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About National Science & Technology Park (NSTP)
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An Innovation Ecosystem and a Hub for International Business


National Science & Technology Park (NSTP) is the first fully integrated science and technology park (STP) and the first STP of the country; the initiative is meticulously aimed at kindling the knowledge economy of Pakistan by stimulating and nurturing innovation-led germination and growth of hi-tech entities. With over PKR 8 Billion being invested into the master plan, NSTP will emerge as an innovation powerhouse for businesses.

NSTP is the new national tech-pad where entrepreneurs and multinationals come together to discover, ideate, create, collaborate and break new ground. Kicking off with a portentous pilot, the NSTP will be home to an ornate assortment of tech start-ups, established R&D companies and research branches of renowned national and international industry leaders. The park is the country’s avant-garde cradle for disruptive technologies. Catering to a multispectral cluster, drawing on the nation’s and the region’s growth potential and market needs, 8 optimised high-tech themes have been carefully selected for the NSTP in the first phase, to maximise technological, economic and societal impact, not to mention creation of thousands of high-tech jobs. Moreover, dovetailed with the unparalleled knowledge, talent and R&D base of Pakistan’s #1 Engineering and Technology university, NSTP is also the first of its kind in the country to sport all the essential ingredients for an enabling and diverse innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

A flagship project of the National University of Sciences & Technology
(NUST), the NSTP not only capitalises on the strengths and core competencies of NUST, but also brandishes support from the Government of Pakistan. Longstanding and productive linkages with major industry movers and shakers including military-industrial-complexes, large public and private sector organisations and SMEs is another unique feature accrued due to the host university. Ensuring ease of business, providing tax rebates and exemptions, and other associated incentives are a few of the major value propositions of the NSTP and are incorporated in the ethos of its design.

NUST’s continued focus of almost 3 decades on institutionalising and consolidating the culture of research, innovation and entrepreneurship eventually culminated in the formulation of the NSTP, that will help to deliver NUST’s aim of making this region a place where technology-centric businesses, large and small, can thrive, create jobs, and provide the very best higher education, R&D and training opportunities.

If not for the love of science and innovation, the picturesque landscapes would be reason alone to vie for this prime real estate. But the range of ergonomically designed innovation facilities, a thriving entrepreneurial culture and maturely established patenting, marketing and technology transfer departments of the host university, and a panoply of amenities for sports and recreation are just some of the prized offerings that make it the first choice for all techpreneurs and research-focused businesses.

NSTP is built with sustainability in mind. Its thematic vision embraces the concept of providing every business on the Park with the benefits of setting high footprint not only in Pakistan but globally as well.

Businesses based at the Park will benefit from excellent road, rail and air connections to the rest of the country, Middle-East, South Asia, Europe and beyond. Located just off the Kashmir Highway, NSTP is in the heart of Islamabad, with many industries and universities within a radius of 50 km. Islamabad International Airport, less than 10 km away, offers direct flights across Middle-East, South Asia, Europe and further afield via the international hub at Dubai and Doha.


VISION

To become a thriving and dynamic international hub for scientific and technological R&D and innovation, by facilitating collaboration amongst research centres, universities, industry, communities and Governments, and creating products and services with positive economic and societal impact within the region and beyond.

MISSION
To be Pakistan’s most technologically advanced R&D and innovation centre, stimulating growth of high-tech enterprises, fostering technological and socioeconomic growth, and contributing to development of Pakistan’s knowledge economy.


OBJECTIVES
  1. To build an innovation ecosystem stimulating creation of new technology businesses through entrepreneurship and incubation programmes.
  2. To stimulate innovation-led economic growth of the country and region.
  3. To promote commercialisation of research and development in association with local research centres and academic institutions.
  4. To encourage active collaboration between private and public sector technology development.
  5. To support emerging local start-ups and SMEs seeking to develop and export diverse technology-based products, services and intellectual property (IP).
  6. To attract international technology-focused companies and research organisations to relocate their operations to Pakistan.
  7. To create and enhance international and national strategic linkages to further growth and economic diversity.

