Technology and Womens Entrepreneurship Takes Center Stage in Pakistan
Brenden Chaney @brendenchaney
Nov 14, 2012
GEW in Pakistan continue their week with a few more panel discussions on topics ranging from technology to womens entrepreneurship
During the discussion on "High Impact Technology Business" one of the panelists, Bilal Farrukh from E-Business, forecasted that the future of entrepreneurship is in the software industry. He went on to say, “Go ahead and start working on application development, e-marketing and IT solution services.” Other panelists for the discussion included Faisal Khan, of Ovex Tech; Ahmer Arif of Developyst; Shahryar Khan of Swam Tech; Bilal Farrukh of EBusiness; Dr. Ata Ul Aziz of QK Networks; and Farrukh Mahmood of Moftak Solutions. The overall panel was moderated by Murtaza Zaidi from TIE. The discussion was around the future stream of technology business in Pakistan. The panel advised participating students from Abasyn University, MAJU, Preston University, Iqra University and Roots College International to be focused on being their own boss rather than working for someone else. Students discussed their business ventures and models and got support and guidance from the panelists.
GEW continued their events with a focus on “Social Entrepreneurship”. A panel was held and moderated by the President of GEW/Pakistan, Kashif Khan. The discussion concentrated on how social entrepreneurship can shape the future of Pakistan. Student from three different universities were polled and 90% were interested in starting a social venture.
The most exciting event of the Week so far occured yesterday with a discussion moderated by Ayla Majid of KMR Accountants focused on "Women Empowerment through Women Entrepreneurship." Majid was accompanied by Dr. Shahina Waheed of UNIDO; Matan Meyer of ECON U.S. Embassy; Farida Rashid, President of IWCC; and fashion designer Sumaira Sajjad as panelist members to guide, consult and motivate female students to become future entrepreneurs. Apart from motivating females they talked about enabling a supportive environment for females and to encourage them to be an entrepreneur. Students from KPK and Twin Cities of Islamabad/Rawalpindi actively participated throughout the session and made the event quite interactive. Shahid Ansari, Director Incubation Center at Comsats, spoke about how a woman can be a successful entrepreneur by initiating from small level of projects. The event ended with a networking session with the students enabling them to talk directly with their mentors upon their business ideas.