The Islamic World Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) is a specialized institution that operates under the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). It focuses on promoting the fields of education, science, culture, and communication in Islamic countries.
Their initiative, A-Hub is a global accelerator that aims to support 150+ technologically innovative companies in member states by the end of 2025. For the Pakistan chapter, ICESCO, in partnership with New Space Innovation has appointed Katalyst Labs as the National Lead. Katalyst Labs will conduct a customized acceleration program as per the guidelines provided by ICESCO.

This 6-week program will work with founders, aiming to help them kick-start their entrepreneurship journey, achieve growth, and scale. It will start with a 2-day boot camp around the basics of starting a business, followed by more advanced sessions around operations and scaling up. Furthermore, the program will consist of one-on-one mentorship, module-based sessions, as well as access to the Katalyst Team. Finally, it will culminate in a National PitchFest, involving relevant stakeholders in the ecosystem as well as representatives of ICESCO.

The top 3 selected startups from the ‘National PitchFest’ will then be invited to compete in the Global Finals where the winner will be awarded prize money.

Become part of the program Apply Now

Fill out the
application form

If shortlisted, present your pitch to a panel of experts

Finalised candidates
go through a two-day bootcamp

Start of the Program!

Finalized candidates from the program will pitch at the national pitch event

Top 3 teams will travel to
pitch at the global pitch event

FAQs

Who are we looking for?

We’re searching for ambitious founders looking to launch or scale their businesses in some of the upcoming local verticals such as fintech, EdTech, AgriTech etc.

Is there a fee to register in the program?

No! There are no fees attached to joining the program.

Is there an eligibility criterion for the ICESCO Acceleration Program?

The startups that apply must be from one of the 6 accepted verticals: Agriculture, Digital Media, Entertainment & Games, Tourism, Foodtech, or Spacetech.

What is the duration of the Program?

A-Hub will run from June to October, with an end-to-end duration of 6 weeks. However, the National Pitch Fest is scheduled for October 2022

What is the deadline to apply?

The deadline to apply is 29th June 2022

Will the program require in-person participation?

Yes, the program expects selected founders to be available in-person for the boot camps and all the other sessions unless it is specifically communicated that a session will be held virtually.

If selected as a Top 3 team, will funding be provided to participate in the Global Competition?

Yes, the traveling and accommodation will be provided for by ICESCO. Further details will be made available closer to the competition.