CORE VALUES
  1. Excellence: We strive for excellence and quality in everything we do. We learn from best global practices, and challenge ourselves to improve through strategic planning, collaboration and teamwork.
  2. Integrity: We conduct ourselves in accordance with the highest standards of professional behaviour and ethics while dealing with tenants and industry, as well as students, researchers and faculty, keeping all processes and procedures transparent.
  3. Teamwork and Collaboration: All departments at NSTP work in synergy and close collaboration to provide a strong support system for our researchers, faculty, students, tenant companies and industry.
  4. Contribution to Society: We encourage, support and nurture Research and Development initiatives for the larger benefit of society, and help NSTP tenants maximise societal impact from their business operations.

INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

International Association of Science Parks (IASP)
IASP is a worldwide network of Science & Technology Parks having 347 members from 77 countries. NUST is the only full member of IASP from Pakistan.


World Technopolis Association (WTA):
WTA is a multilateral international organisation created with the purpose to connect the advancement of science and technology with local development. NUST is the only associate member of WTA from Pakistan.

Inter-Islamic Network on Science & Technology Parks (INSTP):
INSTP is a platform for technological development among Muslim countries. NUST is member for INSTP as well as the only Pakistani member of its Executive Council.


ABOUT NSTP PILOT

NSTP pilot is the newest addition to NUST’s growing portfolio – it is an innovative project that will be home to a vibrant and high-tech entrepreneurial and business community of 100+ enterprises, from entrepreneurial start-ups to global multinationals. With over 110,000 square feet of office space, ample parking, state-of-the-art IT and easy access to NUST’s R&D ecosystem, NSTP pilot is the ideal location for enterprises ranging from ambitious tech-based start-ups to established international businesses looking for a base camp for R&D, intellectual capital, investments, collaborations and commercialisation. Surrounded by a vibrant network of like-minded innovators and entrepreneurs, the residents of NSTP will benefit from flexible office space set over 4 floors, as well as contemporary meeting rooms, smart conference rooms, cafes and a dedicated bank. Tenants will have additional advantage of R&D facilities within the park as well as on the NUST H-12 campus.

As We Grow:
The NSTP will serve as the hub for innovation, not just for students, but for professionals and underprivileged individuals as well. The centre will be used to mentor and groom the youth while enabling them to contribute to the local economy as well as to compete globally. The Park will facilitate research and innovation, and create numerous job opportunities. The knowledge ecosystem, combined with continuous innovation in cutting-edge technologies, will prove to be an asset and a catalyst for Pakistan’s technological and socioeconomic progress.

Leveraging the university’s core strengths and unique position in the global technology arena, we focus on 8 key thematic areas – AgriTech, AutoTech, EdTech, EnergyTech, DefTech, FinTech, HealthTech, SmartTech.
 
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National Science and Technology Park Graduates 16 Disruptive Startups from its Hatch8 Programme

Islamabad:
The National Science and Technology Park held the Graduation Ceremony of the 2nd cohort of its Hatch 8 programme of 16 disruptive startups at the main Campus of National University of Sciences & Technology.

Hatch 8 programme is a 6-month pre-incubation program of NSTP, which is designed to take in entrepreneurs in idea-stage of their product development and transform them into viable businesses. The program offers a variety of services, ranging from workshops to bootcamps, free co-working space, as well as access to mentors and investor networks.

Whilst congratulating the graduates, Mr Wahaj us Siraj - CEO Nayatel remarked upon the boons of innovation and its impact on the society at large. He said that true ideation emanates from a problem-solving mindset and the ability to take the first step in furthering a very young business idea.

Of the 16 startups, four were given awards for high achievement on the basis of revenue generation, customer base and socio-economic impact. The winning startup, RADWI, which makes remotely accessible IoT based Home Automation Solutions, was awarded a cheque of PKR 100,000 along with privileged residency at NSTP, while the runner-up, Oven Diaries, received PKR 50,000. Two startups were given “NSTP Rising Star” award and received a cheque of PKR 50,000 each.

