Ms. Ulrike Guelich, visited IBA, Aman Centre for Entrepreneurial Development
"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful" - Joshua Marine
For an entrepreneur, the life is filled with such challenges. IBA-AMAN CED has initiated a historic process of providing support and platform to women entrepreneurs. The AMAN Center for Entrepreneurship Development (AMAN CED), IBA has collaborated with the World Bank & Enclude - a leading consultancy firm to initiate a women entrepreneurship development program-WomenX, exclusively for Pakistani women entrepreneurs.
The latest session of this program, held on 11th October was an interesting & exhilarating experience for both, the women entrepreneurs and the audience who witnessed it. Students and faculty alike got to know more about various businesses and their respective models.
Presentations were given by numerous women entrepreneurs and they elucidated upon how their business operates, what is their key value proposition, and other various aspects. The stories, which these extremely talented women shared with the audience on what factors lead them to start their own businesses, ranged from wanting to escape from domestic abuse, to fighting for better employment opportunities for the handicapped people of our country. All stories were truly inspirational. Questions were asked by the judges on diverse factors such as risk, customer service, and affiliation with technology etcetera.
The esteemed panel of guests on this event included the chief guest Ms. Ulrike Guelich, a PhD. Candidate in Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at Bangkok University. She is visiting IBA-AMAN CED as a guest speaker. Ms. Ulrike is a Babson Fellow, a PhD. Candidate in Entrepreneurship and holds an MBA from the University of Maryland. Ms. Guelich has nearly 20 years of experience in the area of entrepreneurship, strategy, women entrepreneurship and risk management.
Dr. Uzair of Healthcare, Mr. Babar Khan of MEB Textile, Mr. Shakaib Khan of SK Motors Syndicate, Mr. Farrukh Zafar of Rockefeller and Owais Shuja of LIDO also graced the event with their presence and valuable input. Some students also set up stalls at the venue displaying their business products and services. Overall, the event was a major success and provided our women entrepreneurs not only a networking platform but also motivation to learn from each other and further enhance their business models to the best of their capabilities.
The presentations took place in seminar room 3 and 4 of the AMAN CED building at IBA. A total of thirty-nine women presented their business models which included restaurants, websites, novelty items, designed dresses, paper art, graphic designing services, transportation, education, training, embroidered clothing material, salon services, confectionery items and more. It goes to show that women are not only involved in gender-specific jobs, but are breaking the status quo and exploring new career horizons. Such diversity is hard to find and it gave a new ray of hope for the women entrepreneurs of Pakistan.
The AMAN-CED building was a mix of colours as various stalls were put up by some of these women entrepreneurs. All in all, this proved to be a great experience where students visited stalls and even made it to the presentations.