IBA startup competitions program

IBA Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) and Oxfam have partnered to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Pakistan through Startups Competitions Program. Start-ups Competitions Program will be held in 2 rural (Jamshoro & Layyah) and 3 urban (Karachi, Islamabad & Lahore) cities of Pakistan. This program aims to improve economic and social strengths of young men and women particularly living in rural climate-change affected areas. IBA CED will provide necessary support to the youth in capacity building in terms of entrepreneurial careers, incubation support, mentoring & handholding, and access to financial & other significant resources required to build a sustainable business venture.

TiE Islamabad

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. TiE Islamabad is a nonprofit venture aimed at fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in Pakistan. It supports innovators and startups through the whole “business lifecycle”, from conception to growth and maturity phases. With a global reach and a local focus, the heart of TiE’s efforts lie in its five foundational programmes – Mentoring, Networking, Education, Funding and Incubation. TiE has vehemently worked to achieve its ultimate goal – to foster entrepreneurship, creating wealth for both the entrepreneur and local communities.

Pakistan Startup cup

The Country’s biggest startup competition Pakistan Startup Cup is back with its 6th edition. Pakistan Startup Cup is the perfect platform if you are looking for mentoring, coaching, valuable networking, and investment opportunity!

The Pakistan Startup Cup is a business model competition open to all business ideas from all over Pakistan, It is brought to you by TiE Islamabad in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, powered by GriffinWorx. The Competition is an inclusive, grassroots-driven entrepreneurship empowerment program proven to grow businesses, entrepreneurs, and the ecosystems that support entrepreneurs.

Sprite Spice War

After the success of Spice Wars Season 1 in 2017, one of the world’s leading lemon-lime soda, Sprite, has proudly introduced Pakistan’s first ever televised Food Entrepreneurship Competition, Spice Wars Season 2. With an aim to provide a platform to develop, promote, support and enable young entrepreneurs, Sprite Spice Wars Season 2 will feature 12 teams from across Pakistan competing to win the grand Prize of PKR 5 Million to fulfill their dream of starting their own food business.


Organization: MIT

The IIC is the flagship program of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, awarding more than $1 million annually to entrepreneurs who are using technology to provide the most innovative solutions. Global Winners will receive a $250,000 grant from IIC as well as access to potential investors and additional opportunities for funding. In the last three years, the IIC has committed more than $3.5 million in funding to winners.


Organization: Arizona State University

The WE Empower Challenge is a global business competition to honor, support and celebrate women entrepreneurs who are advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and inspiring entire communities to create the world we want by 2030. Five awardees, one from each of five UN Regional Blocks, will be chosen to receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York during the UN Global Goals week (22-29 September 2019) to participate in a series of tailored trainings and events.


Organization: Idea Croron Ka, Neo TV

Idea Croron Ka is Pakistan’s Premier Business Reality TV Show on NEO Channel that bridges the gap between investors and entrepreneurs. This show is an important step to develop the culture of entrepreneurship amongst the masses. Idea Croron Ka gives budding entrepreneurs a platform to present their ideas to business tycoons and investors, who analyze their ideas, provide them investment and help them scale. It also features segments focusing on prominent figures in Pakistan who have undergone hardships to ultimately achieving their goals.


Organization: Karandaaz Pakistan

Karandaaz Pakistan, with funding from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), seeks to enable growth of women-led businesses by providing technical and financial support to female entrepreneurs across the country. Karandaaz Women Entrepreneurship Challenge 2019 is now accepting applications from women-led businesses that have been in operation for 3 years and are looking to scale up their business. Selected businesses will receive business development support and will be eligible for investment of up to Rs. 20 million.


Organization: Prince’s Trust International and SEED Ventures

Enterprise Challenge Pakistan is a one of a kind pan-Pakistan, business simulation competition for secondary school students that is designed to inspire and instil entrepreneurial and business acumen amongst young people, and to encourage them to consider entrepreneurship as a career option.


Organization: Zayed Sustainability Prize

The Zayed Sustainability Prize, an evolution of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability and a tribute to the legacy of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Established in 2008, this annual award recognises and rewards the achievements of those who are driving impactful, innovative and inspiring sustainability solutions across five distinct categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.


Organization: Islamic Development Bank

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has established a special Fund, known as Science, Technology and Innovation Transform Fund (IsDB-STIF) to support its Member Countries in finding practical solutions to key development challenges related to 6 focused Sustainable Development Goals through the power of innovation. Transform is a multi-million-dollar fund that provides seed money for innovators, startups, SMEs and institutions that need initial funding and growth capital to develop their ideas and compose a strong business proposal.


