Mosaic Enterprise Challenge Pakistan

01.10 2015
Mosaic Enterprise Challenge Pakistan

September in Karachi witnessed the launch of a programme that comes with the promise of immense impact on young minds and much-needed inculcation of entrepreneurship in the youth. Mosaic was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007. This initiative creates opportunities for youth belonging to diverse and often underprivileged backgrounds and helps them realise their potential. A true reflection of its name, Mosaic is an assemblage of different thoughts and aspirations on an all inclusive platform; volunteer mentors interact with young people, inspire them to understand their abilities, and thus help them bridge the gap between ambition and attainment. This interaction helps the youth voice their ambition and receive guidance on how to realise those dreams.  The knowledge transfer between mentor and mentee helps the youth experience an increase in self-efficacy and confidence, thus awakening a strong internal drive which is necessary for maximising their potential.


The Enterprise Challenge is a simulation challenge where students in teams of four or five employ their creativity and compete against each other mentored by volunteer industry experts who help them understand the different elements of business and coach them to choose a strategy for their virtual business venture. Over a number of sessions the teams aggregate their scores according to their performance in the competition, including an ethical business element. Besides the UK, it is now running successfully in Jordon and Qatar.

After a successful run in the Middle East, the competition has now been brought to Pakistan and will be delivered over three years in private and public schools across Pakistan as a pilot programme. The competition will be held pan-Pakistan in its pilot phase.

The British Deputy High Commission (BDHC) has extended its support for Enterprise Challenge Pakistan (ECP). This is a strong testament of their stance towards developing collaborative and progressive educational opportunities for Pakistan’s youth and encouraging young minds to explore entrepreneurship as a potential avenue.

SEED Ventures Private Limited as the Founder Partner for Enterprise Challenge Pakistan will be delivering and executing ECP with Mosaic.

Social, Entrepreneurship and Equity Development (SEED) was founded in 2009 as a holdings company. It operates with clear streams strongly interlinked with each other with the core focus of developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Pakistan, and help existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in establishing and scaling up their ventures. While the organisation focuses on high-potential, high-growth start-ups, its mandate o
f social and financial inclusion has led to numerous strongly established initiatives to support and promote entrepreneurship at grassroot level. SEED truly believes in the potential of knowledge dissemination, mentorship, and business incubation as methods which not only help entrepreneurs realise their potential, but also create linkages with the investors’ fraternity. All of SEED’s companies and initiatives revolve around one central idea – create a social impact. The objective behind Mosaic Enterprise Challenge is strongly aligned with SEED’s business philosophy.

Mosaic Enterprise Challenge will be a great contribution to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pakistan with long-term benefits. It will not only provide a new, more feasible avenue to the youth, a large number of which faces the challenge of unemployment, but will also contribute to the economic development of the country.



A Parallel between the Wizards of Hogwart & CSCLeaders, Commonwealth

15.04 2015
A Parallel between the Wizards of Hogwart & CSCLeaders, Commonwealth

Acquiring knowledge is a strange phenomenon; it is limitless and infinite, leading one on a journey of pursuit that only ends when the soul departs the body. Applying that knowledge however, is even stranger; to what extent is it converted into a tangible result totally depends on an individual.

Three days into Part 1 of CSCLeaders Programme by Commonwealth, and my mind is already constantly playing a dialogue between what can be and to what degree; what limits us, and if there really are any limits; what makes us (perhaps falsely) believe that the infinite is in fact, finite.

We gather in Oxford – 100 participants from 20 different countries, with over 125 contributors, 58 different organization visits, and all here for one challenge – What makes a city smart? Apart from the fact that a smart city is a desire, a need, and the way forward both for the developed countries as well as the developing nations; the mere realization that countless minds will be at work exploring the challenge and evoking the desire to make it happen, increases the zest. To add to the effectiveness, the seemingly unassuming details such as the CSCLeaders Hogwart style dinner on one of the initial evenings made one feel like being in the presence of amazing wizards from Harry Potter.


