Nov 16, 2023: IBA Karachi concluded a spectacular Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2023 in collaboration with Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Pakistan, showcasing a week-long celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic vitality. Dr. Lalarukh Ejaz, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), welcomed participants to an extravaganza that transcended boundaries.
The week commenced with a captivating workshop, "Boosting Entrepreneurship in University Education," featuring esteemed trainers Dr. Sanna Ilonen and Mr. Joachim Ramström from the University of Turku, Finland. Noteworthy contributions from IBA CILET added to the workshop's success.
Day two featured Mr. Roman Ermoshin, Director APAC at inDrive, leading a thought-provoking session on "Accelerating Change: Leadership's Role in Technology Adoption and Brand Building." The discussions covered the gig economy, social responsibility, continuous IT learning, and the pivotal role of data.
An exciting highlight, IVENTURE, a Student Entrepreneurship Development (SED) initiative by CED, showcased 22 startups during the first two days, adding vibrancy to the event.
Day three included engaging panel discussions on government policies, investment readiness, and women empowerment. Dr. Akbar Zaidi, ED IBA Karachi, commended CED's efforts in managing GEW 2023 and highlighted the challenges and opportunities faced by startups.
The grand finale, INVENT'23 – IBA CED Startup Pitch Competition, witnessed fierce competition among the top 10 finalists from Karachi, Hyderabad, Peshawar, and Quetta. Banna Leather, Bigger Brick, and HK Automations emerged as champions, presenting groundbreaking solutions, winning cash prizes of PKR 500,000, PKR 300,000 and PKR 200,000, respectively.
In a captivating conclusion, Dr. Lalarukh Ejaz extended a warm closing, emphasizing the entrepreneurial spirit, fostering connections, and paving the way for a future brimming with innovation and success. The journey of INVENT marked a pivotal chapter in IBA Karachi's entrepreneurial legacy, reaffirming the institute's role as a dynamic force in driving entrepreneurship in Pakistan.
This four-day odyssey, featuring workshops, masterclasses, and a riveting startup competition, exemplified IBA CED's commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and collaboration. The fervor of GEW 2023 resonated beyond IBA's borders, leaving an indelible mark on the entrepreneurial landscape. Stay tuned for more groundbreaking initiatives as IBA CED continues to lead the charge in shaping the future of entrepreneurship.