Introduction

The Iqra University’s Centre of Research and Entrepreneurship (IU-CORE) is a pioneering hub dedicated to nurture innovation and transformational initiatives at the juncture of research and entrepreneurship. The centre serves as a catalyst for the convergence of visionary ideas and practical implementation, propelling the journey from ideation to execution. CORE is more than just a centre; it’s a nexus where diverse minds converge. It brings together students, researchers, faculty, and industry leaders across disciplines, creating a ground for cross-pollination of ideas. By nurturing interdisciplinary collaboration, we believe in unlocking unprecedented potential and driving meaningful change.

For those driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, IU CORE is a launchpad for innovative ventures. We offer tailored programs, mentorship, and incubation facilities that support the entrepreneurial journey from ideation to market launch. Our aim is to equip budding entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and networks necessary to thrive in the competitive landscape. We are committed to foster innovation that makes a meaningful difference in society. CORE actively engages with industry partners, government bodies, and the local community to address pressing challenges and create impactful solutions. We believe in the power of innovation to drive positive change and contribute to the betterment of our world.

Mission

To cultivate innovative thinking, research excellence with entrepreneurial mindset by providing the essential skills and resources to translate ideas into impactful ventures, driving progress within society and industries.

Vision

To establish ourselves as a one-stop solution’ for budding entrepreneurs, offering comprehensive support to nurture and cultivate the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan.

What IU CORE offers?

  • Entrepreneurship Support: For budding entrepreneurs, the centre offers guidance on starting business, mentorship from industry mentors and successful entrepreneurs, workshops on business planning, access to networking events, and possibly funding or incubator programs to nurture startup ideas.

  • Research Opportunities: It provides access to research programs, funding, and resources to support students in conducting in-depth research in various fields. This might include access to mentorship from experienced researchers.

  • Workshops and Seminars: Regular workshops, seminars, and events are organized to enhance students’ skills in research methodologies, innovation, entrepreneurship, and other related areas. These events also feature guest speakers or industry experts.

  • Networking Opportunities: The centre facilitates networking with professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs, and alumni, providing students with opportunities to connect, collaborate, and learn from experienced individuals in their fields of interest.

  • Funding and Grants: The centre provide access to various funding opportunities or grants to support research projects or startup initiatives undertaken by students, alumni, faculty and staff enabling them to bring their ideas to execution.

  • Incubation Spaces: The state-of-the-art physical facility is provided where students can work on their research or entrepreneurial projects, collaborate with peers, and receive guidance.

  • Support Services: This includes administrative support, legal guidance for start-up’s, patenting advice, and assistance in navigating the process of turning innovative ideas into practical solutions.

  • Legal assistance: A comprehensive legal aid encompasses various aspects essential to the success and protection of emerging businesses. At IU CORE Incubates receive guidance on business entity formation, contract drafting, and regulatory compliance, ensuring they establish a robust legal framework for their ventures. Moreover, they gain insights into intellectual property protection, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, safeguarding their innovative ideas and creative assets. Overall, this comprehensive legal assistance empowers incubates to focus on their core business activities while having the necessary legal expertise and support to navigate the intricate legal aspects of entrepreneurship.