My question: “In a place like Karachi (Pakistan), where the true potential of the city is marred by poorly planned infrastructure, pollution, street crime and general indifference, where does one start? Are we, in Karachi, far from being able to achieve even a fraction of a smart city in the near future?” The answer came from the group, and an even more interesting reply came from the thought that crossed my mind when I experienced the ‘Hogwart’ dinner. Being in the company of the diverse group at CSCLeaders and the knowledge exchange that is and will continue to take place between the group, the speakers, and the contributors, is no less than being taught how to fight evil as the young wizards in Harry Potter did. Along with skill and talent, being able to identify the crux of the problems that cities face is important. Leadership and the vision of the leaders have the capacity to convert challenges into opportunities. I can’t help but continue to draw a parallel between the young wizards of Hogwart who with talent and leadership battled the evil, and the incredible and energetic CSCLeaders who, with diverse cultures and different perspectives are tackling the challenges in their own respective settings. Environments may be different in each of our countries or the cities we might propose in the programme, but the very basics that we would require to head towards bringing a local smart city to life will be the same – we all need economic, social, technological and transport interventions and solutions to make a smart city.


Although my thoughts above may seem slightly dispersed, but as we proceed with the programme, deep within my heart and strongly taking form in my mind is one thought – the identity of Karachi MUST change from being a terror-struck city to one progressing towards better governance, improved socio-economic landscape, smart leadership, and an empowered and engaged community that demands and makes all that happen! How that can be achieved in the current circumstances; well, we do have the ‘Hogwarts wizards’ assembled here for CSCLeaders 2015; I am keen to observe, learn and share with them the best way forward for a great ecosystem and a technologically innovative approach that leads to the development of a city, any city!

Incubating Potential – Grass-root Entrepreneurs

Incubating Potential - Grass-root Entrepreneurs

There are two very important segments of entrepreneurs that need structured processes to mushroom, flourish and expand: startups and grass root entrepreneurs (GREs). While some promising activity has been witnessed for support of startups recently, there haven’t been any significant or substantial endeavours to uplift the microenterprise sector that exists in the country. After an extensive research on grassroot entrepreneurs was conducted through one of the brand programs ‘PEMS – Potential Enterprise Mapping Strategy’ by SEED, a training programme for grass root entrepreneurs was developed. The fact that the issues that these GREs face and what keeps them from scaling up are different in different parts of the country made us realize that it would not be possible to address these with a generic curriculum. Hence Incubating potential Program (IPP) and PEMS Training Program (PTP) were developed keeping in mind the different environments, problems and relevant stakeholders for each area. Separate programs were created for rural areas of the country, urban centres and urban slums.

It is important to realize that these GREs form a large part of our population and if helped and guided to scale up, have the potential of impacting our GDP. Incubating Potential Program is being implemented in two incubation centres that we have initiated in specific urban slums of Karachi that are ridden with violence and conflict. This program will also create avenues for young boys to earn a living for themselves and their families, while the existing GREs will be able to expand their enterprises once they apply what they are being taught during this programme. These incubation centres are the first of the many that will be created as part of a network of incubation centres for grass-root entrepreneurs throughout the country. We do not believe in working in isolation and have created a platform at SEED that would bring all those working for the promotion of entrepreneurship at various levels. At the same time, when those who have the same mandate as we do cross our path, we combine efforts to move forth as a strong force.

Entrepreneurship whether it is at startup level or grassroot, seasoned or serial, is a challenging yet rewarding road should one opt to take it. With the correct approach to help it flourish and with support from the private sector, development sector and the government bodies, it has the capacity to herald the winds of change.


The Pakineur – Pakistan’s Entrepreneurial Magazine

The Pakineur - Pakistan's Entrepreneurial Magazine

The second issue of The Pakineur seems to have created an unexpected amount of noise all across. Perhaps the fact that it has an intentionally created informal feel about it has quite a bit to do with it besides the fact that there was a dearth of local publications specifically for entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs, I must say, are a breed worth getting to know. Regardless of the scale of their venture, they display similar traits and seem to have somewhat similar dreams. A recent article I wrote was focused on the growing trend of youngsters enthusiastically exploring this extremely challenging yet exciting avenue.

As for issue 2 of The Pkaineur, you will see a diverse set of our EntreMates candidly sharing their stories in The Pakineur and articles that will keep you engaged throughout. Since our mandate is social entrepreneurship, it is reflected in the magazine through focus on social enterprises as well as unconventional forms of entrepreneurship as you will witness in ‘The Empathy Factor’ and ‘The Nomad Entrepreneur’ . My personal favourite is the addition of a chat with an ‘intrapreneur’, a segment that we seem to give very little attention to as opposed to conventional entrepreneurship.

In working to develop the entrepreneurial landscape of Pakistan, we are getting more enthusiastic by the day, our numbers increasing, and our feeble steps now showing promise of giant leaps.

Adding the magazine’s link for you to check out.

Happy Reading!


Social Entrepreneurs – The Optimistic Breed

The Road goes ever on and on

Down from the door where it began.

