Activities Archive

    Feb 28, 2014: Guest Speaker Session
with Ms. Josette Dijkhuizen

28th of Febuary, 2015 marked its importance by welcoming two important figures who inspired the CIE and EMBA participants by their thought provoking words, guidelines and personal experience. Ms. Josette Dijkhuizen, a special guest from Netherlands, was invited to share some words about her entrepreneurial journey. Her PHD research work which is focused towards success and happiness for entrepreneurs her new project Empower targeted towards women shelters. More

    Feb 18, 2014: Acquisition Ceremony
held at IBA-AMAN-CED of its graduating incubate company "Stallion Deliveries"

On the 18th of February 2015 IBA Center for Entrepreneurial Development (AMAN-CED) held an "Acquisition Ceremony" of its graduating incubate company named Stallion Deliveries; a Cash on Delivery service which aims to bridge the gap between businesses and their customers by providing fast deliveries accompanied by 24-hours cash payback. The venture was started by BBA Entrepreneurship's very own students; Muhammad Hassan Khan and Ibrahim Yousuf Petiwala in March of 2014 which was ultimately acquired by ARY group of Companies in February 2015. More

    Jan 30, 2015: WomenX Cohort 2
Orientation Ceremony

30th January 2015 marked the commencement of the second cohort of Womenx Entrepreneurship Program in collaboration with Enclude and The World Bank. Motivated by the success of the first batch who had just recently graduated after the completion of phase 1 of their educational training, the new batch of students came highly energized for their first class. The class started with some enlightening verses from the Holy Quran and a then a brief overview of the course outline, expectations of the students and the probable outcomes of the four month course in entrepreneurship. More

    Jan 20, 2015:
AMAN-CED – Programs Graduating Ceremony

AMAN Center for Entrepreneurial Development (AMAN-CED), IBA held a Graduating Ceremony for its various entrepreneurial programs at the G&T Auditorium, IBA Main Campus on Tuesday, 20th January, 2015. IBA’s AMAN-CED with its vision to embark entrepreneurial spirit in the people of Pakistan, celebrated the completion of its various initiatives like Entrepreneurial Development Program (EDP Batch II), Women Entrepreneurship Program (Cohort 1) and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (Batch I). Dr. Shahid Qureshi, Program Director IBA AMAN-CED hosted the event and gave a formal introduction about AMAN-CED and its many initiatives to promote entrepreneurship in the country. More

    Young Entrepreneur Awards
IBA-BBA Entrepreneur Students become finalist at Shell Tameer
    Dec 19-20, 2014: DICE INVENT 2014  

Karachi, December 19-20, 2014: IBA Karachi in collaboration DICE Foundation USA hosted DICE-INVENT 2014, a two-day Innovative, Entrepreneurship Exhibition, Competition and Mega event at IBA main campus. Renowned International & local Entrepreneurs and faculties not only attended the event to promote entrepreneurship in Pakistan but also inspired the students and also meticulously judged the numerous, spectacular entrepreneur initiatives. Participants, who attended from various universities from all over Pakistan, availed a great opportunity to showcase their talent, gain confidence and build social networks, nationally & internationally. This one of a kind endeavor will help promote an eco-system of entrepreneurship in Pakistan. The main sponsors of the event were DICE, British Council, ISESCO and PCST. Moree

    Dec 15-16, 2014:

15th & 16th December '14 marked two intense days in the history to IBA AMAN-CED where Mr. Bob Stringer - a guest faculty member conducted a successful workshop on "Challenges for Entrepreneurial Leadership" .Mr. Bob Stringer was visiting IBA from 7th-11th December 2014. He spent his time by engaging in various entrepreneurial intiatives being undertaken by leading entrepreneurial center of Pakistan IBA AMAN-CED.Mr. Bob is an MBA from Harvard Business School,USA and also an author of a book on business strategy. He is currently associated with number # 1 Entrepreneurship college in the world Babson College as an adjunt faculty. More

    Oct 11, 2014:
Entrepreneurship Development Program Women X

"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. More

    9th Oct to 12th Oct, 2014:
Ms. Ulrike Guelich, visited IBA, Aman Centre for Entrepreneurial Development

