Ejad Labs Team started their day by meeting the honorable KP IT Minister Zia Ullah Khan Bangash and MD Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IT Board, Dr. Sahibzada Ali Mahmud along with their team at KPITB Hayatabad. CEO Ejad Labs, Arzish Azam signed an MOU with KPITB to collaborate for the growth of the innovation economy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
KP IT Minister Zia Ullah Bangash appreciated CEO Ejad Labs Arzish Azam for the work for the growth of Pakistan’s innovation ecosystem and honored him with Pakol (a traditional Chitrali cap). The Minister also commended the friends of Ejad Labs who spent the day in Peshawar participating in these different events to learn about the ecosystem and figure out ways to contribute.
2nd stop for the day was to attend the Grand IT Industry Meetup at Durshal hosted by ITAP – IT Association Pakhtunkhwa along with the honorable KP IT Minister Zia Ullah Khan Bangash. CEO Ejad Labs, Arzish Azam and President ITAP – IT Association Pakhtunkhwa Amir Abbas Kaka Khel signed an MOU to collaborate for the growth of the IT industry in Pakhtunkhwa especially by supporting freelancers, SMEs and various stakeholders of the IT industry in the region.
CEO Ejad Labs, Arzish Azam addressed the audience and talked about the importance of building industry associations, growing together and especially working with the KP diaspora to uplift the region’s innovation ecosystem. He cited the example of Ejad Labs Alumni Codematics Inc. from Abbottabad as a success story from the region of Pakhtunkhwa which was celebrated by leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs during their 2019 visit to USA.
3rd stop for the day was to attend InspireMill’s Digital Bootcamp for Women at NIC Peshawar along with the honorable KP IT Minister Zia Ullah Bangash. This was a fantastic event organized by community champion Sidra Jalil and supported by partners like Helvetas Pakistan, LMKT, NIC Peshawar and more. Sidra Jalil commended the positive role of KP Government for women’s empowerment
The delegation called upon the NIC Peshawar leadership team including Project Director Asim Ishaq Khan, Program Manager Shafqat Qayyum, Marketing and Communication Manager Bilal Farooq Khan to discuss ways to collaborate in the coming years especially for the growth of startups from the region. NIC Peshawar has been a long-term partner for Ejad Labs activities, particularly their contribution in helping us execute the Startup Grind Pakistan 2019 Conference.
The delegation called upon Manager Business Incubation Centre Peshawar at IMSciences Peshawar, Maryam Arshad Mahmood on her 2nd day in office to discuss the ways Ejad Labs and Startup Grind Pakistan can collaborate with IMSciences Peshawar to facilitate the growth of their startups and students alike. CEO Ejad Labs commended IMSciences’ role as the innovation-friendly university supporting programs like Business Incubation Centre Peshawar, Durshal, National Freelance Training Program NFTP and others.
Director, Community Affairs Ejad Labs Umar Farooq and friends of Ejad Labs: Hamza Tahir, Raees Iqbal, Bilal Rizwan also joined the day-trip in Peshawar.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board – KPITB is a public sector autonomous organization established under an Act of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in May 2011 for the promotion of Information Technology, Information Technology enabled services and Information Technology enabled education for private sector of the Province of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
ITAP – Information Technology Association Pakhtunkhwa is an industry association representing the technology sector of Pakhtunkhwa, having its principal place of business IT Park Peshawar.
Durshal (meaning “gateway” in pashto) is Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board – KPITB’s Project that has been envisaged to anchor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s digital transformation by establishing a network of community spaces across the province with the goal of enabling the youth to collaborate, innovate, access training, and launch new businesses.
Business Incubation Centre Peshawar (BIC), IMSciences was established in 2018, with the assistance of Higher Education Commission, Pakistan (HEC), Pakistan in order to promote entrepreneurship in the region. For this cause, IMSciences Peshawar has developed necessary infrastructure where aspiring entrepreneurs are groomed to advance their business ventures. The rudimentary purpose of BIC is to promote business ventures that are not only self-subsistent but also carry financial prospect.
Ejad Labs is a digital accelerator leading the movement to promote Pakistani technology by organizing the country’s largest tech exchange programs to Silicon Valley, North America & Europe and curating the flagship Pakistan Tech Summit and Startup Grind Pakistan Conference along with other activities.