National Incubation Center


A Report on Pakistan's First Plastic Road

This project was undertaken by Coca-Cola Pakistan & Afghanistan in partnership with NIC/ Teamup and CDA to make use of plastic waste into re-carpeting of roads.

A launch ceremony was held at the NIC to commemorate the MoU signing between the parties, and later on a small patch of plastic road was tested at the Fatima Jinnah Park located in F-9 sector of Islamabad. Next, a pilot test was done in the Capital Territory at Ataturk Avenue, where about a kilometer’s length of road was re carpeted using asphalt mixed with plastic waste (composed of PET, PP, HDPE, and PE).

This aligns with the World Without Waste initiative and also with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals of the future. Download here the report on this effort.

Fintech Innovation in Pakistan – Disrupting and Reinventing Financial Services

This report, published by the National Incubation Center, presents the findings of a research study conducted on ‘Fintech Innovation in Pakistan.’ The study aims to highlight key challenges and opportunities in the Fintech sector of the country, and to investigate the role of tech startups in revolutionizing the sector

The report is organized to discuss the current landscape and recent developments in the Fintech space in Pakistan and across the globe, to put forward the viewpoints of experts on what the future of Fintech in the country looks like, so that startups can collaborate with incumbents to develop innovative solutions for the growth of the sector.

Agriculture Innovation in Pakistan – Cultivating Ideas for Growth

This report presents the findings of a research study conducted on ‘Agriculture Innovation in Pakistan.’ The study aims to highlight key challenges faced by the agriculture sector in the country today and to investigate the role of tech startups in revolutionizing the sector to bring it up to that of international standards.

The analysis presented in the report is based on primary research conducted with industry experts and founders of Agri-tech startups. Based on the findings of the report, the National Incubation Center urges all stakeholders to explore possible areas of collaboration and devise a unified action plan to take the agriculture sector in the country to the next level.

National Investor Roundtable 2.0

This whitepaper summarizes the discussions and recommendations put forward in the second Investor Roundtable- IRT 2.0, organized by the National Incubation Centre as a completely virtual event, on the 27th of July 2020. The Roundtable brought emerging investment challenges to the forefront and explored possibilities for collaboration amongst various players to take the ecosystem forward. 

Recent developments in the regulatory regime were discussed, and bottlenecks were identified, that complicate the investment processes, for both local and foreign investments. A set of recommendations were put forward to resolve regulatory hurdles, to open avenues for investments in Pakistani startups.

Impact of COVID-19 on Pakistani Startups & The Way Forward

To better understand the impact of this crisis on the Startup Ecosystem in Pakistan, and to equip the government and policymakers with insights to support businesses, the National Incubation Center has launched this report, ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Pakistani Startups and The Way Forward’.

The analysis presented in this report is based on data collected through survey from 86 Startups based in Pakistan, and focus group interviews conducted with 10 startups. Based on analysis of the collected data, this report shares key insights on how startups across various sectors have been impacted by the pandemic, and puts forward a set of recommendations for startups and various ecosystem players to collaborate and help sustain the nascent, yet evolving ecosystem during this challenging time.

SECP’s Regulatory Sandbox & Startup Focused Changes to Companies Law

As the Startup Ecosystem in Pakistan continues to evolve, a need for startups to be recognized and protected through a regulatory framework has been identified by the SECP. 

The SECP,realizing the need for startups to be recognized and protected through the regulatory regime, stepped forward and introduced amendments to the Company’s Act 2017, under the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 2020, and for the first time, the definition of a Startup as a separate entity has been recognized and incorporated in the law.

National Health Hackathon

The world is going through an unprecedented change. Healthcare challenges are affecting the way we act, interact and run our businesses.

To take these challenges head-on, The National Incubation Center TeamUp and Jazz xlr8 in partnership with the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (M/o NHSR&C), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),Rehman Medical Institute (RMI), Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (Open),Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV), National Incubation Center Karachi (NIC Karachi), TVOnePakistan and Association of Pakistani Physicians of Northern Europe (APPNE), organized a solution based all-online National Health Hackathon.

Investor Round Table Whitepaper

This whitepaper summarizes and makes recommendations based on the discussions that took place at the Investor Roundtable, held at the NIC on the 11th of October 2019.

The objective of the Roundtable was to discuss the investment landscape for startups in Pakistan. Participants shared insights and explored possibilities for collaboration at various levels. The agenda of the roundtable revolved around discussions on the current challenges in the investment landscape, sharing international best practices, and proposing solutions for structuring the investment process in the country. 

Leadership Talks: The New Normal In E-Commerce

E-Commerce in Pakistan is at a nascent stage, with limited internet retail sales, despite 38 million Internet Mobile users in the country. Globally, E-Commerce accounts for 15% of total retail, while this number goes down to 0.35% in the case of Pakistan.

Nevertheless, recent data shows positive trends in the E-commerce space of Pakistan. Four sectors, namely Fashion and Beauty, Electronics and Physical Media, Food and Personal Care, Furniture and Appliances, have witnessed at least 100 percent growth in E-Commerce Sales.