Ms. Ulrike Guelich, a senior lecturer and researcher at Bangkok University visited IBA, Aman Centre for Entrepreneurial Development from 9th Oct to 12th Oct, 2014 as a part of AMAN-CED’s initiative to enhance the learning experience of Womenx participants. Ms. Ulrike Guelich is actively involved with Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) research on Thailand women entrepreneurs as well as has over 20 years of experience of running her own company Guelich Technologies AG. She also holds an MBA for University of Maryland. More

    Sep 12, 2014:
WomenX Entrepreneurship Program

The AMAN Center for Entrepreneurship Development (AMAN-CED), IBA is collaborating with the World Bank & Enclude - a leading consultancy firm to initiate a women entrepreneurship development program-WomenX, exclusively for Pakistani women entrepreneurs. An orientation session for the program was held at IBA Main Campus on September 12, 2014.

A World Bank funded global initiative, WomenX, is aimed at supporting women business owners through business education, networking and mentorship opportunities. AMAN-CED at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) is to conduct the business education part of this program in Pakistan. More

    Challenges for Entrepreneurial Leadership:
Developing Leaders who shape social and economic opportunity
    Shell Tameer Young Entrepreneur Awards 2014:
IBA BBA-Entrepreneurship Students Become Finalists at Shell Tameer Young Entrepreneur Awards 2014
    Executive MBA
Session on Entrepreneurial Finance

As managing finances appropriately can play a very important role into the success of any start-up; a guest speaker session was arranged for the Executive MBA class of Entrepreneurial Management of Dr. Shahid Qureshi on the topic of Entrepreneurial Finance. The session started with the the speaker emphasizing upon on the significance of having a broad and noble vision for one's company. The guest speaker then elaborated upon explained the key differences between conventional finance and entrepreneurial finance and further discussed the session topics during the 3-hour session. The session ended with a recapitulation of the key learning from the session and a note of thanks.



    DICE-Invent 2014
Session via Video Conferencing

IBA's AMAN-CED carried out a training session on DICE-Invent 2014 at IBA's Main Campus for universities all over Pakistan. Around 15 universities from all over Pakistan participated in the session which included:

5 Campuses of Virtual University of Pakistan
NUST, Islamabad
PIDE, Islamabad
CASE, Islamabad
PIEAS, Islamabad
University of Balochistan
University of Haripur
SBB University, Sherigal Dir
Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, Karachi
Kohat University of Science and Technology
University of Agriculture, Peshawar
BZU, Multan
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
Sind Agriculture University, TandoJam
University of Karachi

Participants were introduced AMAN-CED to the various interventions on entrepreneurship being carried out at IBA's AMAN-CED. Then participants were briefed on the DICE-Invent 2014 and the registration process. The session ended with a question and answer session and a note of thanks to all the participants.



    Workshop on Entrepreneurial Finance June 27-28, 2014  

IBA's AMAN-CED conducted a workshop on Entrepreneurial Finance on 27-28 June 2014 for Entrepreneurs, executives from SMEs and non-finance managers. Workshop started with an overview of financial management, costing, managerial accounting and decision making process. The trainer, Mr. Masoud Ali Khan, FCMA and a C-level professional, then elaborated upon the significance of finance in any business along with differences in conventional and entrepreneurial finance. Other pertinent topics like risk-reward relationship, importance of Accurate, Relevant and Timely (ART) information, budgeting, forecasting, independent review and sensitivity analysis were also thoroughly covered during the two-day workshop.

One of the participants in the workshop Mr. Shoaib, CEO Shoaib Brothers in his feedback on the question "Actions you would apply after learning from this workshop" responded as, " Stop Thinking; Start Doing". Mr. Ahsen, Senior Product Manager from Sanofi responded to the same question as "Innovate and contribute to the business".

AMAN-CED collaborated with IBA's Center for Executive Education (CEE) and SMEDA for marketing of the workshop with an aim to benefit a greater number of participants. Workshop ended with a note of thanks from Dr. Shahid Qureshi, Program Director AMAN-CED and a certificate distribution ceremony.



