Bijon Islam, Co-Founder and CEO of LightCastle Partners, moderates a session at the Bangladesh Startup Summit 2023, the biggest startup event in Bangladesh, organized by Startup Bangladesh Limited. He is joined by an esteemed panel of impact investors, ecosystem builders, and social entrepreneurs as they discuss the current state of the impact ecosystem in Bangladesh and chart a course for its future. Bangladesh has always seen exciting impact enterprises solving critical problems in health, education, employability, and agriculture.
The government is already aligning incentives to support impact investing and the development community is also looking into new frontiers like blended capital to encourage more commercial capital to flow into impact-oriented ventures. However, as the country transitions to more sustainable venture-backed profit-impact enterprises, the impact ecosystem is only emerging.
Standardization and verification of impact measurement and management (IMM), capacity building, showcasing Bangladesh’s ecosystem to the world, and incentivizing more catalytic & blended capital will become key. Delve into the challenges and opportunities for impact-driven initiatives in the country, exploring ways to foster collaboration, attract sustainable investments, and drive meaningful social and environmental change. This engaging discussion will shed light on the untapped potential of impact-driven endeavors in Bangladesh and how collective efforts can lead to a more inclusive and prosperous future for all.
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Panel Discussion – “Future of Impact Ecosystem In Bangladesh: Where is it now and what needs to happen?”
Moderator: Bijon Islam, CEO, LightCastle Partners
Chief Guest & Speaker: H.E. Riaz Hamidullah, Ambassador of Bangladesh in the Netherlands
Sebastian Groh, Managing Director, SOLshare
Corinne Henchoz Pignani H Pignani, Deputy Head of Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh
Savinda Ranathunga, Regional Youth Project Manager, UNDP Asia-Pacific
Farhana Rashid, Founder, and CEO, Bhumijo