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Assistech Launches Pakistan’s First OptiKey Project

At NSTP, we firmly believe that technology and innovation can create an inclusive and enabling environment where anyone can feel accepted and thrive without limitation or discrimination. On 2nd Feb, 2022, NSTP resident, Assistech, launched ‘Optikey Project Pakistan’ at Jinnah Auditorium, NUST University. The project with be headed under the tutelage of CEO Optikey, Mr. Julius Sweetland. Optikey is an on-screen keyboard that is designed to help Motor Neuron Disease (MND) patients interact with Windows computers. When used with an eye-tracking device, OptiKey's on-screen keyboard allows MND patients to complete tasks, such as email composition, using only [...]

Top 5 Innovative Startups Of Hatch 8 Cohort 2

The list of NSTP’s top innovative startups under the Hatch 8 programme is finally out! It is sorted together so that potential employees, early-stage investors, and partners could benefit from it, as the companies might be hunting for new talent. The listed companies are sorted according to the degree of innovation integrated within them. When it comes to company metrics, there are plenty of different ways in which we use for ranking. We have some impressive companies who would appear on the list or rank even higher if we counted other factors like revenue. Here are [...]

Meet the 12 Startups Joining Cube 8 Programme

The 15th Selection Board of Hi-Tech SMEs and Startups was held online on 30 Dec 2022 and the results were announced on March 1st, 2022. The selection board was chaired by Dr. Rizwan Riaz Vice President - National Science & Technology Park. Out of a total of 300 applications, 32x innovative startups were shortlisted for office space in the Cube8 programme of NSTP. Each of these shortlisted companies went through a series of rigorous screenings and selection processes, pitching themselves to a team of experts from the industry and academia so as to become part of [...]

NSTP Graduates 16 Disruptive Startups from its Hatch8 Programme 

The National Science and Technology Park held the Graduation Ceremony of the 2nd cohort of its Hatch 8 programme of 16 disruptive startups at the main campus of the National University of Sciences & Technology. Hatch 8 programme is a 6-month pre-incubation program of #NSTP, which is designed to take in entrepreneurs in the idea stage of their product development and transform them into viable businesses. The program offers a variety of services, ranging from workshops to boot camps, free #coworkingspace, as well as access to mentors and investor networks. Whilst congratulating the graduates, Mr Wahaj Siraj - CEO Nayatel remarked upon [...]

Turkish Aerospace Industries to Establish Hi-Tech Lab At SINES, NUST

NSTP tenant, Turkish Aerospace Industries, will be establishing a high-tech lab at SINES, NUST University. Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) an industrial giant in the Defence Aviation sector signed an agreement with the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) for the establishment of a high-tech lab at NUST Interdisciplinary Cluster for Higher Education (NICHE). The signing ceremony was held at RIC, NUST. Dr Rizwan Riaz, Pro-Rector RIC & VP NSTP, and Mr. Sohail Sajjid, Country Head - TAI signed the agreement on behalf of respective parties. The aim of establishing this lab is to develop new technologies [...]

Two NSTP residents granted ‘Zone Enterprises Status’

Following the award of Hi-tech Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status to NUST's iconic project of National Science & Technology Park (NSTP), established to support and promote Research and Innovation, the first NSTP SEZ Committee’s was held on 03 December 2021 at NUST. Dr Rizwan Riaz, Pro-Rector (RIC) NUST and VP NSTP, chaired the meeting which was attended by its full members, including Mr. Abdul Samie Director SEZ BOI, Mr. Abdullah Khan, Assistant Commissioner - ICT, Lt Col Shakeel Ahmed Shah (Retd), Industrial & SEZ Manager - BOI, Mr. Aamir Naveed, Assistant Director Industries & Labour Welfare [...]

NUST Signs Agreement with Consortium for Expansion of National Science and Technology Park

Islamabad: The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) signed an agreement with a multinational consortium led by International Consulting Associates (ICA) for the development and expansion of National Science & Technology Park (NSTP) at NUST H-12 campus, Islamabad, during an auspicious ceremony on 14th July, 2021. Mr. Shibli Faraz – Federal Minister for Science and Technology - graced the occasion as Chief Guest at the NSTP Auditorium. Participants included Dr. Qaiser Majeed Malik – Additional  Secretary for Ministry of Science and Technology, Lt Gen Engineer Javed Mehmood Bokhari, HI(M), (Retd) – Rector NUST, AVM Dr. [...]

Dr Rizwan Riaz Joins NSTP as Vice President

We are thrilled to introduce Dr Rizwan Riaz as our new Vice President, who will be spearheading #NSTP through the next stage of our journey. He is a distinguished graduate of the Colorado Springs, United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) with a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a Masters from the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. He went on to obtain Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Computational Fluid Dynamics) from The University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Dr Rizwan Riaz has over a decade of experience in R&D, project management, organisational R&D policy, and academia-industry linkage measures. An emphatic advocate [...]

NSTP Hatch 8 Programme Graduates 9 Innovative Tech Startups

Islamabad 02 February, 2021. Graduation Day Ceremony for the first cohort of National Science and Technology Park’s (NSTP) Hatch 8 Program took place at NSTP Auditorium Tech Sanctum, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, wherein 9 startups graduated from its first cohort. The Park was launched under an overarching theme of “Innovate Pakistan”: which is a platform designed to synergise researchers, creators, investors, implementers and end users of technologies to transform innovative ideas into successful products and services while promulgating a culture of entrepreneurship in Pakistan. Hatch 8 particularly, is a pre-incubation program which [...]

Dr Salman Raza Naqvi wins 12K GBP Research Grant

Dr Salman Raza Naqvi (Associate Professor NUST School of Chemical & Materials Engineering and Director National Science & Technology Park) in collaboration with Dr Jiawei Wang (Senior lecturer, Department of Chemical engineering and Applied Chemistry, Aston University) has won 12,000 GBP (2.8 Million PKR) research grant for the project, “The application of machine learning in the chemical recycling of plastic waste”. The team from Aston University, UK includes, Dr Jiawei Wang, Dr Xi Yu, (Lecturer) and Dr Huan Xiang, (Postdoc Research Fellow). The team members from NUST are Dr Asif Hussain Khoja (Assistant Professor, U.S. Pakistan [...]

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