CIRCLE, in partnership with The NEST I/O and US Pakistan Women’s Council, launched CIRCLE Women & Business Karachi chapter on 28th Feb, calling on entrepreneurs and innovators to come together, share their startup journeys, learn from each other’s successes and challenges and build a network to become long term allies for collective growth.
Mr. Riaz Siddiqi, Founder and Managing Partner of Denham Capital and Chairperson of American Pakistan Foundation, engaged the audience with his own entrepreneurial journey, giving individual advice to start-ups on their challenges and opportunities.
CIRCLE Pakistan, founded by Sadaffe Abid, former COO and CEO of Kashf Foundation, works towards women’s economic empowerment and employment through innovative entrepreneurship and leadership labs, advocacy campaigns and research. It is based on the belief that investing in women is the smartest economic venture of today and that when women progress, communities prosper and economies grow.
The CIRCLE Women & Business Network now has chapters in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and provides a platform to women startups, innovators, business owners, professionals and to male supporters and allies whoo want to come together, learn and grow. The network will provide mentorship, workshops, dialogue and toolkits as well as opportunities to network and collaborate.
At the launch, entrepreneurs received valuable tips regarding what makes a successful enterprise, what makes a great entrepreneur, how to build a self motivated and passionate team, attract investors, scale businesses, deal with organizational changes, approach the right people to be on your company’s advisory board and also got the opportunity to ask direct and specific advice for the challenges they were currently facing with their businesses.
There will be a series of initiatives from CIRCLE to support women start ups this year. Sadaffe Abid, on taking this initiative further, said
“CIRCLE Women & Business chapter will continue to grow into a stronger forum for women and men to come together, support, inspire and collaborate so we can leverage our talents and capabilities to create innovation and prosperity for our families and Pakistan.”