Shell Tameer Awards 2017 - Recognizing Bright Business Ideas of Pakistani Youth

03 February 2017

Of the 12 finalists, 4 top-notch entrepreneurs shone at the Awards Ceremony for their innovative business approaches.

The four young innovative enterprises who won the Shell Tameer Awards – 2017 have been announced. 

Biennial Shell Tameer Awards took place at the British Deputy High Commission- Karachi, in a ceremony attended by prominent industry and business leaders as well as young entrepreneurs of the country. 

The top four were selected from an entry of 12 finalists by a jury of  comprising established professionals including Mr. Tahir Jawaid, Senior Vice President Corporate Services & New Ventures Hub Power Company Limited (HUBCO), Mr. Amin Hashwani, prominent businessman, Hashwani Group, Mr. Christopher Hunt, Director Sindh & Balochistan, British Council, Mr. Naved Hashmi, Corporate Finance Director & Head – Unilever Foundry Pakistan Unilever , Ms. Jehan Ara, President, Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT and ITES (P@SHA), Mr. Badar Khushnood, Partner & Co-Founder, Bramerz, Ms. Afshan Khan, Former Social Investment Manager Shell Pakistan and Founding Member Shell Tameer.

The top 12 finalists were assessed on their innovation, business sustainability, growth potential and impact in the following four categories. .

1.Bright Energy Ideas

2.Empowering Women

3.Sustainable Social Change

4.Technology Innovation


The winners of Shell Tameer Awards 2017 are:

1. Khizr Imran - Jaan Pakistan, Bright Energy Ideas Award: An energy innovator, researching and producing affordable and clean energy solutions for low-income communities across Pakistan. These cooking stoves reduce harmful emissions by 80% and enhance combustion efficiencies by 60%, and consequently fuel savings.

2. Zarak Shah – HomeStoves, Empowering Women Award: a tech start-up, aimed at empowering housewives through a mobile food delivery app with a network of home-based female cooks looking to generate income using their cooking skills. Homestove currently has a network of 100 chefs that are homebased housewives.

3. Muhammad Qasim - AMDEN, Sustainable Social Change Award: a social enterprise, providing livelihood funding model to marginalised communities through an innovative revolving fund. The fund provides affordable access to credit to start businesses in areas of goat and poultry farming and kitchen gardening. Through his innovative social enterprise, AMDEN is impacting 425 chronically poor households in Southern Punjab province.  AMDEN currently employees 21 people with a net annual profitability of PKR 16,180,259 (US$ 155,580). 

4. Muhammad Waqas - WonderTree, Technology Innovation Award:  WonderTree, a technology innovator, has developed a gaming platform that promotes learning and therapy in autistic children through games. The games have easy to personalise content for children of ages 5 and above, for their varying needs. Due to lack of awareness, limited resources and accessibility, parents have to go through great hassle to make appointments for specialized therapy sessions. Wonder Tree is impacting over 100 children by offering their product to three special schools and a hospital in Karachi and Islamabad.  

A nationwide campaign was launched to create awareness about Shell Tameer Awards in the prominent business and engineering institutes and incubation centers to attract the quality applications. 135 young businesses from across Pakistan applied for the contest. 34 applicants were shortlisted for further evaluation by a carefully selected pool of 12 experts from industry, academia and social sectors to shortlist 12 finalists. 

These finalists were further assisted by Shell Tameer team for the preparation of their final presentations.  

At the event, Jawwad Cheema, Managing Director, Shell Pakistan Limited said: “Shell Tameer Awards are a fundamental part of our enterprise generation efforts in Pakistan, providing young Pakistani talent with a platform that highlights their achievement and elevates them as role models to spark socio-economic progress and change. If we hope to provide youth with meaningful career options, we must continue to create such opportunities for them to shine – and I congratulate our winners here today on their incredible achievements.”

British Deputy High Commissioner, Belinda Lewis also addressed the audience on the UK’s support for such initiatives that provide livelihoods and work towards the country’s economic development and progress. During her address she said: “The British Deputy High Commission is a strong supporter of entrepreneurship initiatives. We are honored to collaborate with Shell on the Tameer Awards competition. I would like to express how pleased I am with what I have seen and heard today. I commend Shell for its leadership role in raising corporate social responsibility standards in Pakistan and urge and encourage other private sector companies to follow this exemplary model.”

The Shell Tameer Awards finalists will further be eligible to apply for various Shell LiveWIRE International trade and business grants to help them sustain and expand globally. 


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