The National Incubation Centre Lahore (NICL) aims to partner with visionary thinkers and radical doers, helping innovators make a meaningful impact by transforming their ideas into investor-ready business plans.
NICL is housed within the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan’s premier educational institution with a proud history of achievement, and ambitious plans for the future. The Center is funded by Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom and supported by Fatima Ventures.
The prime objective of NICL is to contribute to the economic development of Pakistan by promoting entrepreneurship, especially among youth and low-income communities at the risk of social and financial exclusion. NIC Lahore houses the first ever Makers Lab in Pakistan, a plug 'n’ play facility equipped with the latest technologies and smart hardware to bring ideas to life. The 23,000 square feet space not only incubates and accelerates but also provides business mentorship and growth guidance to incubated companies. With a state-of-the-art Smart Classroom, a Design Thinking Lab and an in-house auditorium, NICL is the place to be for new ideas and innovating entrepreneurs.
Through its immersive and competitive six-month programme, provided free of cost, NICL focuses on high-impact sectors where the most critical problems for our country exist, but where technological and social innovation can have the greatest effect:
We channel and champion the power of new technologies to enable real-world impact and scalable business success:
Through this focused approach towards providing training and networking support to tech-based changemakers in Pakistan, NICL serves as a launchpad for start-ups, bolstering the nascent entrepreneurial ecosystem of the country.