I have been planning to extend my visits and give coverage to interesting and innovative organizations. I started with SAIF Center of Innovation. I will be visiting more places and share my experiences on this website.
For those who do not know about SAIF Center of Innovation, it is an incubation center for entrepreneurs founded by Dr. Umar Saif. Currently, it is incubating a number of startups (bumpin, chopaal and SeeNReport are now quite mature and well-known).
SAIF Center is located in Muslim Town at Canal Bank, Lahore. Startups are currently occupying the top floor, and you get there by climbing stairs for about 3 floors – a true test of you commitment and determination to get there :). We accidentally went to the SeeNReport area when we reached the floor. From nowhere it looked like a boring office space. It looked more like a living room with a gathering of friends who were there to complete the final project. With an LCD attached to a TV Tuner (that’s right, a live TV in the office space). The environment was buzzing with energy and fun.
Dr Umar’s room itself was a spacious and had a big desk in the center.
There are no strict timings. People come in and go all the time starting from 8 am in the morning till 2 am at night. Employees (mostly students) adjust their timings according to their study schedules. Dr Umar, when in office, is accessible to all these companies. According to him there are more startups that will be growing out of SAIF Center.