Tea, Trust, and Tech: A Candid Dialogue with Dr. Naveed Ahmad

Building Stronger Ties Between Academia and Startups

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology and innovation, the intersection of academia and startups holds tremendous potential.

Recently, I had the privilege of engaging in a thought-provoking dialogue with Dr. Naveed Ahmad, a seasoned academician and advocate for bridging the gap between academic institutions and startups. Dr. Ahmad, with a rich educational background and a distinguished position as the Deputy Director of the Quality Enhancement Cell at the National College of Arts, Lahore, brings a wealth of experience and insight to the table.

Dr. Naveed Ahmad’s

journey in academia is marked by a relentless pursuit of knowledge and a commitment to fostering innovation. Armed with a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from Comsats University, his educational journey exemplifies a dedication to academic excellence. As a respected teacher and mentor, he has played a pivotal role in shaping the minds of M.Phil and Ph.D. students, imparting not only theoretical knowledge but also instilling a practical understanding of leadership, management, and business innovation.

Our conversation

unfolded over a cup of tea, chosen for its ability to foster a relaxed and open atmosphere. The setting, at Minhaj University Lahore‘s café with its ambient warmth, provided the perfect backdrop for an insightful exploration of the challenges and opportunities inherent in building stronger ties between academia and startups.

Dr. Ahmad’s passion

for innovation and entrepreneurship became immediately apparent as we began our discussion. He articulated the need for a paradigm shift in the way academia perceives its role in the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. “It’s not just about producing graduates with theoretical knowledge,” he emphasized. “Academic institutions must become active contributors to the growth and success of startups by aligning their research and expertise with the dynamic needs of the industry.”

To understand the significance of this alignment, Dr. Ahmad discussed into the practical challenges faced by startups. “There’s often a gap between what is taught in classrooms and the practical skills required in the startup environment,” he explained. “This gap can be narrowed by fostering closer collaboration between academia and startups, ensuring that academic research is relevant and applicable to real-world scenarios.”

The crux of Dr. Ahmad’s vision

lies in cultivating a culture of mutual trust and collaboration. “For this relationship to flourish, startups need to trust academic institutions as reliable sources of knowledge and expertise,” he stressed. “Simultaneously, academic institutions must trust startups as valuable partners in driving innovation and real-world impact.”

Dr. Ahmad’s insights underscored the multifaceted nature of the collaboration needed to build stronger ties between academia and startups. He highlighted the role of various initiatives such as industry-academia collaborations, internships, and incubation programs. “By providing startups with access to academic resources, mentorship, and research facilities, we can catalyze their growth and enhance their chances of success,” he asserted.

In his role as the Deputy Director

of the Quality Enhancement Cell at the National College of Arts, Dr. Ahmad actively promotes initiatives that facilitate a more robust relationship between academia and industry. His dedication to fostering an environment conducive to innovation was evident as he shared success stories of students engaged in entrepreneurial ventures, emphasizing the positive impact such initiatives can have on both students and startups.

As our conversation progressed, Dr. Ahmad touched upon the necessity of infusing an entrepreneurial mindset within academic settings. “Entrepreneurship is not just about starting businesses,” he remarked. “It’s about instilling a mindset of creativity, resilience, and problem-solving, qualities that are essential for success in any field.”

The dialogue with Dr. Ahmad resonated

deeply with my own commitment to fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and youth empowerment. As a Tech Solutions Consultant and Leadership Coach, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of mentorship and collaborative efforts between academia and startups. Dr. Ahmad’s perspective aligns seamlessly with the ethos of Karobar Klinik, the leading technology and software solutions consultancy and development company where I am actively involved.

At Karobar Klinik,

we recognize the importance of combining academic knowledge with practical skills to address the ever-evolving demands of the tech solutions industry. Dr. Ahmad’s insights will undoubtedly serve as a guiding light as we seek to incorporate his wealth of experience into the fabric of our company.

It’s crucial to note that the collaboration between academia and startups is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. It requires a tailored approach, understanding the unique needs of both parties. Dr. Ahmad’s emphasis on trust, transparency, and practical collaboration serves as a blueprint for forging successful partnerships.

Beyond the specifics of our conversation,

Dr. Ahmad’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of education and mentorship. His dedication to nurturing the next generation of leaders is evident not only in his words but in the tangible impact he has had on students and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

As the time passed and our tea grew cold, the essence of our dialogue lingered—a shared commitment to a future where academia and startups collaborate seamlessly, driving innovation and fostering the growth of visionary entrepreneurs.

In conclusion,

my candid dialogue with Dr. Naveed Ahmad underscored the pivotal role academic institutions play in shaping the entrepreneurial landscape. By building stronger ties between academia and startups, we can create a symbiotic relationship that propels both sectors forward.

As we navigate the complex intersection of tea, trust, and tech, it is the genuine collaboration and shared vision advocated by leaders like Dr. Ahmad that will pave the way for a future where innovation knows no bounds.

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Hi, I’m Dr. Tayyab Qazi

Dr. Tayyab Qazi with his Ph.D. (Japan), MBA (Pak), COM (Malaysia), is a Leadership Coach, Entrepreneurship Mentor, Tech Solutions Consultant, Business Doctor & Professor.

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