    Workshop on Entrepreneurship for NTHP Students conducted by IBA-AMAN-CED
June 9-18, 2014, AMAN-CED Building, Main Campus

IBA's AMAN-CED conducted a 15-hour Workshop on Entrepreneurship for the students of the NTHP program. During this workshop students were introduAMAN-CED to the concept of Entrepreneurship and on how can it be beneficial for the economy of Pakistan. A large majority of students were of the opinion that Entrepreneurship can be one of the ways forward when it comes to economic development of Pakistan. During the workshop students carried out exercises on self-discovery and on developing a Business StartUp Model. They were also studied various success stories in the form of lectures, case studies, videos as well as through interaction with a student entrepreneur from IBA. Students also learned the emerging theory of Entrepreneurship based on the principles of Effectuation. The workshop ended with a motivational talk by Dr. Shahid Qureshi on the importance of having a timeless, correct and a noble vision for self as well as Pakistan.



    DICE-Invent 2014:
Session at Virtual University

IBA's AMAN-CED conducted a session of DICE-Invent 2014 at Virtual University Karachi Campus. The session was virtually transmitted to VU campuses at Lahore, Islamabad and Faisalabad and was attended by around 25 faculty members along with students. The session started with introduction about IBA's AMAN-CED and its various activities, achievements along with its local and international partnerships and collaborations. Participants were then introduAMAN-CED to DICE-Invent 2014 along with its history and details about the current program. The participants were also introduAMAN-CED to IBA-AMAN-CED's Business StartUp Model and on how can it be effectively used toward starting a business. The session ended with a networking session with the staff and faculty members of the Karachi Campus over a delicious lunch during which mutual intentions to having more such sessions were also reached.



    DICE-Invent 2014::
Session at OPEN Karachi.



    DICE-Invent 2014:
Session at NUST-PNEC, Karachi

On the invitation of Commandant PNS Jauhar, Commodore Zahid Iqbal SI(M), IBA's AMAN-CED team visited the Project Displays of the students of NUST-PNEC held at NUST's Karachi campus. The session started with the welcome speech by the hosts followed by speeches from the various representatives from industry along with the speech by Mr. Moazzam M.Malik, Chairman and CEO, BMA Capital Management. Following this guests were taken to a display area where students briefed the guests about their projects. IBA's AMAN-CED team had also setup its information desk at the display area. AMAN-CED team coached the students on the benefits of pursuing entrepreneurship capitalizing on their valuable skills along with inviting them to participate in IBA's flagship entrepreneurship event DICE-Invent 2014. The presence of the AMAN-CED team for educating the students on entrepreneurship was well appreciated by the Chief Guest Mr. Moazaam M. Malik as well as by Commodore Zahid Iqbal SI(M).



    Business Startup Presentations by BBA Students  

BBA Entrepreneurship (Second semester) students made their business startup presentations at AMAN-CED Building, IBA Main Campus. Presentations were adjudged by a select group from industry and academia which included young CEOs from various companies and faculty members from IBA. Ex-Director Hinopak Motors, Mr. Fasihul Siddiqi; Program Director Medical Education CPSP, Dr. Minhaj Qidwai and CEO Dynamics Research, Mr. Sibghatullah Husaini were some of the senior judges in the panel. The panel of judges also included CEO E-Ocean Asif Jafri; CEO and COO E-Maymar Affan Laghari and Ali Traiq; CEO Furquan Kidwai; CEO TechnoSync Fawwad Haider and CEO PapaJobs Shan Nasir.

Some of the testimonials from the judges about the presentations are as under::

“Great session – good to see kids starting businesses.”
“Very good initiative by IBA; should be appreciated and facilitated by the industry.”
“Good entrepreneurial minds. Lots of energy and enthusiasm. Give them support on being focused and consistent. Each story of success and failure had a good potential of turning into sustainable businesses.”

Judges also guided the students on further improving their future plans about the businesses. After the presentations, students and judges had a networking session over delicious refreshments at the executive canteen.




