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Applications for MITEF Pakistan Startup School Fall 2017 Now Open

Registrations are now open for MIT Enterprise Forum Pakistan’s Startup School, a five-week long rigorous training program aimed towards equipping startups with the right resources and tools that would complement their business.

Amid concerns of job security many entrepreneurs consider running a startup as being a liberating experience, also getting the opportunity to test their own skills; however, a startup requires dedication and hard work. Even with the dedication and hard work in place, lack of knowledge and resources hinders young entrepreneurs to realize their full potential. Studies show that while 60 percent new business ventures are able to survive in the first year, hardly 10 percent are able to sustain in the next ten years. This lack of sustainability is mainly due to the lack of knowledge and the inability to respond to consumer preferences, market demands and technological changes.

That is the very reason, MIT Enterprise Forum Pakistan launched the Startup School program which is envisioned to provide startups an interactive learning platform through a blend of online and offline learning best suited to Pakistan-based startups. The entire structure and course curriculum of the Startup School proves to be a tipping point among all the efforts made to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Pakistan.

The program kicks off on 27th October with a student orientation. In-person classes are to be held twice a week, and will be led by industry professionals from diverse backgrounds. Classes offered are based on domains such as customer outreach and marketing, product management, design thinking, startup accounting and finance, and pitching your business.

First launched in May 2017, Startup School received an overwhelming response from participating startups. The second iteration has been made available upon popular demand after a detailed feedback analysis.

Early and mid-stage entrepreneurs can now register for the Startup School before 15th October by signing up online at The program fee to attend Startup School is PKR 4900.

The MIT Enterprise Forum Pakistan is an international chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a global organization affiliated with MIT through MIT Technology Review. By organizing activities that will stimulate entrepreneurship in youth, startups and corporations at the same time, MITEF Pakistan is looking to reshape the entrepreneurial landscape of Pakistan.


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