The US Ambassador to Pakistan visits LUMS

Richard Olson

The USA Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Richard G. Olson, visited the LUMS Heart for Entrepreneurship, the college’s flagship experiential improvement platform for entrepreneurs. Mr. Olson was welcomed by Mr. Khurram Zafar, Government Director LCE, who confirmed him across the heart and briefed him about its actions. He defined that for the reason that heart’s founding a yr in the past, it has mentored and groomed over 80 entrepreneurs and its startup companies have created a complete of over 120 direct and 350+ oblique jobs. The mixed annualized income of the startups based mostly on final month’s figures is approaching $250,000. These younger companies have additionally raised almost $600,000 in funding from native and overseas buyers. Furthermore, the mixed valuation of the companies at which these startups have raised cash at, or have had investor termsheets supplied, is over $5 Million.

Mr. Zafar then launched the ambassador to the present batch of 16 incubated startups which are engaged on numerous excessive development and/or excessive influence companies corresponding to iCarriage, growing a innovative advertising answer for retailers and shoppers;, a service supplier for dwelling and workplace restore providers; iDarzi, a enterprise offering custom-made, designer clothes stitching and supply providers for ladies by means of just a few faucets on a cellphone; King Kashmiri, manufacturing and distribution of a really sought-after, prompt, scorching beverage; and Harbinger Comics, a startups engaged on improvement and distribution of comics with a message that tackles native issues.

Addressing the younger passionate entrepreneurs, Ambassador Olson praised the LUMS Heart for Entrepreneurship as an ideal instance of an entity that’s giving entrepreneurs the instruments they should flip their brilliant concepts into actual companies that may remodel Pakistan’s financial system.  Ambassador Olson additionally highlighted a number of methods by which the U.S. Embassy is supporting entrepreneurship in Pakistan, together with skilled and educational exchanges and USAID’s just lately launched Pakistan Non-public Funding Initiative to facilitate entry to finance for small- and medium-sized Pakistani enterprises.

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