The pilot of Kamyab Jawan Startup Pakistan launch event hosted by Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad and Bir Ventures. Startup Pakistan is a flagship initiative of Kamyab Jawan Program by the Government of Pakistan, envisioned to develop a national startup ecosystem that provides one million young people training in entrepreneurship and launch 10,000 startups by 2023, as well as create jobs and economic activity in an inclusive, scalable, and sustainable way. Startup Pakistan aims to connect the whole ecosystem through a single digital platform, breaking silos, exchanging knowledge, and providing access to funding/Investment through a single window.
Soft launch of Kamyab Jawan Startup Pakistan Programme
Chief Guest of the event, Minister of Planning, Development and Reform, Asad Umar, in his speech said that Pakistan needs 1.7 million jobs per year and its need of the hour to create more jobs through startups who would contribute to economic activity and growth of the country. Startups boost production of goods and services and open new market segments through innovation and advanced technology.
Vice-Chancellor QAU, Prof. Dr Muhammad Ali welcomed the guest.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs, Usman Dar, and Minister of Planning, Development and Reform, Mr. Asad Umar inaugurated the pilot programme of Startup Pakistan. During his speech, Mr. Dar highlighted the importance of startups in creating jobs and economic activity. He added that through the Startup Pakistan Kamyab Jawan programme, the government will utilise public-private partnerships to create such opportunities to empower the youth.
Focal person for Startup Pakistan, Mr. Shahzad Gul in his address explained that Startup Pakistan is focusing on the change of culture through the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship as a career choice, engaging overseas Pakistanis in mentoring the generation next. We are looking forward to capacity enhancement to improve effectiveness and efficiency in delivering training, he added.
Hassan Syed, Co-Host of the event, Chairperson Bir Ventures and founder of IdeaGist, invited the younger generation to innovate in order to get ahead in the knowledge economy. Bir Ventures is a major supporter of Startup Pakistan by providing its world’s largest digital incubation platform, IdeaGist, he added. Mr. Syed explained that the pilot is being held in 8 cities as a collaboration between universities and Bir Ventures (IdeaGist).
Chairman NAVTTC, Syed Javed Hassan, Secretary OIC PTI, Abdullah Riar, Microsoft representative, Arsalan Shahid, Director ORIC COMSATS, Dr. Raza Ahmed Khan also addressed at the event.
Registration of Entrepreneurs has been started through https://www.kamyabjawan.gov.pk/home/startup.