Green Business Incubator (GBI) is the first ever non-profit initiative in Pakistan to help nurture green business start-ups, offering mentorship and training to low-income small entrepreneurs. GBI aims to go a long way in developing sustainable green jobs and green economies in Pakistan. Our “why” draws on our strongest passions - the most prominent is building better communities to eliminate extreme poverty.
We focus on the following sectors:
Developing untapped waste up-cycling skills and market value chains through incubating and supporting smart and sustainable businesses for up cycling of waste from agriculture, poultry, livestock, hotel, textile industries and offices.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
The story of Green Business Incubator (GBI) owes its origin to the belief and vision of Dr. Amena Hasan the founder and CEO of Business for Social Progress (BSP). Gifted with a unique eye to visualize high value products when looking at heaps of agriculture, industry or domestic waste. Further there are many primary and secondary agriculture/aquaculture industries that can utilize the waste as raw material but are currently nonexistent in Pakistan primary due to nonexistence of support structures and lack/limited information access. Realizing that the tremendous scope to upcycle waste to not only create livelihood opportunities and addressing poverty but its potential to ensure food security in Pakistan and around the world is tremendous she dreamed to do something about it.
BSP is a platform for providing consulting and training services to promote equitable and sustainable development in Pakistan since 2001. In 2012 Business for Social Progress (BSP) conceptualized a 24-month long ILO-DFATD Canada financed initiative Green Decent Jobs for Socio-Economic Project (GDJ4SEEP) which gave birth to Green Business Incubator (GBI). Under GBI work was done in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Giligit-Baltistan, Balochistan and Punjab. The GDJ4SEEP’s was executed by BSP through GBI to generate green jobs for decent livelihood opportunities with optimum utilization of resources ensuring lesser exploitation of environment. The project directly benefitted 2,465 people, including 1,630 women by offering opportunities for livelihoods.
The hands-on experience with GDJ4SEEP was a stepping-stone for the BSP’s team to materialize the immense potential in harnessing the skills of the marginalized communities of Pakistan for generating self-sustaining green businesses start-ups. The process can eventually contribute towards promoting green entrepreneurship in Pakistan. As a flagship GBI is well positioned to become a nursery for green start-ups, offering opportunities to promising low-income entrepreneurs to learn and test innovative ideas for creating green businesses.
How We Work
GBI encourage entrepreneurs willing to work with geographically remote, economically poor and marginalized communities in Pakistan, providing them with skills and support to identify locally available raw material and market-based solutions for building small and sustainable green businesses around local resources. We provide research, extension and incubation services for revolutionizing the conventional practices replacing them with new and innovative techniques of doing green business.
GBI invite ideas from individual/team interested in starting a green business. Through competitive process the most promising idea/s are selected based on its feasibility. The selected ideas are offered support for incubation at GBI.
