espite the lack of resources, our youth has managed to prove to the world that they are less than none. In Pakistan, there are many entrepreneurs who have created success stories. But the youth making waves in entrepreneurship is a bit out of the box.
Here we will share about the young entrepreneurs of Pakistan who have achieved unmatchable success in the initial stage of their lives. Going through their stories one cannot deny the potential of emerging young entrepreneurs in Pakistan.
Let’s learn about them:
1. Syed Falak
Syed Falak is a young entrepreneur in Pakistan who made a big name in the world through his entrepreneurial skills at the age of 23.
He is the owner of the largest media company in Islamabad named “Delightful Islamabadians Media”. He founded this company in 2016 when he was only 19. The company has a market cap of $0.5.
Next, he stepped into the textile industry and founded the company “Diya Fashion Hut” in 2018. Not only in Pakistan, but this company was also expanded to Saudi Arabia, Dubai, America, and many other countries.
Next on the list of his achievements is the company “Ideal Link International”. The company used Information Technology to come up with an electronic system for paying bills.
Due to his astonishing achievements at the young age of 23, Falak won the Pakistan Business Council Award in 2019. He set an example for people who want to earn a name in the field of business.
2. Muhammad Gulraiz Khan
Muhammad Gulraiz Khan is a young Pakistani entrepreneur who is the winner of the first prize of the Shell Tameer award. He is the founder of Samovar Coffee and Tea House, an open cafe located at Karachi port. The café provides you with a relaxing open space with an overjoyed feel of travelling.
Mohammad Gulraiz Khan is an economist who completed his graduation from LUMS. The idea came into his mind when he explored the open cafes of Paris, Berlin, and Istanbul. He found those outdoor cafes quite relaxing and felt that he doesn’t have such a place in his home country. From this thought, he took the idea of opening an outdoor cafe.
The next thing that may arise in your mind is, why he opened a tea house? He noticed that Pakistanis are a tea-consuming nation. Despite the large annual tea consumption in Pakistan, the tea houses in our country are below the mark. He thought he should bring innovation to this field, and he came up with this outdoor cafe idea at Karachi port. He executed his plan and became a successful entrepreneur making it to the list of top 5 entrepreneurs of Pakistan 2020.
3. Khalida Brohi
Khalida Brohi is one of the young female entrepreneurs in Pakistan, and a youth activist who is working for female rights in Pakistan. She founded Sughar Executive Program in Pakistan and became an entrepreneur at the age of 22.
The idea came to her mind at the age of 16 when she lost her friend in an honour killing incident. Her friend decided to marry a man against the choice of her family, due to which she was killed in the name of honour.
This incident impacted her to the core and she decided to develop a social enterprise for women of Pakistan. She founded a non-profit organization named “Sughar Empowerment Society”. The word “Sughar” in the name of the organization is enough to define the aim of its founder. Khalida believes that a Sughar woman is skilful and possesses leadership qualities to live an independent life. Her organization is working to help women identify their potential.
The University of Singapore presented Young Champion Award to Khalida as an acknowledgement of her efforts.
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4. Salma Rahim
Salma Rahim the founder of Zardozi Bridal Wear. She belonged to a village in Bahawalpur. She is a passionate and determined lady. Her fortitude and courage let her find a place in the list of top 10 entrepreneurs in Pakistan who achieved big at a young age.
In her village, women were taught the embroidery skill from childhood. They used to make embroidered bridal dresses, pillow covers, and bedsheets. It all started when Salma Rahim went to a vocational institute to find a job as a trainer. But unfortunately, she was asked to submit 40,000 rupees which she couldn’t afford.
Fate had planned something bigger for Salma Rahim. Salma Rahim met the fashion designer Shaiyanne Malik, who gave her training to use her embroidery work for generating a handsome income. Salma along with her sisters started doing work under the supervision of this fashion designer. In 3 years, they understood the work and launched the Zardozi Bridal Wear. They provided training to women of the village for zardozi work and thus expanded their work with time.
Salma received the Award for Social Enterprise due to her successful efforts.
5. Neha Chaudhary
The next on the list is Neha Chaudhary who is the founder of the company “Walk to Beat”. Neha is a product designer who developed a walking stick for Parkinson’s patients.
The idea of this invention came to her mind when her grandfather suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 8 years. She designed a walking stick named “Walk a Beat”. The handle of the stick is installed with a constant rhythm. This rhythm provides the solution to the freezing and Gait problems of Parkinson’s patients.
Now Neha is the founder of the company Walk to Beat Ltd. Named after her invention.
6. Mohammad Awais Qureshi and Zohaib Ali
Mohammad Awais Qureshi and Zohaib Ali are the co-founders of Dastgyr, a B2B e-commerce platform in Pakistan. Their ambition was to address the challenges related to inventory procurement faced by retailers in Pakistan.
Initially, they invested $300,000 to start this platform. The company has generated a revenue of $3.5 million from global investors and made it to the headlines in 2021.
They both were graduated from LUMS in 2014. Entrepreneurial ventures in Pakistan are now acknowledged worldwide. Mohammad Awais and Zohaib Ali were also included in the 30 Under 30 list of Forbes.
7. Hannia Zia
The next on the list is Hannia Zia who is the founder of Digital Pakistan, an initiative of the Pakistani Government. Hannia Zia was the product manager who lead the pandemic technical response of the Pakistani government.
You must have heard the COVID19 ringtone that spreads awareness about COVID. The efforts of this lady Hannia Zia are behind this digital ringtone that millions of Pakistan hear every day.
Also, she developed a WhatsApp boot in seven different local languages to spread awareness about COVID19. Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan acknowledged her efforts by giving her the WHENTK award. Receiving an honor from the Prime Minister at such a young age seems impossible. But the talent finds its way to turn impossible into possible. This is what Hannia Zia has achieved in her career at an early age.
To sum it up
These young entrepreneurs are a true inspiration for our youth. If they can achieve big, then why not you? All you need is courage, determination, and a strong vision.
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