Plan9 is Punjab Information Technology Board’s tech incubator established with the vision of creating entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pakistan. Founded in August 2012, they are the pioneer of incubation in Pakistan, striving every day to ensure sustainable growth of early stage, tech-product based startups.
Over the last 7 years, the startup industry of Pakistan has seen some substantial growth. With more people supporting and believing in the technology ecosystem, Pakistan is rapidly progressing and growing as a lucrative industry and making its mark in the global landscape of innovation. Plan9 has graduated over 170 startups creating an eco-system where graduates don’t have to look for jobs; instead they become job creators thus addressing the problem of unemployment and in turn benefiting the economy of Pakistan.
Keeping true to their vision, Plan 9 has brought yet another wonderful opportunity for the entrepreneurs of Pakistan to avail; Plan9’s Incubation Cycle 13. Applications for the program are now live. Plan 9 invites all those who have an idea that is solving a problem leveraging technology and have the potential to make a dent in the market.
During the incubation time of 6 months at Plan9, the startups selected are given access to rudiments that fuels the growth of their business ideas. Services to the startups include legal, mentor-ship, business model training, networking opportunities, investment opportunities, work space, a stipend amount and much more. That’s not all; all this is done against 0-equity.
The Plan9 flagship event ‘The Launchpad’ is the most exciting tech event, where startups to be incubated at Plan9 are selected. Five major cities of Pakistan will be host to this program; Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Faisalabad and Multan. With such a high tech end program, it promises to bring something for everyone.
Following is a glimpse of what this event will consist of:
- An Expo Day where over 80 startups will be showcasing their innovation
- A full day of workshops and trainings to get the shortlisted startups to put their best foot forward.
- Elevator pitches of shortlisted candidates out of which finalists will be selected.
- Slide deck presentations by the startups that make it to round 2.
- Talk sessions by some of the success stories in the space.
- Attendance by the who’s who of the tech space including professionals, bloggers, media-personnel and experts.
So for all the tech trailblazers out there who are capable of doing extraordinary things in sectors like e-commerce, EdTech, FinTech, IoT, Mobile, Hardware, and others, they can apply for this prestigious opportunity before 24th March 2019.
Applications can be found on the following link: http://plan9.pitb.gov.pk/thelaunchpad
Expo Day: http://plan9.pitb.gov.pk/expoday