After successfully incubating our first Cohort, we received an overwhelming response for the 2nd Cohort from across Pakistan. After a rigorous selection process, we have shortlisted 55 innovative startups to present their business ideas. Through careful evaluation of their pitches with our panel of experts, we have now onboarded the 2nd Cohort of startups.

Joining the NICF 2nd Cohort we have AGFOW, Animal IVF Lab, Balash, City Pest Control Pvt Ltd, D Agri, E-plant, Feel Great Tea Pvt Ltd, Mashvra, Modish Landscape, Nutriments, Oinic, PakBloomia Floriculture Solutions, Pamico Technologies, Salam Kids TV, SAWiE Ecosystems, Smart Tex, Spurt International, Tech Student Guide, The Power Sole, and VermiCompost.

We are elated to have such disruptive startups with us and together we aim to bring innovation to the startup ecosystem of Pakistan.

Training Sessions

At NIC Faisalabad, startups had the privilege of learning from the expert Sayyed Ahmad Masud, CEO - Change Mechanics, on how to develop and refine their business models for success. From ideation to execution, our expert delved into the nitty-gritty of creating a business model that aligns with the startup's vision and values.
To help founders perfect their game to present their business ideas we had Samar Hasan, Founder of Epiphany, for a one-on-one coaching session on Pitch Perfect and Story Telling at NIC Faisalabad. It was a great opportunity for NICF startups to pitch their ideas and get valuable feedback from Samar to scale their venture. 
We had the privilege of hosting the expert, Fasieh Mehta, Senior Manager of Business Operations at Quixel for an interesting “Roadmap Development” session for founders at NIC Faisalabad. He evaluated the journey of startups so far and helped them perfect their pitch by providing constructive feedback.
Aamer Hayat Bhandara, Co-Founder of Agriculture Republic and Digital Dera conducted a two days extensive workshop on "Agribusiness Innovation" at NIC Faisalabad. From cutting-edge technologies to innovative business models, the workshop covered a wide range of topics transforming how we grow, produce, and distribute food.
NICF hosted a dynamic road map development session for startups, in collaboration with our team of experts. The session was an exciting opportunity for the founders to strategize on how to take their businesses to the next level.  The energy and enthusiasm in the room were contagious, and it was amazing to see so many passionate individuals coming together to work towards a common goal.

Our Growing Community!

We were elated to host the students of TMUC Faisalabad, headed by Hanan Iftekhar, Program Manager, Dept. of Business Management & Social Sciences at our state-of-the-art facility. We had an interactive session with the young minds, where they learned about the startup ecosystem and how we can work together to support the economy of Pakistan. They were inspired by the amazing journey and experience of NICF founders and were motivated to become a part of our growing community.
Hosting Daneyal Adeeb, Head of Commercial Excellence - Engro Fertilizers at NIC Faisalabad was a pleasure. We look forward to collaborating with Engro Fertilizer, who has strong industry experience; their support could be valuable to startups looking to grow and scale.

Startup News!

We are proud to announce that NICF startup, Reuse.Pk, has won the National Idea Bank - NIB 2023, Pakistan's largest innovative ideas competition. The startup was awarded by the Honorable President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, and Federal Minister for IT and Telecom, Syed Amin Ul Haque, at a ceremony held at Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET).
In our efforts to support startups in every aspect of their entrepreneurship journey and give them hands-on experience, we facilitated our startup RemoteWell for BibanGlobal'2023. We're elated to see our startup evolve and represent itself and NICF on a global platform. 
Our newly incubated startup Animal IVF has secured the second position and won a cash prize of PKR 150,000 at the NTU - Interloop All Pakistan Business Plan Competition. We're proud to have Animal IVF as a part of our entrepreneurial ecosystem and can't wait to see them continue to make waves in the industry.
NICF startup Tech Student Guide has won the Provincial Level Competition in the Education Category by National Idea Bank. We are incredibly proud of their achievement and the hard work they have put into their startup.

Empowering Women

In our efforts to empower and support women, we hosted an event for "International Women's Day" which brought together a diverse group of industry experts, women entrepreneurs, startup founders, and representatives from FWCCI. A panel discussion was conducted by our esteemed guests who shared their inspirational stories and discussed equality's importance. We had an insightful discussion on the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and how we can offer solutions to encourage and empower them.

Welcoming our 2nd Cohort!

To kick off the exciting journey of 2nd Cohort startups we hosted the Orientation Session which was joined by startup founders, leading business experts, mentors, and M. Bilal Abbasi, GM - Ignite, M. Umer Akram, Project Manager - Ignite, Abdul Hameed Lodhi, Head of Agri Services - FFC and Qamar Uz Zaman, HOSR, FFC, to get the 2nd Cohort on board. The day covered the details of the startup incubation program journey, founder introductions and guest speaker sessions by Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, VC - UAF, Zibber Mohiuddin, CEO - Panasian Group and Atifa Asghar, Public Policy Consultant - Tencent Games.

Blog Series

Meet M. Ghasharib Ali Shoukat & Abdul Raafey Shoukat, Co-Founders - Zarai Mandi Pvt. Ltd. Zarai Mandi provides B2C agriculture stakeholders with real-time market prices of major crops through a WhatsApp chatbot. It leverages the widespread use of WhatsApp in rural Pakistan to reach farmers and reduce disparity in the agricultural industry.

Learn about their inspirational startup journey here:
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