Raja Yassir Humayun, Punjab minister for higher education and IT, held a press conference detailing the participation of startups from Punjab participating in Expo 2020 Dubai.
According to the press conference, Punjab’s startup ecosystem will be showcased under the theme “startup and innovation”. During the conference, details on the startup portal, through which the respective startups have been selected for the Expo were also provided, with Mr. Yasir stating, “Punjab government has introduced an online platform, Startup Punjab, developed by PITB. The portal aims at bridging the disconnect between Pakistani startups and international stakeholders under the vision of ‘Invest in Punjab, Buy from Punjab and Work for Punjab.”
The registration process commenced on September 30, with 20 startups being shortlisted from a total of 311 applicants.
According to the minister, “20 startups have been selected for Dubai Expo 2020 through the PITB developed Startup Punjab portal. All these startups have been selected transparently with respect to their startup domain, growth, revenue, potential impact in the industry and investment readiness. The presentation skills and strength of the teams in terms of talent and skills were also taken into consideration”.
The 20 selected startups will showcase their offerings at Expo 2020 from 16th to 28th November.