The National Incubation Center (NIC) and Teamup is proud to announce the selection of two of its team members for the International Visitor Leadership Program.
The National Incubation Center (NIC) is a first of its kind technology hub, launched under the public private partnership of Ministry of IT & Telecom, Ignite Fund, Jazz & Teamup.
International Visitor Leadership Program
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is a premier professional exchange program of the U.S Department of State. Through this program, current and emerging leaders from all over the world are sent to short term visits to the United States for a specific field of relevance to experience the country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.
Ahad Wazir is a certified chartered accountant by profession and an entrepreneur by choice. He has demonstrated a history of turning around businesses he has worked with. Currently working as the Head of Investments and Strategy at Teamup, he will be attending a program called Managing Startup Incubators for Growth from November-December 2018.
This program will demonstrate the impact of startup incubators on the local, regional, national and global economies. The program will spark discussions on the state and local government strategies that foster and support activities and policies for startup incubators. The delegation will also meet various startup incubators and entrepreneurs in America to discuss experiences, challenges and successes. It will also explore innovation in business strategies, public private university partnerships and digital technologies for business expansion. To close the loop of managing incubators, the program also explores venture capital and angel fund investors and the process for choosing which startup companies to fund.
Cynia Ejaz, Community Manager at Teamup, has over 13 years of professional experience working with multinationals. Having failed a startup of her own, she dedicates her time to coach startups in Pakistan to enable them to scale and grow. She will be attending the program on Women in Entrepreneurship in December 2018.
The untapped potential of working women in Pakistan is a lost opportunity for economic growth and development. This program will illustrate the impact of women-owned businesses and explore the progress of women participating more fully in the global economy. She is the only participant representing Pakistan in a group of 54 members from all across the world. Through this program, these participants examine the socio, economic and political factors that influence and encourage women as entrepreneurs. Participants will also examine leadership development in women, job creation, access to capital, marketing, education, and innovations in encouraging entrepreneurship. Lastly, they will learn about incentives for women entrepreneurs offered at the federal, state, and local levels of government.
Parvez Abbasi, Project Director at the National Incubation Center says
“This is a great opportunity to bring international learnings and global best practices back to Pakistan. We are grateful to the U.S State Department for giving us this opportunity to team up and share learnings which will help to further develop capacity at the NIC in line with our vision to build and influence the startup ecosystem”
We wish them good luck for this journey and look forward to the learnings they will bring back to their home country!