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Let’s get down to business: Mixing creativity and entrepreneurship in Pakistan
Whether it is preserving traditional art forms threatened by the forces of mechanisation, changing societal attitudes on issues such as women’s participation in the workforce, or simply creating opportunities for the 64% of Pakistanis under the age of 30, the need for creative social entrepreneurship has probably never been greater in Pakistan.
Social enterprise is an emerging force in Pakistan
The term social enterprise may be relatively new in Pakistan but it is gaining popularity in its areas of development.
While it may be an unfamiliar concept for many engaged in local grass-roots businesses, they can nevertheless see the potential of engaging in ventures which have a social impact.
Working in Pakistan: Career & Recruitment Fair
Warwick is delighted to be one of just three universities in the UK to host the Working in Pakistan: Career & Recruitment Fair, in conjunction with the British Council Pakistan. This event is open to all Warwick students and alumni, plus students from other partner UK universities. As well as graduate opportunities, the companies attending will also have internship opportunities, so all years of study are invited to attend.
Planting seeds and reaping benefits of Entrepreneurship
KARACHI: A bunch of teenagers won a national level competition for a start-up idea, but the win went largely unnoticed. Their success came from the fact that it was rooted in a basic social scheme that aimed to not just generate employment in Pishin, Balochistan, but also help increase female labour force participation and school enrollment.
The Notepad: Faraz Khan
Jubilee Life, SEED Ventures collaborate
Helping young people help themselves
A unique initiative, Mosaic, will soon be making its appearance in Pakistan with the objective of helping young people from not-so-affluent backgrounds achieve entrepreneurial skills and thus realise their full potential to become contributing members of society. This was announced by Jonathan Freeman, managing director of the UK-based organisation while talking to this correspondent at the offices of The News on Saturday afternoon.
British Business Centre, SEED Ventures sign MoU to promote entrepreneurship
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between SEED Ventures and the British Business Centre at the UK Deputy High Commission on Wednesday to enhance and promote the entrepreneurial segment of Pakistan and the UK through cross-border development and local business solutions.
Over 200 women entrepreneurs visit business summit in KP
PESHAWAR: Over 200 women entrepreneurs turned up for the First Women in Business Summit (WIB-SUM) organised by the Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management (KPEZDMC) here on Thursday.
Dodging Illicit Cash, Pakistan Startups Hunt for Angel Funds
After banks in Pakistan turned down loan applications for his fledgling advertising company seven years ago, Faraz Khan found plenty of private investors willing to back his vision — with a catch. A lot of the cash was illicit and accepting it would have turned his Gizelle Communication Ltd. into a money launderer.
Lailamah Giselle Khan’s eight-year-old wisdom hits shelves in Dubai
Kinokuniya in The Dubai Mall will host the launch of four new books from the Pakistani publishing house FK Squared. Two of these titles, The Hajj Journey of Lailamah Giselle Khan and The Euro Journey of Lailamah Giselle Khan, are by the country’s youngest writer – the eight-year-old Lailamah Giselle Khan.
Is more funding the answer to Pakistan's struggling microfinance sector?
There is a growing desire within Pakistan to expand its microfinance sector and innovate. Since the 1990s, however, the country’s attempts to blend commercial and development models to tackle poverty, the gender gap, and unemployment have struggled against a backdrop of financial and political instability.
Five leading global programmes supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs
There is an untapped opportunity to promote economic growth and reduce unemployment by expanding access to entrepreneurship education to secondary school students across the world – in particular within developing countries.
OPINION: Pakistan's social enterprise sector would benefit from legal status
KARACHI/LONDON, Oct 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From turning organic waste into fertiliser to sharing farm equipment, new businesses seeking to address social problems in Pakistan have made the South Asian nation one of the best performers in the second global poll on social entrepreneurs.
Authoring a change
A couple of writers from Pakistan are now putting the pukh into literary action these days. If you’re baffled about what exactly that strange word is, seasoned entrepreneurs Faraz Khan and Farhad Karamally do the explaining in their debut book as writers — Pukh Theory.
Women drive social business growth
in Pakistan - 17 Global Goals
From turning organic waste into fertiliser to sharing farm equipment, new businesses seeking to address social problems in Pakistan have made the South Asian nation one of the best performers in the second global poll on social entrepreneurs.
Pakistan was one of the three countries, along with Australia and the Netherlands, whose overall ranking improved the most since the first Thomson Reuters Foundation experts’ poll on the best countries for social entrepreneurs in 2016.
