Entrepreneurs’ Show 2018 held at the COMSATS University Islamabad Pakistan, President ECOSF was a Keynote Speaker
CODE International’s Pakistan Chapter CODE-ENC Pvt Ltd in collaboration with Students Startup Business Center (SSBC) of COMSATS University Islamabad organized an International Techno-Entrepreneurship event entitled “Entrepreneurs’ Show 2018” at COMSATS University Islamabad on 10th October 2018. A number of student teams participated in this show where they presented their tech-entrepreneurial ideas and business plans. This event was part of KarafarinShows which are being organized in Iran, Pakistan and Turkey and it is a growing network of Techno-Entrepreneurs to promote Technopreneurship in the ECO region. President ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro was especially invited as a Keynote Speaker in the inaugural session of the show.
Mr. M. M. Zamani, the first Counselor of Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in Islamabad was the Guest of Honour of the Event. Mr. Zamani congratulated the COMSATS University and CODE International for organizing this important show. He emphasized over the need to impart practical skills and business techniques to young students. Mr. Zamani said that Iran and Pakistan have tremendous potential and events like these should be encouraged to strengthen cooperation between the two neighboring countries. Youth is our biggest asset and we need to provide them the right kind opportunities so that they can contribute to the economy of this region, he added.
President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro delivered his keynote address and stressed over young students to translate technology into innovative businesses and become job creators, as opposed to job seekers. Prof. Soomro stressed over the need for educated and skilled workers to generate new innovative businesses in the ECO region. There is a very important role for young technopreneurs to spark economic development for starting new businesses, creating jobs, and contributing to the goals such as sustainable development and inclusive growth, he added.
Earlier, the Entrepreneurs Show was opened by Mr. Mohammad Raza Khan, Executive Director of SSBC COMSATS University. Mr. Khan highlighted the role of technology based entrepreneurship, as it plays an influential role in the economic growth. He urged young students and youth to come forward with innovative ideas and play their proactive role in the growing economy of Pakistan.
Engr. Khalil Raza Scientific Officer ECOSF delivered his presentation on the Role of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Parks in Promotion of Technology Based Entrepreneurship (Technopreneurship) in the ECO Region. Engr. Raza underlined that ECO is a promising region and ideal space for promotion of Technopreneurship because of emerging middle class, highly educated and skilled youth and due to its geostrategic location. Iran and Turkey through their STI capacity and expertise can lead the development of STI parks and help other ECO member states, he added.
Dr. Muhammad Irfan Maqsood, Chairman CODE International and Entrepreneur Show in his presentation briefed the participants about the journey of KarfarinShow, which he started from Mashhad, Iran and his motivation to undertake such an initiative in the ECO region. He highlighted the objective of holding this show that was to provide a platform and promote entrepreneurial spirit among the young students. In his presentation, he focused on “Branding Techniques” and urged that new and emerging startups to apply them for effective marketing and promotion of their business ideas.
Dr. Zarrin Fatimah Rizvi - Director ORIC at GC Women University, Sialkot and Dr. Monireh Bahrami Director ScienceTech+ Accelerator of Iran also spoke in the inaugural ceremony.