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Bangladesh-India startup webinar series begins

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 28 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh-India startup webinar series begins

A six-part webinar series on Startup landscapes in Bangladesh and India began in Dhaka on Monday.

This is expected to act as a platform to bring together mentors, innovators, entrepreneurs and investors from the two neighbouring countries for an increased cooperation.

State Minister for ICT of Bangladesh Zunaid Ahmed Palak and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami inaugurated the webinar series titled “Shoto Borsho Shoto Asha – Rise Up”.

The High Commission of India, Startup Bangladesh, ICT Ministry and StartUp India jointly organised the event.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak said enhancing cooperation in the Startup sector between Bangladesh and India would be mutually beneficial.

Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami hoped the platform will facilitate an effective cross-learning opportunity that will benefit talented entrepreneurs, especially the young innovators, from both the countries. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his recent visit to Bangladesh, had invited 50 Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to visit India and connect with India’s start-up and innovation ecosystem, the high commissioner said.

He stressed that the RiseUp series could facilitate such linkages to jumpstart tangible cooperation.

Managing Director and CEO of Startup Bangladesh Limited, Tina Jabeen also spoke on the occasion welcoming the initiative.

Later, a panel discussion titled “StartUp Landscape in Bangladesh and India – Tech StartUps Transforming the Future” was held.

The panelists included Wasim Alim, Co-founder and CEO of Chaldal, and Rahat Ahmed, CEO of Anchorless Bangladesh, Yamini Bhushan Pandey, CEO of Startup Incubation and Acceleration Division at Indian School of Business (ISB), and Sharad Sharma, Co-Founder of iSPIRT Foundation, India and member of National Startup Advisory Council. 

Bijon Islam, Co-founder and CEO of Lightcastle Partners, moderated the event.

The webinar will be followed by more discussions on Regulatory environment for StartUps, overcoming hurdles to create a successful StartUp, fund raising strategies, strategies for StartUps to go international and a deep dive into Startup opportunities in Bangladesh and India.

The Shoto Borsho Shoto Asha – Rise Up webinar series is also supported by Economic Reporters Forum, Bangladesh StartUp Consortium and BD AIR.