The startup culture in Pakistan is growing at a rapid pace and so are the opportunities for these startups to help them accelerate growth. Here are 3 opportunities for startups in Pakistan to explore.
Small and Medium Enterprise Activity (SMEA) Challenge Fund
Are you looking to expand your business? If you have a scalable business plan and are determined to bring a change with your idea, USAID Small and Medium Enterprise Activity (SMEA) implemented by Chemonics International, is seeking grant applications for implementation of Challenge Fund – SME Growth Grants and Innovation Grants. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with USAID and US Government regulations governing grants under contracts and SMEA’s internal grant management policies. Know more about this challenge fund here
One Young World LEAD 2030 Challenge
One Young World has announced the launch of Lead2030. This is an initiative meant to bring about progress regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Supported by some of the world’s most prestigious brands, Lead2030 will find, fund and accelerate the most impactful youth-led solutions that are moving the needle on the SDGs.
The programme is made possible by all the Lead2030 Challenge Partners who have together committed to making half a million dollars available to youth-led projects in its first year. Each Partner has selected a particular Sustainable Development Goal to support. They have each set specific challenges for their chosen goals. Chosen solutions to each challenge will receive $50,000 in funding from their Challenge Partner.
Two of the challenges this year are focused on SDG Goal 4 – Quality Education.
The deadline to apply is 5th January 2019.
More details on LEAD 2030 are available here
CSE Business Plan Competition
Centre for Social Entrepreneurship is holding a business plan competition in Peshawar on 19th November 2018. The applications are now open for startups. This is an amazing opportunity to not only put your business plan to test, but also get validation for your idea. Startups with a promising idea would be given a grant of PKR.500,000 each.
The deadline to apply is 11th November, 2018
You can get more details here