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 Sector Themed Talk: RMG and Accessories was conducted on November 11, 2018 at Startup Bangladesh, ICT Division from 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm. The panel included Mr. Asif Zahir, Director of Ananta Garments, Ms. Nishat Hamid, Director of Shasha Denims, and Mr. Mohammad Abdur Rouf, Executive Director of Dekko Accessories as panelists and Mr. Rageeb Kibria, Senior Business Consultant and Project Manager, LightCastle Partners as the moderator.
The discussion ranged around diverse topics from US-China trade war benefitting Bangladesh, innovation and sustainability in the sector and current situation of the accessories market in Bangladesh. The panelists agreed that there is need for greater tech-adaptation and sustainable management practices in order for the sector to continue growing. There is also a need for organizational development support by facilitating human resource development, in terms of designing, merchandizing and operations management.
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.