China Accelerator to help promising KP startups increase outreach

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) has joined hands with China Accelerator for a foreign internship programme as well as setting up a support network for startups in Pakistan on Thursday.

KPITB Managing Director Shahbaz Khan and his counterpart from China Accelerator William Bao signed the agreement at the premises of the China Accelerator in Shanghai.

Under the agreement, both organisations will collaborate on a foreign internship programme. Graduate students from K-P will be recommended by KPITB to China Accelerator.
The startup accelerator shall then select candidates based on set criteria who will then be sent to Shanghai for training by various emerging startup companies. The students stay will be fully funded by KPITB for six months.

Furthermore, the startup accelerator will assist promising startups based in K-P with their support network, so they may increase their outreach. “This is a huge achievement for the IT industry in the province,” Khan told The Express Tribune.

He added that it would be a big boost for e-governance in the future. Moreover, in order to streamline the legal system in K-P, the delegation met members of China’s Supreme Court.

The KPITB MD elucidated that they would be signing an MoU to help digitise the legal working of courts in the province. China Accelerator is among the top 10 startup accelerators in Asia with a network of more than 240 mentors worldwide.


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