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What was the vision behind setting up NIC Peshawar and taking in the first few cohorts? NIC Peshawar is the first-of-its-kind facility in KP funded by Ignite Fund, Ministry of IT and Telecom, driven by LMKT in collaboration with PTCL. Since the very first day we knew that there isn't an active entrepreneurial ecosystem in Peshawar and while there are startups, they're not being nurtured and are not getting the right guidance and support. During my experience with Peshawar's entrepreneurs while doing Pakistan Startup Cup and other initiatives in the past, I knew, that the entire entrepreneurial landscape, needs to be built as ideas were quite raw and the entrepreneurs were in need of capacity building. Peshawar is a historic city where people have tremendous experience of doing business and trade, we knew that people have great business acumen, but when it comes to tech startups, there was not much to offer. There are a lot of universities in the region that are bringing out amazing tech professionals who are offering their services in other cities of Pakistan, thus we came up with the theme ‘Ignite the Spark’ to spread awareness and create excitement across Peshawar to establish a thriving entrepreneurial landscape. With this vision, we have started initiatives with all the relevant stakeholders – from academia and corporates to government. As compared to the past, now there is more encouragement for the youth to start entrepreneurial ventures. We want to create an impact throughout the province to strengthen the startups so that more quality, tech-based startups emerge. This is our vision, which we have also kept in mind while taking in the first few cohorts.

“I find the startups in Peshawar to be a pure joy to work with”

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Startup Guide Issue 4  

For our 4th issue, we explore the ecosystem of KP and the incredible milestones they have achieved in spite of their somewhat limited exposu...

Startup Guide Issue 4  

For our 4th issue, we explore the ecosystem of KP and the incredible milestones they have achieved in spite of their somewhat limited exposu...