SEED Ventures presents Enterprise Challenge Pakistan at Prince’s Trust International reception
LONDON: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales met with Heads of Government and Heads of State from across the Commonwealth at a Prince’s Trust International reception held at St James’ Palace recently. Faraz Khan, CEO of SEED Ventures in Pakistan was in attendance to talk about how delivery of the Prince’s Trust International Enterprise Challenge programme is inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Jubilee Life joins hands with SEED Ventures to promote Enterprise Challenge Pakistan
The signing ceremony took place between Mr Javed Ahmed, MD & CEO, Jubilee Life and Mr Faraz Khan, CEO & Co-Founder, SEED Ventures at the Jubilee Life head office the other day. Enterprise Challenge Pakistan (ECP) is a pan-Pakistan, inter-school competition that encourages young people to explore entrepreneurship as a career path. It is offered to secondary school students within the age bracket of 13-16 years in various schools across the country.
Cross-border enterprise development : UK to help enhance entrepreneurial landscape in Pakistan
KARACHI: British Business Centre (BBC) and SEED Ventures have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development of the entrepreneurial landscape between Pakistan and the UK. An announcement on Wednesday said that SEED Ventures, an enterprise development organisation that works to promote and facilitate entrepreneurship, would help promote trade, industry, investment, and economic relations between the UK and Pakistan.
Two start-up firms merged to address market’s digital needs
LAHORE: The two digital houses – SEED Ventures and Click 9 – merged here to create a joint platform that can effectively address the digital requirements of the local market, according to a press release issued here on Thursday. SEED Ventures has acquired Click 9 and merged it with Gizelle Digital to form DG-9. Gizelle Digital and Click 9 were originally incubated at the SEED Incubation Centre, one of its ventures and an all-purpose business incubation centre.
Dodging illicit cash, Pakistan startups hunt for angel funds
After banks in Pakistan turned down loan applications for his fledgling advertising company seven years ago, Faraz Khan found plenty of private investors willing to back his vision — with a catch. Much of the cash was illicit, and accepting it would have turned his Gizelle Communication into a money launderer.
Dodging dirty money, Pakistan startups hunt for angel funds
After banks in Pakistan turned down loan applications for his fledgling advertising company seven years ago, Faraz Khan found plenty of private investors willing to back his vision — with a catch. A lot of the cash was illicit and accepting it would have turned his Gizelle Communication Ltd. into a money launderer. “There were investors with blank cheques and investors who were like, ‘take as much money as you want,”’ he said over coffee at the Movenpick Hotel in Karachi. “You have to sift through very carefully the ones that are dirty money.”
SEED Ventures invests in AEROSYNC
Lahore May 24, 2016: SEED Ventures recently invested in another startup – AeroSync, and is working to launch a series of innovative entrepreneurial products for grass root entrepreneurs (GREs). These products will provide sustainable income opportunities to small start-ups, and will help resolve their livelihood and economic challenges. The first product will be launched end May, 2016.
MOU Signed Between SEED Ventures & Social Enterprise Academy Scotland
Islamabad (June 20, 20116): A Memorandum of understanding was signed in London between SEED Ventures and Social Enterprise Academy (SEA), Scotland, to develop the international social franchise of the Social Enterprise Academy for Pakistan.
Meet a Pakistani Patriot
My name is Sadaf Mahmood. I am a traditionalist, and a patriot from Karachi, Pakistan, who is fighting to preserve Karachi heritage sites. People ask me all the time if I’m an architect. I’m not an architect, but that doesn’t mean I’m not qualified or I don’t understand architecture or I don’t have the vision to admire something within my country. I can be proud, and I can take ownership.
British Business Centre in Pakistan signs MoU with SEED Ventures
A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 3rd May 2016 between the British Business Centre and SEED Ventures. The purpose of this MoU was to promote trade, industry, investment and economic relations between the UK and Pakistan.
Dodging illicit cash, Pakistan start-ups hunt for angel funds
Karachi: After banks in Pakistan turned down loan applications for his fledgling advertising company seven years ago, Faraz Khan found plenty of private investors willing to back his vision — with a catch. A lot of the cash was illicit and accepting it would have turned his Gizelle Communication Ltd into a money launderer.
