CEID at DSU Concludes the ‘SheCan’ Women Entrepreneurs Workshop

On 20th August, 2021 the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development (CEID) at DHA Suffa University (DSU) organized a memorable ceremony to celebrate the successful entrepreneurial journey of women who went through a rigorous training program on starting their dream business. The training called “SheCan” was held for enthusiastic women of our country who participated in the workshops and received hands-on training to become successful business women.

During the pandemic, a lot of people lost their jobs and they being the only breadwinners of the household, their families suffered from financial crisis. The SheCan training was targeted to empower women by training them on how to run their low budget as well as home-based businesses and contribute to their family income within the convenience of their houses.

Chief Guest at the ceremony was Dr. Farhan Essa Abdullah, CEO Dr. Essa Laboratories. Other than that many prominent women entrepreneurs attended the ceremony.

Many senior personalities and students from DHA Suffa University (DSU) attended the event. Among DSU officials were;

Engr. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Haque (Vice Chancellor)

Prof. Dr. Ahmed Saeed Minhas (Pro-Vice Chancellor)

Engr. Prof. Dr. Johar Khurshid Farooqi (Dean)

Dr. Rizwan Tanveer (Head of Dept. Computer Science)

Dr. Shama Siddiqui (Faculty member)

Ms. Eram Abbasi (Director Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Development)

 

SheCan – Women Entrepreneurs Workshop

SheCan – Women Entrepreneurs Workshop organized by The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center (CEID) at DHA Suffa University (DSU) kicked-off on 5th August 2021 with a lot of enthusiasm by the participants and high hopes to start their dream business. The workshop started with an introduction followed by a briefing on the workshop plan. An icebreaking activity was conducted which served as an energizing booster for the participants. This activity helped participants to open up with lots of creative ideas sharing with each other in a friendly manner.
Initially the participants had queries as to how to take the first step to start their business. All their confusions were addressed by sharing stories of successful entrepreneurs combined with detailed discussion on the Ideation process.
Majority of the participants did not know where to start their businesses from, but the workshop facilitator, Ms. Eram Abbasi painted the picture of ideation process in such a way that all participants very excitedly started working on refining their idea. All the queries and puzzlements by the participants were addressed through this highly interactive session.
Successful women entrepreneurs were invited to share their success stories. Ms. Nadia Makhdumi, running her home based business as a nutritionist was invited to share her inspiring entrepreneurial journey and also share some tips for the participants on starting a home based business. She shared lots of tips about adjusting to the situations life throws at you and being patient and calm while learning and growing through new experiences. Another guest speaker Ms. Kanwal Gohar (Alumni of DSU) joined very soon to talk about her business journey. As she started her business during the pandemic situation, she had an exciting story to share regarding the challenges she had to face, and the lessons she learnt throughout.
After the inspiring stories another activity was carried out with the participants which further helped them refine their business ideas.
Dr. Farah Essa, President of Open Karachi was invited to inspire the participants. OPEN being an international platform for businesses to grow, Dr. Farah shared details about how OPEN facilitates entrepreneurs. She supported home-based-women-run businesses by motivating them to not only start their business but also strive to take their business global.
Finally, to end the session an exciting home activity was assigned to the participants. By the end of the session all the participants were highly motivated and energized to start their dream business come to life.

SheCan (Women Entrepreneurship Workshop)

DSU Alumni making strides in all fields of life.

Meet Danya Shahid, a successful women entrepreneur. She will be joining at SheCan (Women Entrepreneurship Workshop) to share her success story.

Details about SheCan workshop are available at https://www.facebook.com/events/161342292619573/

SheCan is a workshop for aspiring women entrepreneurs organized by The Centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development (CEID)

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SheCan – Women Entrepreneurship Training

SheCan – Women Entrepreneurship Training brings a platform where aspiring women entrepreneurs can meet their role models.

Ms. Nadia Makhdumi, CEO Fitness Cruise will be sharing her successful journey with our participants.

Details of the workshop: https://www.facebook.com/events/161342292619573

Registration: https://forms.gle/7fMYMEf4LLF64U4q7

 

 

Session on “Startup Journey”

On Saturday 26th June 2021 the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development at DSU (DSU-CEID) arrange a Startup Journey session with students of DHA Suffa University in which one of our DSU Alumni of the BBA department Hussain Ali Raza founder CEO of Forest Dry Fruits and Hygge Corner (Home Decor) was invited to share his valuable experience with the emerging entrepreneurs.
 