Now far ahead the Road has gone,

And I must follow, if I can,

Pursuing it with eager feet,

Until it joins some larger way,

When many paths and errands meet.

And whither then? I cannot say.

                                                                                                                                                                                               - J.R.R. Tolkien

Often a contagiously optimistic breed, social entrepreneurs see possibilities where others might just see problems. It is a very simple rule; understand and assess the dynamics of a situation at a somewhat smaller scale first, interact at an individual level with the community in and around that situation, think outside the box keeping in mind the essential fundamentals of the said area and environment and provide an entrepreneurial solution. This is how the SEED journey began and with multitudes of enterprising individuals in need for an opportunity-providing, optimistic platform, we are headed in the direction of social innovation and enterprise.

A number of social initiatives addressing the current and lingering issues in various sectors,  have emerged from this platform. Potential Enterprise Mapping strategy (PEMS) – aiming to uplift the micro-enterprises, Reimagining Pakistan (RPK) – a heritage preservation initiative to restore the cultural and architectural heritage of the country, Startup Dosti – business plan competition designed to help startups from across India and Pakistan to build a strong foundation for their ventures, FK Squared – a publishing house working to revive the culture of reading and writing through its Creative Writing and Literacy Drive, The Pakineur – an entrepreneurial magazine, and Rediscover Pakistan – a research report to reposition Pakistan as an important investment destination.

It is through our social and business initiatives that we aim to develop the entrepreneurial setup of Pakistan as it is the innovative yet practical answer to a better, more prosperous Pakistan with new avenues for its youth to explore.



‘The Pakineur’, Pakistan’s First Entrepreneurial Magazine

'The Pakineur', Pakistan's First Entrepreneurial Magazine

We have a simple formula that we follow at SEED – identify gaps, and address them through entrepreneurial solutions. While moving forward with our mandate to develop the entrepreneurial scenario in Pakistan, we realized that it was now imperative to take an initiative where entrepreneurs found a voice, an easily accessible and approachable platform for exchange of ideas. Hence, ‘The Pakineur’! With the launch of  Pakistan’s first entrepreneurial magazine, falls a heavy responsibility on our shoulders. We understand that there is an encouraging emergence of entrepreneurial ventures with stories that need to be shared. Startups may have a long way to go, but with mentoring and a supportive environment provided by those who have been the travellers of the entrepreneurial world for much longer, they have better and stronger chances to move forward more effectively. The veteran entrepreneurs, with their success stories and interesting journeys, continue to be a source of inspiration that must be shared with those on the first step of the ladder. Entrepreneurship is a treacherous road, but once the inhibitions are shed and one takes the courage to start a venture, the rewards are phenomenal. It is these stories that we share through ‘The Pakineur’, alongwith news, insights, innovative ideas.


The Pakineur Final

Business beyond borders: Applications for Startup Dosti open till December 20

The Google advertisement that recently went viral showed two friends who were united following their separation during the Partition. Since that tragic event, there have been cricket matches, trade meet-ups, a train service and many other initiatives to bring the people of India and Pakistan closer. A recent addition to that list is a business plan competition.

The Indo-Pak business plan competition ‘Startup Dosti’ is being organized through a partnership between SEED Ventures based in Karachi and London, Delhi-based Indian Angel Network (IAN) based in New Delhi and the Washington DC.-based Atlantic Council. Padmaja Ruparel, President, IAN says, “The competition has no political hues and can be good in improving the relationship between the two countries.”

Faraz Khan, CEO, SEED Ventures says, “The entire initiative will have a psychological impact and also a transactional impact as investors and startups from both countries will be involved.”

Unique opportunity

The participants will have the opportunity to earn incubation, mentorship and investment from the investors associated with the program. The top five teams from India and Pakistan will be flown to a luxury mountain resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where they will spend a week together and pitch to a cross-border panel of investors for the finals, with a chance to enter into on-the-spot negotiations and receive financing.

The competition is the flagship program of the Dosti Partnership, a wider regional project connecting established young entrepreneurs and rising business leaders from India, Pakistan and the global diaspora to develop cross-border businesses and continue improvements in bilateral relations, a release from the Indian Angel Network said.

“While there are investors in both countries looking at businesses based in other parts of the world, funding a business across the border is very, very rare and difficult to do,” Khan says.

Promoting startups

The competition is open to early-stage startups and concept stage startups based in India and Pakistan and also to startups from across verticals.  Startups with an India-Pakistan cross-border element will be preferred, but that is not the criteria for the selection of the program. Applications will be open till December 20.

