Episode 3

Furquan Kidwai is Bringing the PillPack Model to Pakistan

In this episode of Rise of the Next, Furquan talks about how his online pharmacy, Dawaai, is modernizing a highly fragmented market.

Picture courtesy of Dawaai

Shereen Abdulla

Podcast Host

Published

04.02.22

Furquan Kidwai left his career as a banker in London and moved to Karachi to found Dawaai in 2013, an online pharmacy aiming to modernize a highly fragmented market made up of small independent pharmacies. It’s a model, he says, that has a lot in common with PillPack.

In this episode of Rise of the Next, Furquan talks about wading into a market where an estimated 40% of drugs are fake, inventory issues abound, and patient trust is low. It’s one of many opportunities for founders to transform industries, he believes, in Pakistan.  

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Shereen Abdulla

Podcast Host

Shereen Abdulla has more than 12 years of experience in innovation management and entrepreneurship in the financial and tech industries. She has helped foster startup ecosystems across the Middle East to bring together founders, investors, corporations and government entities, and consulted on corporate innovation. Shereen holds a BSc from the London School of Economics and an Executive MSc from Columbia University.

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