We built the Swat Valley Guild to economically re-generate a post-conflict region. The Swat Valley is ancient trading region. Like other startups we had to overcome the challenge of where to start. Like any other innovation-driven enterprises, we needed to leverage technology and innovation. What follows is our story. It combines our best thinking about startups. It highlights how we are organising a business in an ancient tribal society. While leveraging technology and the latest developments in business thought.
I was finishing off on Friday. An email came in from startup bootcamp. I use their hackathons to test out new ideas all the time. They highlighted a Fintech Jam for Good event being sponsored by UNICEF. It clicked this was it. This event would be ideal for us. We felt this was just what we needed. It would allow us to use fintech to help organise The Swat Valley Guild - The SVG. We could build a team and use open innovation.
The Swat Valley Guild is looking to support the Swat Valley access the global marketplace. We are looking to support this post conflict region recover. We are also looking to help the global consumer access top end produce from the region. This blog is about why this Guild matters.