    DICE-Invent 2014:
Karachi Workshop at IBA City Campus

The workshop besides been attended by IBA students was also attended by students from Commecs Institute of Business Education, IoBM, PCSIR's Institute of Industrial Electronic Engineering etc. Faculty members from some of universities of Karachi were also present in the workshop along with Ms. Yasmeen Zafar, Dr. Ather Elahi and Mr. Faisal Iradat from IBA. The workshop started by sharing with the participants the theories on pursuing entrepreneurship and innovation complemented by examples from some well known entrepreneurs and academicians. This session was conducted by Dr. Shahid Qureshi, Program Director, AMAN-CED. The second half of the workshop was conducted by Dr.Manfred Aksinant and Mr. Imran Khan (FCS Faculty member). Dr. Manfred coached the participants on the developing their ideas into opportunity by using IBA-AMAN-CED's Business Startup Model (BSM). Mr. Imran emphasized upon the application side using computer sciences in entrepreneurship and innovation.

The workshop ended with presentations on the business opportunities by the participants and a networking session..


    Guest Speaker Sessions for BBA  

Guest speaker sessions were conducted for the students of BBA 8th Semester as part of their essential classroom learning and also in order to inspire them on pursuing an entrepreneurial career upon their graduation in a month's time. CEO of 14thStreet Pizza, Mr. Tanveer Yousuf shared his story with the students and gave them some very valuable insights on running a business as dynamic as a pizza joint. CEO of MAS Enterprises, Mr. Avis Shuja talked to students about the journey of his company and his current plans for expansion with the introduction of new products in his company's portfolio. There were some common points on which both the CEOs emphasised - looking at the bigger picture and seeing things in the longer term perspective are very important for business continuation. They also emphasized on listening to the customers; Mr. Tanveer was very keen about feedback from students about the delicious pizzas served while still hot. Mr. Avais also in his address talked about solving problems of his customers and in turn making them happy through his innovative electronic products being sold under the name of Lido.



    DICE-Invent 2014:
Islamabad Workshops
    Islamabad workshops were conducted at three universities: Air University, COMSATS and Riphah University. A total of 750 students and around 25 faculty members were trained during the workshops.  

    DICE-Invent 2014:
Lahore Workshop at UMT, Lahore

    DICE-Invent 2014:
Sargodha Workshop at University of Sargodha


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Faisalabad Workshop at University of Agriculture

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    DICE-Invent 2014:
Sukkur Workshop at Sukkur IBA

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    DICE-Invent 2014 Workshop
Quetta workshop at BUITEMS and University of Balochistan

    Dr. Ishrat Key Note Address  


    Dr. Shahid Qureshi's Keynote Speech  

Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN) Karachi, Second Annual Conference 2013, “Building Bridges through Networking” was successfully held at the KSBL Campus on 21st December, 2013. Dr. Shahid Qureshi, Program Director IBA-CED, on the invitation of Sindh Enterprise Development Fund (SBoI), delivered the key note address on “Entrepreneurship in Practice” based on the experience at IBA-CED. He also gave a presentation on Agri-Based Entrepreneurship Development Program of IBA-CED, in the Agri-preneurship session during the conference. In which EDP program was presented as a success story, by exemplifying Aftab Hussain, student of EDP batch II who have successfully launched Grinded Red Chilli business within a span of 4 months.

    Business Startups and Crowd Funding Events:  

With the passing out of the second batch of EDP students, a unique crowd funding event was organized where students presented their business plans. This included those plans that have already launched and some that were in the process. The event was held on 12th and 13th of November in the G&T Auditorium and was attended by angel investors, business community, students and faculty members. The platform was thus provided whereby every student got their chance to pitch potential investors into investing in their business and thereby becoming a sleeping partner in the business, whilst at the same time enjoying their equity worth share of profit. CED raised more than Rs 350,000 for the launch of POM FRITES and PAPA JOBS launched by Shah Aun Hussain and Shan Nasir respectively, which was a resounding success on the IBA Main campus.

