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GP launches GP Accelerator

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 17 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Grameenphone has launched GPA 3.0, a flagship accelerator programme to co-create a startup ecosystem and accelerate the digitalization journey in Bangladesh.

The “GP Accelerator” journey started back in 2015, intending to work closely with the startups, developers, and innovators, enabling them with the resources they need to build, grow, and exceed their possibilities, said a press release.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for ICT Division, graced the virtual launching event as the chief guest along with the presence of Grameenphone CEO Yasir Azman.

Earlier this year, a partnership deal had been signed between Grameenphone and the three pioneering startup ecosystems shapers of Bangladesh – BetterStories Ltd., LightCastle Partners, and Upskill – to deliver GP Accelerator 3.0 as a programme that supports the “global-first” Bangladeshi startups born through Covid.

Grameenphone, the tech-service-leader and connectivity partner to Digital Bangladesh, along with three leading ecosystem shapers of the country, teamed up to run the twelve-month programme with the vision to connect the nation in search of the best homegrown startups and boost their potential with best-fitting resources following the industry needs.

GP Accelerator programme has already completed six cohorts with 44 promising startups (creating 5 lakh jobs across the country).

Grameenphone contributed over Tk 142 million (over 42 million as direct cash grant and more than 100 million in-kind support), with each team getting approximately Tk 6.5 million’ worth of support.

Impactful startups like Sheba.XYZ, CMED Health, Dhakacast, Cramstack, Doctorkoi, and many more found their way to success and are flourishing through the GP Accelerator programme.