Launch of Impact Link: Social Enterprise Prize Challenge 2020

By Team BitBol,

The Scottish Government and SEED in collaboration with Youth
Co:Lab an initiative co-led by UNDP and Citi Foundation has launched the ‘Impact Link:
Social Enterprise Challenge 2020’ for youth-led social enterprises in Pakistan working on
innovative solutions to counter health, social, economic and environmental challenges,
with a particular emphasis on enterprises addressing challenges that have emerged as a
result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Successful applicants will be invited to take part in a
virtual boot camp spanning five days in the first week of September 2020.
The program will be exclusively executed in Pakistan by UNDP Pakistan, SEED, DEMO, and
the Social Enterprise Academy.
Upon completion of the boot camp, ten most promising enterprises will be selected and
awarded with cash prizes. The top five winners of the challenge will receive a grant of PKR
820,000while the runners-up will receive PKR 480,000 to upscale their ideas. Mentors and
industry experts will be guiding these young entrepreneurs to build sustainable social
ventures. The winners will also be showcased at the regional Youth Co:Lab Summit that will
be held next year.
Details of the Impact Link: Social Enterprise Prize Challenge 2020 can be found here:
https://bit.ly/ImpactLink
Speaking at the virtual launch, Ms AlionaNiculita, Resident Representative a.i. said at the
occasion:
“With support from Youth Co:Lab, UNDP Pakistan is excited to collaborate with SEA’s Impact Link
programme to promote social entrepreneurship, engage youth in social enterprise development
and facilitate inclusive employment amongst the unemployed youth of Pakistan, especially
during these challenging times. This collaboration will build on UNDP’s existing work towards
enabling youth and youth-led social enterprises to meaningfully engage in initiatives that are

working on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Pakistan, while creating
spaces that value the participation, ideas, and voiceof young people.”
While speaking at the virtual launch, Shaista Ayesha- CEO & Director, SEED Ventures
said,“SEED believes in the power of collaboration. This alliance between Impact Link and UNDP
was initiated and spearheaded by SEED and is a testament to our belief. We are excited that it
has happened. As Hub partners in Pakistan for Social Enterprise Academy – Scotland, we hope
that through this collaboration we can forward and amplify the Academy’s cause for reaching
and impacting lives of social entrepreneurs in Pakistan.”
Ms. Nazia Ali, Head of International at Social Enterprise Academy,while speaking at the
virtual launch event commented “We are delighted to be able to connect SEA’s Impact Link
programme funded by Scot Government, to Youth Co:Lab at UNDP and DEMO. In our second
year of Impact Link in Pakistan, we are able to do crucial work to support and accelerate social
entrepreneurs in these challenging times – when innovation is high and the availability and
access to support is inadequate. There is much we can learn from insightful entrepreneurs
working on both rural and urban solutions, and through Impact Link we will be able to lay the
foundations for this learning to happen across a cluster of people across Pakistan.”
Applications are open till 9th August 2020, to apply for this program please visit:
https://bit.ly/ImpactLink
Contact Information
For any queries concerning this program, please contact the following persons:

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