Good Profiles feature members of our Good Generation who are either out there in the field doing interesting work or still in the trenches of schools and institutions waiting to make their mark on the world. Have your own story to tell? Know someone who would be great to be profiled? Please sign-up or leave a note here!
What do you do for a living nowadays?
I am the Founder & CEO of Invest2Innovate, or i2i, a for-profit intermediary that builds early-stage social enterprises and access to capital in untapped markets. We launched our pilot in Pakistan in Fall 2011, and are working with four social enterprises in the country, building a number of local partnerships, as well as developing relationships with potential angel investors and funders amid the Pakistani Diaspora – fostering the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country.
Is “doing good” a key reason why you chose this job?
Yes, absolutely, i2i was launched to provide services to existing social enterprises, improve access to capital to jump-start their businesses, and support the growth of entrepreneurs in these markets. In countries like Pakistan, where 66% of the population live under $2 a day, job creation, income generation, and quality services for low-income communities can make a significant impact. However, the ecosystem is relatively underdeveloped, and the enabling environment leaves much to be desired. The value chain for entrepreneurship is, in short, fractured. While there is capital & funding for later-stage enterprises, there is a need for resources & capital for early-stage entrepreneurs to help these businesses grow. I founded i2i because I believe we can play a role in helping entrepreneurs achieve this potential and help build the broader entrepreneurial environment in these markets.