partners

PARTNER PROFILES

National Incubation Center Islamabad

Launched in 2017, the National Incubation Center is the first of its kind technology campus that connects Pakistani entrepreneurs with industry experts and investors. NIC offers startups with free state-of-the-art work space, access to mentors and seed funding. It is a public-private partnership between Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Ignite – National Technology Fund (formerly National ICTR&D Fund), Jazz and Teamup.

UNDP Pakistan

UNDP is working with the Government of Pakistan, civil society, national partners and the people of Pakistan to help find solutions to persistent development challenges. UNDP works to build lasting institutional capacity, provide technical expertise to improve development outcomes, and help link the Government and people of Pakistan to innovative global solutions in areas such as improved data quality and collection, better environmental management, climate change finance and adaptation, strong and accountable governance mechanisms and capacities to respond effectively to conflict and disasters.

National Incubation Center Lahore

National Incubation Center Lahore, setup as an independent center under the LUMS umbrella, aims to formalize the institution’s support for entrepreneurship.It is the nation’s most comprehensive experiential development platform for budding entrepreneurs that formalizes the process of scouting, grooming and facilitating passionate startup founders. NIC aims to build a comprehensive entrepreneurial ecosystem, that will bring together everything and everyone required to maximize the growth potential of Pakistani entrepreneurs.

National Incubation Center Peshawar

National Incubation Center Peshawar is a joint initiative of LMKT and PTCL that is backed by the Ignite Fund. The organization aims to build a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and support the creation of disruptive, innovative startups using Founder Institute›s world class curriculum and country’s finest mentors. A network of Angel Investors, Venture Capitalist and Technology Development funds is also being developed under the umbrella of NIC Peshawar to support the entrepreneurs of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

School of Leadership

School of Leadership (SOL) was setup in 2002 as a social enterprise to unlock potential, stimulate conscious endeavor, and elevate lives by designing interdisciplinary and customized programs and initiatives. Its work aims to be the cornerstone of sustainable development revolving around five thematic areas: Access and Quality Education, Health and Safety, Organizational Development, Citizenship and Peace, and Economics and Livelihood. SOL primarily works with youth, academia, development sector, and communities to actualize their ambitions.

47 Ventures

47 Ventures is the first venture capital fund focused on Pakistan›s high growth technology industry, making seed stage through series A investments in local companies that leverage technology for scale. It exclusively invests in those startups that intend to serve a large market in Pakistan through its products/services and that view Pakistan as the primary location for job creation.

Social Innovation Lab

The Social Innovation Lab (SIL) enables change-makers to build sustainable social enterprises, create ecosystems that support social innovation and push for human-centered policy-making at the highest levels. As part of this effort we run the Hatchery, an early stage Social Enterprise Incubator; the Social Innovation Consultancy (SIC) that offers M&E audits and impact assessment services to organisations dedicated to improving and measuring their footprint Beyond the Buzz(BTB), a research wing that promulgates data-driven, evidence-based strategy & policy making; and SIL Skills, a series of knowledge workshops and immersion programs that seek to benefit the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pakistan.

Invest2Innovate

Invest2Innovate (i2i) supports startup communities in growth markets, and has been operating in Pakistan since 2011. It finds, selects & vets impact entrepreneurs for the i2i Accelerator, an annual four-month program that provides business support and access to mentors and investment. Aside from entrepreneur support, i2i also operates two more verticals – Invest, which works to strengthen access to capital in growth markets, and Insight, which provides research, data and analysis to provide a deeper understanding of these markets.

SEED Ventures

Founded in 2009 Social, Entrepreneurship and Equity Development – SEED is an enterprise development organisation, which provides solutions to social challenges, using entrepreneurship as a vehicle to create wealth and deliver positive social impact. SEED Ventures believe in ‘collaborative creation’ and work through strategic partnerships with the education, private, public, financial, and media sectors to create and employ indigenous solutions in the areas of policy reform, holistic research, stakeholder engagement, investments, entrepreneurial training, sustainable enterprise development and financial inclusion.

