The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IT Board (KPITB) has launched its innovation lab in Peshawar under the ‘Durshal’ project. The digital lab will soon be opening its doors to public and startups.
‘Durshal’, which means gateway in Pashto, is envisaged to anchor KP’s digital transformation by establishing a network of community spaces across the province with the goal to advance successful development of emerging businesses, digital governance and civic engagement in ICT sector and to contribute to the overall growth of the economy, read a statement issued by KPITB.
Minister for Health and IT Shahram Khan Tarakai inaugurated the innovation lab. The project’s main aim is to focus on the two pillars of KPITB’s digital strategy —Digital Governance and Digital Economy.
KPITB plans to leverage these centers for incubating potential startups while also providing co-working space for digital freelancers in a highly equipped facility. The incubatees will be taken on board for a period of 6 months and will undergo an intensive program followed by comprehensive mentorship sessions under the supervision of leading mentors in the tech industry.
Initially, Durshals would be established in 7 different districts across the province and eventually across all other remaining districts.