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Winners of national final for young entrepreneurs announced

By Jamila Achakzai
February 26, 2024

Islamabad: Team from Abbottabad won National Final Award with their business idea of making printed materials accessible to the visually impaired.

Participants distributes price Cheaque to the winners at National Final Award on February 24, 2024. — Facebook/SEED
Participants distributes price Cheaque to the winners at National Final Award on February 24, 2024. — Facebook/SEED

Prince’s Trust International’s global research into the future of work showed that a quarter of young people in Pakistan are interested in entrepreneurship for their career. The awards were hosted by the British High Commissioner, Jane Marriott in Islamabad. Each year Prince’s Trust International, in partnership with SEED Ventures, celebrates the achievements of young people in Pakistan. The event featured seven promising start-up ideas selected from regional competitions held throughout the country. Prizes were handed out celebrating innovation, climate friendliness, financial viability and impact.

The overall winning team, Roshni pitched the idea of making printed materials for the visually impaired including education book and a braille transcription service. The team were also awarded the category of Most Impactful (Social-Inclusion). Enterprise Challenge Pakistan is the premier platform for aspiring entrepreneurs in the country and has been described by Forbes as one of the ‘five leading global programmes supporting the next generation’. During the events, Sara from Karachi was presented with the award for Global Young Achiever – Asia 2023 for her ingenious business idea of plantable pencils.

Global Young Achiever Award Winner Sara says, “Enterprise Challenge Pakistan really opened up my mind and allowed me to realise that I can contribute to society and become self-sufficient.” British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Jane Marriott, CMG OBE says: “These extraordinary individuals should be proud of their efforts to drive entrepreneurship and increase their sense of social and environmental responsibility. It’s exactly why we must empower more young people to do so, and I commend Enterprise Challenge Pakistan for pushing that forward.” For more information on Enterprise Challenge Pakistan and the National Final, please visit https://enterprisechallengepk.