Plan 9 (startup incubator)
|Founder 👔||Umar Saif|
|Headquarters 🏙️||Arfa Software Technology Park,|
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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, 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) 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.
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. 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.
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. Plan9 Signs MOUs With 3 Austin Startup Incubators to develop collaboration between the startups. Plan 9 is a part of Global Entrepreneurship week celebrations around the world. It is partner with Pakistan's first ever co-working space Techhub Connect which is providing working space for freelancers.
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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