Karachi, November 16, 2017 – To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), Shell Tameer, Shell Pakistan’s social investment program that enables young people to start their own businesses, collaborated with the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) Entrepreneurship Society to conduct a panel discussion on ‘Entrepreneurship – A tool for Social Change’.
The panelists for this session consisted of Xiaowei Liu, Vice President of External Relations Shell Asia Pacific., Faraz Khan, CEO – SEED Ventures, Dr. Sara Saeed, Co-Founder & CEO – SehatKahani, and Muhammad Waqas, Co-Founder – WonderTree.
Opening the event, Xiaowei Liu, Vice President, External Relations, Shell Asia Pacific said “Shell believes in equipping young people with the tools and knowledge required to excel in today’s fast paced world. Today’s discussion looks to share valuable information and insights from experts and successful young social entrepreneurs, so students can benefit when making important career decisions. I would like to thank IoBM for providing us a platform to interact with the young talents who will be shaping Pakistan’s society in the years to come.”
The panelist discussed their views of what are the nuances of social entrepreneurship versus traditional enterprises, the challenges in the local environment to access resources and opportunities for a sustainable venture and the impact of these social enterprise to the lives of Pakistanis.
The session was attended by the social entrepreneurship society, students, Tameer alumni and the Shell team. Talib Karim, IoBM President, closed the event by sharing his thoughts “Students join university programs aspiring to be hired at the best organizations instead of learning the skills to be better entrepreneurs and start their own businesses. Organizations can create more opportunities for students by jointly working with the many different stakeholders.”
As part of GEW, Shell LiveWIRE announced the winners of the global Top Ten Innovators competition, with an objective to reward exceptional examples of innovation within new start-ups, creating a cohort of role models to inspire young entrepreneurs across the globe. UK-based Aceleron won the top prize of US 15,000, with Revive Eco (UK), She’Kab and WonderTree (Pakistan) bagged the runners-up prize for USD 10,000 each for their innovative businesses.