Karachi: Digibook and Creative 3D, two start-ups at the Institute of Business Management’s Shahjehan S. Karim Incubation Centre (SSKIC) emerged as the top ideas at the third edition of the National Idea Bank (NIB). They were presented with the awards by the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, at a ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday, February 15, 2024. The NIB was organized by the National University of Technology (NUTECH) in collaboration with ASPIRE Pakistan. While addressing the occasion, President Dr Arif Alvi called for providing an enabling environment for youth to nurture their intellectual abilities and benefit from their innovative ideas for the country’s prosperity. He added that the Pakistani youth who is blessed with enormous potential needed a platform to transform their ideas into competitive and quality products to increase the country’s exports and reduce imports.

Digibook and Creative 3D have been selected, out of over two thousand entries from across Pakistan, to visit Silicon Valley to engage in mentorship and networking sessions. The awards were presented to the Founder of Digibook, Aurangzaib Alamgir, who is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the SSKIC-IoBM; and to the Co-Founder and CEO of Creative 3D, Bilal Afridi. Creative 3D is an alumni start-up at SSKIC’s Cohort-I. Founder and Director of Creative3D, Atif Baig, an IoBM alumnus, was also present. Moreover, the Co-Founder of Digibook, Rida Zehra, is also an IoBM alumna. Accompanying IoBM’s start-ups at the ceremony was Mr. Raza Abbas, Focal Person, National Idea Bank at IoBM, and the Head of Incubation, SSKIC-IoBM.