To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, Shell Tameer–Shell’s social investment program that enables young people to start their own businesses in collaboration with the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) Entrepreneurship Society conducted 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 – Wonder Tree.
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, tamer alumni and the Shell team. Talib Karim, President, Institute of Business Management (IoBM), 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.
By organizations playing their role rightly and jointly working with stakeholders many more possibilities for the youth of Pakistan could open”.
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 upsto create 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-based), She’Kab and WonderTree (both Pakistani entrepreneurs) bagged the runners-up prize for USD 10,000 each for their innovative businesses.