KARACHI: UNDP Pakistan and Jazz have concluded the second cohort of SDG Bootcamps on the themes of education, health, climate change and digital transformation, according to a statement.
Four social enterprises emerged victorious while 131 social enterprises, including 42 women-led initiatives, participated in the second cohort, implemented by the School of Leadership Foundation (SoLF).
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Pakistan Resident Representative Knut Ostby said, “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 country’s youth, but will also contribute to the achievement of Pakistan’s SDG targets,” he added.
Syed Fakhar Ahmed, Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer of Jazz, said, “I would like to congratulate the winners and I am confident that the knowledge gained from the bootcamps will help social enterprises grow 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 added.
Cohort 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.
This second round of bootcamps also included a regional bootcamp in Islamabad with a total of 25 social enterprises, including participants from Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Malook Enterprise won the regional bootcamp. The company creates income opportunities for communities in Gilgit Baltistan by harvesting and selling local organic products, such as herbs, dried fruits, vegetables, etc.
The winner of the national bootcamp will have the opportunity to join Youth Co:Lab, the largest social entrepreneurship movement for young people in Asia and the Pacific, co-created by UNDP and the Citi Foundation, as well as access Jazz mentoring opportunities.