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Tameer 2017

Shell Tameer, the LiveWIRE programme in Pakistan, has presented awards to four of its most outstanding businesses at a special ceremony at the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi.

135 entrepreneurs entered Shell Tameer’s seventh biennial awards, and the 12 finalist businesses were selected on criteria including: the viability of their business; their entrepreneurial acumen; having a sustainable business model; and, their overall impact on society.

Four winners each received PKR 400,000 (US $3,750) to recognise the innovation and impact of their start-ups in one of four categories: Bright Energy Ideas – to identify entrepreneurs that can transform the future of energy; Empowering Women – to showcase entrepreneurs who deliver female empowerment; Sustainable Social Change – to reward entrepreneurs who are ambassadors for social change; and, Technological Innovation – to celebrate innovators using tech solutions to change the way things are done.

The winner of the Bright Energy Ideas category is Khizr Imran Tajammul, whose business, Jaan Pakistan, produces affordable clean energy cooking stoves for use in low-income communities across Pakistan.

Smoke from open fires contributes to the death of more than four million people every year around the globe. Over 90% of Pakistan's rural population still uses primitive methods of heating for household cooking needs, which is particularly concerning as this can result in diseases like asthma, lung cancer and pneumonia.

Jaan Pakistan’s cooking stoves reduce harmful emissions by 80% and enhance combustion efficiencies by 60%, thereby delivering significant fuel savings.

The company is currently running a pilot programme in Bedian Village near Lahore. The pilot is designed to help them understand domestic energy needs and culinary behaviours across off-grid communities within Punjab province. This will enable: the identification of a suitable price point; test the efficacy of the community mobilisation model; and, monitor the socio-economic impact of clean cooking.

To better understand clean cooking and its changing impact across varying geographies, Jaan Pakistan is expanding its pilot program to four new, distinct, off-grid villages across Pakistan.

Commenting on his award, Khizr said, “The Shell Tameer Award was exhilarating to say the least. Jaan Pakistan engaged with a number of inspiring start-ups, and that only further strengthened our resolve to do the important work of researching and developing affordable energy solutions for low-income communities across Pakistan."

The winner of the Empowering Women category is Zarak Shah whose business, Homestove, provides a mobile food delivery app.

The majority of Pakistani housewives are skilled with excellent cooking abilities, but are unable to earn a livelihood through this from the comfort of their homes.

Zarak Shah came up with the idea of ‘Homestove’, a tech start-up aimed at empowering housewives, through a mobile food delivery app, to become part of a network of home-based female cooks looking to generate income using their cooking skills.

Homestove currently has a network of 100 chefs that are homebased housewives. The business currently has a team of 10 employees, including four co-founders, and six casual staff, to develop various technology applications tailored to the needs of the business.

Zarak believes that the additional income in most middle-class households will not only help in empowering women, but will also improve living standards for these households.

Inspired by receiving his award, Zarak said, “Shell Tameer has helped us gain recognition and support. Thank you, Shell Pakistan, for supporting and mentoring entrepreneurship in the country. Let's change lives together!”

Winner of the Sustainable Social Change category is Muhammad Qasim whose business AMDEN (an Urdu word meaning ‘Livelihood’) provides an innovative fund to finance start-ups in disadvantaged rural communities.

With over 40% of the population living below the poverty line, coupled with acute unemployment, AMDEN provides a livelihood finance model for marginalised communities through an innovative revolving fund. The fund provides affordable access to credit to start businesses in areas of goat and poultry farming, and kitchen gardening.

Through his innovative social enterprise, Muhammad is impacting 425 chronically poor households in Southern Punjab province. AMDEN currently employees 21 people with a net annual profitability of PKR 16,180,259 (US $152,270).

Muhammad hopes to eradicate poverty and make a difference for many poor people across Pakistan through his social innovation.

Highlighting the impact of receiving his Shell Tameer award, Muhammad said, “Shell Tameer provided an opportunity to transform my dreams into reality by recognising the business model of my start-up. The seed money will enable me to reach out to more chronically poor people.”

The winner of the Technology Innovation award is Muhammad Waqas, whose business, Wonder Tree, provides a learning and therapy gaming platform for children.

There are 350,000 autistic children in Pakistan and due to lack of awareness, limited resources and accessibility, parents find it difficult to access specialised therapy sessions. Seeing this need, Muhammad Waqas developed a gaming platform that promotes learning and therapy through games. The games have easy to personalise content for children of ages five and above, for their varying needs.

The business, which currently operates in Karachi and Islamabad, employs eight people and achieves an annual turnover of US $6,500.

The company has already received orders from seven different countries and Muhammad is planning to scale up to capture international markets this year.

In the future, Muhammad is committed to designing a standardised curriculum that would be a benchmark for special education.

Acknowledging the importance of his award to the development of his business, Muhammad said, “Shell Tameer enabled me to connect with different people, make new friends and develop potential business partnerships. The capital that has been provided by Shell Tameer is something that is much needed in our company, and is going to play a vital role in sustaining our company and growing it.”

Speaking at the event, Jawwad Cheema, CEO and Managing Director of Shell Pakistan Limited, said, “Shell Tameer Awards are a fundamental part of our enterprise generation efforts in Pakistan, providing young Pakistani talent with a platform that highlights their achievement, and elevates them as role models to spark socio-economic progress and change. If we hope to provide youth with meaningful career options, we must continue to create such opportunities for them to shine – and I congratulate our winners here today on their incredible achievements.”

British Deputy High Commissioner, Belinda Lewis also addressed the audience, saying, “The British Deputy High Commission is a strong supporter of entrepreneurship initiatives. We are honoured to collaborate with Shell on the Tameer Awards competition. I would like to express how pleased I am with what I have seen and heard today. I commend Shell for its leadership role in raising corporate social responsibility standards in Pakistan and urge, and encourage other private sector companies, to follow this exemplary model.”

The final judging panel comprised: Tahir Jawaid, Senior Vice President Corporate Services & New Ventures, Hub Power Company Limited (HUBCO); Amin Hashwani, prominent businessman, Hashwani Group; Christopher Hunt, Director Sindh & Balochistan, British Council; Naved Hashmi, Corporate Finance Director & Head – Unilever Foundry, Pakistan Unilever; Jehan Ara, President, Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT and ITES (P@SHA); Badar Khushnood, Partner & Co-Founder, Bramerz; and, Afshan Khan, Former Social Investment Manager Shell Pakistan, and Founding Member of Shell Tameer.



 

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