Initial baseline survey of ‘Startups’ ends

Published : 28 Jun 2020 09:46 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 09:49 PM

The preliminary work of the baseline survey of ‘Startups’ has been completed withing the time frame.

An initial report was presented through a webinar titled “Findings of Baseline Survey on Startups in Bangladesh” on Sunday by the partner of this survey “Innovative Research & Consultancy (IRC) Limited". 

The “Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (iDEA) project” of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under the ICT Division started with the aim of conducting a baseline survey of startups in the country since March 2020. 

Senior Secretary of ICT Division N M Zeaul Alam PAA was present as the chief guest at this webinar. The executive director of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Parthapratim Deb and Technology Specialist Retired Professor Dr. M. Kaykobad, Department of CSE, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) were the special guest of the program. 

The online program was presided over by the project director (Additional Secretary) of the iDEA Project Syed Mojibul Huq.

About 17 sectors have been included in this survey like- Health, Food Processing, Medicine, Medical Treatment, Transport, Tourism, Legal, RMG Sector, Education, Infrastructure, E-Commerce/ Marketplace, Financial Services, Agriculture, Media & Entertainment, Digital Services, E-Governance, etc. 

The survey followed quantitative and qualitative modules, which included telephone interviews, online interviews as well as direct interviews. This research paper connected with a total of 1196 startups in Bangladesh from 17 sectors.

 As part of the survey, 553 startups quantitative strategies, 5 startups in-depth interviews, 25 startups key-informant interviews and 5 focus group discussions have already been organized with various startup founders, co-founders including youth.

With this survey, it will be easy for the startups of Bangladesh to identify what is important for them, whether they need to change, refine, or amend the legal issues in some areas. 

Additional Secretary (Planning and Development Wing) Md Mamun-Al-Rashid, Additional Secretary (ICT Wing) Md. Rashadul Islam from ICT Division, President of BGMEA Dr. Rubana Huq, President of BASIS Syed Almas Kabir, President of e-CAB Shomi Kaiser, President of BACCO Wahidur Rahman Sharif, Founder and CEO of Technohaven Company Limited Habibullah N Karim, Bangladesh Intellectual Property Forum's Founder Barrister ABM Hamidul Mishbah, Professor of the Department of CSE of KUET Dr M. M. A. Hashem, Technology Expert Engr.