International Islamic University (IIU) BIC”s startup H&A Bots (Pvt) Ltd stood among the first three best superstars of the Oxfam iSME Green Superstar competition.

According to BIC, the university Business Incubation Center, Out of 100 outstanding applications from impact businesses participating in the Oxfam iSME Development program in Nigeria, Egypt, Uganda, Somaliland (Somalia), Vietnam and Pakistan, 30 businesses overall (10 from Pakistan) were selected that will receive grant and technical support for a total value of EUR 210,000 to implement their green business idea. The selected SME’s from Pakistan will also be invited for a 2 day boot camp to be held in IBA Karachi (which would include a round city trip).

The aim of the competition was to support impact-driven SMEs and increase environmental impact by introducing environmental-friendly practices into the existing business model or scaling-up an environmental-friendly product, service, technology, or production process.

The team shared that the covid-19 pandemic created a tough situation for the startup community and with the support and guidance of IIU BIC team this competition provided them with a great opportunity to sustain their financial activities, increasing their networking and also implementing their proposed project E-VAM.

E-VAM is an innovative project focusing on digital aspects, that provides a user friendly and easy to use interface to create a check and balance system for vaccinations among new born babies, pregnant women, child’s health records and a paperless baby growth chart to reduce cost government incurs in printing papers. It keeps digital record of all vaccinations that a citizen has undertaken. The enabling environment provided by the professional team at IIU BIC through mentoring, coaching and training,  play a vital role in grooming and encouraging startups to go extra miles to rise above the others.