Vice President National Science & Technology Park, Dr Rizwan Riaz thanked all esteemed guests for attending the ceremony and noted that “the 16 graduating startups have shown tremendous perseverance and strength to overcome the market challenges and hurdles caused by Covid19 pandemic. He added that “NSTP offers a complete spectrum of enabling services and environment that connects stakeholders, provides digital and physical access to information and knowledge base of Pakistan premier university NUST, through a centralised repository”.

Since its inception, NSTP, which is Pakistan’s first Science & Technology Park, has played an integral role in promulgating the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem of the country. Within a span of two years, NSTP has on-boarded 7 anchor tenants, 34 hi-tech SMEs, and 60 startups. The tenants at the park have created over 1,500 employment opportunities, raised over PKR 209 million in investment funding, and registered a revenue growth of PKR 1.7 billion.

The occasion was also graced by Ambassador Deddy Faisel, High Commission of Malayasia as he praised the talent of the youth at NUST and NSTP’s role in strengthening the tech ecosystem of the country.



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AgriTech

AgriTech
theme at NSTP will focus on technologies like Smart Irrigation methods, Food Processing & Storage, Precision Agriculture, Biotechnology, Vertical Farming, Agriculture Robots, Air & Soil Monitoring Tools, Seeds, Fertilizers, Livestock and Poultry.

Within Islamabad, there is a growing biotechnology sector. The National Agricultural Research Center (NARC), Islamabad has been undertaking advanced work in genetic modification for crop improvements. NARC is home to the recently created National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology. This facility represents one of the largest single investments in Biotechnology in Pakistan over the last 10 years.

Atta-ur-Rehman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB) at NUST, is home to Pakistan’s largest biotech cluster and this pool of expertise is an invaluable resource, enabling students to access biotechnological skills. The School is unique in having established expertise across a broad range of biotechnology, thereby encouraging innovative approaches to teaching and research. Areas of expertise include health care biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, food and plant biotechnology. The school with its state-of-the-art labs and research facilities, not to mention a unique ensemble of erudite faculty, will provide direct facilitation to AgriTech tenants at NSTP.

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DefTech

NUST has been working in multiple technology domains for military usage, spin-offs of which have benefited non-military areas as well.

Def Tech at NSTP will focus on Aerospace, Drones, Radars, Cyber Warfare, Military Wearables, Specialised Imaging & Surveillance Equipment.

NUST has successfully developed Ground Surveillance Radar, Weapon Drop Mechanism for an anti-terrorist UAV, Vertical Take-Off Landing (VTOL) Surveillance Drone and Micro Air Vehicle for Survey and Surveillance etc.

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EnergyTech:

Energy technology is an interdisciplinary Engineering science having to do with efficient, safe, environmentally friendly and economical extraction, conversion, transportation, storage and use of energy, targeted towards yielding high efficiency whilst skirting side effects on humans, nature and the environment.

NUST has successfully carried out energy related projects including 3 Phase Load Balancing (Technology Transfer has been signed with a local industry), promotion and mapping of biomass energy in Pakistan, Smart Load enabler, multilevel inverter based transformer-less power controller and Grid Enabled Knowledge Management System etc.

Energy Tech theme at NSTP will focus its research on Biomass, Biofuels, Thermal Hydraulics, Fuel Cells, Blue Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Clean Coal, Energy Efficiency Materials and Systems.
 
HealthTech:

Health tech is defined by the World Health Organisation as the “application of organised knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives.”

The Health Tech theme at NSTP will contain companies focused on research areas of Hospital Management, Patient Care, Genomics, Surgical Robotics, Telehealth, Mobile Health Apps, Online Health Services, Digital Medical Devices, Remote Monitoring, etc.

Extensive research is being carried out at NUST in the health sector. The Medical Devices Development Centre (MDDC) at NUST has successfully developed cardiac stents for the first time in Pakistan. NUST has developed an Automated Tele-Micromanipulator Cell Injection System, SMART Sim™ a Virtual-Reality Laparoscopic Surgical Trainer, for surgeons to learn the skills required in Minimal Invasive Surgery and Prosthetic Knee-Joint.


