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Plan 9

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Plan 9
Founded 📆2012
Founder 👔Umar Saif
Headquarters 🏙️Arfa Software Technology Park, ,
Area served 🗺️
Number of employees
🌐 Websitehttp://plan9.pitb.gov.pk/
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Plan 9 is Pakistan's largest startup incubator situated in the Arfa Software Technology Park, Lahore. It is asserted to be Pakistan's first technology startup incubator,[1][2][3] and it was established by Punjab Information Technology Board.


Plan 9 was established in 2012 by Umar Saif (who is serving as chairman of Punjab Information Technology Board)[4] with Nabeel Akmal Qadeer being the head of the Incubator. It was inaugurated by Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif as a part of his vision to develop young entrepreneurs in the technology sector.[5][6]

Salient Features[edit]

Plan 9 offers startup incubation for tech ideas for a period of six months. Each year it processes two cycles of incubation. Pitching sessions to select startups for each session conducted in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.[7][8] Plan 9 is recently listed in the Top 50 Startup incubators of the world. It has big investors attraction due to infrastructure and government's official support.[9]

Successful startups of the Plan 9 are Patari.pk, The Markhor, Emoey.com, Car Butlers, Car Chabi, Wifigen.xyz, Transparent Hands, Mezaaj, Vivid Technologies and Affordable.pk.[10] Plan9 Signs MOUs With 3 Austin Startup Incubators to develop collaboration between the startups.[11] Plan 9 is a part of Global Entrepreneurship week celebrations around the world.[12] It is partner with Pakistan's first ever co-working space Techhub Connect which is providing working space for freelancers.[13][14][15]


Till Date Plan9 achieved following things:

  • Investment Raised : $3.5M+
  • Number of Cycles : 11
  • Startups Graduated : 160+
  • Gross Valuation of Startups : $70M+


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  2. "Tech in Asia - Connecting Asia's startup ecosystem". www.techinasia.com. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  3. "Plan 9: Pakistan's First Incubator for Technology Startups".
  4. "Young entrepreneurs: Punjab IT Board to launch technology incubator - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  5. "PITB's Plan 9 Project giving shape to innovative IT ideas | Chief Minister Punjab". www.cm.punjab.gov.pk. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  6. "Plan9: A Vision and A Will | EntrepreneursPK". entrepreneurs.pk. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  7. "Plan9 – the Ideas Evolution". Startup Magazine. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  8. "4 Tips for Pitching with Plan9, Pakistan's Newest Tech Incubator". Wamda. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  9. Sharma, Mahesh. "Pakistan Government-Backed Incubator Seeds Local Investor Appetite". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  10. "Plan9 celebrates the success of Pakistani Startups - Perspective". Perspective. 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  11. "Plan9 Signs MOUs With 3 Austin Startup Incubators – Techlist". www.techlist.pk. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  12. "GEW 2016: Plan9 Celebrates GEW 2016". Pakistan. 2016-11-30. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  13. "TechHub Connect - Lahore, Pakistan". Yellow.Place. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  14. "TechHub – Co-Working Space | Punjab Information Technology Board". www.pitb.gov.pk. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  15. "Coworking Space For Freelancers In Lahore, Pakistan | TechHub Connect". TechHub Connect. Retrieved 2017-01-28.

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