- SMEDA One Window (SOW)
- Organizational Development Grant
- Research & Development Support
- Business Startup Grant
- Credit Worthiness Assessment Support
- Marketing & Market Linkage
- Service Acquisition Support (Certification / Testing)
- Business Incubation @ Academia
SMEDA One Window (SOW) program aims to reduce start-up costs and increase time efficiency through its business concierge, professional and technical services. SOW provides hassle-free, on-demand services from business idea validation to business registration so as to enable SMEs to fully focus on their business operations. SOW will act as a single window solution for aspiring start-ups and SMEs in order to establish and streamline their business operations in Pakistan.
Under this program, SMEs will be provided support for developing / improving their organizational capacities. Support will be provided to SMEs for improving their manufacturing capacity and organizational systems (accounting, resource planning, taxation compliance, financial management and reporting etc.)
It is estimated that for this component, 152 businesses will be facilitated during the tenure of the project.
The program supports new SMEs who intend to start a technology-oriented business or for existing SMEs who desire to add a technology dimension in their current activities. The support will include but not limited to equipment, hardware, raw material, software, etc. Under this component of the program, qualified PhD / MS etc. students of the technical universities will also be provided to work in the supported businesses.
It is estimated that for this component, 150 businesses will be facilitated during the tenure of the project.
The individuals successfully completing the mandatory entrepreneurship development program will be provided business startup grants in order to facilitate business initiation.
It is estimated that for this component, 913 new businesses will be facilitated during the tenure of the project.
Lack of availability of quality assured independent information on credit history, character, capital and capacity of the SMEs act as a major stumbling block for SMEs' access to finance. Lack of information on the above increases reliance of the banks on collateral for ensuring payback of loans.
The services offered through private sector companies for providing to the banks, an assessment of the on-ground position of the SME loan applicant on a standard format. Majority of the cost included in provision of such assessment will be facilitated by this project. This service will be provided to around 9,500 companies.
Existing and new SMEs will be provided support in improving marketing and market linkages. The assistance will include but not limited to improvement in packaging, design of marketing campaigns, establishment / strengthening of distribution systems, development of franchise network / dealerships and participation in local / international trade exhibitions.
It is estimated that for this component, 400 businesses will be facilitated during the tenure of the project.
This program looks at developing capacities of SMEs for compliance with international regulations and standards. The program will encourage professional organizations to develop and execute programs / products / services to improve SME compliance with international standards and regulations.
It is estimated that for this component, 500 businesses will be facilitated during the tenure of the project.
Technical assistance will be provided to academia for establishment and operation of business incubation centers. The incubation services will be offered to the startup companies who are giving business startup grants or individuals / graduates of the respective academic institution who fulfill the requirements for enrolment under the incubation support program. There will be a special focus on incubation services for female businesspersons It is estimated that for this component, 16 business incubation centers will be facilitated during the tenure of the project. This component will have the potential to facilitate around 1,600 technically innovative businesses during the tenure of project