Ignite, formerly known as National ICT R&D Fund, collaborated with Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom (MoITT) to establish five National Incubation Centers (NICs) across the country. The first NIC was launched in Islamabad in 2016 with Jazz as a key player. The following year in 2017, LUMS Centre of Entrepreneurship was relaunched as NIC Lahore.
In 2018, Ignite wrapped up its mission by establishing three more NICs in a duration of 6 months! In January this year, NIC Peshawar was launched with PTCLas the lead partner. In May, Ignite launched the final two NICs in Karachi at NED University with LMKT as the lead partner and in Quetta at BUITEMS with LUMS partnership.