DICE and IBA Come together for INVENT-2014
By A.H. Cemendtaur


In one his satirical essays Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi wrote a tongue-in-cheek sentence about the discontent of Englishmen: anytime the English see a need for something they cannot find in existence, they quickly invent a contraption to fulfill their particular need.  Dr Khurshid Qureshi, a Michigan-based Pakistani engineer, wants his countrymen to be afflicted with similar discontent.  

DICE (Distinguished Innovations, Collaboration and Entrepreneurship— http://www.diceinnovationportal.com/ ) Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Dr Khurshid Qureshi has been working to foster a culture of innovation in Pakistan.  DICE is an innovation platform.  Since 2007 an annual DICE Competition & Exhibition event has been regularly held in Pakistan.  In these events student competitors display their innovative projects and win prizes.  DICE Foundation’s activities are being financially supported by the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST); the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and the British Council.

In parallel to what DICE has been doing, a similar activity has been taking place at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi.  Through an annual event dubbed INVENT, started in 2011, IBA’s Entrepreneurship Society (IBAES) had been providing enterprising students a chance to increase the visibility of their innovative ideas and take the ideas to the next logical step: a business based on the new idea.

It was only natural for DICE and IBA-ES to come together and do a mega entrepreneurial event together.  This year’s INVENT is that very program.  DICE-INVENT 2014 will be held at the IBA campus, December 19-20 .  Entrepreneurs wanting to participate in the competition have been submitting their project write-ups to the organizing committee.  Winners of the competition will be given cash prizes along with a chance to use IBA’s incubation facilities for the commercial-use development of their ideas.

Read more about DICE-INVENT 2014 here:



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