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SmartTech:

The technologies capable to adapt automatically and modify behaviour to fit environment, senses things with technology sensors, thus providing data to analyse and infer from, drawing conclusions from rules and use experience to improve performance about what to do next with the ability to self-generate and self-sustain.

Smart Tech at NSTP will focus on Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Data Management, Image, Video & Signal Processing, IoT, Modelling & Simulation, Networks & Network Security, Software and ICT.

NUST’s major success stories in Smart Tech are development of Micro Air Vehicle for Survey and Surveillance, design and verification of Low-Power, High Speed IP Suite for USB 3.0, Real Time Panoramic Mosaic Generation, Semantics Based Web Application Security, Formalisation of Information Theories and Application in Safety Critical Engineering System, Prototype Development of two GSRs (NR-V3).



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DefTech

NUST has been working in multiple technology domains for military usage, spin-offs of which have benefited non-military areas as well.

Def Tech at NSTP will focus on Aerospace, Drones, Radars, Cyber Warfare, Military Wearables, Specialised Imaging & Surveillance Equipment.

NUST has successfully developed Ground Surveillance Radar, Weapon Drop Mechanism for an anti-terrorist UAV, Vertical Take-Off Landing (VTOL) Surveillance Drone and Micro Air Vehicle for Survey and Surveillance etc.
 
Innovate Pakistan:

Innovate Pakistan is a platform launched by NSTP with the ultimate aim of emerging as the innovation powerhouse to drive growth and create economic activity in the country. It is a platform designed to synergise researchers, creators, investors, implementers and end users of technologies to transform innovative ideas into successful products and services, while promulgating a culture of entrepreneurship in Pakistan by inspiring and nurturing businesses and entrepreneurs to develop and realise their true potential.

Innovate Pakistan has the following key elements:

  • Platform for Collaboration – An enabling environment that connects entrepreneurs, researchers, businesses, investors, regulatory bodies, incubators, accelerators and relevant stakeholders on a single platform to come together to collaborate and contribute towards growth and prosperity of Pakistan.
  • Platform for Digitization – Provides digital & physical access plus connectivity to information and knowledge economy through its centralized repository. It’s a platform that supports science and technology education and knowledge sharing that leads to commercial projects with benefits for the ecosystem and society.
  • Innovation Centre – A platform which helps nurture startups from the idea stage though its Hatch 8 Program to the growth stage in its Cube 8 and Excelerate Programs to become a successful Hi-Tech SME or Anchor company.
  • Intellectual Property (IP) Service – Offers the most comprehensive range of Intellectual Property service from drafting registration to commercialization and implementation.
  • Business Consultancy Centre – Offers complete support for companies and startu such as assistance in feasibly studies, business registration, legal and regulatory counsel, research collaboration, testing facilities in over 330 labs, assistance in technology transfer and scaling of business.
  • Financial Hub – Offers access to Venture Capital (VC) funding and Angel Investors and private public grants, along with an understanding of deal process and term sheets.
Innovate Pakistan is the centralised platform focus to the promotion and support of technology and digitalization of Pakistan. It aims to make it simple for startups to nurture and groom, for companies to grow and scale, for investors to make investments with confidence, for researchers to commercialise their work, for individuals to find jobs and for the economy to grow. NSTP welcomes all stakeholders to join hands for this revolutionary initiative and help Pakistan become a prominent force in the innovation ecosystem and knowledge economy.
 
Number of software technology parks in the country to 40 by next year.

IT Minister announced that efforts were being made to double the number of software technology parks in the country to 40 by next year.

Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haque, during the inauguration of the Amazon Software Technology Park in Rawalpindi, announced that efforts were being made to double the number of software technology parks in the country to 40 by next year.

While addressing the inauguration, the minister highlighted that the expansion of software technology parks would focus on second-tier cities and towns.

“Currently there are 22 software technology parks operating in the country and by December 2022, this number will increase to 40,” he said. “The expansion is mainly in second tier cities and towns.”

Haque stressed that in order to enable the development of the tech industry across the nation, attention is being given to secondary cities.
 

