ACE hosted the May 2017 Meet-up of Afghanistan Startup Community. More than 100 startups, entrepreneurs and business experts gathered at ACE for Startup Afghanistan’s May meet-up. The event also featured the launch of two new startups namely Gandom Luxury and Kab Fast Food.
Afghanistan Startup Community provides a platform where startup founders, business angels and investors network with each other and establish new business relationships. Startup Community is aiming to create a culture of sharing knowledge and experience among existing and potential entrepreneurs.
ACE was one of the main sponsors of 2nd Startup Weekend Kabul. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that brings together Kabul designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains. Participants came together over three days to pitch their ideas and form teams to develop their idea/businesses. Selected participants also obtained invaluable mentorship from business leaders.
Participants were also:
- Guided and advised by a group of mentors, coaches, and judges to turn their startup idea into a success story.
- Influenced by ideas around them and learn what it takes to create a successful business from the ground up.
- Provided numerous opportunities to learn and grow through real world experience and problem solving.
Afghanistan needs entrepreneurs for positive change; entrepreneurship can boost competitiveness and growth. On October 27, 2016, ACE participated in AIESEC Afghanistan’s annual event ‘Afghanistan Youth to Business Forum Y2B’. ACE in its efforts to nurture the development of a entrepreneurial culture and innovation in Afghanistan, actively participated in the AIESEC Y2B 2016 forum.In the morning session of the forum, ACE Managing Partner, delivered a speech on entrepreneurship and its importance for Afghanistan. He emphasized on encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship to address challenges related to youth unemployment, the role youth can play in the economic growth of Afghanistan and importance of social entrepreneurship.
In the afternoon session of the forum, ACE team also facilitated two workshop sessions on ‘Start-ups in Afghanistan’ and ‘Women Employability’. During the sessions, the facilitators worked with groups on analyzing the current state, challenges and opportunities for start-ups and women employability in Afghanistan, as well as guided them to brainstorm on identifying a specific problem domain and provide an innovative idea as a solution. At the end of the workshop sessions, two best voted and innovative ideas were selected and presented to judges.