We identified gaps in the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem, and have devised solutions which address these gaps. Formats were developed independently by our teams, and have been implemented in collaboration with different stakeholders.
Enterprise Challenge Pakistan (ECP) is a pan-Pakistan, inter-school competition that encourages young people to explore entrepreneurship as a career path. ECP is essentially a business simulation challenge where students playing in teams of four or five employ their creativity in cyber-scenarios. It is offered to secondary school students within the age bracket of 13-16 years in various schools across the country.
SEED is the founder partner in Pakistan and is responsible for the execution and delivery of Enterprise Challenge in Pakistan. Prince’s Trust International and British Deputy High Commission (BDHC) and has extended its support for Enterprise Challenge Pakistan (ECP).
Social Enterprise Academy is a Scotland based social enterprise delivering learning and development programmes for people and organisations working for social purpose. Social Enterprise Academy Pakistan is the local hub established by SEED in collaboration with SEA Scotland. In Pakistan, SEA Pakistan delivers programmes in leadership, entrepreneurship and social impact for individuals and organisations at any stage in their development. SEA Pakistan hub was established in January, 2017.
Jago is a creative thinking and writing , inter-school competition developed and implemented by FK Squared, a SEED venture. This initiative has been designed for underprivileged children and aims to help them think of how they can develop a tolerant and peace-loving society. Children are trained on constructing interesting story lines, characters and develop plots that reflect their imagination and how they feel they can contribute to society.
The success of this initiative gave rise to an anthology of English and Urdu stories written and illustrated by children titled: Asteen Ka Sanp and Other Stories.
Potential Enterprise Mapping Strategy (PEMS) began as a research project. It is a comprehensive survey based on a sample size of 400 grass root entrepreneurs.
The findings revealed that the vast majority were struggling to realize their full social impact due to a variety of obstacles. On the basis of this research, multiple projects were implemented in the low lying areas of Karachi and Balochistan under Creating Safe Community Spaces, Balochistan Entrepreneurship & Leadership Training, Daharki Livelihood creation and BRAC programmes.
Raising Innovative Social Enterprises – RISE: This is a capacity building and incubation programme for creative social enterprises in Pakistan. This programme is being implemented under DICE by the British Council, and SEED has collaborated with Cockpit Arts – UK, and Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi to execute the programme. We have through this programme incubated 30 creative social enterprises from the country, primarily Karachi at the moment. These enterprises belong to different creative verticals such as toys and games, arts and craft, gastronomy, research and development, fashion, product design and heritage archiving.
Rising Entrepreneur seeks to build enduring relationships between the next generation of entrepreneurs from India, Pakistan, and the Pakistani Diaspora. It is the product of a cross-border partnership between SEED and Atlantic Council (USA). Rising Entrepreneur is the flagship project of this partnership and is a tournament-style business plan competition for early-stage startups in India and Pakistan. It aims to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs in both countries and support the continued development of positive bilateral relations.
In collaboration with British Deputy High Commission, SEED has developed after extensive research a charter for integrity for small and medium enterprises operating in Pakistan. The objective is to train these enterprises on how they can integrate the principles of the charter in their business operations, provide them with an ethical scoring, and hence create a pool of responsible businesses. By way of the charter, we envision to become global businesses, and ethically and socially responsible businesses in Pakistan.
with the support of British Asian Trust, we are developing the capacity of two not-for-profit institutions working on women empowerment in Karachi. The idea is to develop their ability to run incubation programmes, and turn this into a scalable programme which can support the growth of women led micro businesses, formalize their structures, make their more competitive and provide them with an access to larger markets. The two partner institutions are RAST Foundation and Hunar Ghar Welfare Organisation. 30 women-led microenterprises are being incubated through this programme.
with the support of British Asian Trust, we will be incubating 80 youth-led micro enterprises from low income communities in Karachi and Islamabad. Under this project we have partnered with KSBL, and will be partnering with an organisation in Islamabad. The focus of the programme is to incubate and mentor 80 youth-led microenterprises (primarily from disadvantaged areas) at these locations, and help them develop their businesses, have them registered, and build their capacity to hire other people.