Institutions globally are focusing on ways and means to develop businesses and an entrepreneurial culture. Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) are regarded the world over as being job creators of the future and battling more and more with large corporations which are retrenching staff, and it has fallen to the SMME sector to create employment. Consequently, governments and institutions are focusing increasingly on ensuring that entrepreneurial growth takes place. One method used almost universally is business plan competitions which are aimed at stimulating interest in business and getting people with the skills to start their own businesses. There are many of these competitions in the industry but they will only succeed if the idea is evaluated positively. If it is not, the initiative might not be able to attract funding or gain access to potential suppliers and customers.
National Influencers aims to motivate individuals to start-up businesses and projects and to connect them with existing businesses that might provide further business support in the process of realizing the projects. For this purpose National Influencers in collaboration with Institute of Management Studies, University of Peshawar and The Natives – TN has organized “KP Youth Business Plan Competition 2021”. It was a three day program at Bara Gali Campus, University of Peshawar from 22nd October to 24th October 2021. 113 young belonging from different universities including Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Women University, University of Peshawar, Khyber Medical University, Abdul Wali Khan University, Khyber Law College University of Engineering Technology, Islamia College and University Peshawar, College of Home Economics, Agriculture University Peshawar and organizations attended the event in which 12 groups took part in the competition. An equal opportunity was provided to all the youth across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to come up with their business plan and compete in the Business Plan Competition. Business plans were judged by Dr. Junaid (Ph.D in Entrepreneurship), Dr. Shakeel a business man and e-commerce expert, Hashim Khan Lecturer at IMS, Arshad Hussain former Deputy Director Directorate of Youth Affairs and Atif Shahzad CEO Makkah Agency. The judging process was conducted openly. Contestants were given 10 to 15 minutes to present their ideas. This was beneficial for the participants as it provided them with the opportunity to elaborate on and sell their business ideas. This was also an opportunity for the judges to examine the drive and passion these entrepreneurs have. The participants in the competition were acknowledged for their efforts. Dr. Junaid, Dr. Shakeel, Atif Shahzad and Imran Inam also delivered session on entrepreneurship and challenges faced by business and industry sector and possible solutions.
The chief guest of the event was Abdul Karim Khan Torhdher Minister for commerce and trade rewarded and recognized all the participants for their time put into the competition by distributing certificates of participation. And the top three winners Holistic Rehabilitation Center, Haq Services and Nayya Glameria Mobile Beauty Saloon were awarded with Cash prizes as a startup fund for the implementation of their proposed business plan. The judges were awarded with shields at the end of the business plan competition.
The main theme of the Holistic Rehabilitation Services private limited was to provide the Digital Healthcare Rehabilitation Service’s Solution. Holistic Rehabilitation Team is consists of a General Physician, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists who providing facilities of Online Therapies, Clinical Therapies, Home Therapies, and Therapeutic Devices.
The idea of HAQ Services (SMC-PRIVATE) Limited, the first runner up was to provide a one-stop service for the families who lose their loved ones. They are offering a total of 8 services that are all outsourced. Amongst these services are the arrangements for the Kafan : کفن (winding sheets )Janaza Services (funeral services) the ambulance to transfer the body, coffin, the communication with the graveyard and all services related to burying, food and catering services.
Naiyah’s Gleameriah was the second runner up that win the startup grant. As there are many salons operating at the moment, but majority of them are inaccessible for many ladies. There are females who can’t go out for salons visit, there are some can’t wait for their turns at the saloons and few avoid travelling and facing rush. Naiyah’s Gleameriah will be a mobile salon, centered in Peshawar and to provide beauty care services to every woman out there. So the women who can’t go out, avoids rush etc. can save their time and energy and avail all the desired services at their doorstep. The mobile Salons will offer basic needed services too which are required by every girl. This Saloon aim to reach every girl and provide luxury services to every female who are deprived of it which be beneficial for both the clients and the company itself.
This event was supported by Directorate of Youth Affairs, Economic Zone, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board – KPITB, Makkah agency and Students For Liberty.