While Faraz talks to Khaleej Times about his humble beginnings and ambitions, marketing guru Khusro continues with his work, engaging in serious discussions with visiting guests as well as staff members. The two young men are the characters around which the soon-to-be-launched book, Midlife and Naked, revolves. “This was our first office, and we started from here, and now we don’t feel like moving out of this place,” explains Faraz.
6 Things About Entrepreneurship We Learnt From Faraz Khan
When you’re about to start a business, or invest in one, there are a million questions you might have. What is the right way to go about it? How can one be successful? For this reason, we had social entrepreneur, investor, and Co-founder and CEO of Seed Ventures, Faraz Khan answer the questions you had regarding entrepreneurship!
SEED to grow Entrepreneurship in Pakistan by collaborating with Social Enterprise Academy
A Memorandum of understanding was signed in a ceremony held at British Deputy High Commission, Karachi between SEED Ventures and Social Enterprise Academy (SEA), Scotland, to inaugurate the international social franchise of the Social Enterprise Academy for Pakistan. Faraz Khan, CEO and founder SEED Ventures and Sam Baumber, Managing Director Social Enterprise Academy Scotland, initiated the signing which was witnessed by Belinda Lewis, British Deputy High Commissioner.
NOWPDP officially launches its enterprise development centre
Friday September 28, 2018: NOWPDP marked the launch of their Enterprise Development Center (EDC) – in collaboration with SEED Ventures; with an informative panel discussion on “Poverty Alleviation through Financial Inclusion”. The inauguration was attended by CEO Acumen Pakistan – Dr. Ayesha Khan, CEO Aman Foundation – Mr. Ahmed Jalal , CEO SEED Ventures – Mr. Faraz Khan, Director National Incubation Center – Shahjahan Chaudhary and moderated by President NOWPDP – Mr. Amin Hashwani.
Experts At Pre-budget Seminar Suggest Measures To Boost Social Enterprise
ISLAMABAD, Feb 1 (Pakistan Point News – APP – 01st Feb, 2017 ) : Speakers at a pre-budget seminar here Wednesday urged the government to focus on social entrepreneurship during the upcoming financial year as it offers solutions to many challenges related to sustained economy. Social entrepreneurship had immense potential to contribute and to give boost to overall economy of Pakistan, they said while speaking at a seminar on ‘Recommendations for Social Enterprise Sector’, which was organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
SEED Ventures Invests in Karachi Based Digital Firms
Social Entrepreneurship & Equity Development (SEED) Ventures has invested an undisclosed value of funds to merge its own startup Gizelle Digital with Click-9 to form a combined DG-9 firm.
Enterprise Challenge Pakistan National Finals 2017 held at British Deputy High Commission
The National Finals brought together six teams of Enterprise Challenge finalists from cities across Pakistan to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. The winning team was from Gilgit Baltistan and Team Federal was awarded the audience choice award.
Exclusive: Youth, women drive spur social business growth in Pakistan - global poll
KARACHI/LONDON, Oct 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From turning organic waste into fertilizer to sharing farm equipment, new businesses seeking to address social problems in Pakistan have made the South Asian nation one of the best performers in the second global poll on social entrepreneurs.
The Art of Leading Excellence
Faraz Khan: Firstly, I simply consider myself as a person who strives to live by his beliefs and supports others, especially the youth, to become leaders in their own respect. I believe that the revolutionary streak that many of us have in us does not always need to be too blatant. Rather one has the opportunity to create a stir in smaller circles, which, when amalgamated, can become a whole new gigantic sphere. Hence, I left a rapidly progressing corporate job eleven years ago and started out with my partner to follow certain mandates that I had in my mind, which are now represented in the very core of our belief system at SEED, our company.
SEED Ventures and SEA International to launch Social Enterprise Academy in Pakistan
A Memorandum of understanding was signed in a ceremony held at British Deputy High Commission, Karachi between SEED Ventures and Social Enterprise Academy (SEA), Scotland, to inaugurate the international social franchise of the Social Enterprise Academy for Pakistan. Faraz Khan, CEO and founder SEED Ventures and Sam Baumber, Managing Director Social Enterprise Academy Scotland, initiated the signing, which was witnessed by Belinda Lewis, British Deputy High Commissioner.
Mosaic Enterprise Challenge heads to Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Plans have been finalised for the award-winning programme, Mosaic Enterprise Challenge, to be delivered in schools across Pakistan following a high-level visit this week. The Mosaic Enterprise Challenge, an initiative of the Prince of Wales, is an annual national competition for secondary school students across the UK, designed to develop and encourage their entrepreneurial skills.