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Seeking Expression of Interest From ICT Companies

Jun 13, 2013

Pakistan Software Export Board in collaboration with the National ICT R&D Fund has launched a new internship program titled “National ICT Internship program”. Through this program, PSEB will place 800 graduates in the ICT companies for a period of four months. PSEB will pay stipend to the ICT interns through “National ICT Internship program”. First batch of 200 interns has recently been placed in the ICT companies, whereas placement of 2nd batch of 200 interns is in progress.

Interested ICT companies may submit their demand for the ICT interns through on-line portal at www.internship.pseb.org.pk/internship/ or through postal mail addressed to Director Projects, PSEB, 2nd Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex Building, F-5/1, Agha Khan Road, Islamabad, Pakistan for further processing.

For further clarification, please contact undersigned.

Saif-ur-Rehman Korai
Director Projects, PSEB
Islamabad.
Ph:051-9211094
email; skorai@pseb.org.pk

EXPO Pakistan 26-29 September 2013

Jun 10, 2013

Pakistan Software Export Board in line with the policy to bolster local IT Sector, hereby solicits applications from PSEB member companies to exhibit at EXPO Pakistan 2013, scheduled to be held on 26-29 September 2013, at the Karachi Expo Center.

EXPO Pakistan, organized by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and held for 8 consecutive years, has evolved into a major exhibition. This annual event offers an ideal platform to PSEB member companies to interact with prospective local and overseas customers. As per the information provided by the organizers, the four day Expo Pakistan “showcases the largest collection of Pakistan’s export merchandise and has thus become the primary sourcing point for a large number of businesses worldwide, giving them a head start on buying and ordering. Foreign exhibitors, from neighboring countries, also utilize Expo Pakistan to launch their respective products and Services.”

EXPO PAKISTAN HIGHLIGHTS 2012

a. Business generated – over US$ 518 million
b. 70 MOUs were signed between counterparts associations & chambers.
c. Participation of over 600 buyers from 52+ countries.
d. 15,000+ business visitors were present to witness the event.
e. 355 stalls spread across 6 halls

Additional information on the event can be obtained at http://www.expopakistan.gov.pk. Information on the Event Organizer is available at http://www.tdap.gov.pk.

Substantial subsidy would be provided by PSEB to selected PSEB member companies to exhibit at Expo Pakistan 2013. In return, PSEB expects that the exhibiting PSEB member companies would effectively utilize their respective presence at Expo Pakistan 2013 by engaging prospective customers, developing necessary business contacts and exploring cooperation and collaboration possibilities.

PSEB member companies would pay Rs. 12,500 only for a 12 sqm space for entire duration of the Exhibition. Application forms and TORs for exhibiting are available at

http://www.pseb.org.pk/images/docs/expopakistan-eventparticipationform.doc
and be submitted with  following

•    Demand draft of PKR 12,500 in favor of Pakistan Software Export Board (Refundable in case of non-selection).
•    Duly filled-in application Form.
•    Signed TORs.

Kindly submit your application and bank draft along with the above mentioned documents to the undersigned by June 20, 2013 by 11 P.M. Please note that only companies with PSEB’s valid membership would be considered.

Kindly do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Contact Person,

Jahanzaib Shafi
Manager International Marketing
Pakistan Software Export Board
2nd Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex,
F-5, Agha Khan Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tele: +92-51-920 1466
Fax: +92-51-9204075 Email: mkt@pseb.org.pk

SEEKING MENTORS FOR PSEB’S NEWLY ESTABLISHED STARTUPS

Jun 7, 2013
PSEB has launched a new incubator program in collaboration with the National ICT R&D Fund and aims to offer both assistance and resources to technology-based companies at the earliest stage of their establishment. For details please visit http://www.pseb.org.pk/.

Selection for “INCUBATOR GRANT” is based on a competitive process and so far eight (08) startup teams have been selected for which PSEB is seeking voluntary services of commercial and technical mentors to help the newly established startups. Mentors will be responsible for providing business and technical support to the team with a logical project plan, and feedback on the team’s progress to PSEB on monthly basis. Broadly, the roles & responsibilities of the mentors include:

1) To guide the startups (incubator teams) and help them with commercial / technical issues related to their projects and to make it a viable business.

2) To connect startups (incubator teams) to sources of future funding beyond 12 months.

3) To hold regular meetings with PSEB, endorse the budget as well as monthly progress report submitted by the incubatees. The mentors will assign tasks to the startups and monitor their progress on regular basis. If the incubator team fails to get a satisfactory report from the mentors in three successive months, PSEB may wrap up the said startup.

