Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.
The Bangladeshi leg of the week-long event marathon and engagement with entrepreneurs and innovators from around the country was jointly organized by EMK Center and Startup Bangladesh with strategic partnership from LightCastle Partners from November 11-13, 2018.
LightCastle Partners hosted three panel discussions: “Startup CEO Panel: Perspectives from the Best”, “Sector Themed Talk: RMG and Accessories”, and “Incubation and Acceleration: Pushing the Bangladesh Startup/SME Ecosystem forward”.
The Incubation and Acceleration: Pushing the Bangladesh Startup/SME Ecosystem forward was conducted on November 13, 2018 at Startup Bangladesh, ICT Division from 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm. The panel included Ms. Shamira Mostafa, Fund Coordinator of BFP-B, Mr. Minhaz Anwar, Head of Startup Ecosystem of GrameenPhone, Mr. Zaved Parvez, VP, Resourcing, HR of Robi Axiata, Mr. Nirjhor Rahman, CEO of Bangladesh Angels, and Mr. Adnan Mohammad Dewan, Consultant, Startup Bangladesh as panelists and Mr. Mustafizur Rahman Khan, Co-founder, Startup Dhaka as the moderator.
With numerous years of coaching and mentoring thousands of startups, the panelists discussed the role of their organization in enriching the startup ecosystem, challenges faced by entrepreneurs and how their organizations can help entrepreneurs overcome these hurdles, secure fund and be sustainable in the long run. The panelists converged on the importance of collaboration among various incubator and accelerator programs for motivating the creation of startups.
The panel discussion was participated by young professionals and startup entrepreneurs as well as aspiring entrepreneurs who are still students. The event provided the participants with the opportunity to network with the high profile panelists and as ask them questions. The panelists encouraged the participants to continue pursuing their dreams of entrepreneurship for the development of Bangladesh.