RAWALPINDI - The office of Research Innovation and Commercialisation arranged a programme titled “Concept Extravaganza: Business Plan Competition” here at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) on Friday.

UNIDO’s National Programme Coordinator Shahina Waheed and President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) Dr Shimail Daud Arain were the chief guests on the occasion. The main objective of the programme was to train young female entrepreneurs about the latest trends and methods to help them market their products and promote their businesses.

A large number of students who run their own businesses, businesswomen and representatives of different organisations were present on the occasion.

FJWU Registrar Dr Humaira Ahmed welcomed the guests and gave them a brief presentation on the new initiatives taken up by university to strengthen linkage between academia and industry.

She said that throughout the world women entrepreneurs were facing problems and there was a need to recognise their efforts.

Shahina Waheed on the occasion said that the event would serve as a platform for students to learn from their experienced fellow women. The event would also provide an opportunity to students to exchange ideas, she added.

She said that the Business Growth Centre, an initiative of the UN Agency and the First Women Bank Limited (FWBL), had been serving as a facilitation unit to support women entrepreneurs. Talking about the major problems faced by the women she said, “We lack support mechanism system in Pakistan which needs to improve if we want to excel and progress.”

At the end the students from different departments shared their business plan with the audience and then guests distributed certificates and shields.