Launch of IBA-UNDP Balochistan Entrepreneurship Project (BEP), Quetta 2019

Launch of IBA-UNDP Balochistan Entrepreneurship Project (BEP), Quetta 2019

IBA Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) in collaboration with UNDP Pakistan and University of Balochistan (UoB) launched an Entrepreneurship training program for youth in the heart of Balochistan, Quetta. The opening ceremony was graced with the presence of Mr. Zulfiqar Durrani (Provincial Representative- UNDP Pakistan) and Ms. Shazia Aman (Representative-UNDP Balochistan).

This program aims to provide the young men and women from Balochistan with opportunities to acquire entrepreneurial skills, to develop entrepreneurial mindset & values which will help them to start their own businesses. The potential beneficiaries are the students of various universities, technical training institutes, and colleges across Balochistan. Around 120 students (including men and women) are being trained in this program belonging to various ethnicities and districts including: Quetta, Loralai, Khuzdar, Pishin, Mastung, Jaffarabad, Kalat, Turbat, Lasbela etc.

The opening sessions mainly focused on the development of an entrepreneurial mindset amongst the participants i.e. how to start a business with least amount of resources. This mindset was developed via various simulations, videos, and real life entrepreneurial cases on Pakistani Women Entrepreneurs etc. In between, few motivational stories were taught in Urdu language such as: poetry from Iqbal, readings on Ashfaque Ahmed and Javed Chaudhary etc. to ignite an entrepreneurial spirit amongst the participants.

In addition, the participants were engaged in a hands-on team building activity where they had to build a tallest tower while using the in-hand available resources. The purpose of this exercise was to develop entrepreneurial values within the participants including: parsimony (working with the least amount of resources), time and resource management etc. Following this, an interesting entrepreneurial exercise took place named as Puzzles & Quilt where the participants were able to differentiate between managerial vs. entrepreneurial learning.

Launch of IBA-UNDP Balochistan Entrepreneurship Project (BEP), Quetta 2019
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