New de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for so­cial enterprises SEED Ven­tures, SEA Scot­land ink MoU

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH - STAFF RE­PORTER

LA­HORE—A Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing was signed in Lon­don between SEED Ven­tures and So­cial En­ter­prise Academy (SEA), Scot­land, to de­velop the in­ter­na­tional so­cial fran­chise of the So­cial En­ter­prise Academy for Pak­istan. The part­ner­ship between the two en­ti­ties with SEED Ven­tures as the Pak­istan part­ner will sup­port so­cial en­ter­prise and the so­cial econ­omy through­out Pak­istan, build­ing links between the two coun­tries, and link­ing with an in­ter­na­tional net­work of hub part­ners. The ini­tial pro­gram launch in Pak­istan is sup­ported by the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment.

Based in Scot­land, the So­cial En­ter­prise Academy has a twelve year track record de­liv­er­ing learn­ing pro­grams in lead­er­ship, en­ter­prise, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and so­cial im­pact to sup­port the peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tions en­abling so­cial change. SEA is now work­ing with over 10 part­ners to share its model, and en­able others to ben­e­fit from dy­namic peer-sup­port pro­grams in their com­mu­ni­ties. The Academy has part­ner­ship hubs de­vel­op­ing in Aus­tralia, South Africa, Wales, China, Italy, Malaysia, and now Pak­istan.

Through SEA Pak­istan, lo­cal so­cial en­tre- preneurs will be trained to fa­cil­i­tate pro­grams for their peers, bring­ing their insight and un­der­stand­ing of the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties Pak­istan’s so­cial en­ter­prise sec­tor faces. Neil McLean, So­cial En­ter­prise Academy’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive in Scot­land said, “Cre­at­ing sus­tain­able so­cial busi­nesses that have a high im­pact is hard. When the peo­ple that step for­ward to do this vi­tal work make space to consider what lead­er­ship and en­trepreneur­ship are to them, and use it to de­velop the tal­ent in their or­gan­i­sa­tions, it can lead to trans­for­ma­tional change. The Academy’s ap­proach de­vel­ops deeper clar­ity and con­fi­dence and builds on strengths so that peo­ple can tackle chal­lenges and maximise op­por­tu­ni­ties. We’re proud to be work­ing with SEED Ven­tures and lo­cal so­cial en­trepreneurs; we hope the So­cial En­ter­prise Academy will en­able Pak­istan’s so­cial enterprises to have even more im­pact.”

Faraz Khan, SEED Ven­tures Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer & Co-Founder said dur­ing the sign­ing cer­e­mony: “A grow­ing net­work of so­cial enterprises will have a far greater im­pact in a coun­try like Pak­istan where each one of the so­cio-eco­nomic, environmental, and ed­u­ca­tional chal­lenges can be con­verted into an en­tre­pre­neur­ial op­por­tu­nity and has the ca­pac­ity to em­power en­tire com­mu­ni­ties.”

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