Contestants will have the opportunity to win seed funding—incubation, mentorship and access to business resources—if they successfully convince a cross-border panel of investors to support their enterprises.

Khan said, “The ecosystem in India is about 15 years ahead of where the startup ecosystem is in Pakistan. Both entrepreneurial ecosystems will get a good exposure by partnering with each other.”  Ruparel adds, “The Indian Angel Network wants the ecosystem to grow. We feel that Pakistan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is going through a phase that we have gone through. We also faced a number of stresses in India when things were at an earlier stage here. We therefore think we may have a lot to share and support the ecosystem in Pakistan.”


Faraz Khan has been Nominated for 2nd Annual British Muslim Awards presented by Islamic Bank of Britain

After receiving thousands of nominations from all over the country, the finalists for the British Muslim Awards presented by Islamic Bank of Britain have been announced.

The awards will recognise a wide range of achievements which cover various aspects of society including business, charity, sport, arts and culture and much more. The evening will be one of celebration, reflecting the significant role that Britain’s Muslim have in society.
Over 400 people will attend the glittering ceremony, which takes place at the Salford City Stadium, Manchester on Thursday, January 30.

As well as recognizing the achievements of British Muslims at the forefront of their industries the event will be raising money for The Well Foundation. Set up in 2008, The Well Foundation aims to raise money to build wells, install hand pumps and establish health and sanitation programs to provide accessible clean water to the stricken regions of the world.

Irfan Younis, CEO at event organisers Oceanic Consulting, said “The Muslim community has been making huge contributions to a better United Kingdom and these awards are a reflection of some of the work that goes unrecognised.

There are some truly inspirational individuals, businesses and organisations in all of our categories, and we would like to congratulate all of the finalists who continuously thrive to excel, making worthy contenders.”


Entrepreneur of the Year 
Taz and Umer Sheikh (Gamucci, London)
Faraz Khan (SEED Ventures, London)
Ghias El Yafi (Tahira, London)
Taher and Zuber Mohsan (Supanet, Burnley)
James Caan (London)


Muslims in the Community
Colors of Islam (Scotland)
Bradford Muslim Womens Council (Bradford)
Zeeshan Rehman Foundation (Bradford)
Halal Food Festival (London)
Al Isharah (London)

Arts and Cultural Awareness
Abdullah Quilliam Society (Liverpool)
British Muslim Heritage Centre (Manchester)
Arab British Centre (London)
Exhibition Islam (London)
Aerosol Arabic (Birmingham)

Young Achiever of the Year
Kasim Jameel (Worcester)
Saira Hussain (Hussain Design, Burnley)
Adil Rashid (Adil Rashid Cricket Academy, Bradford)
Rabia Bhatti (Chesham)
Islam Feruz (London)
Charity of the Year
Islamic Relief (London)
Penny Appeal (Wakefield)
The Lady Fatemah Charitable Trust (Buckinghamshire)
Muslim Hands (Nottingham)
Muslim Aid (London)

Responsible Media of the Year
Islam Channel (London)
Al Jazeera (London)
Emel Magazine (London)
Invitation Magazine (London)
Peace TV (London)

Religious Advocate of the Year
Tarek Ramadan (Oxford)
Bilal Khan (Dome Advisory and Link Laters, London)
Ajmal Masroor (London)
Amar Jamil/Rizwan Mohammed (iSyllabus, Glasgow)
Abu Eesa Niamatullah (Al Maghrib Institute, Manchester)

Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Award for Muslim Women of the Year
Sughra Ahmed (Islamic Society of Britain, London)
Salma Yaqoob (Yara Consulting, Scotland)
Yvonne Ridley (London)
Faeeza Vaid (Muslim Women’s Network UK, Birmingham)
Rabiha Hannan (New Horizons, London)

Best at Sport
Tahmina Begum (London)
Salma Bi (Birmingham)
Nathan Ellington (Southport)
Saira Tabasum (Bradford)
Haroon Khan (Bolton)

Dr. Abbas Khan Memorial Award for Services to Medicine
Seher Ahmed (Manchester)
Mohammed Javad (London)
Aziz Sheikh (Scotland)
Sheraz Daya (London)
Nadia Khalid (London)

Services to Media
Tasnim Nazeer (Scotland)
Mehdi Hassan (London)
Rageh Omaar (London)
Mishal Hussain (London)
Shelina Zahra Janmohamed (London)