The session being quite interactive made it very interesting & engaging for the students. They asked many questions with a particular interest in the speaker’s challenges in his journey and how he overcame the hurdles. The speaker also shared tips regarding how to provide good customer service to the clients and how to utilize finances in their businesses that would help the budding entrepreneurs in their journey ahead. Both the speaker and students interacted in an informal way making this an excellent mode of sharing knowledge.
The purpose of initiating such sessions is to provide practical knowledge and realistic insight into the entrepreneurial journey so that they can excel themselves and their startups to a much efficient level to remain sustainable.
 
Concluding the event, Ms. Eram Abbasi Director at CEID expresses the note of thanks to the speaker and said that CEID has plans to arrange more Alumni Talks to motivate those who are starting their entrepreneurial journey.

Business Launch Event

DHA Suffa University (DSU) facilitates students on the road to a successful career. Whether it be preparing for a job market or starting their own business. At DSU many students have launched their business through the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development (CEID).

For any startup, their business launch is one of the biggest milestones and the most exciting day for their business. Founders take all measures to make it memorable. Due to the covid-19 pandemic situation, holding a grand physical launch has become difficult. But at DHA Suffa University (DSU) we make things happen. Covid-19 did not stop our startups on their journey. Holding an exciting launch event was made possible by an alternate live online launch event.

On 12th June 2021, the Computer Science department at the DSU in collaboration with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development (CEID) organized a launch event for eleven businesses initiated by students. This event marked a milestone in the journey of the new businesses and students very enthusiastically prepared for this big day. Their excitement and passion were clearly evident by their preparations. Invitations were extended not only to family & friends but guests from the industry were also invited.

Students joined the online event well on time where more than 100 guests joined in to cherish their big day. The event started with the first team launching their business with the name ‘Qafila’ selling an exclusive range of footwear followed by the next team launching their business with the name ‘Grand Motors’ dealing in used cars targeting customers who want quality but at an affordable price. Launching an exclusive range of gadgets for the youth ‘Midnight Enterprise’ brought in a stylish range of products like earphones, watches, and more. ‘My Choice’ launched an elegant range of kids wear whereas ‘Stunning Clothing’ launched a trendy clothing range for adults. Valuing the needs of women ‘Jewelry Palace’ introduced an elegant range of jewelry. Stationary is an item that is always needed by everyone and looking at this need ‘EcoTone’ launched their range of stationery products. Keeping in view the growing need for computer and accessories ‘E-Mart’ launched their product related to computer and accessories. Realizing the need for books and to cater to the affordability problem of the lower-income group ‘Used Books’ launched a business of buying and selling of used books. Catering to the taste buds ‘Vittels’ launched a range of scrumptious food items including shakes and frozen foods. Last but not least came in a different kind of business with the name ‘Dhoondo’. They did not offer any product rather they offered a service. Being computer science students they used their software development skills and developed a tool for the convenience of customers doing online shopping. Through this tool, customers can easily find the right product for the right price.

All these businesses displayed their products while giving superb presentations through lively videos and live chats. Some businesses attracted the attention of the audience by offering discounts on their products. The event not only served as a milestone for the businesses but the customers also experienced an amazing time. Throughout the session, the audience was engaged in talking to the businesses asking queries about the products, and even placed orders.

The event was one of a kind as being online it delivered all the flavors of an offline business launch event. All the teams received great applause from the guests.

Last but not least we would like to extend a big shout-out to our sponsor DJ Pizza for the support.

 

 

Session on “7 Emerging Technologies Disrupting Our Future and Career Planning”

The exploding growth of technology has shifted the dynamics of the world. The imminent technologies have put every resource, all the information, on the tips of our fingers. As the future is in the hands of our youth, it is crucial for them to equip themselves with the upcoming technologies. To cater this need, on 1st April 2021, DHA Suffa University took an initiative to discuss such technologies and their impact on future career opportunities.

Mr. Hassan Syed, CEO of Bir Ventures USA and the founder of IdeaGist was invited to have an edifying conversation on “7 Emerging Technologies Disrupting Our Future and Career Planning”. Mr. Hassan is also one of the founding directors of the Institute for Innovators and Entrepreneurs at Hamline University Minnesota. Further, he sits in the advisory committee for the Minister of Information Technology and Telecom on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Emerging Technologies. Last but not least, he is part of the President’s National Committee on the Emerging Technologies under the Digital Pakistan Initiative.

