Plan 9 Tech Hub initiated in August 2012, is the pioneer of incubation in Pakistan. It is Punjab Information Technology Board’s (PITB) tech incubator entrenched with the perspective of kick-starting the entrepreneurial community in Pakistan and assured sustainable growth of tech-product based startups. Its vision is to gradually establish an idea of tech entrepreneurship in one’s mind and acquire sustainable growth for new startups by giving resources and opportunities to produce commercially viable technology startups. To date Plan9 has started, graduated 160 startups in 10 numbers of cycles with $70 M+ gross valuation and currently it is in 11th number of cycle. With a huge success of 60%, its 30 startups raised $3.5 M+ investment.
Plan9 providing their services, resources, and opportunities through 4 programs: Incubation aim is to facilitate startups, pivot their ideas into reality, providing the full support to launch their product and get clients. Whizkids aim is school kids from every background will join technological entrepreneurship ecosystem and produce future pathfinders and job-makers. Network Partner Program (NPP) aims to start technology-based incubators by providing universities with necessary skills to build, administered, and organizes incubation facilities within vicinity of the respected university across Pakistan. ATX+PAK aims to link energetic and passionate Pakistani entrepreneurs to business partners, mentors, and investors located in Austin. Its basic purpose is to provide exposure to startups and enable them to think in universal dimension and set their businesses accordingly.
Plan9 for the selection of startups conduct flagship event, The Launchpad every 6 months in three major cities Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi and select 15 startups from across Pakistan for seeking after 6 months incubation program. Plan9 speed up startups entrepreneurship by providing services which includes legal assistance, motivational talks, monthly stipend for five team members, mentorship, training and workshops, office space and infrastructure, free utilities, uninterrupted electricity and internet, international exposure, speed networking, business model development, investment opportunities, product development, marketing and branding support, presentation skills, links to higher education resources, tips on launching the startup, and team building. To apply in Plan9 its eligibility criteria to evaluate application is
Must be a Pakistani citizen
Age is 18 years or above
One should have a product based business idea with technology as a key element
Must be able to present the prototype of the product
A team must be between 2-5 members with CEO and qualified CTO.
One should be committed to incubation hours (Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM) for 6 months. However, there is no restriction to use office space after working hours it is open 24/7.
No restriction of education. One having splendid idea and passion to change the world are encouraged to apply.
One founder can register with only ONE idea/startup.
For more detailed information and application procedure to apply, visit its official website http://plan9.pitb.gov.pk/and present wonderful ideas and becomes future successful businessman/businesswoman.