Pakistan – During the Google for Entrepreneurs Week, the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) led three awareness sessions to inspire university students to pursue entrepreneurship as a career. The workshops featured local serial entrepreneur Jawwad Farid who shared his experience about starting a business and facing failures. In total, the events attracted nearly 500 students and were held in Karachi at the Institute of Business Administration and the National University of Computing & Emerging Sciences. This project is a part of a multiregional CIPE initiative also taking place in Nicaragua and Serbia to help chambers and associations implement youth-focused programs.
CIPE Pakistan participated in a range of Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations. Two events were organized to train bloggers on writing entrepreneurial stories, and two interview sessions were held to capture and publish entrepreneurs’ stories from Pakistan. To date, 12 such stories have already been published on various blogs and 10 more are forthcoming. Additionally, in cooperation with the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce, CIPE held a seminar to discuss the role of business incubators in various universities. Representatives of 14 companies recommended improvements in the work of these incubators.
Peru – On November 16-17, CIPE partner Instituto Invertir organized the second conference for alumni of its EmprendeAhora program. Roughly 80 alumni from around the country traveled to Lima to attend the two day event which featured new workshops on entrepreneurship and leadership, as well as a discussion on the consolidation of the alumni network. CIPE Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean John Zemko spoke at the event. After the conference, several alumni were interviewed by national media outlets, including El Comercio.