STZA, Chinese ZBRA sign letter of intent to promote scientific, technological knowledge​


By Shahzad Paracha

The Special Technology Zones Authority (STZA) of Pakistan and the Zhongguancun Belt and Road Industrial Promotion Association of China (ZBRA) have signed a Letter to Intent (LOI) to promote high-quality science and technological exchanges.
The LOI was signed by ZBRA President Zhang Xiaodong and STZA Chairman Amer Hashmi.

Under the framework, ZBRA will jointly work with STZA on deepening all-around cooperation among academic institutions, R&D centers, industries and technological enterprises of both countries.

The STZA in collaboration with ZBRA will work to promote scientific and technological exchanges between China and Pakistan including information sharing on science and technology development experience, development of a complete ecosystem, new and emerging technologies and construction as well as management of technology zones.

Both parties aim to facilitate exchanges between high-tech enterprises of both countries in the areas of semiconductors, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, fintech, blockchain, and biotech for mutually beneficial cooperation.
Zhongguancun Science Park was established in 1988 as one of the first science parks and first national innovation demonstration centers in China. I

t is also known today as the “Silicon Valley of China”. Covering an area of 488 square km, Z-Park includes 16 member-parks, and is home to nearly 22,000 high-tech companies. Global companies like Lenovo, Baidu, BOE, Didi-global, Xiaomi and Beigene started up from Z-Park, as did over 80 Unicorn companies such as Toutiao, Mggvii and Cambricon.

Over 200 branches and R&D centers of the world’s Top 500 companies have offices at Zhongguancun Science Park.

The ZBRA and STZA envision creating a complete ecosystem to transform Pakistan’s tech sector.

This collaboration is another cornerstone of STZA’s goal of transforming Pakistan’s human capital into a high-end future workforce within the tech industry of Pakistan and creating many opportunities for the youth of Pakistan. STZA envisions that this partnership between ZBRA and STZA will maximize the potential capabilities of the tech industry of both countries.
 
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The groundbreaking ceremony for the Karachi IT Park is likely to be held on 9 June, with the laying of its foundation by the Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication.

The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) stated that the arrangements for the groundbreaking ceremony of the IT Park at Jinnah International Airport are underway.

Officials from South Korea, the government of Sindh, the MoITT, and key stakeholders from the private sector will participate in the ceremony.

According to sources, the groundbreaking ceremony will be followed by soil testing and the building of a boundary wall. Furthermore, the MoITT has started the hiring process for expressions of interest (EoIs) for the initial design of the park.

The federal government had decided to establish the IT park at Jinnah International Airport, which is located in the metropolis’s trade and business hub. The total cost of the project is Rs. 31 billion, and the government of South Korea has offered to finance it. It is expected to provide 85 percent of the funding besides technical support, according to the MoITT.

The IT park will house about 210 IT companies with almost 8,400 employees, and a multi-story building. It will cover an area of 106,449 sq. m, with eight floors above ground and three basement floors. The building will also have offices, conference rooms, a day-care center, amenities, and a parking space.
 
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Pakistan’s first STP, the National Science & Technology Park in collaboration with US Embassy Islamabad, has launched the Rising Stars Startup Competition for Minorities and Women at NUST.

Through the Program, the goal is to create an inclusive and equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pakistan by increasing the representation of marginalized and underprivileged communities and providing equal opportunities for all individuals. Given the vast experience in the ecosystem, Draper University has been onboarded as Knowledge Partner of the programme. Pak Mission Society has been selected as the outreach partner to mobilize the communities across Pakistan.

The U.S Embassy's strong commitment to Pakistani startups and sponsorship of this competition shall further foster an entrepreneurial spirit across the nation, from extensive coaching and mentoring, a positive ripple effect is expected to be seen with local communities empowered by their own homegrown business culture.

The winner will be awarded the Rising Star Award of PKR 1,000,000, while the second and third winners will be given PKR 600,000 and PKR 400,000, respectively. Other awards include those for the Best Female team, the Regional Winner and the all Special Recognition Award for the team with the most outstanding idea.
 
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