PSEB shall appreciate,  if interested IT experts contact undersigned with recent CV and a cover letter showing “expression of interest” via email at skorai@pseb.org.pk or courier at below address within 10-days of publication of this newsletter.

Saif ur Rehman Korai
Director Projects
Pakistan Software Export Board
Ministry of IT& Telecom
Government of Pakistan
2nd Floor Evacuee Trust Complex F-5,
Agha Khan Road, Islamabad, Pakistan.
UAN +92-51-9204074 Ext 128
Direct # +92-51-9211094 Fax +92-51-9204075

SPACE AVAILABLE IN NEW SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY PARK AT, I-9/3, ISLAMABAD

Jun 6, 2013

IT enabled office space plays an instrumental role in rapid growth of IT business providing reliable bandwidth, un-interrupted power supply and security as key factors for the success of knowledge based firms in IT and related areas. To address this essential need of the IT industry under a short term strategy, PSEB has converted  twelve (12) suitable public and private sector buildings into Software Technology Parks across the country by investing in telecom and related infrastructure.

In continuation to this, PSEB has converted a new building into a state-of-the-art Software Technology Park (STP) ideally located at Plot no. 155-156, Service Road North, Sector I-9/3 Islamabad. This  five-story Complex has a total covered area of 81,000 square feet including lower ground floor and entails the most modern and top of the line civic amenities. The complex offers facilities as follows:

Salient Features:
•         State-of-the-art architectural design.
•         Two (2) passenger elevators.
•         Earthquake resistant structure.
•         Fire protection system.
•         Central cooling and heating with 10 independent units.
•         Wide area open parking.
•         Separate Canteen.
•         Prayer area.
•         Adequate power backup.
•         Direct bandwidth connectivity  through optical fiber.

Special Rent (per square feet) Offered for PSEB Member Companies:
•         Lower Ground Floor @ Rs 65.
•         Ground Floor @ Rs. 75.
•         Ist, 2nd & 3rd Floors @ Rs. 70.

(The above rates include 8 hours air-conditioning and back-up power)

Out of total 81,000  sqft , a limited space of about 27,000 sqft  is available for small to medium size IT companies at above mentioned rates. Interested companies may please contact the undersigned for further information and site visit.

Contact Person:

Shaukat Ali
Director Technical / CTO
Pakistan Software Export Board
2nd Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex,
F-5, Agha Khan Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: + 92-51-9219075, 9204074 (Ext. 111)
Cell: +92 321 4998275
Fax: +92 51 9204075
Email: sali@pseb.org.pk

Pakistani Entrepreneurship in the US – Live Broadcast

Jun 5, 2013

National ICT R&D Fund was established with a vision to transform Pakistan’s economy into a knowledge based economy by promoting efficient, sustainable and effective ICT initiatives through synergic development of industrial and academic resources. The Fund till-date has funded 86 Technical R&D projects worth about Rs 1.42 billion.

A good number of these projects are now reaching the commercialization stage and some are in the process of being commercialized. In lieu of the challenges being faced by our research teams and also some of the local IT companies, the Fund launched this human resource development initiative titled “Taking the Next Steps; Commercialization and Going International”. The endeavor aims to build the entrepreneurial capacity of select teams from amongst the funded technical R&D projects and also select IT companies by developing the knowledge and skills for Business plan development and sales management.

The teams are currently in the United States of America to pitch their products and/or services at Road Shows across various cities in front of venture capitalists, angels, entrepreneurs, professionals, potential customers, partners, etc. They are also to visit incubation centers and do follow-up meetings with all key stakeholders.

As part of this initiative, Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST) “Impact through Entrepreneurship” program brings together the Washington DC entrepreneurial and investment community to discuss exciting and future international opportunities in the tech sector and to celebrate entrepreneurship and early successes. The event will be an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from emerging Pakistani tech entrepreneurs visiting the US as well as from American entrepreneurs and investors.

The event is scheduled for  Wednesday, June 5, 2013 10am-1pm EDT (7pm-10pm Pakistan Standard Time) at Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, DC also to be broadcast live online to audiences in  Pakistan and internationally.

Please join by registering at: gistimpactpakistan.eventbrite.com

For further information kindly contact Mr. Mohsin Mahmood

Contact Details
Mohsin Mahmood
Deputy Manager Coordination  || National ICT R&D Fund
Landline No: +92 51 9215360-65 || Ext: 165
Cell# 0336 1877700