Services to Education
Tauheedul Islamic Girls School (Blackburn)
Yusuf Seedat (Islamiyah Girls High School, Blackburn)
Nadira Mirza (Bradford)
Sara Silvestri (London)
Sadek Hamid (Liverpool)

Services to Science and Engineering
Salim T S Al- Hassani (Manchester)
Haroon Ahmed (Cambridge)
Azra Meadows (Scotland)
Javaid Siddique (Manchester)
Nessar Ahmed (Manchester)

Services to Law
Forz Khan (Chambers of Khan, London)
Aina Khan (Duncan Lewis Solicitors, London)
Nauman Javid (Farani Javid Taylor, London)
Ifath Nawaz (Chiltern District Council, Chiltern)
Tahir Khan (Taunton)
Services to Creativity and Technology
Moneeb Awan (Manchester)
Faizah Maryam Mustafa (Macmillan, London)
SUNDE Technologies (Manchester)
Nazish Aslam (For Where I Am, Edinburgh)
Amaan Ahmed (Rormix, Manchester)

Civil Servant of the Year
Asif Sadiq (City of London Police, London)
Emran Mian (Social Market Foundation, London)
Judge Khurshid Drabu (Ministry of Justice, London)
Asif Anwar Ahmad (Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London)
Suniya Qureshi (DWP, London)

Services to Finance and Accounts
Ali Akbar Mohammed (Ansar, Manchester)
Farmida Bi (Norton Rose Ful Bright, London)
Tarek el Diwany (1st ethical, London)
Asim Siddiqui (Gatehouse Bank, London)
Siddiq Musa (KPMG, Manchester)

Politician of the Year
Sadiq Khan (Tooting)
Sajid Javed (Bromsgrove)
Mohammed Asghar (Wales)
Yasmin Qureshi (Bolton)
Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford on Avon)


Businesswomen of the Year
Uzma Yaqoob (Sculpt Beauty, London)
Razwana Bashir (
Salma Chaudry (The Halal Cosmetics Company, Blackburn)
Tab Ahmed (Employ-ability, London)
Imtaz Khaliq (Bespoke Design and Couture Tailoring, London)

Businessman of the Year
Mohammed Bin Issa Al Jaber (MBI International, London)
Touker Suleyman (Hawes and Curtis, London)
Afzal and Akmal Khushi (Trespass, Glasgow)
Mohammed Khalid (Chicken Cottage, Croydon)
Sutterwala Brothers (TRS, London)


Business of the Year
Quiz (Glasgow)
Euro Garages (Blackburn)
Asons Solicitors (Bolton)
Accrol (Blackburn)
Chunky Chicken (Manchester)

Spirit of Britain
Quilliam Foundation (London)
Christian Muslim Forum (London)
Muslim Jewish Foundation (Manchester)
























Breaking the Clutter – A Public Private Partnership

All around the world, the public and private sectors work together to create propositions that add value to the lives of the communities they are serving. In its broadest sense, all types of collaborations between the public and private sectors can help to deliver policies, services and infrastructure projects. These schemes are sometimes referred to, internationally, as PPP or P3 and can cover everything from design and planning, financing and construction to operating services. They are a way of bringing in private sector expertise, business efficiency and money to deliver improvements to public services often at a time when government money and resources were being reduced. In recent years public-private projects in many countries, have been used to provide large-scale infrastructure schemes – roads, hospitals, schools, power stations and railways. One such monumental public-private partnership was born as a result of collaboration between Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority and Gizelle Communications Pvt. Ltd.

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority is a public sector body working under the Federal Government of Pakistan through the Ministry of Defence. It was established on 7th December, 1982 as an autonomous body. Gizelle Communications Pvt. Ltd is a private enterprise that specializes in integrated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), infra-structure development and media solutions. It amalgamates conventional advertising methodology with the principles of CSR and community development, where the ethos of social responsibility is strategically linked with brand recall and mileage.  Gizelle Communications also provides BTL activities/event management, internal and external branding, creative and design services, customized and innovative signage, and outdoor advertising.

These two institutions entered into a partnership in early 2010 to initiate the largest integrated CSR media infrastructure project – ‘Airport Shed Project’. This venture started as a result of two different needs that were identified in the environment. The first need evolved on account of a change in the perception of customers in Pakistan’s market. They had started to perceive traditional media marketing strategies by companies as exaggerated and directionless efforts at trying to gain their attention and maintaining mindshare. The traditional methodology had stopped working, and these customers were now beginning to question how private sector companies were actually adding value. Large billboards, print and electronic advertising did not substantiate the money that most private sector entities were making, and the value addition they were actually providing to the communities where they were operating. This shift in paradigm required a new method of reaching out to these customers. The ethos of Corporate Social Responsibility and traditional media marketing needed to be amalgamated to devise a way forward that would engage and stimulate the customer, and additionally create further avenues of increased brand recall and mileage.