The support for the selected incubi come in three stages:
The Business plan will be devised in this stage and the business is legally constituted
Business receives guidance through the process of implementation, operation and development
The Business will receive follow-up support for growth and consolidation in the market
Progress through stages
|Germinate||Incubate & Accelerate||Post-Incubation|
|This is the very earliest stage of intervention, where the entrepreneurial ideas are pitched. This is also the most risky part of the venture because high uncertainty exists. Moreover, due to lack of knowledge, capabilities, etc. They should invest time and effort mostly.The main goal of the stage is to help an individual with an idea. This is the most riskiest and expensive stage of the process.||The idea is helped to graduate into a plan, with a team, and operations are initiated. Consequently start scaling and expansion. Risks are still high, investments here are expensive and still don’t bring any profit. During this stage GBI will help in search a business model, provide business assistance, build the team, provide resources, access to networks, and capital sources. GBI might as well invest in the companies.||“This is where a profitable company merely seeks a particular type of facility.” There is basically no need of intervention by an incubator, but experience shows that incubators still help companies. For instance, many companies continue to rent spaces otherwise the companies are mature, and safe.|
|Pre Incubation||Early Stage||Classic Incubation||Graduation|
|Research Support||Accomodation||Accomodation||Occasional Support|
|Advice & Support|
As an offshoot of an ILO-supported GDJ4SEEP (Green Decent Jobs for Socio Economic Empowerment Project), GBI has conducted market research and developed and prepared guidelines for the following green businesses
4. Green Mussels Cultivation, 5. Turkey Farming, 6. Shrimp Hatchery Nurseries
GBI have successfully devised SOPs, trained mountain and coastal communities, equipped them, and provided high standard processing facilities to establish ethical and green businesses for the following products Promoting ethical Business practices GBI has also developed guidelines for workers and give trainings on
Wild organic mushrooms, herbs and nuts
Pakistan is currently producing approximately 65 metric tons of dried morel mushrooms which are in high demand in the international market, bringing about 150 million rupees in foreign exchange. However many a times the issues of continuations has been raised in the international market. GBI has tried to address the quality issue through establishing a supply chain which ensures hygienic and sustainable harvesting and processing of naturally growing mushrooms. This os achieved by through equipping and training of around 500 wild collectors and entrepreneurs in Skardu in sustainable harvesting, processing and storage techniques to maintain good product quality. Finally linked to national and international market through Pakistan’s first ethical brand of natural ingredients “Forest Picks”
Seashells embellishments and jewelry
The potential of seashell products has not been fully explored in Pakistan. GBI conducted research on processing of different types of seashells found in the coastal areas in Balochistan. Followed by training about 150 men and women from coastal communities in the seashell waste collection, sorting and cleaning leading to coastal waste reduction and making sustainability harvested seashells to be used in manufacturing of different products. Another 20 men and 280 women in Labella were trained in creating jewelry from the locally available seashells and are linked to market in Karachi and BSP’s Ethical Brand “sheer elegance”. Several of the trained women are now making and selling jewelry at local events like melas and urs. One of the trained women have been supported through this initiative to start a small enterprise where she make available supplies for making jewelry.
Shellfish-Green Mussels Production
Mussels are generally found on exposed shores in the intertidal zone. About 17 species of mussels are fit for human consumption used as a source of protein, food supplements, and medicinal ingredients and even as animal feed. They are in high demand in Europe and Asia Pacific, where as China, Spain, Canada and USA is leading in green-lipped mussel production. Under GBI 25 individual in Lasbella were trained in green mussel cultivation techniques, which will result in better economic dividends for entrepreneurs and their inclusion in the existing and new value chain.
"BSP processing facility is the best we have seen here in Pakistan, maintaining highest standard of hygiene and quality in line with EU market standards. As regards to the harvesting and processing protocol it is so comprehensive that I have no recommendation other than to have a plan as how maintain the same standards in all your facilities as http://www.achaten-suisse.com/ you scale up."
"It is so exciting to see the first morel mushrooms coming from community groups in Skardu trained by BSP with ILO-GE4DE. Picked according to sustainable harvesting practices, dried under controlled hygienic conditions in community-based processing units, and beautifully packaged, I am looking forward to seeing them in the shops here and abroad. I hope this project becomes levitra death a model of community business, fair distribution of profits and women's empowerment"
"Innovation is what we need to bring producers of natural products to the market in a way that the products meet high standards while ensuring sustainability. In Business for Social Progress and the Green Business Incubator I see a achaten-suisse.com vent to innovation through entrepreneurship of a dynamic team I with them best of luck. In fact I see in this work opportunity to take forward not only conservation and sustainable use but also a chance to local communities to reap their fair share from nature. And this is what my office strives to achieve"
“We really appreciate you and your team for working in such a hard locale. The processing unit established at Astak is great, meeting high standards. The use of drying cabinets other than black period delay morels is commendable. The packing of produce was really up to mark."
International Labour Organization
Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development Canada
Business for Social Progress
Green Business Incubator
- 118-B, Johar Town, Lahore, Pakistan
- +92 (42) 35173118, +92 (42) 35235745