In a bid to empower women entrepreneurs by providing them with ICT training, National ICT R&D Fund has launched invitation for proposals of interest. The purpose of this RFP is to invite proposals from qualified licensed/registered legal entities for providing entrepreneurship training to women to leverage ICT for their businesses.
The “National ICT R&D Fund, Company”, registered under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984, is a recognized body engaged in promotion of Research, Development and Innovation activities with a view to creating a knowledge economy.
The evaluation committee – appointed by National ICT R&D Fund – will evaluate the proposals on the basis of their potential to make a significant impact on the success of women entrepreneurs. Each responsive proposal will be given a technical score.
The job of the selected firm is to develop a customized training program of minimum two weeks duration which will provide business education to women entrepreneurs running S&MEs in major cities of Pakistan. Furthermore, the program would also help women learn about various strategies of idea generation, accessing suppliers, developing and marketing products, accessing market, building capacity in ICTs etc.
Deadline to apply for this program is March 6.
Why Do We Need More Women Entrepreneurs?
Entrepreneurship in women has been recognized during the last decade as an important untapped source of economic activity. However, women entrepreneurs still represent a negligible minority in our country. Pakistan currently ranks lowest at the Female Entrepreneurship Index (FEI) developed by the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GDI).
Recent government initiatives like National ICT R&D Fund are a great means to encourage co-operation and partnerships among national and international networks and facilitate the women entrepreneurs to succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors.
The women entrepreneurship program will be implemented across all Pakistan – in all the provinces. With more than 500 women, at least 70 from each province, are expected to participate in the program.
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