For the first time, a total of nine Bangladeshis have made the ‘Forbes 30 under 30’ Asia list, the prestigious platform of youth leaders in the continent for innovative activities in respective fields.
The nine individuals got listed for their work in three sectors -- enterprise technology, social impact, retail and e-commerce -- Shehzad Noor Taus, one of the nominees, confirmed the matter to the Daily Sun on Tuesday.The youths are Gaze Technologies cofounders Shehzad Noor Taus and Motasim Bir Rahman, Cramstack CEO Mir Sakib, Shomy Hasan Chowdhury and Shomy and Rijve Arefin of Awareness 360, Hydroquo Plus cofounders Rizvana Hredita and Zahin Razeen and Pickaboo cofounder and chief executive Morin Talukder.
Some 30 honorees chosen for each of the 10 categories, the list includes young entrepreneurs, leaders and trailblazers from across Asia, all under the age of 30, who are creating opportunities overcoming the challenges posed by the corona pandemic.
Taus and Mostasim's startup Gaze has been making waves in the last couple of years. Gaze builds API for visual recognition with AI supporting features like spoof-proof face recognition, OCR, object recognition etc.
Mir Sakib made the list on enterprise technology category for his startup Cramstack. The platform helps industries with its natural language-driven search interface to analyse and visualise data.
Shomy Hasan Chowdhury and Rijve Arefin cofounded Awareness 360, a Kuala Lumpur-based NGO, which now has 1,500 volunteers in 23 countries and campaigned for 150,000 on personal
hygiene basics such as handwashing, water-filtration and sanitation. Rizvana Hredita and Zahin Razeen's startup Hydroquo Plus provides AI-powered water management solutions that report on the quality of the water; identify leakage and provide forecasting of demand based on usage.Morin's cofounded e-commerce venture 'Pickaboo' is renowned in Bangladesh for listing quality products and fast delivery. It was one of the first few startups to offer EMI and same-day delivery.
Earlier Bangladeshis won the title of Forbes 30U30 as Raba Khan (2020), Hussain Elius, Morshed Abdulla Al (2019), Sajid Iqbal and Ayman Sadiq (2018), Shougat Nazbin Khan and Md Mizanur Rahman (2017) and Osama Bin Noor (2016).