Organization: Enel (multinational energy company)

Enel is seeking creative ideas or approaches to provide customized electricity and gas products and/or services and to satisfy individual customer’s needs in order to provide a unique value with respect to diversity and inclusion. Desirable approaches can, but are not limited to, leverage on digital disruptions or new technologies (e.g. smart meters), automate Enel processes, enhance flexibility of current commercial portfolio, etc. Any solution with a compelling business justification will be considered.


Organization: International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (i-CREATE)

The Global Student Innovation Challenge (gSIC) is an annual event that provides a platform to encourage students from all over the world to compete in developing creative and innovative devices or solutions to improve the quality of living of the elderly and people with disability. It showcases the talents and abilities of these students while providing an opportunity to work with clients and clinicians to develop these innovative ideas.


Organization: D-Prize

Clean cook stoves reduce health and safety risks and lower fuel expenses compared to traditional wood, dung and coal stoves. A cash prize of $20,000 will be awarded to a social entrepreneur who, in three months, can sell 500 clean cook stoves, generate US $5,000 in revenue and design a path to scale to 25,000 homes over two years. A successful model will be evidence-based, will include continuous monitoring and testing, and a commitment to change if evidence suggests your approach is not working.


Organization: ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), The Setty Family Foundation

ASHRAE’s stated goals and objectives include: extending the reach of heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration information, connecting with others, and educating and adapting today’s technology for tomorrow to local and global communities to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. The 2019 Setty Family Foundation Applied Engineering Challenge (AEC) is intended to stimulate student-led groups to find engineering solutions for designing self-sustaining, interconnected communities.

THE OCEAN PLASTIC INNOVATION CHALLENGE Organization: National Geographic, Sky Ocean Ventures

More than 9 million tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans each year, and without interventions, this number is expected to almost double to 17 million tons per year by 2025. The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge will focus on three strategic ways to address this growing crisis: designing alternatives to single-use plastic, identifying opportunities for industries to address plastic waste throughout supply chains, and effectively communicating the need for action through data visualization.


Organization: Women’s Forum

Women-led startups usually received half of the investment received by men-led businesses. Despite this disparity, startups founded and co-founded by women actually performed better over time, generating 10% more in cumulative revenue over a five-year period. That’s why Accelerate Her, in partnership with INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship and Facebook, aims to give women entrepreneurs access to funding, training and visibility that will take their business to the next level.


Organization: BayWa

As the global population continues to grow every year, so too does the demand for agricultural products. To continue feeding the world without damaging the environment is one of the greatest challenges faced by society, and can only be achieved by increasing the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural production. BayWa is looking for innovative solutions that use new technologies, ideas and products to support sustainable agriculture.


Organization: Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India

The Global Cooling Prize is an international competition that calls upon participants around the world to develop a breakthrough residential cooling technology that has at least 5x less climate impact when compared to a baseline unit. The solution must meet a variety of climate- and resource-focused criteria, while also operating within cost and scalability constraints. This exciting competition will take place over the course of two years and will allow participants the opportunity to address one of the single largest end-use risks to our climate.


Organization: Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG)

The awards were created by the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG), which harnesses the energy of governments, agencies and entrepreneurs across the world to “drive forward the growth of the impact investment market to a tipping point by 2020″.

Impact Entrepreneur of the Year award will be conferred upon either a profit with purpose company (i.e., a social enterprise) or a non-profit social service provider actively using impact investments, with over 2 years’ operation and USD 1 million in revenues/receipts, which demonstrates a scalable solution which truly innovates in technology, cost or impact, efficiency or effectiveness and sets new impact standards for research and development.


Organization: MIT Solve

The Solve community aims to support solutions focused on improving the mental and physical health of people in cities and slums by: (a) Preventing infectious disease outbreaks and vector-borne illnesses caused by overcrowding, poor sanitation, and dirty water; (b) Reducing the incidence of non-communicable diseases caused by air pollution, lack of physical activity, or unhealthy food; (c) Promoting physical safety by decreasing incidents of violence or transportation accidents; and (d) Enabling equitable access to affordable and effective health services, especially through community health workers and clinics, for those most underserved.


Organization: MIT Solve

To shift towards circular supply chains where the goods we use are zero waste with minimal impacts, the Solve is seeking solutions that enable: (a) Increased and equitable production of renewable and recyclable raw materials for products and packaging; (b) Design and production of mass-market clothing and apparel that are recycled and recyclable or biodegradable at end of life; (c) New business models that encourage extending the lifetime of products rather than frequent purchases; and (d) Recycling of complex products like electronics.


