OPEN (Organisation of Pakistani Entrepreneurs) is an international network of Pakistani entrepreneurs and professionals, with presence in cities ranging from Silicon Valley, New York, London and Islamabad. OPEN provides a great platform for young Pakistani entrepreneurs and professionals to expand their businesses and share their aspirations, motivations and experiences.
OPEN has a decade-long service, for more than 15 years, it has established itself as the most famous global network of Pakistani professionals and entrepreneurs. The network has a track record of helping young entrepreneurs to identify business prospects, cultivate industry partnerships and implement expansion strategies.
The network has grown since it was started 16 years ago by four friends in Boston with an idea of helping Pakistani Americans in terms of mentorship and guidance so that they can be more successful at their professions in general and as entrepreneurs in particular, Syed Javed Qamer, President of OPEN Washington DC, wrote on OPEN’s website.
“From their own experiences, the founders knew that while there were many organizations promoting entrepreneurship, there were none that focused on the Pakistani America diaspora. This was the brain storm that eventually germinated into the launch of OPEN in Boston.” He added.
OPEN Islamabad Annual Forum 2016
OPEN is going to hold its 3rd annual event on Nov. 26, at Jinnah Auditorium, NUST H-12 campus Islamabad. The event will feature a panel discussion with entrepreneurs and professionals from a diverse group including corporate, startups, academia, government and development sectors.
Speakers include Asad Umer, former CEO of Engro; Wahaj Siraj, CEO of Nayatel; Owais Anjum, CEO of eMumba; and dozens of other industry leaders will be speaking at the event.
This year’s theme is “Entrepreneurship: Finding Order in Chaos”. The discussion will focus on the various challenges faced by an entrepreneurial venture at different levels of its lifecycle, OPEN’s website writes.