Hassan expressed that the communities worldwide are about to face major job losses due to automation and emerging technologies like AI, 3D Printing, Smart Robots, and Intelligent Vehicles. Without proper planning to retrain and develop capacity, it will be chaotic. Many communities will be facing the devastating financial and social impact of these changes. He emphasized in the ability to think or recognize the future by looking at this change. Further, Hassan accentuated that the youth must explore and be aware of their competencies as the world is evolving rapidly.

In this event, the students gained knowledge about how the world has shifted from industrial age to a knowledge age, how the world economies are changing via the emerging technologies and how the world is having technological advancement hence how significant for an individual it is to be aware of their leadership and entrepreneurial qualities to survive and thrive in this age. The highlight of this event was the interactive sessions with the students where the students were able to take part in short activities to push their limitations and overcome their self-limiting beliefs.

Concluding the event, Engr. Prof. Dr. Afzal Haque, Vice-Chancellor of DHA Suffa University, presented a vote of thanks to the speaker. He stated that there’s no doubt that emerging technologies are becoming increasingly pertinent in businesses and they are geared towards making our lives more comfortable, easier, better, and faster. The phenomenal growth in technologies is so rapid, that it is envisioned that they will change the world in the years ahead. This makes it increasingly important for youth to be equipped with these modern trends to prepare them for the future business world. Dr. Afzal also presented a souvenir to Hasan Syed as a gesture of appreciation for taking time out for the students and the University.

MOU Signing between DSU and Hamm Innovation Center

On 2nd Feb 2021, DHA Suffa University (DSU) and the Hamm Innovation Center in Germany (The Innovationszentrum Hamm GmbH – IZH) signed an MOU for the development of an Incubator at DHA Suffa University (DSU), which would be managed by DSU’s CEID (Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Development) and will oversee the recruitment of start-ups, facilitating their growth by connecting them with relevant mentors. The Hamm Innovation Center (IZH) in Germany will be responsible for supporting the project ideas of selected start-ups and providing them a gate way to the German market. The objective of this MOU is to promote Entrepreneurship in Pakistan at national level, giving start-ups a launch platform to grow bigger.
At the MOU signing ceremony, IZH was represented by Professor Dr. (PHD) Karl-Georg Steffens, CEO Innovation Center Hamm GmbH (IZH) and Dipl. Kfm. Lutz Fissenewert, SES Consultant; Advisor International Collaboration, while DSU was represented by its VC, Engr. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Haque & its Pro VC, Brig. Prof. Dr. Ahmed Saeed Minhas. Mr. Asadullah Siddiqui, Director, office of International Education Resource Center (IERC) at DSU and Ms. Eram Abbasi, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Development (CEID) at DSU also attended the ceremony. Mr. Shahid Zaki (Former CEO Phillips), who will be mentoring the selected start-ups, was also present at the occasion.
Due to COVID situation, the ceremony was held online and COVID SOPs were maintained.
In the pictures:
Front Row Sitting: (lft to rt) –
Brig Prof. Dr. Ahmed Saeed Minhas, Pro-Vice Chancellor DSU
Engr. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Haque, Vice Chancellor DSU
Mr. Shahid Zaki, Guest Mento
Back Row Standing: (lft to rt) –
Ms. Eram Abbasi, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Development (CEID) at DSU
Engr. M. Asadullah Siddiqui, Director, International Education Resource Centre (IERC) at DSU
On Screen: (lft to rt) –
Mr. Lutz Fissenewert, SES Consultant; Advisor International Collaboration, IZH
Dr. Karl Georg Steffens, CEO IZH

Boss Women – Entrepreneurship Training

The Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development (CEID) at DSU, in collaboration with Commonwealth Business Women Network, organized: Boss Women – a Commonwealth Certified Entrepreneurship Training for women entrepreneurs. Other collaborating partners for the training were PINE global and INJAZ Pakistan.

Female entrepreneurs from all over Karachi participated in this training to learn the tools necessary to establish their business and pursue their dream of becoming a successful startup owner.

During the event, participants shared their business plans and got feedback for mobilizing their business. Director CEID; Eram Abbasi guided participants on how to build their business model, developing customer relationships and identifying the resources necessary for their startups. Erum Masood, CEO PINE Global with enriched the participants with marketing tools & techniques. Ms.Saba Haider, from Injaz Pakistan discussed the financial aspects of businesses.

Among the DSU participants, Asma Abdul Latif an undergraduate student who runs an online food and craft business, shared her startup journey. Her work was not only praised and appreciated by the audience but the chief guest at the event, Dr. Farhan Essa, CEO Essa Labs, applauding her work, presented her with a seed money to further grow her business to new heights.