Organization: MIT Solve

The Solve community aims to find and support tech-based solutions to ensure citizens and communities create and improve social inclusion and shared prosperity. To do so, the Solve community seeks solutions that: (a) Support communities to participate meaningfully in designing and determining solutions around critical services including housing and transportation; (b) Make governments, corporations, and other institutions more accountable, transparent, and responsive to citizen feedback; (c) Create or advance equitable and inclusive economic growth across geographies and demographics; and (d) Ensure all citizens can overcome barriers to civic participation and inclusion, including expanding access to information, internet, digital literacy, and services.


Organization: MIT Solve

The Solve is seeking technology-based solutions that improve learning and cognitive outcomes for children under the age of five that: (a) Reduce barriers to healthy physical, mental, and emotional development for all children, particularly among vulnerable populations and those affected by conflict; (b) Enable parents and caregivers to support their children’s overall development and provide positive and safe surroundings; (c) Promote exploration, early literacy skills, and language experimentation in preparation for primary school; and (d) Decrease inequalities, including stereotypes and discrimination based on gender, religion, race, or class, among children beginning at birth.


Organization: Tech Briefs

The world’s premier engineering design competition is now accepting entries. Submit your best new product ideas for a chance to win $20,000 and global recognition. Individual and team entries are invited from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs. Submissions can be in any one of the seven categories: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics/Sensors/IoT, Manufacturing/Robotics/Automation, Medical, and Sustainable Technologies.


Organization: David Clark Cause, IBM

2019 Call for Code Global Challenge asks developers to create solutions that significantly improve preparedness for natural disasters and accelerate relief when they hit. They call on developers to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on cloud, data, and artificial intelligence that can have both an immediate and lasting impact. The initiative has the support from an ecosystem comprised of a cross-section of experts, humanitarian and international organizations, including the United Nations Human Rights Office and the American Red Cross.


Organization: DICE Foundation, USA University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

DICE-AFS, 2019 is a focused strategic initiative of DICE Foundation USA which is led by University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) in close collaboration with a consortium of selected universities, the Government institutes, Agriculture and Food Industry. The broader scope of DICE Agriculture and Food Sciences is to foster culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Pakistan and establish strong relation between industry and academia of agriculture and food sciences.The initiative has the support from an ecosystem comprised of a cross-section of experts, humanitarian and international organizations, including the United Nations Human Rights Office and the American Red Cross.


Organization: She Loves Tech, Circle Pakistan

She Loves Tech is the world’s largest competition focused on women and technology. It is open to aplicants from 14 countries, including Pakistan. Any entrepreneur – male or female – who is using technology to positively impact women or any female entrepreneur who is using technology to solve a problem are eligible to apply.


Organization: Acumen

Acumen Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to connect and cultivate a pipeline of social changemakers who are committed to tackling poverty in their communities. Every year, Acumen Fellows Program in Pakistan equips 20 extraordinary individuals with the knowledge, support system and practical wisdom to drive positive change in society.


Organization: Teach A Man to Fish (educational charity)

School Enterprise Challenge guides and supports teachers and students to plan and set up real, sustainable businesses. Students get the chance to gain hands-on experience of running a real business and generate profits to help support their school or a social cause of their choice.


Organization: Innovation World Cup Series

The IOT/WT Innovation World Cup®, the world-leading competition for IoT and wearable tech start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs, is welcoming techpreneurs from around the world to make their innovations visible. Take part in the competition, join the leading innovation ecosystem and grasp the chance to win prizes worth more than 500,000 USD, including a cash prize of 10,000 Euros, valuable business connections, speaking opportunities at international leading tech events like WT | Wearable Technologies Conferences, MEDICA, BIM World, Mobile World Congress and more.


Organization: Expo 2020 Dubai

Innovation Impact Grant Programme aims to fund novel and innovative solutions that have the potential to improve people’s lives. The program awards funding of up to USD 100,000 each to social enterprises, startups and projects from around the world, based on their ability to impact lives positively and generate real social value.


Organization: UBI Global

UBI Global will launch a unique global firestarter competition that identifies the 1,000 most promising startups in our worldwide innovation community. It matches them with corporations for rewards, investment, and mentorship. Over 700 business incubation programs worldwide represent 20,000+ startups. Each budding startup is filled with talented entrepreneurs developing exciting, new business ideas.