Mr Salim Ghauri, CEO of NetSol, a leading technology firm welcomed 10 young people from CIRCLE’s Youth Fellowship programme to NETSOL on Tuesday 15th November for lunch and a tour of the facilities including NETSOL incubator NSPIRE. This visit was organised as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week which is taking place across the world from 14th – 20th November.
CIRCLE Pakistan, founded by Sadaffe Abid, former COO and CEO of Kashf Foundation, works towards women’s economic empowerment and employment through innovative entrepreneurship and leadership labs, advocacy campaigns and research. CIRCLE is based on the belief that investing in women is the smartest economic venture of today and that when women develop, communities prosper and economies grow.
The Fellows visiting NETSOL are graduates from CIRCLE’s first fellowship program held in Lahore in summer 2016. 15 young leaders participated in the Fellowship which included internships with start-ups, corporates and social enterprises for building on the job experience combined with workshops and mentoring, culminating in a Social Innovation Challenge. On this occasion, Sadaffe Abid, shared, “We are delighted that our Fellows received mentorship from Mr Salim Ghauri, learning about building growth enterprises and innovation. They are inspired and we see such opportunities pivotal to their development.”
Participants included youth from the UN Safe Cities Challenge conducted by CIRCLE in partnership with UN Women.
Mr Salim Ghauri offered advice to the fellows, he said, “Don’t deviate from the path you have selected for yourself. Success takes time and effort and it is essential that you remain focused in order to see your dreams coming to life.” NETSOL Technologies believes in promoting entrepreneurship and as an effort to support and further strengthen the start-up ecosystem has been actively participating in various entrepreneurial activities. By setting up an incubator, the organisation hopes to equip young individuals with excellent mentors so that more and more people are encouraged to come forward and elevate Pakistan’s rank through their work.
CIRCLE aims to reach 200 young people in underserved communities through its Fellowship by 2020. CIRCLE also targets women’s unemployment and underrepresentation through its Elevate campaign and framework. To date 15 CEOs have signed the #ElevatePak pledge, committing to women’s economic empowerment.