Archive for October 2011

Wisdom on Project Management from a Pilot

When running a business, one has to keep numerous parts in motion, balance objectives, and make complex decisions. It’s not sufficient to keep an eye only on investors, R&D, customer demands, or cash flow. That is to say, being an entrepreneur requires project management skills, which believe it or not has a lot in common with being an airline pilot. Here are some  principles of good project management in an article from NASA.

“If pilots flew aircraft like we run projects, no one would ever fly.”

Read the article in NASA ASK Magazine:
Ray W. Stratton, Everything I needed to know about project management I learned in a cockpit

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A Blog to Watch: Hammad Siddiqui

After just visiting Pakistan, I’ve been exploring my colleague Hammad’s blog on capacity building. I discovered he has a lot to say about entrepreneurship. He offers very common sense advice on topics such as leadership, business plans, and communications. What I like best though are the vignettes Hammad shares of all kinds of entrepreneurs–many of them Pakistani–with lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs. We learn for example about Abid Beli, owner of an online kitchen; Faisal Rahim, founder of Total Communications; Omair Ali, who made the switch from IT professional to entrepreneur; and Samina Fazil, who exports garments and also founded the Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Thank you Hammad for sharing so many stories!

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Updates from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Paraguay…

Afghanistan – CIPE conducted a survey of students who have completed all three years of CIPE’s Tashabos high school entrepreneurship course. Of the 6,000 graduates, 1,362 have set up their own small business, 204 have revived a family business, and 350 have helped expand an existing family business. In total, the students have created 7,336 jobs.

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GIST Technology Idea Competition Now Open in Pakistan

MIT Enterprise Forum of Pakistan (MITEFP) proudly announces that it has been selected by CRDF Global as its partner in Pakistan for the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative. The first program under this partnership being launched in Pakistan is the GIST Technology Idea Competition (GISTech-I). We will have an Elevator Pitch workshop held at 2 PM on October 26th, 2011, at IBA Main Campus Video Conference hall (Room M-1 Academic Block) to announce the launch. The event will also be broadcast live to other universities through video conference.

CRDF Global, an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to international science cooperation and technology commercialization, has launched a new initiative to advance scientific and technological collaboration between the United States and nations in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region and South and Central Asia. The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of State. GIST is one of the primary initiatives to be implemented following the proposals announced by U.S. President Barack Obama in Cairo in June 2009.
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Your Big Year 2012 Competition Now Open

Your Big Year 2012, launched in September, is a global competition created by Smaller Earth that seeks to engage people in entrepreneurship and global citizenship. YBY 2012 is a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. Twelve finalists will be flown to Liverpool to compete in a series of challenges during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March, and the winner will receive a trip around the world to work on Smaller Earth projects, as well as the opportunity to meet community and world leaders.

The competition is open now and free to enter. For more information about Your Big Year 2012 and Smaller Earth or to enter visit
Anna Weber

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The Kauffman Foundation: Call for Abstracts

The Kauffman Foundation is seeking experts on high-growth entrepreneurship policy issues to contribute to the creation of a global policy roadmap for advancing entrepreneurship. Scholars are invited to submit abstracts for papers to be considered for presentation at a roundtable discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, March 11-12, 2012, in Liverpool, UK

For more information on submission criteria or how to submit an abstract visit:

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