Agahi

AGAHI encourages and advises individuals and institutions in pursuing and supporting initiatives to improve the state of development in Pakistan. It works in association with several leading national and international partners focused on creating shared spaces for interactive learning, collaborative thinking, and knowledge sharing. It›s research work mainly focuses on national and international security, ICT, competitiveness, human capital development, and governance. Agahi is at the forefront of devising foresight research and future scenarios work in Pakistan.

Epiphany

Epiphany is an impact consulting firm with a team comprising of development specialists, researchers and entrepreneurs possessing a deep understanding of, and ability to address the most pressing problems of our time. Their areas of expertise include institutional development, financial inclusion, enterprise development, governance, advocacy and dialogue. Epiphany Labs, a set of short-term acceleration programs, provide entrepreneurs with a step-by-step methodology to rapidly and systematically validate their venture’s business model, scale up and prepare for investment.

NEST i/o

The Nest i/o is a technology incubator in Pakistan, a community hub launched by P@SHA with global partners Google for Entrepreneurs and Samsung, and through a supporting grant from the US State Department. The Nest i/o provides budding entrepreneurs with space, infrastructure, facilities and knowledge sessions as well as access to a network of mentors and potential investors. The Nest i/o’s mission is to blaze the trail for the next generation of entrepreneurs in Pakistan.

Peshawar 2.0

Peshawar 2.0 is a social enterprise aimed at building a startup community in Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. It is a citizen-led movement to rebuild and re-brand the city of Peshawar through innovation and entrepreneurship in and at the interface of technology and design. Peshawar 2.0 views entrepreneurship as an empowering medium to translate creativity and talent of the youth into action in a way that has social and economic impact. By instilling a problem-solving and ‘can do’ attitude in our youth, Peshawar 2.0 is set to inspire a generation of innovators and entrepreneurs in the region.

Impact Dynamics

Impact Dynamics is an enterprise focused on driving change through (a) Social Innovation (b) Digitalization and (c) Education Labs. Impact Dynamics seeks to help government, non-profits and multinationals in finding innovative solutions to pressing social problems. Its Education labs are designed to create and curate content for teachers, students, college professionals, incubators and entrepreneurs. Besides, Impact Dynamics also offers organisations a one-stop solution for creating and running digital marketing plans.

JumpStart Pakistan

Jumpstart Pakistan is an Islamabad-based technology incubator with a mission to lead change in Pakistan through entrepreneurship. It is unique in its approach as it encourages startups to grow organically instead of relying on external funding. It helps founders by connecting them to experienced professionals and business leaders who then closely guide and mentor these founders throughout their entrepreneurial journey.

National University of Science &
Technology

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) was established in March 1991 for the promotion of higher scientific education in the country, especially in the fields of science and technology, by providing a stable and disciplined academic environment together with need-based research, pertinent to industrial requirements.The University was granted its Charter in 1993. Over the years, the university has expanded in scope, services and stature and has emerged as a leading comprehensive University in the public sector.

Technology Incubation Center, NUST

The Technology Incubation Centre (TIC) is the first Technology Incubator of Pakistan established in academia in 2005 by National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) to provide a nurturing environment to technology based business ideas to prosper and become viable contributors to our community and economy. This is also an attempt to bring academia and industry closer to each other by providing NUST students and faculty a platform to commercialize their research, final year projects and other technology based business ideas.

COMSATS Islamabad

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) is the Pakistan’s first exclusive institute for Information Technology. The CIIT was awarded Charter by the Government of Pakistan in the year 2000 and in less than a decade, it has grown into a quality institution of higher learning. In addition to Information Technology, the Institute offers several bachelor, master and doctoral programs in engineering, basic sciences, management sciences and architecture.

Mehran University of Engineering & Technology

Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) is considered one of the most distinguished educational institutes of the country. It has 31 departments, institutes, directorates, centers and also boasts one campus at Khairpur Mir, offering courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the emerging areas in engineering, science & technology. MUET envisions to become world class educational and research institute and contribute effectively towards building up indigenous and technological capabilities for sustainable socioeconomic development.

