Digital services made faster: Muhith

Staff Correspondent

30 March, 2017 12:00 AM printer

Digital services made faster: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith poses for photo with the participants of GP Accelerator Batch 3 Startups at GP House at Bashundhara Residential Area in the capital on Wednesday.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said the incumbent government’s digitisation process has covered a large part here to make Bangladesh a digital country.

He made the remark while addressing a programme on GP Accelerator Batch 3 Startups at GP House at Baridhara in the capital on Wednesday.

Muhith said, “We have made the digital services  faster as about half of the population over six crore people come under digitalisation.”   

He said GP is the largest business unit listed in Bangladesh. It made a qualitative change by promoting new digital services.

The Grameenphone Accelerator has unveiled the new batch of startups beginning their four-month long acceleration journey on Wednesday at GP House. After a rigorous process of reading through over 600 applications, face-to-face interviews, and pitch presentations, six startups were introduced to the startup ecosystem.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister said, “Grameenphone has been a good partner of the digitalisation process and the introduction of GP Accelerator will increase the cooperation with the government.”    

GP Accelerator (GPA), in partnership with SD ASIA, has been designed to support early-stage, homegrown tech startups. Five startups are provided with an intensive, rapid and immersive training over the four-month programme. The startups receive Tk 11 lakh in seed funding each, work space in GP House.

Welcoming the new batch to GP House, Grameenphone CEO Petter-B Furberg said, “GP Accelerator is here to support the young innovators and entrepreneurs of Bangladesh to make a mark in the digital world.”

Grameenphone’s Head of Transformation Kazi Mahboob Hossain said, “As a leading digital service provider of the country, we would like to see more locally relevant services which can make life easier for our customers.”

Minhaz Anwar, head of GP Accelerator, said, “We are excited to welcome a fresh new batch of five plus one startups to Batch 3. This time we have a great combination of hardware, augmented reality, fintech and digital solutions solving some of the problems we face every day.”