    Chief Guest for event: Ms. Shehla Raza, Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly  

The chief guest for the event Ms. Shehla Raza arrived in the event and shared with the audience very inspiring memories and her struggles in life which then ultimately paved way for her to climb the success ladder. She motivated the students to become ardent in their vision, to work hard in all spheres of life and to adopt a simple style of living. The message that she conveyed was in fact practical applications of all the teachings of the EDP program.Her speech left a strong impact on the audience who were amazed to hear details of her hard work and personal sacrifices,via which she was able to achieve a high rank within her political and professional domains.

    Crowd Funding of Rs. 500,000 for Ultimate Fitness Solutions (UFS)  

Ultimate Fitness Solutions was a concept that was given by one of the EDP student who is currently working as a fitness trainer with senior CEOs in the industry since 2007. The business plan was to open a fitness center in the heart of DHA whereby customized fitness services in the form of aerobics and exercises will be provided to clients in order for them to remain healthy and active. The business concept was appreciated by many investors and as a result, the idea was able to generate commitments of Rs. 500,000 from investors. Thus investors became owner in the business and will be sharing profit/loss up to 40% of profits.

    IBA-TCS Entrepreneurial Initiative:

With a view to tapping into the creative potential within IBA, Mr Khalid Awan, Chairman TCS Group of Companies, has offered to a select group of individuals identified by the IBA-CED, certain entrepreneurial opportunities that exist in the following areas of his business:

*Branchless Banking and Retail Financial Services made possible through new technologies.
*Agriculture Supply Chain Logistics
*Regional Air and Road Transportation
*Services abroad for overseas Pakistanis.
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    EDP Program Announcement  

Entrepreneurship Development Program is a special program designed by IBA-CED in collaboration with Sindh Board of Investment (SBI) for promotion of agricultural entrepreneurship in Sindh. This diploma program has been developed with special focus on development of analytical and management skills of the students. Class room training will be done under the supervision of the IBA faculty, with a rigorous schedule for accomplishment of the goals.


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    Succeeding in a Man's World!

The IBA Center for Entrepreneurship Development (IBA-CED) strives to promote the spirit of "entrepreneurship" in Pakistan. Keeping aligned with this very endeavor, a full day workshop was held on February 23, 2013. The participants were aspiring female entrepreneurs from diverse walks of life and with versatile dreams. From hosting cooking classes, designing jewellery, to owning an in-house homeopathic clinic - the business ideas were rich and full of potential. Led by Ms. Maheen Ghauri, Ms. Lalarukh Ejaz, and Dr. Amber Gul Rashid, various key issues regarding female entrepreneurship and empowerment in the Pakistani context were discussed. Some of the participants were budding entrepreneurs seeking advice and consultancy. The conductors of the workshop provided guidance and stressed on the importance of research, marketing, and financial options that goes into running one's own business.

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    Technology Entrepreneurship for Faculty  

Technology entrepreneurship workshop was held at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), IBA, Main Campus on the 13th and 14th of March, 2013, with the collaboration of British Council and Coventry University (UK). Around 50 faculty members from different universities of Karachi, Sukkur, Quetta and Islamabad participated in this workshop. The emphasis was on entrepreneurship as a manageable process that can be applied in the technology sector. The workshop provided hands on experience to faculty members on entrepreneurship teaching, pedagogy and curriculum development.  It helped in bringing people from all over Pakistan to share their experiences, interact, collaborate, and to later adopt the takeaways from the workshop within their respective institutions.

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Karachi, January 9, 2013: The findings of the second GEM Pakistan’s study pioneered by the Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) were released in a public ceremony on Wednesday, January 09, 2013, at the IBA Main Campus, University Road, Karachi.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (known as GEM) is an international research initiative to promote entrepreneurship and is implemented in more than 80 nations. The GEM studies are conducted under the auspices of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association and Entrepreneurs. Policy makers and educators around the world are using the GEM reports to create awareness and enhance learning about the entrepreneurial process
Congratulating the GEM team on completion of this report, Dean and Director IBA Dr. Ishrat Husain said, “I am confident that the research findings will help our policy makers, researchers and educators in Pakistan to create awareness and enhance learning about the entrepreneurial process with the aim of creating new opportunities for our aspiring entrepreneurs by improving support for new and innovative business ventures.”

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