Mobilink to launch Tech Incubator under National ICT R&D Fund
ISLAMABAD—In order to boost Pakistan’s vibrant and emerging Tech ecosystem, Mobilink is all set to establish Jazz’s ‘National Incubation Center’. The center will build upon the Government’s ambition for a Digital Pakistan and will be set up under the National ICT R&D fund. The incubation centre will be a first of its kind innovation hub to nurture and grow talent from across Pakistan under the unique ‘Jazz XLR8 Program’. The program will bridge the gap between Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Investors, while providing state-of-theart incubation facilities and access to experts and advisors.
On this welcome move by the government to make a meaningful impact on the burgeoning tech industry, Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA and acting CEO of the ICT R&D fund said, “We are excited to launch the National Incubation Center to support the talented youth of Pakistan and an experienced partner like Mobilink will definitely help in raising the bar for startups in the country.” Jeffrey Hedberg, President & CEO Mobilink, upon signing the MoU with the ICT R&D Fund, said, “This is the time for Pakistani startups to take charge of their digital destiny and it gives us immense pleasure to be working with the Government of Pakistan in building the foundation of a sustainable tech ecosystem. A joint publicprivate partnership provides resources and expertise to enable young entrepreneurs to fulfill their potential and assists them in making their mark across the communities of Pakistan.”
“As a leader in the Digital Revolution, we see a lot of untapped opportunity and potential in the Pakistani market with young resilient startups eager to change the world. We aim to inspire, support and grow our local talent as they band together to lead Pakistan towards a better future in line with our brand ambitions. By taking a hold of such an opportunity, we want the world to know that our country’s youth has immense potential and are willing to use that potential to bring positive changes in the society,” added Aamir Ibrahim, Deputy CEO & CCO - Mobilink. Mobilink will be operating this world class incubator with its service delivery partner Team Up, bringing expertise of seasoned industry veterans like Zouhair Khaliq and Pervaiz Abbasi, who shall be leading the operations. Jazz’s National Incubation Center could start scouting for Pakistan’s next top startups as early as July 2016.
KARACHI: Head of Engro Foundation Aman ul Haque and SEED Ventures’ Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder Faraz Khan signing an MoU. Director & Co-Founder SEED Ventures Khusro Ansari, Director Engro Foundation Favad Soomro, and senior management from SEED are also present.
ISLAMABAD: Jaffrey Hedberg, CEO Mobilink and Dr. Ismail Shah Chairman, PTA signing the MoU for the establishment of Jazz’s National Incubation Centre in the presence of Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar and Minister of State for IT Ms. Anusha Rehman.