, brand strategy, and pitch deck optimization, resulting in a 50% increase in investor interest and successful fundraising.
  • Spearheaded the success stories of Deaftawk, Poulta, and LearnObots, facilitating their investment rounds and supporting their scaling efforts in global markets.
Junior Program Manager
Founding Team Member

 July’18 – Jan’ 20 | aiyin 

  • Recognized as a runner-up for MIT Solve and Mohammad Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity, competing against 3000+ global edtech solutions. This achievement highlights the innovation and impact of our startup as the only Asian representative.
  • Strategized and executed marketing and outreach initiatives, resulting in the establishment of sponsorship agreements and the cultivation of strong relationships with institutions, administration, individuals, and communities.
  • Increased brand visibility and community engagement, leading to a 50% growth in user participation and a 30% increase in user satisfaction.
  • Collaborated with educational institutions to integrate virtual reality content into their curriculum, resulting in improved learning outcomes and a 70% increase in student engagement.
Google Developers Student Club Lead

July’19 – June’20 | Google Developers

  • Out of 1000+ applicants, handpicked by Google Developers to serve as a DSC Lead, demonstrating exceptional skills and dedication.
  • Formulated a strategic agenda for the calendar year, aligning DSC’s activities with the needs and interests of the community.
  • Successfully grew the community membership by 100-fold through targeted outreach initiatives, engaging events, and effective community management.
Google Developer
Achievements & Recognitions
HBL PSL Hamaray Heroes in Science & Technology at PSL Season 8
Speaker & Features


  • Google Developers Group Live Pakistan Panel at Her Story: An inspiring initiative 
  • Speaker at Google Developers Student Clubs FAST NUCES Peshawar on How Web3.0 Is evolving the industry 
  • Speaker at Iqra University’s Digital Wave Summit 
  • Podcast Guest Speaker at Makaan.com Podcast series 
  • Speaker at Growth Summit at ITCN Asia International Tech Show powered by ZONG 4G
  • Speaker at Institute of emerging careers Web3.0 for All 
  • Speaker at National Incubation Center, Peshawar for a session on Revenue 
  • Speaker at the Institute of emerging careers for a session on Unlocking the Potential of Web3.0 
  • Speaker at Future Fest 2022 & 2023 on Unpacking the future of centralization/Decentralization in Web3 Industry and Community Building 
  • National Expansion Plan of NICs Cohort 3 Startups on Product Market Fit 
  • Speaker at Superior University’s 13th International Conference on Management Research 


  • Speaker at Connected Women Conference 
  • Lead trainer for How to Develop a Business Plan for Startups by Mobilink Microfinance Bank in collaboration with Agile Pakistan
  • Panel Moderator at National Incubation Center’s Web3.0 Summit on Web3 Usecases in Pakistan
  • Speaker at IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit 2022 at GCU Lahore on Web 3.0 and its potential in Pakistan.
  • Panel Moderator at Google Developers Student Club Summit on Building Better Communities Together 
  • Trainer on Pitch Deck Essentials & Best Practices for Regional Plan 9 Cohort 4 startups 
  • Speaker at Fasset Web3.0 Networking Event 
  • Host and speaker at The Binance’s Web3.0 Summit at COLABS
  • Speaker at Women Techmaker’s Cool Girl Summer Session on Women in Tech Labour Force 
  • FM101 Radio Show Podcast Guest Speaker 
  • Host and speaker at CoHack – a hackathon on sustainability and the environment 
  • Host & Speaker at COLABS Networking Thursdays Ft. Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors


  • Speaker at hackathon “Codefest’21” by HackClub and Google Developers Student Club NUST
  • Speaker at Bahria University Lahore Campus Hackmafest 

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