The second need was making use of wasted space at Jinnah International Airport. To conventional thinkers this was just open space, but to progressive minds this was untapped area that could be utilized to create something that would eventually benefit the public that visited the airport on a daily basis. This space existed outside the main airport building, right in front of the arrival bay. It was a waiting spot for both passengers and visitors.  Gizelle Communications identified this space, and the team put together a media strategy that incorporated the principles of traditional marketing and corporate social responsibility. They suggested that sheds be built at all entry and exit points and a large shed be constructed over this open KCL area. The benefits outlined were that these sheds would firstly improve the overall aesthetics of the airport; they would provide a proper waiting area for the passengers and ample space for branding at a location that is visited by thousands of people throughout the day. The total footfall for Jinnah International Airport is 63 million visitors a year – this was wasted potential, and the idea proposed by Gizelle Communications transformed these ordinary visitors into a potential audience for brand engagement and activation.

The Directorate Commercial, Civil Aviation was rather forthcoming with this concept; they were able to see the larger picture and understand how a project of this proportion would impact the lives of not only the people who visited the airport but also all stakeholders. The implementation of this project opened employment opportunities for the labour force in the construction industry; it was a sustainable initiative with a long lasting social impact. This was a great image building method for the airports, the public entity involved and the private sector that had collaborated for the execution of this project.  It also highlighted one valuable truth, that if a brand was willing to invest its resources in such a project, it showed that the economic and business conditions in Pakistan were improving.

Thus began the construction of the state-of-art Shed Shelter on the open KCL area and all entry and exit points of the airport. The complete assembly, development, fabrication and installation with branding took almost two years. This was a very large-scale project, but would have never been possible without the strong collaboration between Gizelle Communications and Civil Aviation Authority. It is the largest CSR infrastructure project that has been implemented in Pakistan so far. This project has also been implemented at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, and is being replicated at all other airports in Islamabad, Peshawar, Multan, and Faisalabad. Very soon, all airports across Pakistan will showcase this ingenious marketing strategy. Hence, this novel collaboration has set a new benchmark which has successfully linked two sectors that once faced detachment.  The Airport Shed Project is a living testament of what a sincere partnership between the public and the private sector is capable of achieving.




Gizelle Communication, a SEED venture, ranked 13th in Pakistan100 Fastest Growing Companies by AllWorld Network

Gizelle Communication, a SEED venture, ranked 13th in Pakistan100 Fastest Growing Companies by AllWorld Network

It was with a combination of pride and gratitude that Gizelle/SEED team flew to Islamabad to receive the prestigious AllWorld Network award for the Pakistan100 Fastest Growing Companies, where Gizelle Communication (Pvt.) Ltd. ranked 13th in the Top 100. An event held at Serena Hotel saw an influx of entrepreneurs and other important members of the business community from 9 am onwards. Towards the evening, Minister for Planning and Development, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal gave a speech that was well-received. USAID Head of Mission – Mr. Greg C Gottlieb and US Consul General Ms. Nina Fite were also present at the ceremony.

AllWorld Network is a global forum that finds and gives visibility to entrepreneurs of the emerging world by 2015. It is the largest forum for entrepreneurs and brings them to world-wide attention rigorously discovering a new breed of entrepreneurs while bringing the concept of Visibility Economics to life.

This is the second time that Gizelle Communication has received an award as Pakistan100 fastest growing company by AllWorld Network. Gizelle is an outdoor media advertising company that has revolutionized public private partnerships. It specializes in integrated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), infra-structure development and media solutions. It amalgamates conventional advertising methodology with the principles of CSR and community development, where the ethos of social responsibility is strategically linked with brand recall and mileage.

SEED has also partnered with AllWorld Network through its publishing house FK Squared, and will publish a series of books titled ‘Inspiring Journeys’ on Pakistan100 winners.


Gizelle/SEED team at AllWorld Network Award Ceremony with USAID Head of Mission Greg Gottlieb, and Deirdre M Coyle – Co-CEO & Founder AllWorld Network. Fourth from the right is Khusro Ansari, Director & Co-Founder Gizelle – SEED, and sixth from the right is Faraz Khan, CEO & Co-Founder SEED.