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Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC) Formation

Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC) as inaugurated in 2008 with the objective to bridge the gap between academia and industry. EDC has been working for the promotion of Entrepreneurship in the region by adapting different methods. One such step in the field is to link up interested candidates with local, national, as well as international bodies promoting entrepreneurship. This not only inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship in them but, also, providing them a platform to establish their businesses in future. EDC as a cradle of entrepreneurship is involved in promoting entrepreneurship in the region with a global vision.

Team Members:

Coordinator EDC

Dr. Gohar Saleem Parvaiz

  • PhD in Employability skills; Brunel University, London (UK), 2014.
  • MA in Strategic Financial Management;Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield (UK), 2007.

Technical Advisor (Academic)

Dr. Owais Mufti

  • PhD in Human resource management;Qurtaba University, Peshawar (PAK), July 2012.
  • MBA in Marketing;Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar (PAK), 1998.

Syeda Afsheen Sardar

Project Organizer

  • Pursuing MS in Finance, Institue of Management Sciences, Peshawar ( PAK), Expected Completion   in 2016.  
  • BBA (Hons) in Finance, Institue of Management Sciences, Peshawar ( PAK), 2014.

Mr.Muhammad Zahid Durrani

Project Organizer

  • Pursuing BBA in Marketing, Institue of Management Sciences, Peshawar ( PAK), Expected Completion in 2017

Mr. Sanwal Bhatti

Project Organizer

  • Pursuing  BBA in Finanace, Institue of Management Sciences, Peshawar ( PAK), Expected Completion in 2017

EDC Objectives:

The main objectives of the Entrepreneurship Development Center are as follows:

  • To develop entrepreneurial skills in young graduates so that they can establish their own business.
  • To establish Industry- Academia Linkages.
  • To create entrepreneurial culture in the region by imparting incorporating entrepreneurial knowledge.
  • To be the part of policy development process for entrepreneurial activities.
  • To establish business incubation centers.

Scope of Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC):

Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC) claims to be the change agent in the region and for that purpose it considers its role both in the social and corporate sectors.EDC position itself in the following two areas of entrepreneurship:-

  1. Social Entrepreneurship: EDC finding itself at unique cross-roads of industry and academia that aims to initiate activities which will have positive impacts on the society overall. For that purpose EDC collaborate and coordinate with many stakeholders to bring new solutions to the old social problems. Further to promote “active citizenry” among the youth the 'EDC' plays as an active player and diversify its core activities to take them a step forward.

  1. Corporate Entrepreneurship:Economies around the world, developed or underdeveloped rely on the small and medium enterprises to provide employment and earning opportunities to the majority of the people. Despite its importance 75% of these small businesses fail due to lack of managerial capacity. EDC knowing the importance of SMEs aims to develop a close liaison with the industry and SMEs, especially to enable a sustainable development of this sector.

Considering above stated social and corporate entrepreneurial themes the following thematic areas are set to be performed in by Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC) of IMSciences:-

  • Capacity Building Trainings: Capacity building trainings through professional workshops, and seminars related to entrepreneurship activities.
  • Incubation: The objective behind incubation is to promote young entrepreneurs to the level of self-sustainability. During incubation young entrepreneurs must be considered and treated as strategic partners to EDC and later a source of professional linkages to industry.
  • Business Plan Development: Developing business plan is an important element that could not be ignored while having incubatees on board. Those incubatees who have brilliant business ideas but have lack of commercialization skills to promote or launch their products/services needed to re-address through EDC help. In this regard EDC will work along incubatees to develop business plan in detail.
  • Intellectual Property Right Facilitator: Many of our students and incubatees come up with brilliant product ideas that could be commercialized only if they are protected through intellectual property office of Pakistan. In this regard there is a need to create awareness among students and incubatees. To register patents, facilitation will be offered in collaboration with ORIC to incubatees before disclosing their ideas to industrialists. This act of EDC and ORIC will ensure the right of our incubatees in industry during commercialization phase.
  • Promotion: EDC also need to promote the business and patent protected ideas of incubates in the industry. In this regard, expos (exhibition) all over the Pakistan will be arranged under the umbrella of EDC to reveal its entrepreneurs and their products/services to grab the attention of venture capitalists or strategic business partners.

