The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Pakistan and Information Technology University have launched a five-week summer bootcamp for young entrepreneurs to refine their skills and help them develop innovative ideas.
The camp started on July 11 and will end on August 10.
A rigorous training program has been planned for the bootcamp which will help participants diversify their skills by training in product ideation, communication skills, design thinking, public speaking, research and business development. The bootcamp will let participants observe operations of some new startups so that they can develop an understanding of how businesses are run.
As many as 10 teams, comprising of students between 16 to 24 years of age, were selected for the bootcamp, which is split in two categories: the Social Entrepreneurship Challenge and Idea Stage Competition. The former focuses on identifying solutions for social issues in Pakistan while the latter is based on a childhood dream or an idea which has the potential to become a viable business. Teams were shortlisted on the basis of their ideas.
MIT Enterprise Forum Pakistan’s partner organizations AforYouth, Kinverg, and Makeistan will be hosting special sessions with the students to help them develop technical, social and business skills throughout the five-week program. The bootcamp is being held at Lincoln Corner at ITU.
ITU Vice Chancellor Dr Umar Saif said, “Such programs help young Pakistani entrepreneurs gain global exposure and knowledge. It also helps them realise their talent, creativity and potential. We look forward to making global success stories from Pakistan through this program.”
The Summer Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is one of the many youth-driven programs organized under by the MIT Enterprise Forum Pakistan. The organization aims to create opportunities that not only cater to young talent but also allows established startups to learn from industry experts, thereby reducing the knowledge gap between them. MITEF Pakistan believes that young entrepreneurs are the core engine of economic growth and can reach their full potential only through exposure to such programs.