Enterprise Challenge – Pakistan’s largest business challenge for school children, has been implemented in 28 cities across the country in the short span of two years. Below are the few details of the programme as well as the proposal for 2018.
Enterprise Challenge Pakistan is a Prince’s Trust International and SEED Ventures initiative that has successfully completed its second cycle in 2017 in 28 cities covering all provinces. The National Finals 2016 and 2017 were both held respectively at the British Deputy High Commission mid November where Team Pishin – Baluchistan won the 2016 Finals, and Shigar – Gilgit Baltistan won the 2017 Finals.
The programme was first launched in the UK in 2008 where. It was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales with the objective of providing opportunities and inculcating entrepreneurship in young people of 11 to 16 years, who belonged to diverse and often underrepresented backgrounds.
Enterprise Challenge has been implemented across UK, Jordan and Qatar, and more than 5000 children benefit from this initiative from UK alone each year. The British High Commission and Deputy High Commission also extend their strong support for Enterprise Challenge Pakistan.
After a successful run in the Middle East, the competition was launched in Pakistan in fall 2015, to be initially delivered over four years in private and public schools across Pakistan for young people between the ages of 13 to 16. Enterprise Challenge is essentially a simulation business challenge where students learn to profitably run an enterprise in cyber scenarios, and volunteer mentors (industry experts) help the students understand the basics of entrepreneurship.
The programme has reached out to more than 10,000 young people in Pakistan across Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
This year the organization have funded and set up 7 more social enterprises run by young people of 13 to 16 years in Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan, KP, GB, Kashmir and Federal capital. This includes the National Finals winners from GB who won the cash prize of £3000 by ECP/SEED, Audience Choice Award winners from TCF school Rawalpindi (Federal) and the rest of teams who were generously granted seed money by a very well known gentleman from the corporate sector present at the event. —Press Release