StartupsNICs Applications for Startups open Nationwide

NICs Applications for Startups open Nationwide

Lahore – July 29, 2022

Applications for National Expansion Plan under the umbrella of National Incubation Center (NICs), an initiative of The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) and executed by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), are open for aspiring startups across Pakistan. The initiative aims to expand the startup ecosystem nationwide and has generated 1200+ jobs since its launch last year in 2021. Moreover, 260 startups have graduated and 7500+ applications have also been received to date.

With leading Universities as key stakeholders, National Expansion Plan has established centers in all the six regions nationwide, including Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir making it the largest network of technology incubation centers across Pakistan. The program is particularly designed to support early-stage startups.

Applications for all the centers are open. With six regions on list, applications are open for the 13 centers namely in Punjab (Lahore, Gujrat, Taxila and Rawalpindi), Balochistan (Quetta and Lasbela), Sindh (Karachi, Jamshoro and Sukkur), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Kohat and Swat), Gilgit Baltistan (GB), and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (Muzaffarabad).

Aspiring entrepreneurs can apply through the official website on preferred location (nep.pitb.gov.pk). Shortlisted startups will pitch to a panel of judges as part of the induction process. Top 10 startups will be admitted in the center of their relevant city.

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