Activities conducted:

Since inception, EDC has organized and participated in number of activities. The information about such activities is statedin below mentionedtable:-

S. No

Activities

Date

 

1

EDC organized workshop 'Passport to Export' in collaboration with "BlueChip Gravity Ltd"

Jan 7, 2016

2

EDC trained Students won 2nd position from more than 120 teams from the most renowned educational institutions of Pakistan (including IBA, NUST, FAST etc.) in the Business Idea Competition (BIC) at Young Leaders & Entrepreneurs' Summit, 2016 (YLES '16) in January 2016.

Jan 7-10,2016

3

EDC organized 'Training of Trainers' for Womenx Trainers in collaboration with Enclude Solutions

Dec 16-17, 2015

4

EDC organized 'Conceptual Cooking Course' in collaboration with Food Punch

Dec 13, 2015

5

EDC organized workshop on android game development in collaboration with The Nerd camp

Dec 10, 2015

5

EDC organized workshop on 'Social Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Economy: business plan development' for Stakeholders (SMEDA, NPO, KPCCI, Entrepreneurs)

Dec 10, 2015

6

EDC organized workshop on 'Social Entrepreneurship' for Stakeholders (SMEDA, NPO, KPCCI, Entrepreneurs)

Nov 25, 2015

7

EDC organized seminar in collaboration with Center for Social and Education Development (CSED)

Nov 23, 2015

8

EDC organized business plan competition for inter-Peshawar universities

Oct 28, 2015

9

EDC workshop on professional blogging in collaboration with IM|Bloggers

Oct 10, 2015

10

EDC conducted seminar on Techpreneurship in collaboration with IM|Bloggers

Oct 1, 2015

11

EDC acquired Women Business Development Centre (a project by SMEDA)

Aug 17, 2015

12

EDC conducted one day seminar on 'assessing marketing opportunities' in collaboration with IFC (World Bank)

May 14, 2015

13

EDC internship Program, Summer 2013

July- September 2013

14

Photography Workshop with NIKON

Jun 12, 2013

15

Mega Mind Intra IMSciences Business Plan Competition in collaboration with Social Committee IMSciences

April 2013

16

IMSciences Visits NIFA (Nuclear Institute for Food & Agriculture)

Feb-2013

17

Participated in LUMS Business Initiative

Jan-2013

18

Celebrated GEW entrepreneurial Week at Abasyn University, Islamabad

November 12-15th 2012

19

Session on Youth Social Entrepreneurship

November 14th 2012

20

Session with 180DC at IMSciences

November 12th 2012

21

Awareness session with Hult International Business School, Dubai about “Hult Prize” – business plan competition

June 10th 2012

22

2nd round of lecture series on entrepreneurship, “Problems and Opportunities for entrepreneurs of Khyber PukhtunKhwa”

May 28th 2012

23

Handicrafts exhibition, “Entre-Fest”

May 28th 2012

24

Launching of Incubation offices at EDC

Feb-2012

25

Launching of Youth Social Business generator at EDC

Feb-2012

26

Seminar on Youth Social Entrepreneurship at IMSciences

Feb-2012

27

Orientation workshop with YES Networks Pakistan

Feb-2012

28

Idea Evaluation Session with students of IMSciences

Jan-2012

29

1st of the lectures series on entrepreneurship

Dec-2011

30

TEDx speeches on Women issues

Nov-2011

31

Visit to Women Business Development Center, Peshawar

4th Oct 2011

32

Winner of JWEF Conference, LSE Lahore

27-30 July 2011

33

Workshop on Entrepreneurship in collaboration with NIDA Peshawar

May-2011

34

Awareness Seminar on Local Clusters of NWFP

February 25th, 2010

35

Work shop on Enterprise Development in collaboration with SMEDA

February 10th, 2010

36

Proposal writing workshop at AIOU Islamabad by HEC-FAD

October 13-15, 2010

37

Handicrafts exhibition

15th May 2010

38

Training workshop on Intellectual property Rights SMEDA and Sarhad University

Jan-2010

39

Organized a Business plan competition for Fata students in collaboration with LDP

4th June 2009

40

Seminars on Business Ideas, Corporate social responsibility, and on entrepreneurship

2008

 

Four days’ Workshop on business plan

2008

Incubates:

1

Dine Times

2

Drift Hosting

3

Sheen Creations

4

Dev Hub

5

Darewro

6

Sheryar Designs

7

Diary Inc.

8

Kokane

9

Handy Services

10

Durshal

11

Thrill Seekers