Enabling female entrepreneurs through ‘StartUp Academy’

The WECREATE | PAKISTAN Center, the first incubator in Pakistan designed specifically for female entrepreneurs, is playing an important role in advancing gender equality in entrepreneurship. The resources, training, and mentorship provided through the center enable Pakistani women to move from the informal sector to the formal sector while generating momentum for measurable economic and societal change.

The center is supported by the U.S. Department of State in partnership with StartUp Cup INC, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Islamabad, Change Mechanics, and the Hashoo Foundation.

The Women’s Entrepreneurial Center of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment (WECREATE) Center held its ‘Graduation Celebration of StartUp Academy Flight II’ in Islamabad June 6 to mark the completion of a 15-week program that takes aspiring female entrepreneurs from idea to business implementation. The graduates pitched their new businesses to community leaders, potential investors, and the press during the event.

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Graduates of the program lauded the efforts of the WECREATE | PAKISTAN Center and said this program helped them develop the necessary skills to start and grow their own businesses. Keynote speaker and entrepreneur, Ayesha Hamid commended the efficacy of the program noting that in only a short span of time, the program systematically guides and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs to launch and build their business.

“Building a successful business takes a lot of hard work, dedication and perseverance. All of which I am certain these women have and resources like the WECREATE Center are here to keep their journey on track and support businesswomen for which I am glad”.

The StartUp Academy is a 15-week program designed to accelerate the startup process by walking female entrepreneurs through the universal steps required to build a company or to take their early-stage businesses to the next level.

Manager WECREATE Pakistan commented that 14 woman-led businesses had been launched through the program and the Center hopes to launch and support many more through various other programs such as WECREATE Challenge and Pitch-O-Rama in 2016.

The WECREATE | PAKISTAN Center, the first incubator in Pakistan designed specifically for female entrepreneurs, is playing an important role in advancing gender equality in entrepreneurship. The resources, training, and mentorship provided through the center enable Pakistani women to move from the informal sector to the formal sector while generating momentum for measurable economic and societal change. The center is supported by the U.S. Department of State in partnership with StartUp Cup INC, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Islamabad, Change Mechanics, and the Hashoo Foundation.


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