The startup ecosystem in Pakistan has gained a new support system through the Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute, idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, which is opening its new chapter in Lahore.

To celebrate the launch of the Lahore Founder Institute,  a series of free startup events will be organized for the general public where the attendees can learn more about the program and understand what it takes to build their own company.

The Lahore chapter of the Founder Institute plans to offer two semesters every year and is aiming to launch over 20 technology companies in Lahore per annum. The applications to the program are now open and anyone who is interested in starting a technology startup can apply by clicking here.

For the aspiring entrepreneurs, the program offers promise to provide the structure, mentor support, and global network of entrepreneurs needed to start an enduring company. What makes this program unique is that it focuses on people more than the ideas as it accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants. Some of the famous Founder Institute Graduate companies include Udemy, Realty Mogul, Travelcar, goplaceit, Appota, etc.

The new Lahore Chapter will be led by the local startup leaders Hassan Ahmed (Business Development Manager, Plan9 – PITB’s Tech Incubator), Iftikhar Hussain (Cofounder/ VP Business & Strategy, TEC), Meer Anwar (Vice President, LMKT Pvt. Ltd), Mudassir Malik (CEO – Founder, AppsGenii Technologies Pvt Ltd), Mustafa Najoom (Founder,