Islamabad: UNDP Pakistan and Jazz concluded the second cohort of SDG Bootcamps on the themes of education, health, climate change and digital transformation on a positive note.
Implemented by the School of Leadership Foundation (SoLF), the second cohort saw the participation of 131 social enterprises, including 42 led by women.
Four of them emerged victorious.
Winners included Sindh’s Bechlo.pk, a multi-vendor app store created for and by women to sell new and favorite products online; Sindh’s Perwaz, a healthcare company that provides drone services to deliver medical aid; Sindh’s Crop Care, a mobile app that helps farmers detect crop diseases and recommends solutions;
and Edibles from Punjab, which strives to reduce single-use plastic cutlery by introducing sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives.
The second round of bootcamps also included a regional bootcamp in Islamabad with a total of 25 social enterprises, including participants from Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Malook Enterprise won the regional bootcamp.
Social enterprise creates income opportunities for communities in Gilgit Baltistan by
harvest and sell local organic products, such as herbs, dried fruits and vegetables.
UNDP Resident Representative in Pakistan, Knut Ostby, said at the conclusion of the second cohort, “It is truly inspiring to see young people, especially young women, opting for social entrepreneurship as a viable career option. . UNDP-Jazz SDG Bootcamps help aspiring entrepreneurs navigate and develop business models. Improving the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan will not only empower the youth of the country, but also
also contribute to the achievement of Pakistan’s SDG targets.
Syed Fakhar Ahmed, Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer, Jazz, congratulated the winners and said he believed the knowledge gained from the bootcamps would help social enterprises scale their businesses.
“We look forward to the next cohorts that will empower young people, especially from rural areas, to have a positive impact on society,” he said.
The winner of the national bootcamp will have the opportunity to join Youth Co:Lab, the largest youth program
social entrepreneurship movement in Asia and the Pacific co-created by UNDP and the Citi Foundation, as well as access to mentorship opportunities by Jazz.
UNDP Pakistan and Jazz launched the SDG Bootcamp in December 2020 to promote social entrepreneurship and strengthen the start-up ecosystem in Pakistan.
As part of this, 20 bootcamps will be organized across the county to train 800 young social entrepreneurs, 50% of whom will be women, by December 2022.