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Mobilink to Mentor Digital Entrepreneurs

by Sher Ali Khalti

Five startups shortlisted by Mobilink at Entrepreneurial Connect Day.

Mobilink’s Make Your Mark (MYM) Entrepreneurial Connect Day was held on Tuesday where the telecom giant’s representatives judged different incubated startups and shortlisted five of them.

The shortlisted startups are, Shahi Sawari, Treble, and ChaiChalk. The startups were shortlisted after two initial stages “Elevator Pitches” and “Deep Dive for New Digital Ventures.” The event was part of Mobilink’s “Help Young People Shape Their Future” initiative.

In the words of the organizers, the purpose of Mobilink MYM Entrepreneurial Connect Day was to shape the young entrepreneurs who would go on to form a successful business partnership with Mobilink.

The judges for the evening were the Heads of Departments’ of Mobilink’s various business functions, who utilized their business acumen to assist the Telco in choosing the winning startups and commission a successful and scalable business partnership. They included: Omar Manzur, the Head of Corporate Communications, Maaz Zahid Qureshi, the Head of Digital, Asghar Jameel, the Chief Human Resource Officer, Syed Babur, the Head of Value Added Services, Muhammad Ali Khan, the Head of Data, Faisal Ejaz Khan, the Regional Business Head Central and Syed Jafar Abbas, the Senior Manager Mobile Financial Services.

Talking to MIT Technology Review Pakistan (MTRPK) Omar Manzoor, the Director Corporate Communications, Mobilink, said “Youth is the future of our nation and the future is connected with technology. Mobilink will provide the promising youth with opportunities and train them to sell their services in a global market and earn money by using technology.”

He also said Mobilink would be mentoring them and giving them the opportunity to interact with their customers. “The whole arrangement works in the following way. The entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to Mobilink. After judging their pitches, the team of Mobilink trains these entrepreneurs on digital business and formation of commercial linkages,” he adds.

“We are counting a lot on Mobilink and hope it will help us fulfil our dreams. We have always been looking for such a partner,” says Asad Shabir, founder of ChaiChalk—a startup from Social Innovation Lab (SIL) LUMS.