The U.S. Mission to Pakistan has announced the applications for the Entrepreneurship Technology Training at Karachi’s Startup Lab.
Based on funding availability, this project will recruit 50 aspiring female and male entrepreneurs in Karachi to pursue their startup ventures by using the STEM and Entrepreneurship resources available at the Lincoln Corner Karachi’s Startup Lab.
The prospective grantee will create comprehensive courses that include training on digital applications, entrepreneurship-related STEM gadgets and equipment, and step-by-step facilitation processes that aspiring entrepreneurs will undertake at the Startup Lab! At the end of the training, participants will have developed a startup that at the very least has initiated sales via digital marketing.
The prospective U.S.-based grantee will be a university, NGO, or other relevant organization, and will be responsible for creating the course, recruiting local partners as needed, marketing the program, recruiting the participants, and ensuring that the training is delivered.
Project Goal: PDS Karachi would like to engage a university, NGO, or other relevant organization to carry out hybrid courses at the Startup Lab! for aspiring entrepreneurs to get trained on the available high-tech equipment and use it to improve and implement their startups.
- Recruit and train 50 aspiring female and male entrepreneurs aged 18 – 30 years, from low-income households, to take their startup from an idea to the first sale.
- Design and create a curriculum to serve as the step-by-step facilitated guide for enrolled participants to launch their startups.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $50,000
- Award Ceiling: $50,000
- Award Floor: $25,000
- Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 6 months to 1 year.
Project Audience(s): The audience is 50 female and male aspiring entrepreneurs aged 18 – 30 years from low-income households. Priority should be given to participants who wouldn’t otherwise have access to these resources or training. At least 50 percent of the participants should be female. An example of an ideal target participant is a seamstress wanting to create a small business based on her skills. The appropriate level of education can be set at whatever basic understanding is needed to absorb the curriculum and training. The participants will be selected through an application process based on the criteria outlined.
- The following U.S.-based organizations are eligible to apply:
- Not-for-profit organizations
- Civil society/non-governmental organizations
- Think tanks (Not-for-profit)
- Public and private educational institutions (Not-for-profit departments)
- Organizations may sub-contract with other entities, but only one, non-profit, nongovernmental entity can be the prime recipient of the award. When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.
- Cost-sharing or matching is welcomed but not required for this funding opportunity.
- Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity.
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