Virtual University

The Virtual University, Pakistan’s first University based completely on modern Information and Communication Technologies, was established to provide extremely affordable world class education to aspiring students all over the country. Using free-to-air satellite television broadcasts and the Internet, the Virtual University allows students to follow its rigorous programs regardless of their physical locations. It thus aims at alleviating the lack of capacity in the existing universities while simultaneously tackling the acute shortage of qualified professors in the country.

University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) is a public research university in Faisalabad, Pakistan. It offers programs leading to bachelor›s, master›s, and doctorate degrees in agriculture and allied fields including Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Food Nutrition and Home Economics, Social sciences, Animal Husbandry, Food Sciences, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Plant and Animal Breeding, Veterinary Science, Doctor of Pharmacy, Mathematics, Statistics and Sciences. HEC ranked the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad as the best in the agriculture/ veterinary field in Pakistan, and as 4th best university among the top 10 universities in Pakistan (HEC Rankings, 2015).

Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design, Lahore

The Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD) is a public sector degree awarding institute specialising in design education. It was established in 1994 to train professionals who can help develop Pakistan’s growing textile industry. PIFD seeks to produce graduates who are able to combine design capability with manufacturing dexterity to create products that are innovative and aesthetically beautiful. PIFD trains students the necessary management and marketing tools in order to promote these products in the markets around the world. PIFD endeavors to create a new generation of designers, entrepreneurs and highly skilled youth to cope with the demand of new millennium.

University of Science & Technology, Bannu

The University of Science and Technology, Bannu (USTB), is a public university located in rural area of Bannu District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. This university has been a great centre of imparting knowledge and promoting research in the Southern Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, since its establishment in 2005. The University currently offers programs in 21 disciplines including two engineering programs, five Ph.D programmes and MPhil/MS programmes. USTB is committed to promote and accelerate the study of pure and applied sciences and technology in remote areas of Pakistan.

Shah Latif University, Khairpur

Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU), is a public research university located in rural Khairpur in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Founded in 1976, the university has developed a strong and transparent system of higher education in the north of Sindh. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctorate programs in various academic disciplines. The university is noted for its top-notch academic staff, and research directed towards the development of humanities, archaeology, Sindh studies, natural and social sciences.

Government College Women University Faisalabad

The Government College Women University Faisalabad (GCWUF) is a hub of educational, social and cultural activities having a close liaison with business and industrial communities. The GC Women University offers Ph.D programs in 7 disciples, MS/M.Phil programs in 16 disciplines, Master level programs in 20 disciplines, and Bachelor Programs in 25 disciplines. GCWUF mission is to provide students an enabling environment where dialogue is encouraged and ideas envisioned.

Ignite

Ignite has been created by the Government of Pakistan to transform Pakistan’s economy into a knowledge based economy by promoting efficient, sustainable and effective ICT initiatives through synergic development of industrial and academic resources. Ignite envisions to cultivate industry-academia partnerships, enhance the national ICT related human resource development capacity, use ICT as a tool for wealth creation and upward mobility for economically challenged communities and make Pakistan an attractive destination for service oriented and research and development related outsourced jobs.

National Incubation Center Karachi

Housed at NED University of Engineering and Technology, National Incubation Center (NIC) Karachi has committed itself to accelerating innovation to solve critical global challenges. NIC Karachi works with innovative startups to disrupt poverty by focusing on Pakistan's core challenges, that are, energy, housing, education, health, logistics, water and food. From incubation to acceleration, from startup trainings to funding, from founder excellence to global opportunities – NIC Karachi deploys all its resources and network to turn startupsinto success stories.

National Incubation Center Quetta

Housed at Baluchistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), National Incubation Center (NIC) Quetta is an incubation center that intends to create lasting economic impact by successfully supporting startups and emerging technology companies to create and commercialize knowledge intensive products and services. BUITEMS envisions makingNIC Quetta a leading incubator in the region that will function as a supporting environment for the development of innovative, high-growth/high impact and ICT based start-ups.

Innovation District 92

Innovation district 92 (ID92) is a diverse team of makers, investors, mentors and operators who provide entrepreneurs with a carefully curated core team and community of incredible people across the world to help build business. ID92 not only supports entrepreneurs in developing their ideas but also helps in branding, launching and marketing products with the aid of in-house media outlets.