Providing young social entrepreneurs, working on innovative solutions in response to the challenges of COVID-19,with a focused support package to increase their business resilience & sustainability.
Islamabad, 28 July 2020, The Scottish Government and SEED in collaboration with Youth Co:Lab an initiative co-led by UNDP and Citi Foundation has launched the ‘Impact Link: Social Enterprise Challenge 2020’ for youth-led social enterprises in Pakistan working on innovative solutions to counter health, social, economic and environmental challenges, with a particular emphasis on enterprises addressing challenges that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Successful applicants will be invited to take part in a virtual boot camp spanning five days in the first week of September 2020.
The program will be exclusively executed in Pakistan by UNDP Pakistan, SEED, DEMO, and the Social Enterprise Academy.
Upon completion of the boot camp, ten most promising enterprises will be selected and awarded with cash prizes. The top five winners of the challenge will receive a grant of PKR 820,000while the runners-up will receive PKR 480,000 to upscale their ideas. Mentors and industry experts will be guiding these young entrepreneurs to build sustainable social ventures. The winners will also be showcased at the regional Youth Co:Lab Summit that will be held next year.
Details of the Impact Link: Social Enterprise Prize Challenge 2020 can be found here: https://bit.ly/ImpactLink
Speaking at the virtual launch, Ms AlionaNiculita, Resident Representative a.i. said at the occasion:
“With support from Youth Co:Lab, UNDP Pakistan is excited to collaborate with SEA’s Impact Link programme to promote social entrepreneurship, engage youth in social enterprise development and facilitate inclusive employment amongst the unemployed youth of Pakistan, especially during these challenging times. This collaboration will build on UNDP’s existing work towards enabling youth and youth-led social enterprises to meaningfully engage in initiatives that are working on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Pakistan, while creating spaces that value the participation, ideas, and voiceof young people.”
While speaking at the virtual launch, Shaista Ayesha- CEO & Director, SEED Ventures said,“SEED believes in the power of collaboration. This alliance between Impact Link and UNDP was initiated and spearheaded by SEED and is a testament to our belief. We are excited that it has happened. As Hub partners in Pakistan for Social Enterprise Academy – Scotland, we hope that through this collaboration we can forward and amplify the Academy’s cause for reaching and impacting lives of social entrepreneurs in Pakistan.”
Ms. Nazia Ali, Head of International at Social Enterprise Academy,while speaking at the virtual launch event commented “We are delighted to be able to connect SEA’s Impact Link programme funded by Scot Government, to Youth Co:Lab at UNDP and DEMO. In our second year of Impact Link in Pakistan, we are able to do crucial work to support and accelerate social entrepreneurs in these challenging times – when innovation is high and the availability and access to support is inadequate. There is much we can learn from insightful entrepreneurs working on both rural and urban solutions, and through Impact Link we will be able to lay the foundations for this learning to happen across a cluster of people across Pakistan.”
Applications are open till 9th August 2020, to apply for this program please visit:
For any queries concerning this program, please contact the following persons:
UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and the planet.
Co-created in 2017 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation, Youth Co:Lab aims to establish a common agenda for countries in the Asia-Pacific region to empower and invest in youth, so that they can accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship.
SEED is an ecosystem development organization that is working on growing and nurturing the enterprise and social enterprise landscape in Pakistan and provides solutions to social challenges, using entrepreneurship as a vehicle to create wealth and deliver positive social impact.
Social Enterprise Academy
The Social Enterprise Academy provides transformational learning and development programs focused on leadership, enterprise, personal development and social impact for people and organizations working for social change. Since starting in Scotland in 2004, the Academy has replicated internationally and now has hub partners in 14 countries around the world, all supporting social enterprise development in their communities.
DEMO-Ideas For Impact
DEMO is a purpose-driven ideas consultancy that takes a human-centered and technology-driven approach in addressing the critical development challenges of today. DEMO provides consultancy, training, and development support and expertise n impact-driven verticals such as entrepreneurship & innovation, skills & technology education, digital services, and innovative community events