American social media company coaches Pakistani entrepreneurs

Islamabad, July 10, 2013 (PPI-OT): Dilawar Syed, the prominent CEO of the American social media company Yonja Media Group, coached aspiring young Pakistani entrepreneurs today at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. The workshop, held at the COMSATS Technology Incubation Center, taught Pakistan’s young entrepreneurs the skills they need to start a successful business, including how to raise capital.

“The United States supports Pakistan’s entrepreneurs, who are a key driving force to increase Pakistan’s economic growth and investment,” said Robert Ewing, Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

He said such workshops strengthen entrepreneurship education, nurture an entrepreneurial culture, and boost the chances for young Pakistani entrepreneurs to access finance. He added that trade and investment are the future of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

During his four-day trip to Pakistan, Dilawar Syed met with entrepreneurs, technology incubation centers, and universities in Lahore and Islamabad. Dilawar is President and CEO of Yonja Media Group, a leading emerging markets social media company based in California’s Silicon Valley and in Istanbul. Prior to joining the Yonja Media Group, he held leadership roles in Fortune 100 companies including Yahoo!, SAP, Siebel Systems, Deloitte Consulting, and Ernst and Young. Dilawar Syed serves as Chairman of the Economic Growth Committee of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and on the board of OPEN Silicon Valley.

Dilawar Syed visited Pakistan under the U.S. Embassy’s “Khushali ka Safar” (Journey to Prosperity) entrepreneurship program, which has trained more than 2,100 Pakistani entrepreneurs through live seminars, virtual entrepreneurship courses, and global entrepreneurship summits. Five Pakistani-American investors have mentored more than 800 Pakistani entrepreneurs during U.S.-supported trips to Pakistan since December 2012.

For more information on the U.S. Embassy’s Khushali ka Safar entrepreneurship program, visit:

For more information, contact:
Alberto Rodriguez
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Cell: +92300 501 2640
Tel: +9251-208 0000
Fax: +9251-227 8607

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