Held in Jinnah Convention center Islamabad, this year conference was the 2nd Annual Entrepreneurship Conference and 878 people attended from 89 organizations, took part. Of these participants 550 came from industry and academia to share their experiences and talk about the biggest challenges faced by potential and aspiring entrepreneurs during the current socio-economic crisis of Pakistan.
The event was organized by Entrepreneurship Development Institute, which has organised this annual conference for the past two years. In developing the concept and agenda for the conference, EDI was supported by Knowledge Partners, Council and Ministries. Higher Education Commission and National ICT R&D Fund were Platinum Sponsors of the event. Other associated sponsors and supporting partners for this year’s event included Roots Millennium Schools, Coca Cola Beverages, FAST National University, HBL Asset Management, 4CCI, Air Blue, TCS, USEFP and Mustakbil.com
The format of the event involved a mixture of keynote addresses, open forum speeches, and extensive panel discussions, as well as the introduction of interactive working groups, plus plenty of scheduled time for formal and informal networking. Uniquely, the conference continued to bring together all the major stakeholders in the field of the Entrepreneurship, including policy makers, industry representatives, top entrepreneurs, and expert consultants, facilitating a rounded discussion with multiple viewpoints, and an exceptionally high quality of debate.
The first session of the conference featured keynote addresses on the various political and industry approaches to Entrepreneurship in Pakistan, and focused on developing a ‘future-proof’ policy model for the youth entrepreneurship and govt. role in promoting entrepreneurship. The morning sessions were chaired by Mobashar Sadik, Advisor, EDI, while the main inaugural address was chaired by Lt. Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Bloch, Minister, Saffron, and Asad Umer, Former CEO Engro Corp.
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