Walton Hi-Tech Industries Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Golam Murshed said that the country will move ahead with the Bangabandhu’s dream of building a industrially and economically rich Bangladesh only when the innovative power will boost up the domestic industry.
“The strong will and efforts of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been leading Bangladesh to a new height today. And, Walton is also advancing the domestic hi-tech industry. The development of Bangladesh and the present government as well as Walton’s 12-year journey of Walton are moving forward in the same way,” he noted.
On the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the idea project of the ICT division arranged the competition on a virtual platform for startups and innovators.
Bangladesh’s super brand Walton was the title sponsor of the grand finale of this competition. The best startup of the competition was awarded US$1 million.
Virtually, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal attended the event as the chief guest.
State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak presided over the ‘Big-2021’ grand finale.
Among others, ICT Division’s Senior Secretary NM Ziaul Alam, Bangladesh Computer Council’s Executive Director Md. Abdul Mannan and Idea Project’s director Abdur Rakib and Walton Digi-Tech Industries Limited’s Deputy Managing Director Liakat Ali also attended the function as special guests.
Of these, 65 local start-ups were selected in two rounds. A special reality show of 13 episodes 'Big-2021' was held to select the best 26 startups from among them.
A total of 48 initiatives were then shortlisted for the grand finale, including 26 selected start-ups, 10 from the international stage and 10 more startups from the Idea project portfolio.
In the grand finale, total of 36 startups were selected as the final winners. Each winning startup was given a grant of Tk10 lakh.
Out of them, ‘Open Re Factory’ was chosen as the best startup, who were awarded ‘Bangabandhu Innovation Grant 2021 (Big)’ crest and US$1 lakh as the prize money.