Plan 9 has opened applications for its flagship event, Launchpad 12.
Launchpad will be taking place across three major cities of Pakistan including Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. This time around Plan9 is introducing Faisalabad as their station.
Launchpad is open to all Pakistani citizens who meet the eligibility criteria. The event gives a legitimate platform to aspiring startups who wish to get incubated and avail access to mentorships, screenings, workshops, talks, presentations and more. At the end of the event, the qualified and shortlisted startups become part of a six-month long incubation at Plan9.
Globally renowned tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft are some of the biggest names that have partnered with Plan 9.
Punjab Information Technology Board’s Tech Incubator is now accepting nationwide applications for tech startups ideas. Avail a chance of a lifetime to compete for the support of Pakistan’s leading incubator in Pakistan.
Registrations are now open. You can apply for Launchpad by visiting this link.
Please note that the last date to submit applications is 19th August 2018.
Launchpad is a four-day event held at Lahore and two-day event in Karachi, Islamabad and Faisalabad. You can choose your preferred city in the application form.
On Day 1, a two minute pitch together with a short Q&A session will determine your selection for Day 2.
On Day 2, selected teams will receive extensive guidance & mentoring to re-vamp their proposals.
Plan9’s mentors will tweak your product and add quality to it. Smart teams will filter what is relevant and take the best advice. Second day pitch will be tougher and you should be prepared to be cross-examined by our formidable judges.
Start-ups will be presenting complete business model in a seven-minute pitch, followed by three minutes of Q’s n A.
The top scoring 15 teams will be chosen for incubation at Plan9.
To be able to apply for Launchpad, there are certain conditions which you need to meet:
Plan9 is a nationwide initiative and teams from all over Pakistan are called to participate. On selection, the team have to re-locate to Lahore for 6 months.
- Be a Pakistani National.
- Required age is 18 years of age or above.
- One applicant cannot apply for more than one idea.
- Business idea should be based on any technology category mentioned below.
- Present a mock-up/wire-frame/prototype of the product.
- Startup can have a strong, enthusiastic and skilled team of up to 5 members. Having a Chief Executive Officer and a qualified Chief Technical Officer is mandatory.
- Mandatory attendance from 10am -6pm for six months incubation at Plan9. Office space will open 24/7.
- No minimum qualification requirement – just a brilliant idea and passion.
Do keep in mind that:
- Plan9 is an equal opportunity platform.
- Startups and/or founders who are incubated in Cycle 11 cannot qualify for Cycle 12. However, they can apply for the next cycle(s).
- One founder can only apply with ONE idea/product/startup.
Technology Business Diversity
Plan9 is a technology incubator, so it is necessary that your business idea is product based and has a tech component. Your startup could be in any domain related to technology such as:
- Consumer Tech (e-commerce)
- EdTech (Education Tech)
- FinTech (Finance Tech)
- IoT (Internet of Things)
- SaaS (Software as a Service)
- Mobile App
- Web App
Once you get incubated, you get access to:
- Business model development
- Free Legal Consultation
- Investment opportunity
- Zero equity return
- Office space/Free utilities
- Monthly stipend