Funded by the U.S State Department, Pakistan Women Entrepreneurship Program was launched in 2015 as a joint initiative of LUMS and American University, Washington DC. The PWEP is working to build the capacity of Pakistani women entrepreneurs in creating, sustaining and scaling up their businesses. PWEP focuses on providing quality capacity building, mentoring, and leadership training to help women in areas of marketing, management, operations, finance and human capital development. The aim is to champion and support female entrepreneurs and to suggest changes in the current regulatory climate to reduce gender inequalities It has engaged American University and LUMS faculty and staff in exchanges of information, experiences and expertise relevant to female entrepreneurship in Pakistan. The program is divided into two phases and three components which include Certificate Program for Women Entrepreneurs, Leadership Program and Women Summit. The first phase of the program was completed in January 2016 while the second phase is in progress.