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National Freelancing Convention Pakistan 2017

Developing a flourishing start-up scene and business environment by starting out supporting freelancers, is the strategy of TechHub Connect a department of the Punjab Information Technology Board in Pakistan. In collaboration with Plan9, one of Pakistan’s most renowned incubators they organized the first National Freelancing Convention in Lahore.

“In our society it is unrealistic to ask of most fresh graduates to start their business straight away, freelancing is often the start”, shares Mihak Syeda, program manager of TechHub Connect. Most entrepreneurs start as freelancers, they develop their product or service on the fly. As a freelancer the investment risks are relatively low and it provides a great school of training. You get direct feedback on how you are doing, whether you can sell and have something of value to add to your clients. If freelancers are successful they often start to hire a second person and a third, and before they know it, they are a fully operational business. Growth is more organic this way and conform internal capacity and market demand.

Some freelancers travelled 18 hours by bus to attend the the National Freelancing Convention this March, and at the end of the day the closing ceremony was overpacked. 3000 people attended that day, proof of a successful event and a viable strategy to develop a start-up scene, that in many ways is similar to Egypt’s.

Together with iceAlex, MCSBE attended as speaking partner and workshop host, representing Egypt. We look forward to continued collaboration with this vibrant network of entrepreneurs and supporting organizations that hosted us with the utmost hospitality, care and enthusiasm.

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National Freelancing Convention Pakistan 2017

Developing a flourishing start-up scene and business environment by starting out supporting freelancers, is the strategy of TechHub Connect a department of the Punjab Information Technology Board in Pakistan. In collaboration with Plan9, one of Pakistan's most renowned incubators they organized the first National Freelancing Convention in Lahore. "In our society it is unrealistic to ask of most fresh graduates to start their business straight away, freelancing is often the start", shares Mih

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