GSBI – Pakistan

The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) is a pioneering social enterprise capacity development program, launched in 2003. It was founded to enable promising technology innovations to reach poor communities worldwide by supporting the development of their business models.

GSB-Pakistan

About the Program

With the partnership between CaterpillHERs and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, we are bringing GSBI® to Pakistan. GSBI will provide women-led SGBs in Pakistan business curriculum, business acumen, networks, and mentors they need to gain agency to build “investment-readiness”. We are seeking 15 women-led SGBs from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, and Hyderabad.

Free of cost

FREE of Cost

The program is totally free of cost with no equity or liability to any of the selected entrepreneurs. The only payment required is your full commitment to finish the program.

Tailored Mentorship by Silicon vally Executives

Tailored Mentorship by Silicon Valley Executives

Our mentors act as your advisors. Each enterprise will be assigned two mentors – one providing Silicon Valley/global insights and one providing local context to give each enterprise high-touch and individual-level attention and resources.

Soft Skills Training

Soft Skills Training

We understand that you wear multiple hats being an Entrepreneur. The program is equipped with soft skills training, office hours, and demo pitching sessions to keep your confidence amped up.

Investment Readiness

Investment Readiness

The methodology focuses on the “Justifiable Ask.” This focus effectively asks: “If I were an investor and you came to me with that “ask,” here are the questions I would ask.”

Eligibility Criteria

Impact-First Business

Businesses should be focused on bringing a positive change in society with direct or indirect impact on global poverty or any other SDG.

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Full-time Engagement

Founders must be engaged in the operations full-time and must be registered as a for-profit, non-profit or a hybrid organization.

Identify as SGB

Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) are defined as businesses with five to 250 employees that have significant potential to scale.

Ready to commit

The program requires passion and commitment by the founders and that’s the only thing we seek and evaluate our participants on.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Women leaders of for-profit, non-profit, or hybrid social enterprises from Pakistan who are operational (post-pilot) addressing the needs of those living in poverty, and/or serving girls/women as customers or beneficiaries.

We welcome all applicants who identify as women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid/non-binary identities).

Is this 100% free?

Yes, the program is absolutely free

How is women-led SGBs defined?

Small and growing businesses run by a woman in a leadership position with strategic decision-making authority, meaning that at least one of the following criteria with a focus on companies founded and led by all-women teams from the local context:

  • founded by a team of at least 50% women
  • have a woman currently serving in a top leadership role (CEO, Executive Director, COO, etc.) • 51% or more women ownership

What is the relationship between Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, CaterpillHERs and the GSBI?

Housed at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley, GSBI accelerator programs are run out of Miller Center, and support social enterprises around the world through executive-level mentorship and robust programming. CaterpillHERs and Miller Center is partnering for this program to accelerate women-led SGBs in Pakistan

At what stage my business should be?

Ideally, your business should be at a growth stage with a validated business model.

My enterprise is not yet operational - can I still apply?

This program is designed to best serve small and growing businesses led by women that have already begun to operate, meaning that you have begun to sell your product and/or service. Earlier stage enterprises who are still in the idea stage are too early to be accepted.

Are we sector agnostic?

GSBI mission is inclined towards eradicating poverty from the world but we love all ideas as long as founders are driven to make it happen.

Can other people from my team participate in the program?

The participant should be someone from your team in a leadership role (ex: CEO, Executive Director, COO) who has a strong understanding of the business and the authority to make strategic decisions on behalf of the enterprise.

Do we invest in businesses?

No, the goal is to build investment readiness in women-led businesses and help them refine their justifiable ask from an investor's perspective.

How will I be paired with mentors?

We pair each team with a mentor based on your organizational needs and the expertise of our mentors.

How many hours/day commitment will be required?

It varies, but the time commitment is generally 3-4 hours per week.

Will I stay a part of the alumni community?

Absolutely! After graduating from the program, you will forever be in our hearts and our alum community.

How many mentors will I work with - do I work with the same mentor for the duration of the program?

You will be assigned two mentors (local and international) to work with you weekly for the duration of the program. If you need more specific support, they may pull in other content experts to work with your team.

What if I have more questions?

Always feel free to email at hello@caterpillhers.com

Whether it is just an insightful advice or a high touch support throughout our designated cohorts, our mentor gets it. Here are some of the industry veterans and content experts who will be providing support to our founders.

Muhammad Waqas
Muhammad Waqas

Muhammad Waqas is the CEO and Co-founder at WonderTree. WonderTree is a company that develops AR based games for the physiotherapy and education of children with special needs. They are making education and development for these children affordable, accessible and efficient.
Before WonderTree he was running a digital marketing startup called JetPackGo and was a strategist at one of the leading advertising firms in Pakistan. He has vast experience making marketing, branding and behavioral strategies for brands like Redbull, USAID, UNDP, Dettol, Ufone, PTCL, British Council and many more

Huma Imdad
Huma Imdad

Huma is a highly organized and committed professional with an ever-deepening knowledge of social innovation, entrepreneurship and a passion to support youth. She continues to build connections with a robust network of amazing individuals throughout her career and has been involved in different projects to promote equal opportunities for all. Apart from her routine job at a Swiss INGO as their Technical Advisor, Huma Imdad is also the Co-Founder of SharingOut and Director Strategic Planning & PM at the Roshan Youth Welfare Organization where she is responsible for the supervision of the overall organization strategy and success.
She is a seasoned entrepreneur and a development practitioner with over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector. Throughout her career, she has gained diverse experience by working in Pakistan and the US in different fields such as entrepreneurship, youth empowerment, education, voice and accountability, health, women’s economic and political empowerment, violence against women, food security, and peace promotion.
Huma has also provided her services as a lead facilitator at the World Bank Youth Summits held in DC. And she has also served as a stage lead at the Global Nexus Summits 2018-2019 at the UN HQ, New York. She continues to provide mentorship and training to social entrepreneurs from around the world and is super active in representing her country and skills on numerous panel discussions and initiatives.
Huma is in the process of receiving her MS in Development Studies and is also an MBA.

