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Washington DC

September 15, 2017

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Contrary Con Kalsoom Lakhani

Kalsoom Lakhani

Kalsoom Lakhani is the Founder/CEO of Invest2Innovate, or i2i, which supports startups and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem in growth markets. i2i has been operating in Pakistan since 2011, and has accelerated 25 startups that have gone on to raise over $3.7M and create over 1000 jobs in the country. Kalsoom has also trained young entrepreneurs, changemakers, and civil society leaders in Cambodia, Ireland, Bangladesh, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, and has spoken at numerous venues, including the World Economic Forum, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. State Department, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. She was previously a Washington, D.C. co-ambassador for Sandbox, a global network of innovators under 30, and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers. She was featured in Diplomatic Courier's Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders under 33 in 2012, and was named an Ashoka Changemakers/ American Express Emerging Innovator for 2013.

Main Hall — 4:15

When Starting a Startup Became Conventional

This talk will focus on the global trend of #startups, when it became conventional to become your own boss, and what it means to go beyond the glamour and sexiness of being a founder and continue to push the envelope for yourself, your business, and the world.