Entrepreneurship in Pakistan: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges

11.14.2016, 1:30PM to 3:30PM

On Monday, the 14th of November, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) hosted the launch of Invest2Innovate’s 2016 Pakistan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Report. In 2016, Bloomberg declared the Pakistan Stock Exchange the best Asian market, and MSCI reclassified Pakistan from a frontier market to an emerging market. Entrepreneurship is on the rise in Pakistan, a country with a young population and entrepreneurial energy, but challenges remain that could prevent the country from reaching its full potential. The report, which is based on the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) ecosystem diagnostic toolkit, assesses the current entrepreneurship landscape in Pakistan and analyzes opportunities available as well as challenges facing Pakistani entrepreneurs.

Founder and CEO of Invest2Innovate Kalsoom Lakhani presented the highlights of the report, which included the rise of local entrepreneur leaders, challenges in the policy environment, investment from the Pakistani diaspora, and the range of support organizations, incubators, and accelerators accessible to entrepreneurs. The report presentation was followed by Q&A and audience participation, moderated by CIPE Regional Director for Europe, Eurasia, and South Asia Marc Schleifer.


  • Kalsoom Lakhani, Founder and CEO, Invest2Innovate


  • Marc Schleifer, Regional Director for Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and South Asia, CIPE

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