Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets
Are you looking for a mentor to help you navigate the entrepreneurship space? Do you want to learn from an expert who has trained other young entrepreneurs? Are you trying to solve problems in the countries that need it most?
Emerging markets have a great deal of potential and high growth opportunities. Many young entrepreneurs have begun to build unique solutions to everyday problems that have expanded beyond the borders in which they were built.
The greatest challenge remains access. To resources, fundraising and mentorship. In this session Kalsoom Lakhani, Co-founder and General Partner at i2i Ventures, will discuss what inspires entrepreneurs, what challenges them, and some of the creative ways they work through uncertainties. In this session you will learn:
✅ How to define your problem
✅ What you need to go from an idea to a clearly defined solution
✅ How to identify your customer and navigate foriegn policy, specifically in emerging markets
✅ How to source and secure funding and investments for your ideas
✅ Common challenges entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them
Kalsoom is the Co-founder & General Partner at i2i Ventures, an early stage VC fund for Pakistan, and the country’s first female-founded VC fund. Prior to opening the doors to i2i Ventures in 2019, Kalsoom was the Founder of Invest2Innovate, i2i Ventures' sister entity, which she founded in 2011 to support and unleash the potential of young entrepreneurs in growth markets like Pakistan. She has trained young entrepreneurs, changemakers, and civil society leaders in Kosovo, Nepal, Cambodia, Ireland, Bangladesh, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, and has spoken at numerous venues, including the World Economic Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. State Department, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and SXSW. Kalsoom is currently a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and serves on the Board of the American Pakistan Foundation.
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