The Objective

Discover is a product of collaborative efforts of the Pakistani Prime Minister, NUST and CAN. Its objective is very similar to that of Invent’s i.e. to close the gap between the academia and industrial sector by providing students with entrepreneurial traits and ideas with opportunities that help them take their ventures forward.

Invent was created with the collaboration of Cambridge Advisors Network and IBA’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development with the intention of developing and improving the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Pakistan. It aims at achieving this by bridging the gap between the industrial sector and the academia. The business plan competition creates a platform conducive for the interaction of students and professionals and exchange of ideas that have the potential of being crystallized into commercial ventures

The Event

The year 2011 witnessed the inception of Discover. In 2012 alone over 1,300 students from 53 universities of Pakistan registered to participate in the Prime Minister’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The event spans over a period of four months. Here is a short summary the

  1. Groups of students from different universities register. Each group consists of students from different areas of specialization including business and engineering and submits a draft of their business plan. Business plans are evaluated and short listed.
  2. Training centers are set up in different cities including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Here, all registered participants are trained on how to develop an effective Executive Summary and Elevator Pitch by mentors. Submitted Executive Summaries and Elevator Pitches are evaluated and short listed.
  3. The short listed groups interact one-on-one by professionals from tens of public and private organizations who train them on how create Business Plans and Draft Presentations. Based on these BP’s and DP’s, more candidates are short listed.
  4. Finalists then present before the judges and three winners are selected.
  5. A total of Rs. 10 million is awarded to the three finalist teams as cash prize.



Student Business Plan Competition

2011, 2012, 2013

1300 Students from

53 Universities across Pakistan

Trained at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad



10 Million Prize Money Distributed for winning teams

List of Sponsors


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List of Universities that Participated

1 Air University
2 Arid, Agri University
3 Bahria University
4 Balochistan University of Information Technology Engineering and Management Sciences
5 Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE)
6 COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad
7 COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore
8 Dawood College for Engineering and Technology
9 FAST-NUCES, Islamabad
10 FAST-NUCES, Lahore
11 FAST-NUCES, Karachi
13 Foreman Christian College,Lahore
14 Fatima Jinnah Women’s University, Lahore
15 Foundation University
16 Girls College University, Lahore
18 Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences & Technology
19 Hamdard University
20 HITEC University
21 Institute of Business Administration Karachi
22 IBA,Sukkur
23 International Islamic University Islamabad
24 Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar
25 Institute of Business Management (IOBM)
26 IQRA University, Karachi
27 IQRA University, Islamabad
28 Institute of Space Technology Islamabad (IST)
29 Jinnah University for Women, Karachi
30 Kinnard College, Lahore
31 Kohat University of Science and Technology
32 Lahore College for Women University
33 Lahore School of Economics
34 Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
35 Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad
36 Mehran University of Engineering and Technology
37 National College of Arts, Lahore
38 NED University
39 NUST (Except PNEC)
41 Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences
43 Preston University, Islamabad
44 Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad
45 Riphah International University
46 Sir Syed University, Karachi
48 Textile Institute of Pakistan
49 University of Central Punjab (UCP)
50 UET, Lahore
51 UET, Peshawar
52 UET,Taxilla
53 University of Agriculture
54 University of Sindh
55 University of Karachi
56 University of Punjab
57 University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore