For the first time, on account of their 10th anniversary celebrations, Payoneer introduced The Payoneer Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 to give something back to the entrepreneur community. The nominations were open for Entrepreneurs from all over the world from which Payoneer announced to shortlist and select 10 best entrepreneurs.
“After receiving hundreds of inspirational stories, we have selected 10 winners who embody the entrepreneurial spirit: vision, perseverance, and passion.” said Melisa, Community Manager at Payoneer
Owais Afaq from Pakistan Bags Payoneer Entrepreneurship Award 2016
While competing with nominees from across the world, Mr. Owais Afaq, CEO of Aplos Innovations, was awarded as one of best Entrepreneurs of the Year 2016.
His firm specializes in IT and is located in Pakistan, with presence in Canada, USA and UAE. Its initiatives include the promotion of the tech industry. They also organized Startup Weekend in 2015.
Owais Afaq Akhtar, winner of the Payoneer Entrepreneurship Award 2016
In his success story, when asked about how will he spend the awarded funds:
“If I would be awarded Entrepreneur of the Year, i will use the awarded fund to create and build an intra-company entrepreneurship space fund in Aplos Innovations, to fuel our idea of Startup-Tuesday. Startup-Tuesday is an idea we initiated to revitalize entrepreneurial spirit in our employees by giving them little more time outside their job hours where they work on their dream.”
In addition to this, his team has already started brainstorming on ideas they will be working on at the intra-company entrepreneurship space.
You can find more about Aplos Innovations here.
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