Youth

Pakistan has the fifth largest youth bulge in the world, with 60% of its population falling below the age of 30. The youth bulge can become resourceful depending on how the youth is employed in various economic activities. Our vision is to empower our youth through social entrepreneurship.

RISE (Raising Innovative Social Enterprises)

RISE (Raising Innovative Social Enterprises) is a program developed by SEED and co-delivered with Cockpit Arts in collaboration with Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture (IVS) with the support of British Council (Pakistan). RISE was initiated to identify creative social enterprises and visionaries in the creative industry and instill them with business and entrepreneurial acumen. RISE was designed as a training program which involved open applications, out of which 28 entrepreneurs in total were selected for training in the first and second cycle. Over the course of 3 months, 2 sessions were held each week by the trainers and mentors. Mentors were specifically assigned to guide the entrepreneurs develop the creative and social aspect of their enterprises. Most of the enterprises and ideas selected for the program training were small-scale businesses that wanted to incorporate a social impact into their business model.

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STEP (The Social Technology Entrepreneurship Program)

The Social Technology Entrepreneurship Program was launched in 2021 in collaboration with Entrepreneurship and Youth Development Society (EYDS) and Philip Morris Pakistan Limited (PMPKL). The aim of the program was to empower, train, mentor, and provide networking to startups leveraging technology to impact society and fuel business process innovation. Promising enterprises and entrepreneurs were connected to mentors within their industry to train and polish their skills in order to take the enterprises to the next level. In the end, 3 most promising enterprises would receive USD 10,000 to further grow their enterprises.

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Pakistan100

Pakistan100 is a legacy leadership programme for young, Pakistani change makers. The programme ran in partnership between Common Purpose, SEED Ventures, EYDS and sponsor, Martin Dow. In November 2020, the first-ever cohort of young individuals accepted the Pakistan100 challenge of being the generation that takes responsibility for Pakistan when it turns 100 years old, through developing its skills, abilities and network. With our patron’s guidance and contributions, we were able to reach our goal of producing culturally intelligent citizens. As after all, they will be the generation in leadership positions when we reach the milestone. By the end of the programme, we handpicked a group of 50 dedicated ambassadors from Pakistan and the diaspora. Our ambassadors are eager to engage, support and act as strong pillars for Pakistan.

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DELTA (Developing Entreprenuership, Leaderhip Tangible Acumen)

The Social Technology Entrepreneurship Program was launched in 2021 in collaboration with Entrepreneurship and Youth Development Society (EYDS) and Philip Morris Pakistan Limited (PMPKL). The aim of the program was to empower, train, mentor, and provide networking to startups leveraging technology to impact society and fuel business process innovation. Promising enterprises and entrepreneurs were connected to mentors within their industry to train and polish their skills in order to take the enterprises to the next level. In the end, 3 most promising enterprises would receive USD 10,000 to further grow their enterprises.

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Impact Link Challenge

Impact Link forms part of the Scottish Government’s Internationalising Social Enterprise Strategy and Pakistan Engagement Strategy. Pakistan Impact Link was launched in December 2018 and is designed to build resilience, capacity and impact a small number of enterprises that are moving beyond the Incubator stages of growth. Impact Link is delivered in Pakistan by SEED and Social Enterprise Academy Pakistan, led by SEA International CIC as an initiative of Scottish Government. We have executed 2 cycles of the fund in Pakistan. The second cycle was carried out as Impact Link: Social Enterprise Challenge 2020 in collaboration with Youth Co:Lab an initiative co-led by UNDP and Citi Foundation.

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Incubating Potential Programme (IPP)

Incubating Potential Programme (IPP) has been conceived by SEED Ventures and was implemented in Korangi in collaboration with Karachi Youth Initiative. The project was conducted over a period of one year, and a four-and-a-half-month-long enterprise development course was designed primarily for Grass-root Entrepreneurs (GREs). The focus was to impart principles of entrepreneurship, financial management, marketing, leadership, and personal development to the target audience. Incubation
centres were established in Lyari and Korangi.

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Creating Safe Community Spaces

Creating Safe Community Spaces was implemented by SEED Ventures in collaboration with Karachi Youth Initiative (KYI), across the six districts of Karachi. This project was conceived to address the lack of community centres that provide a healthy and productive environment to the youth entrepreneurs of marginalised communities of Karachi. The ethos was to educate aspiring and existing entrepreneurs about economic possibilities and better business practices and to encourage discussion.

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Rising Entrepreneur

Rising Entrepreneur is a tournament-style business plan competition for early-stage startups. It aims to show showcase early-stage or idea-stage start-ups. This show is essentially a  platform to bring investors, start-ups, mentors, and leading entrepreneurs together to work towards nurturing and growing these enterprises.

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