Ayesha Zaheer, CEO INJAZ Pakistan, Fatima Ali, CEO Sew Sole, and Adnan Faisal, CEO FHM embraced the event as guest speakers and enlightened the participants with their experience. The esteemed guests appreciated the efforts of DHA Suffa University, stating that their efforts to promote entrepreneurship is a valiant effort.

Charter Installation Ceremony

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development (CEID) at DSU has been proving virtual incubation and mentoring services to DSU community as well as budding entrepreneurs outside DSU. “Entrepreneur’s Den” (ED) is one such startup that has been groomed/mentored under CEID.

“Entrepreneur’s Den” (ED) is headed by Mr. Asad Ayaz Ansari, an energetic and passionate youth of our society. ED is purely a youth led non-profitable & non-political association providing a platform for Entrepreneurial development within our society at large. ED is on a mission to create a learning environment for aspiring entrepreneurs by bringing in experiences of successful entrepreneurs. Hence, ED aims to create a pool of leaders who can support the economic system of the country by their unfailing determination to learn.

ED has recently achieved a milestone and has collaborated with Rotary Club Karachi for promoting Entrepreneurial services for the youth and formed “The Rotary Club of Karachi Entrepreneurs” (RCKE). RCKE is an extended club under the Rotary Club of Karachi that is affiliated with Rotary International. The organization aims to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-religious organization open to all.

As the journey of a startup is never smooth. Despite seeing many ups & downs Mr. Asad remained consistent and under the umbrella of “Entrepreneur’s Den” have successfully organized many Entrepreneurial activates within their one year journey. Moving ahead Entrepreneurs Den, recently achieved a milestone and has collaborated with Rotary Club Karachi for promoting Entrepreneurial services for the youth and formed “The Rotary Club of Karachi Entrepreneurs” (RCKE). RCKE is an extended club under the Rotary Club of Karachi that is affiliated with Rotary International. The organization aims to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-religious organization open to all.

To celebrate this milestone DSU-CEID celebrated their “Charter Installation Ceremony” on 13th October, 2020. The ceremony was attended by leading business tycoons like: Hamza Tabani (CEO Tabani Group), Abdullah Akhtar (Chairman, Schole International Academy), Prof Dr. Farhan Essa (CEO, Essa Laboratory and Diagnostic Centres), Mirza Ishtiaq Baig (Vice President, Baig Grop), and Ambassador Jamil Ahmad (Former Ambassador UAE), Junaid Naqi (Vice President, KATI), Syed Turab Shah (Chairman, AZB Global Trade) who inspired and imparted their wisdom to young minds through enlightened discussions. The ceremony was covered by Radio Pakistan, Karachi, and Daily Ausaf.

The esteemed panelists discussed the challenges that a young entrepreneur face when they want to make their way in the business world and what are the necessary measures that they should take to overcome those obstacles.

Mirza Ishtiaq Baig emphasized that how important it is to have a specialized team when you want to start your venture. He said, “Most ventures fail as they lack team development. You cannot hire an unprofessional in your team, even though he’s your relative.”

Abdullah Akhtar was asked whether a person is an inborn entrepreneur, to which he replied,” You learn with time and though it’s something that a person has in itself, you cannot discourage anyone who wants to start their venture.”

Prof Dr. Farhan Essa advised the youth to take an active part in community service and make sure you spread happiness where ever you get a chance. Sharing his involvement in this direction he mentioned that, “We run an organization with the name ‘Make a wish’, the prime objective of this organization is to fulfill the wishes of children having terminal diseases. We recently organized a meet up of Engin Altan Guzyatan with two children who are fighting with cancer. I’ll like to encourage youngsters to be a part of such activities.”

The role of female entrepreneurs became a hot part of the discussion on how they have changed the corporate world, and now making mark in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The country needs their input and hard work to lift the status of the country across the globe.

The panel appreciated CEID and it’s hard work to change the core of studies from a conventional way to an entrepreneurial mindset where engineering and management students are jointly engaged in developing entrepreneurial projects that further turned into successful business.

The recent plan of setting an Incubation Center in the vicinity of DSU was applauded by the guests where students would be allowed to use the services free of cost so that they can settle their business with ease.

Along with this, the Rotary Club of Karachi Entrepreneurs under Rotary International held their oath-taking ceremony, where young enterprisers solemnly swear to work for the betterment of the entrepreneur’s sector in Karachi and Pakistan.

A journey that started with a single step is now taking leaps and bounds on a path to success. We wish Mr. Asad Ayaz Ansari success in his future endeavors.