Meet our Alumni

Shaheen Nouman

Founder of Bunte Markhor

Shaheen Nouman Rajan, 33, lives in Berlin, was a participant in this year’s entrepreneurship school. With Bunte Markhor, Rajan wants to bring centuries-old Pakistani craftsmanship to a wider audience. The headquarters of Bunte Markhor and Rajan are in Berlin, and after seeing an advertisement for the preschool on Facebook, Rajan applied to the preschool with a desire to learn more about the startup environment in Berlin. 

What motivated you to apply? 

The program looked interesting and intense. I was also impressed by the speakers who were to attend. I wanted to learn more about the startup community in Berlin and find out more about what networks there were for new entrepreneurs. 

Rajan has a background in marketing communication, journalism in tourism and experience from PR agencies. 

Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur? 

Yes, I always knew I wanted to be my own boss. My ideas changed over time and became more adapted to my circumstances, but the underlying vision was always the same. 

What was your impression of Startup Migrant’s preschool?

 I thought it was amazing. I knew it was going to be packed days, but it was so enriching and a great opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurship. I think the plan was very interesting and I looked forward to the next few days after the first day. I also really enjoyed when we were put in online groups and worked together on various tasks. It made us get to know each other and talk to each other. 

Have you kept in touch with any of the people you worked with afterwards? 

Yes, after the weekend some of us met in person for dinner and some drinks. Was really fun to meet new people. What does the road ahead look like for you? I have launched my online store for ethically produced Pakistani crafts and hope to be able to use the knowledge I have gained from the preschool in my company, Bunte Markhor.

Bunte Markhor is home to a curated selection of ethically produced lifestyle and fashion products, handmade by craftsmen from all over the country. Markhor was born to bridge the gap between precious crafts from Pakistan and the European market, and help find these handcrafted items get a new home where they are valued. 

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring entrepreneurs? 

There will always be things you do not know or know enough about yet. Don’t let that stop you from following your passion. Having all the answers is overrated, so just go for it and along the way you will learn more and more anyway. handmade by artisans from all over the country.