Eram Abbasi
Eram Abbasi

Eram is a self-directed enthusiastic Entrepreneur and an Educationist with a genuine interest of fostering cognitive and social growth for the youth. Currently, she is serving as Asst. Prof. and Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Development at DHA Suffa University.

She is a seasoned technology executive, award-winning professor and research scholar. Best described as an entrepreneurial professor, Eram has spent more than 20 years working with high growth technology companies, universities and industry associations on the commercialization of ideas.

Her work portfolio consists of working experience with organizations like Hewlett Packard (HP), IBM and also with local and foreign universities. Within Pakistan some to mention are; IBA, IoBM, SZABIST, PAF KIET, Bahria University and DHA Suffa University. She is also an active member of various local and international professional bodies which include IEEEP, QPSP (Quality & Productivity Society of Pakistan), IRMA USA (Information Resource Management Association), OPEN (Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America), Founder Institute, and JumpStart Pakistan.

Shirin Mehri
Shirin Mehri

Shirin’s passion for an equitable educational and social landscape continues to be evident in her professional and volunteer work. After successfully completing projects in education in Tanzania, Azerbaijan, and the United States, Shirin is leading projects on family-friendly workplaces and Pakistan’s investment landscape in partnership with the IFC at the Pakistan Business Council. Prior to her move, Shirin worked alongside the founders of growing social impact start-ups focused on community development in the UAE. These included BizWorld UAE, an experiential learning focused entrepreneurship program catered to students aged 7 – 15 as well as The Mawada Project, aimed at creating service-learning experiences under the themes of education, migration and refugees, special needs and sustainability. She also served as the Participant Co-Chair for e7 Banat, Daughters of the Emirates, an initiative looking to instill social entrepreneurial skills among female youth of the country.
Shirin is also the Team Lead at Green Box working with youth to equip them with the right skills needed for solutions to challenges in the 21st century. Shirin holds a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Babson College and an undergraduate degree in Economics & Finance from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Faiza Yousuf
Faiza Yousuf

Faiza Yousuf is a technologist with over a decade of experience in building products and teams. She is an award-winning community leader and the force behind WomenInTechPK. She co-founded CodeGirls, a community-funded coding boot camp for girls, and runs the online education program for Blockchain and AI from CryptoChicksPakistan.
She leads the product development wing at Genetech Solutions and runs a consulting practice as a Product Management Expert. She is a top-rated freelancer on Upwork with the honor to be part of Upwork’s first-ever social impact report. She is also working with Pasha’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee for improving gender parity in Pakistan’s tech ecosystem.
Faiza is a well-known speaker and often speaks at both national and internal conferences. She loves to read and enjoys writing about tools and practices.

Sidra Jalil
Sidra Jalil

Sidra Jalil is a Community Builder and Founder of a community organization, InspireMill. She is a tech graduate with strong expertise in the domain of Marketing, Research and Communication. She has been working in the industry primarily with Technology and Social Sector for over 14 years in a diverse domain and last 8 years particularly with Social Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Pakistan both as an Entrepreneur and Intrapreneur. She has worked with Code for Pakistan, OPEN Islamabad and Internet Society, Islamabad Chapter as a key community lead where she used to organize boot-camps, workshops, Special Interest Group around startup problems, networking events, motivational talks and forums to address social enterprise issues.
She has worked on several youth and women empowerment initiatives, conducted diverse hackathon, innovation challenges and pitching competition to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem. She is engaged these days with National Incubation Center Islamabad to bring together an Agri Innovation Challenge and Hackathon.

Hira Wajahat
Hira Wajahat

Hira Wajahat leads the Programs & Projects team at Stimulus with a focus on sustainability, clean-tech and innovation, she is the Pakistan National Lead for Climate Launchpad, a global green business ideas competition. She also actively engaged as a business mentor and coach, consulting with and facilitating trainings for start-ups and new business ventures.

Over the last 10 years, she has had the opportunity to work with an array of organizations across various industries: energy, FMCGs, pharma, agribusiness, healthcare, education, media & NGOs/NPOs and has been involved in the initiation of two entrepreneurial ventures that are running successfully. Her simultaneous exposure to corporate, government, education and development sectors has led her to believe in the importance of systems thinking and the benefits of partnerships for value addition.

Dr. Faryal Razzak
Dr. Faryal Razzak

Dr. Faryal Razzaq is an accomplished academician, master trainer, research consultant, blogger for national newspapers, influencer, panelist for National TV, philanthropist, EQ education evangelist and member advisory boards for few institutions including Bahria University Business school curriculum advisory committee for BBA/MBA & established & in-charge of ZAB-Curriculum advisory & Regulation of Emotion Centre (SZABIST). She is a mentor for the National Incubation Centre, board member Accountability lab, fellow Founder Institute, member of Community Resilience Research Network by SDPI & won a grant. She also won Women SDG Challenge cup at Hackathon 2019, Scout for Amazon Web Services (AWS), approved trainer for Google signature #IamRemarkable, was selected for #StratupFridays & 100 days’ action plan by The World Bank for #GirlLearnWomenEarn initiative. She is founder of The FEEEL, Pakistan’s first digital company working on emotional preventive care through self-help coping strategies. She has 5 copy rights from IPO, Pakistan.

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