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My Biz Pakistan Initiative

While we are different personalities, there is one vision that brings both Nabeel Akmal Qadeer and myself on a common platform i.e. “Educating, Motivating and Inspiring Pakistani Youth”. Both of us want students to follow their passion and field of choice after graduation.

In order to achieve these objectives, we launched a startup, went to educational institutes in various cities, and tried whatever we could do at our end to help the ambitious lot. Last year, both of us left Pakistan to pursue higher studies in management that we have successfully completed recently.

So Nabeel recently called me up and shared this initiative “My Biz Pakistan”. My immediate response was “What’s so different in that?” Nabeel said “It has what we were lacking before.” Then he continued to elaborate why it’s different and I somewhat agreed to the root cause why we failed in the earlier iterations of our plans. In short, it was the lack of resources at hand. Though I am not part of this team, the plan discussed by Nabeel totally resonates with how we should support Pakistani Startups. It’s time to mature our angel investment market.

Many of you might know about Amer Qureshi. Amer is a highly experienced Australian Chartered Accountant, Business Advisor and Author. Born in Pakistan, but having spent most of his professional life in Australia, Amer has developed a passion for helping business owners, entrepreneurs and professional improve their lives. This passion has led him to write four books, develop numerous seminars and TV Shows with the aim of motivating and inspiring people. An excellent speaker and presenter Amer has contributed to the development of a large number of professionals and business owners in Australia, Pakistan, Dubai and Qatar.

My Biz initiative has been developed with Amer’s vision to help the young Pakistanis become entrepreneurs and take control of their lives. My Biz Pakistan would provide training, tools, networks and access to Angel funding for starting small businesses. The angels would also act as mentors to these young entrepreneurs. It is not a charity, a micro finance institution, an NGO, a government authority or anything of the sort. This is a setup where few Pakistani Business Leaders are trying to make a difference.

The angel investors will fund innovative business ideas that are considered to have great potential for success. The funding arrangements are negotiated between the investors and the entrepreneurs, however, the organization would provide the framework, ideas and advice and help you through the process. Typically for small startups, the funding will be limited to between PKR 50,000 and 200,000 and will be made in stages on achieving agreed milestones.

Both Investors and Entrepreneurs can work with My Biz Pakistan. Terms for both the parties are mentioned at http://www.mybizpakistan.com. For students, the My Biz Ambassadors in your city and your university are your first point of contact, and will be able to provide all the necessary information and advice that you need. In the event of any additional assistance, you may also contact one of My Biz consultants. If you want to be the ambassador at an educational institute, you can also apply for that by following the application process at http://www.mybizpakistan.com/join-us.html

Moreover, the inside scoop is that some former CEOs of multinationals would soon be joining the My Biz Board, and that the organization has already engaged investors from Australia and Dubai. If you have a good proposal, they can invest right away. So what are you waiting for?  Now you don’t have an excuse that you are short of cash to take the jump.

 

6 Responses to “My Biz Pakistan Initiative”

  1. Syed Abdul Basit says:

    Well, Rafaeel. Since past 6 months I’m working on this exactly same idea you mentioned and I found ‘My Biz Pakistan’ concept pretty much similar with my thoughts and objectives.

    I would appreciate if we can discuss on this sometime and lets work on it. Feel free to contact me on FB, Email (sabasit2006@gmail.com) or drop a message at +92 334 3549727.

    regards,

    Syed Abdul Basit

  2. Rafael bhai, thanks for sharing this useful information. If you remember our last conversation, I told you about something similar that we are starting. If possible, please connect me to the person who I can talk to regarding My Biz Pakistan and maybe we can collaborate with them to scale the project together. We are also in the process of finalizing the Venture Fund and will soon share the details with everyone. If anyone is interested to work with us (especially in Islamabad), please contact me on usama@gradoven.com or +92-332-5347890.
    Thanks.

    Regards,
    Usama

  3. A very interesting and great step towards making Pakistan more progressive by giving chance to young stundents and graduates to become Entrepreneurs and make landmarks.

    I had an idea of your last initiative “Technopsis”… Well, there was lack of implementation.. As, you had even selected Ambassadors but they were not capable enough to understand the idea and implement it properly. Selecting the right Ambassador is very important on right time. So, i pray that this idea should become success. And hope to listen success story of “My Biz Pakistan” soon… 🙂

    Thank you

  4. Maria Qanita says:

    Hi Usama, If you remember we met at Jinnah Convention Center on the Entrepreneurship conference by US embassy, you told me about grad oven and we discussed about similar initiatives in Lahore. I lost your card and couldnt find grad oven on facebook. I am glad I found you here. I am one of the team members of My Biz. Would be glad to talk to you about this initiative. Thanks
    Maria

  5. Hi Maria,

    Glad to see you here and finding out that you are part of the amazing team behind My Biz Pakistan. Please find GradOven on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GradOven. Please add me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/usamashahidkhan. It would be good to collaborate in future activities together. I’ll get in touch with you once things finalize at our end.
    Thanks.

    Usama

  6. Abdaal Ahmed says:

    A very interesting and great step towards making Pakistan more progressive by giving chance to young stundents and graduates to become Entrepreneurs and make landmarks.

    Markhor
    W http://www.markhor.biz
    E info@markhor.biz

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