The National Incubation Center (NIC), Pakistan’s premier state of the art technology center, has last week announced its 5th batch of startup incubation program.
Over 700 startups competed for a 6 month entrepreneurship program at the NIC, out of the 120 shortlisted, 26 innovative startups working in diverse fields of Fin-Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Ed-Tech, Health and Welfare, Agriculture, Augmented and Virtual reality and ecommerce, Big Data have been accepted.
Many of the start-up founders in the fifth cohort are led by women entrepreneurs and interestingly the incubation center has been able to attract a good diverse and inclusive cohort with representation of startup founders from cities outside Islamabad and Rawalpindi, including but not limited to Sialkot, Swabi, Waziristan, Charsadda and Mardan.
Here is a quick glance at the shortlisted startups and what they aim to do.
Plantiza aims to create an online market place for plants. The core idea is to create a digital market place for space owners to explore wide range of plants with respective availability/pricing, engage skilled services and select plants with huge health benefits.
2. Pharma Trax
Pharma Trax has created a one stop solution for tracking, tracing and verifying the pharmaceutical products.
Team PakStockPhoto is creating Pakistan’s version of shutter stock giving the creative world an access to affordable and high quality stock images related to Pakistan
Legalight is a legal services website that provides access to a variety of legal assistance and connects customers with attorneys.
Snapthat is trying to solve that problem by building a search platform focused on fashion clothing. It will be an AI powered search engine coupled with a personalized experience for fashion consumers.
Greenovation.pk is another promising social impact startup working to achieve one of the major SDG goals. Their idea is to convert plastic waste into LPG and provide clean and affordable fuel to small industries.
7. Geothermal cooling
Geothermal cooling is combating the Global warming and climate change with their innovative technique. The team have developed an indigenous low cost mechanism for utilizing the cooler temperature underground and hence decreasing the air conditioning cost.
8. Time & Tune Logistics
Time & Tune Logistics is digitizing the truck delivery system. Their aim is to use the shared economy model to bring the user and the driver on the same platform.
Eventia is creating a SAAS based web and mobile application from where event venues such as wedding halls can manage their bookings, payments and inventory in an easy to use and efficient manner.
Kardaan is a digital platform that connects professional Service Providers (Skilled Handymen/ workforce) and the users that need specific services for their homes, offices or at any other location.
Carvertise.pk is an Out of Home (OOH) advertising medium that connects the car owners with advertisers. The idea is to offer the most inexpensive form of print media advertisement with maximum viewer count and impressions.
WEBDOC is an app-based platform which connects patients with PMDC certified doctors at any time and from anywhere.
mimAR is introducing the augmented reality technology to the construction business. Their aim is to let the client view their design on the site through an AR-based platform.
Xylexa developing an AI-enabled Computer-aided Diagnostics (CADx) platform to assist caregivers with automated, accurate, timely and cost-effective medical image diagnosis.
Menerva is a smart shape-wear (bra) having multiple sensors to detect breast cancer beforehand.
16. SMT Startup
SMT provide online self-management trainings to persons with physical disabilities so they can live a healthy, long & independent life.
CelloServe has developed an algorithm to get the analytics from videos and images. The startup aims to become the biggest exporter of AI technology from Pakistan.
18. Ingrum ID
Ingrum ID is an Application that allows you to instantly share all of your contact details by just one tap. The startup has created all in one purpose app that makes sharing contacts easy and fun to use.
Subzi.pk is an online platform that provides one place for all range of local and imported Fruits, Vegetables, Staples, and Spices.
20. Design It
Design It is a real-time IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) based monitoring system that collects data and readings from an assembly line or a process line through deployed sensors.
Drayfus is a modern talent hiring and development platform specifically for startups. The founders are focusing on connecting the right skill-set with the right job.
This application enables housewives and all the women out there to sell their home-made food by getting registered on their application.
PakTouring is travel and tours startup that aims is to provide experience and impact-oriented tours and connect the local community with the travelers.
24. Oxbridge Innovative Solutions
Oxbridge Innovative Solutions is promoting a hands-on approach to teaching and learning of STEM related subjects within the confines of the national curriculum in schools.
Yneer is a peer-to-peer marketplace that connects buyers with travelers coming from abroad. This idea is initially implemented as a web application.
WAyKEy is Wearable Wrist Band that predicts the Fatigue Level of the driver, while driving and generates a pre-alert before the driver sleeps.