D2PAK Entreprenuership Exchange Pogram

Innovation District 92 is at it again just like earlier when it collaborated with the city of Austin to facilitate entrepreneurs in Pakistan.

With a strong focus on building an inclusive ecosystem, this time it has joined hands with Global Ties Detroit bring another amazing opportunity for Pakistani Entrepreneurs, Detroit-Punjab Entrepreneurship Exchange Program (D2PAK).

“Thanks to our global network and months of planning, we are proud to be the in-country partners for such a great program,” said Faizan Mahmood, GM Innovation The Superior Group and Head of Strategy, ID92.

What Will the Training Include?

The two-week professional program will include three primary elements:

  1. Technical training
  2. IVLP style site visits
  3. Customized mentoring and individual coaching

The detailed breakdown of the program will be announced soon. The program is open to everyone across Pakistan and will run a rigorous selection procedure to select the best. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, at-risk youth and other underserved communities are highly encouraged to apply for this two-week-long entrepreneurship exchange.

How to Apply?

Though a formal announcement has not been made yet on the eligibility and deadline of receiving applications, according to Innovation District 92 official website, the program is open to everyone and women, minorities and underserved communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Just head to id92.pk (paste it in your browser) and click on International Programs and from there, go to D2PAK. The eligibility criteria and the application deadline is still to be announced for the program.

Objective of Entrepreneurship Exchange Program

The core objective of this exchange program is to strengthen the startup community both in Pakistan and Detroit. This program has been brought to Pakistan with high hopes to expand opportunities for local entrepreneurs.

The prominent partners in this program are Global Ties Detroit, Innovation District 92, Superior Group, International Strategic Management Inc., Tech Town, Media Genesis, and The BTL Group.

It has been brought by the efforts of Marian Reich (Executive Director, Global Ties Detroit), Faizan Mahmood (GM Innovation, The Superior Group) and Nabeel A. Qadeer (Chief Innovation Officer, The Superior Group)

Other notable names facilitating and making this grant possible are Faris Alami (Founder & CEO, International Strategic Management, Inc.), Antoine Dubeauclard (President, Media Genesis) and Jonathan Quarles (Founder & CEO, The BTL Group).

How Will it Work?

The program operates in two tiers which are as follows:

  1. Exchange Program for Pakistani entrepreneurs: A cohort of Pakistani startup founders will be shortlisted for a fully funded, two weeks long, exchange in Detroit. The intention of this exchange will be to increase investment and entrepreneurship opportunities in Punjab as well as in Detroit Michigan.
  2. A foreign delegation from Detroit will visit Pakistan: With a focus to strengthen people to people ties a delegation from Detroit will visit Lahore to experience the history, culture and art and the hospitality, Pakistan has to offer. The delegation from the US will comprise of business leaders, entrepreneurs, and industry experts and in order to explore business opportunities, they will be engaged in meetings, panel discussions, focused groups, and site visits.

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