The BridgeStart Pakistan is a pioneering initiative supported by the Pakistani government to address the pressing need for Pakistani startups to gain exposure to the international startup ecosystem. This program is designed to provide local startups with unparalleled opportunities to learn, connect, and thrive on a global scale. By sponsoring selected startups to visit top-ranked international incubators and accelerators, this initiative aims to empower the Pakistani entrepreneurial community with the knowledge, networks, and resources necessary to succeed on the international stage.

The cornerstone of the program is providing Pakistani startups with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in renowned international incubators and accelerators. During their time abroad, startups will be embedded within dynamic innovation ecosystems, experiencing firsthand the daily operations, collaborative spirit, and innovation culture that drive successful startups worldwide.

At Ignite National Technology Fund, we are passionate about supporting Pakistani startups in achieving global recognition and success. If your startup is set to embark on an international acceleration journey, we encourage you to apply for the BridgeStart Pakistan Program and leverage this incredible opportunity to scale new heights.


How it will work:

Submit Your Application
Complete the online application form, providing details about your startup, the international program you’ve been accepted into, and how this opportunity aligns with your growth objectives. The application form can be downloaded from the link below.

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Send the filled application form, along with the required documents, to [email protected] for further processing.
Our panel of experts will review applications to ensure alignment with the program’s goals and the potential impact of the proposed international experience.
Selected startups will be notified and provided with further instructions on accessing program benefits and preparing for their international engagement.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The startup must be operating in Pakistan’s startup ecosystem.
  • Registered age of the startup must be less than 5 years.
  • Startups that have already received funding through the BridgeStart Pakistan program will not be eligible for the second time.
  • Startups must be registered at Ignite’s Startup Portal
  • Startups must have secured admission to a recognized international incubator or accelerator program.
  • Demonstrated potential for scalability, innovation, and market expansion.
  • Commitment to participate in all program activities and requirements, including travel as needed.

The BridgeStart Pakistan Program operates on a rolling basis, and applications are processed as received. Eligible startups are encouraged to apply before the end of the 24-month program duration to avail themselves of this opportunity.