Frequently Asked Questions

Durshal CIL is KPITB’s flagship program for nurturing startup culture in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by setting up Pakistan’s largest network of incubation center and co-working spaces across KP.

Not necessarily. This program is for all individuals who have a viable business idea that leverages an element of technology for service/product delivery. But we do value formal education and at least one startup member must be a graduate with at least 16 years of education. Please check the eligibility criteria.

Yes, Durshal is offering a stipend of PKR. 30,000/ per month for first 3 months to each member of a startup team.

Each startup team should be comprised of minimum 2 and maximum 4 members.

No, not necessarily. If you have a viable business idea and you fulfill the eligibility criteria, you can apply to join Durshal. While our current focus is on incubating tech-based commercial startups, however, any social and non-tech startup that has an element of ICT may apply.

We provide the following facilities at Durshal for startups:

  • Upto PKR 12 Million seed money per cohort
  • Monthly Stipends of PKR 30,000/- per member
  • 6 months Incubation Cycle
  • Networking Opportunities
  • National and International Paid Trips
  • Resident Entrepreneurs
  • Access to Funds
  • Assistance in Intellectual Property & Company Registration
  • Acceleration Support
  • Mentorship and Coaches.

The incubatees would be placed for a period of six-months at Durshal Community Lab. After successful completion of incubation phase, a limited number of startups may be selected for the China Accelerator programs.

The best way to reach Durshal team is through the email address: or through contact us form.

While we are flexible and a member can work from home from time to time, our main goal at Durshal is to ensure active interaction between resident startups, co-workers, and mentors. We have therefore designed a mechanism to continuously gauge the interest, seriousness, and performance of resident startups. Therefore, attendance is a part of KPIs against which we will be evaluating our startup members.

Durshal will prefer technology-based startups. Meanwhile extraordinary social and non-technology startups will also be considered accordingly. Our preference will be given to teams willing to work for a six-months cycle (if selected) at Durshal.

There is no pre-defined age limit. Entrepreneurs from all age brackets and backgrounds are welcome to apply.

If you have multiple viable ideas we would love to hear about them but we would be selecting a startup based on their best viable idea.

For your guidance, we have provided a sample form based on a fictitious startup: ‘Taxi Online’. It is for educational purposes only and the aim of the sample application form is to provide you general information and understanding of questions asked in the Durshal application form. It is not to provide a specific idea and/or advice. You can find a copy of our filled application form at the beginning of your application. If you still have queries, please don’t hesitate to reach our team at

No, Durshal will not be charging any fee from resident startups.

Once the applications are closed startups will be shortlisted for the second round where they would have to convince our panel of judges about the viability of their idea.

The aim of Durshal is to revolutionize the startup ecosystem in KP. That is why we would welcome potential startups irrespective of race, province, gender, age, etc. However, each startup should have at least one member who belongs to KP.