April 18, 2019
April 18, 2019
AddressUniversity of Central Punjab, Johar Town, Lahore. View map
Ms. Ambreen organized a guest speaker session in collaboration with team Takhleeq.
Ms. Kalsoom Lakhani was invited as the guest speaker. She has experience of more than 10 years of working with entrepreneurs and in social impact. She has trained young entrepreneurs, change makers, and civil society leaders in various international countries and has spoken at numerous venues, including the World Economic Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. State Department, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. She was previously a Washington, D.C. co-ambassador for Sandbox, a global network of innovators under 30, and was a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. She was featured in Diplomatic Courier’s Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders under 33 in 2012, and was named an Ashoka Changemakers/ American Express Emerging Innovator for 2013
She conducted a very informative session on “Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” for a class of BBA students. The session started with an introduction to entrepreneurial ecosystems followed by its importance in stimulating economic growth, innovation, and social change. She discussed that an entrepreneurial ecosystem is a collection of multiple elements in the area. These elements include a conducive culture for entrepreneurship, policies and leadership supporting it, availability of financial resources, human capital to staff the organization and a market willing to try new things.
She emphasized the importance of innovation and shared the entrepreneurial experiences of successful Pakistani entrepreneurs. She spoke about the challenges and characteristics of an entrepreneur. She stressed that entrepreneurship is about innovation and finding a problem to fix. Additionally, she said those who want to be an entrepreneur would need passion for the problem, they are trying to solve and persistence in finding a solution. She emphasized that if you find a problem in the world and you are passionate about it, then you are the best possible person to solve it.
In the end, she explained the importance of accelerators by sharing that accelerators assist startup ventures to become operational and sustainable enterprises by bridging the investment gap. They play particularly important roles in helping ventures in emerging markets. Additionally, she also described how her own venture invest2innovate (i2i) facilitates Pakistani entrepreneurs by incubating, investing and assisting through its insights lab process. She further added the importance of i2i in Pakistan Startups Ecosystem, as since 2012, i2i has graduated 41 companies from the i2i Accelerator program, out of 60% are still operational and created 1500 jobs with getting $6 million funding.
The session concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Irfan Siddique (Cluster Head, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Division) and Ms. Ambreen Khursheed (Course Instructor).
At the end of the session, Mr. Ahmad Ammar, BBA Program Director presented a souvenir to the guest. He expressed gratitude and thanked the guest for delivering an informative session to UCP Business School’s students.