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7 Reasons to Join Startup Academy Flight III

WECREATE Pakistan Startup Academy

The beginning of the third flight of WECREATE Pakistan’s flagship program, Startup Academy, is on the horizon. In case you didn’t know, Startup Academy is a program designed to accelerate the start-up process in which entrepreneurs walk through the steps required to get a company going.

1- Tons of Learning

Flight 3 of Startup Academy is packed with weekly experiential business-building sessions that offer action-oriented learning that will allow you to look at your idea from various different angles and tweak various aspects in real time. Come into the program with your full dedication and low and behold, you will have a working business model in no time. Learn from seasoned mentors and incorporate their feedback as you go along.

2- Master the Jargon

Do you look in fascination at someone using terms like ‘USP’, ‘Go-to-Market Strategy’, ‘Competitive Advantage’ and so on and wish you could do the same? You’ve got company! During Startup Academy, you will not only learn these terms, but also their in-depth meaning and how they apply to your unique business idea.

3- Meet Like-Minded People

Are you the odd woman out and your family and friends can’t quite understand you and your passion for your brilliant idea? You’re likely not alone. You will meet a bunch of like-minded people who not only understand your point of view, but are most likely living with the same woes of entrepreneurship that haunt you – the upside? These like-minded people will become your friends and support network for the long haul.

4- Take your idea to the next level

Are you a woman and have you been pondering an idea for ages and haven’t gotten around to starting it yet? Need that push to put you into gear? This is the perfect opportunity for you to start working on your idea and build the business of your dreams. The accelerated program will equip you with all the tools and knowledge the lack of which may have been holding you back.

5- Time to Get Inspired

A little bit of inspiration never hurt anyone! We aim to inspire you every single week – you will learn stories from your peers and come to know the journeys of mentors, all of which will serve as great motivators in your own entrepreneurial journey.

6- Take the Leap

If something has been holding you back from pursuing your dream, join the Startup Academy as a first step towards making that big leap. There are hordes of ideas out there – if you think yours has a chance to really make a difference, be a part of the Startup Academy gang and we’ll help you with the execution.

7- You Will Be Part of the Family

We have a network of incredible women entrepreneurs who are an inspiration and are always up for offering advice and coaching you may need. During the Startup Academy program, you will get the opportunity to network with them and you will become part of our big family of entrepreneurs and enablers.

Tempted to register to Flight 3 of Startup Academy? What are you waiting for? Get on board!

Ken Morse Visits the Centre

Ken Morse visits the Centre

Ken Morse is a serial entrepreneur, an angel investor and a sales veteran.

He co-founded 3Com Corporation, Aspen Technology, Inc. and four other startups. He is the Founding Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, and conceived & led the weeklong MIT Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP), which over the past ten years trained more than 1.000 global entrepreneurs in an intensive on campus executive education program. Since 2009 Ken is Visiting Professor at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona. He serves on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) of President Obama which conceived and launched “Startup America” and the “JOBS Act”. Ken serves on the Board of Advisors of several successful MIT spin-offs and several ambitious global start-ups.

Mr. Ken Morse shares his experience on “Critical Success Factors in Innovation - - What’s Hot and What’s Not”

Most Innovations fail, but yet: if we don’t INNOVATE we will die. Unstable markets, permanent changes in the geopolitical context, and accurate requirements of rigorous management in all business areas, validate the need for innovation. Many of today’s problems are in search of rapidly-developed, innovative solutions. The need to identify the critical success factors in innovation.
The discussion with Ken Morse is a good opportunity to hear about valued and tested practices concerning such factors.

WECREATE PASS OFF

The transfer of ownership of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Center of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment Center (WECREATE) from the U.S State Department to The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Islamabad. This was a milestone achieved, and we plan to reach greater horizons.

We like to thank everyone who was a part of our big day at the WECREATE Centre. We wish to continue to grow our entrepreneurial family and will continue to strive for excellence.

The symbolic pass of key being passed from US ambassador of Pakistan, David Hale, to Mavra Bari. From left to right: Sean Griffin, Founder and CEO StartUp Cup, Murtaza Zaidi, Executive Director TiE Islamabad, Mavra Bari, Manager WECREATE Pakistan, U.S. Ambassador, David Hale, Tanya L. Hiple, Senior Advisor, Women's Entrepreneurship and Development U.S. Department of State

The symbolic pass of key being passed from US ambassador of Pakistan, David Hale, to Mavra Bari. From left to right: Sean Griffin, Founder and CEO StartUp Cup, Murtaza Zaidi, Executive Director TiE Islamabad, Mavra Bari, Manager WECREATE Pakistan, U.S. Ambassador, David Hale, Tanya L. Hiple, Senior Advisor, Women's Entrepreneurship and Development U.S. Department of State

Pitch-o-Rama

Are you an early stage company and want to see if you have what it takes to obtain an investment?

This program is designed to provide a platform to showcase your business model and gain invaluable feedback from industry experts.

The winner will receive incuation at WECREATE Center Pakistan!

And who knows, if you really impress an investor/mentor, you may even receive some funding!

Believe in the power of your pitch by honing it!

Who can Pitch?

Female-led startups: The Founder or Cofounder must be a woman
Female dominant startups: The startup/company should have female majority
Female entrepreneur: These can be singular females who have started a business or have a solid business model

The event will feature elevator pitches to a panel of esteemed mentors and judges, followed by Questions and Answer round and valuable feedback from industry experts. ONLY registered startups and judges will be able to attend this event.

All interested startups MUST fill in the Google Docs form:

https://docs.google.com/…/1u226FitE4fVlQZ58Cuw1nz9…/viewform

Only 8 startups will be selected to pitch during the event and winner will be announced at the end of the event.

– See more at: http://pk.gew.co/activity/pitch-o-rama-ii-0…