The Karachi School of Business & Leadership conducted a University Town Hall on Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with Jinnah Institute. This engaging dialogue was convened between students and panelists to discuss the difficulties faced by youth to enter entrepreneurship, means of youth empowerment for active participation in society, and measures needed to enable a business environment that rewards socially beneficial ventures.
The event started with Dr. Iqbal Tahir, Registrar, Karachi School of Business & Leadership speaking about the success and salient features of KSBL’s MBA program and shared KSBL’s vision to become the leading business school in Pakistan.
The panelist, which included Mr. Nadeem Hussain (Founder, Tameer Bank), Mr. Faraz Khan (CEO, SEED Ventures), Ms. Uzma Khan (CEO, Injaz – Aman Foundation), Ms. Sadaffe Abid (Co-Founder, CIRCLE Women) and Mr. Asad Jafri (Portfolio Associate, Acumen Pakistan), shared their inspiring stories and explained how Pakistan’s social entrepreneurship eco-system has immense potential for youth employment although it still requires committed investors and knowledge base to grow socially responsible businesses. They also responded to various questions from the audience and encouraged them to be business owners and not business managers, a concept well debated during the dialogue. The panelists also discussed how socially sustainable enterprises in Pakistan still need strengthening of the eco-system, investors, stakeholders and mentors to support millennials aspiring to start businesses targeting service provision for the less privileged in Pakistan.
The session was attended by a vast array of young professionals, KSBL’s MBA students and alumni, and students from various local universities.