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Hatch 8 Cohort 4: Empowering Innovation and Excellence

Hatch 8 Cohort 4 marked a significant milestone for NSTP, with the successful completion of its first phase. It consists of 16 startups, each representing a unique facet of innovation and entrepreneurship. Alongside supporting these budding businesses, NSTP Hatch 8 took another step towards creating a more inclusive ecosystem by organizing a specialized training session for refugees. These accomplishments reflect NSTP's commitment to fostering innovation and empowering diverse talents within its community.   Guiding Refugee Youth to Entrepreneurial Empowerment: NSTP's Commitment National Science & Technology Park (NSTP) and Initiative for Development and Empowerment Axis (IDEA) Forge [...]

NSTP and PakLaunch Join Forces to Host Exclusive Networking Event with Silicon Valley Investors

NSTP, in collaboration with Paklaunch (PL), and the U.S. State Department, hosted a pitching session of the USPWC-Paklaunch Accelerator and a networking session at NSTP, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST). The program's primary objective was to empower women entrepreneurs in the country. This exclusive event was honored by the presence of distinguished guests, including the Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Andrew Schoffer, and the esteemed Courtney Powell, Chief Operating Officer of 500 Global. 500 Global, a renowned venture capital firm, manages an impressive portfolio boasting assets under management (AUM) exceeding $2.7 billion. This organization is dedicated to early-stage [...]

NSTP Update – Quarter 2, 2023

The National Science & Technology Park (NSTP) has made significant progress in the second quarter of 2023 in supporting startups and fostering innovation in Pakistan. Through flagship programs like Hatch 8 and the Rising Stars Startup Competition (RSSC), NSTP has provided opportunities for entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas, learn from experts, and connect with investors. This update highlights some of the key achievements and initiatives of NSTP in the second quarter, demonstrating its leadership and vision in driving entrepreneurship forward. Rising Stars Startup Competition Wrapped Up The Rising Stars Startup Competition, funded by the U.S. Embassy [...]

NSTP & U.S. Embassy Empowers Minority & Women Founders through Rising Stars Startup Competition

National Science & Technology Park in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Pakistan, Pakistan hosted the grand finale event of the Rising Stars Startup Competition at NUST, Islamabad. #RSSC is a startup competition for women and minority entrepreneurs in Pakistan. The final stage featured 26 exceptional teams, selected from over 300+ participants across Pakistan after a comprehensive evaluation process. These teams demonstrated their groundbreaking ideas and entrepreneurial spirit at the Grand Finale. The event also featured an engaging expo, providing a platform for participants to showcase their innovative projects and solutions. The competition had a prize pool [...]

Rising Stars Startup Competition – NSTP and Draper successfully conclude training sessions.

The second phase of the NSTP and the US Embassy's Rising Stars Startup Competition, with Draper University as Knowledge Partner, has concluded on a high note. Participants benefited from a series of enriching training sessions led by esteemed experts from Silicon Valley. Teams have now been shortlisted for the next round of the competition. Entrepreneur Empowerment – Insights from Silicon Valley The training sessions held during the second phase of the Rising Stars Startup Competition proved transformative for the participating startup founders. Led by Silicon Valley experts, the sessions covered crucial topics like business modeling, target [...]

NSTP Update – Quarter 1, 2023

The National Science and Technology Park (NSTP) has made significant progress during the first quarter of 2023 in supporting startups and fostering innovation in Pakistan. This Innovation Update highlights some of NSTP's flagship programs and activities, including Hatch 8, the Rising Stars Startup Competition (RSSC), talks, conferences, and workshops. Hatch 8: Empowering Startups Hatch 8, NSTP's flagship program, continues to provide pre-incubation support to startups. Cohort 3 successfully concluded, and Cohort 4 has been initiated, providing startups with fully enabled working spaces, legal assistance, mentorship, coaching, networking opportunities, industry relations, investment and funding support, grants, and [...]

Chief Secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan, Mr Muhyuddin Ahmad Wani Visited NSTP, NUST.

Islamabad, Pakistan - On Thursday, March 30, 2023, the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) welcomed the Chief Secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan, Mr Muhyuddin Ahmad Wani, and a group of provincial secretaries to discuss potential areas of collaboration between NUST and the government of Gilgit-Baltistan. Pro-Rector Research, Innovation & Commercialization AVM Dr Rizwan Riaz SI(M), along with officers and faculty from the National Science & Technology Park, School of Interdisciplinary Engineering & Sciences (SINES), Nustainable, and NUST Professional Development Centre- PDC, briefed the delegation on various initiatives and possibilities for collaboration. During the meeting, the Chief [...]

Enhancing Financial and Digital Inclusion in Pakistan: NSTP and WBAF Collaborate

The National Science and Technology Park (NSTP) and the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) have joined hands to enhance financial and digital inclusion in Pakistan. This collaboration aims to contribute to the development of skills and expertise of entrepreneurs, innovators, startups, and SME founders, fostering the kind of creative thinking that leads to innovation and eventual success in the ever-changing market environment of the 21st century. The WBAF Financial Inclusion Programme, a global initiative of WBAF, aims to promote financial inclusion by providing startups and SMEs with access to knowledge, funding, and networks. The NSTP, [...]

Roundtable Conference: Role of academic Institutions in Fostering Entrepreneurial Mindset

Entrepreneurship has become increasingly important in the modern world, creating countless job opportunities, and spurring economic growth. The National Science and Technology Park (NSTP) recognizes the significance of entrepreneurship and aims to create an ecosystem that nurtures and supports innovators and entrepreneurs. As part of its efforts to promote entrepreneurship, the NSTP recently hosted Professor Chris Carr, an accomplished academic with extensive experience in business law and regulation. During the session, attended by NUST professors, administrators, students, and startup owners, the challenges and opportunities associated with entrepreneurship and innovation were discussed. Professor Chris shared his experience [...]

LearnObots signs MoA with Classera to incorporate STEAM education in all its partner schools.

Islamabad, February 20, 2023: National Science and Technology Park (NSTP) is proud to announce the recent achievement of one of its startups, LearnOBots. The company has signed a frame agreement with Classera, a leader in K-12 education, to incorporate STEAM education in all its partner schools. This landmark achievement is a testament to LearnOBots' advanced STEAM curriculum developed over a decade with 50+ researchers from top universities around the world, including MIT, Alan Turing Institute, UK, Kingston University UK, Seoul National University S. Korea, and NUST Pakistan among others. As one of the startups incubated at [...]

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