The government has launched the Startup Pakistan Program under the “Successful Youth Program”. The official opening ceremony was held at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women’s University (SBBWU), Peshawar.
The Startup Pakistan program aims to create a startup ecosystem in the country that can provide entrepreneurship training to one million youth. By the end of 2023, the Startup Pakistan program envisions more than 10,000 startups in Pakistan.
The Startup Pakistan program will also serve as a platform where investors and startup funds can meet and discuss potential opportunities.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Minister for Tourism, Culture, Sports, Museums and Archeology and Youth Affairs Atif Khan was the guest of honor at the event.
Stressing on the importance of startups in creating job opportunities, Atif Khan said Pakistani youth have immense potential and need to be guided in the right direction.
Dr. Raza Sultana, Vice Chancellor of SBWWU, spoke about the importance of adopting the latest technologies to combat the world’s leading startups.
Shahzad Gul, the focal person of the Startup Pakistan program, said the program would integrate the entire ecosystem through a digital platform that would enhance knowledge sharing.
In addition, Pakistanis overseas who serve in leading tech companies will be invited to provide training to the youth under the Startup Pakistan program.
Chairperson Beer Ventures and Idealist founder Hassan Syed urged young people to innovate to compete with the world. Hassan said that the Startup Pakistan program will create job opportunities and move towards a more comprehensive and sustainable Pakistan.