Next generation entrepreneurs to play pivotal role in building Smart Bangladesh: Palak

Published : 30 Sep 2023 09:53 PM

The next generation entrepreneurs and innovators will play a pivotal role in the journey towards becoming a Smart Bangladesh, said Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister of ICT Division on Friday.

He was addressing the launching of Grameenphone’s flagship startup innovation platform GP Accelerator “Jelay Jelay Smart Uddyokta” - Regional Design Bootcamp with the endeavor to unleash the potential of youth ideapreneurs.

“I am delighted to witness the launch of “Jelay Jelay Smart Uddyokta” from GP Accelerator, a remarkable initiative aimed at nurturing the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of our youth", said Palak. 

"This initiative in partnership with Startup Bangladesh aligns perfectly with our Smart Bangladesh 2041 vision, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our startup ecosystem.”, he added 

The formal launch of the Bootcamp was announced at a hotel in Dhaka, where community builders from different districts, startup founders, GP Accelerator (GPA) alumni, mentors alongside industry specialists, esteemed personalities and stakeholders came together to encourage enablement of startup innovation from extraordinary ideas through relevant skill development and mentorship support. 

Startup Bangladesh Ltd. is working as a Strategic Partner with GP Accelerator to strengthen and drive this initiative at the regional level. 

Sami Ahmed, Managing Director and CEO, Startup Bangladesh Ltd., Yasir Azman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Grameenphone and high officials from both the organizations were present on the occasion. 

“Jelay Jelay Smart Uddyokta” initiative aims to foster entrepreneurship to address regional challenges and build local innovative solutions. The program will engage 30 community builders and conduct pitch sessions at 20 locations, with the goal of identifying and rewarding the top 20 ideapreneurs. 

Grameenphone CEO Yasir Azman said, “Grameenphone is committed to empowering society and fostering a smart knowledge-based economy that is inclusive. Our GP Accelerator program embodies this commitment. The introduction of Regional Design Bootcamps signifies a new phase in our mission to promote entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the country”.