A 6-part webinar series on StartUp Landscapes in India and Bangladesh began on Monday.
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak and Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami inaugurated the webinar series styled ‘Shoto Borsho Shoto Asha – Rise Up’.
It is being organised by the High Commission of India in Dhaka, Startup Bangladesh, Ministry of ICT, of the Govt of Bangladesh and StartUp India.
Managing Director & CEO of Startup Bangladesh Limited Tina Jabeen hosted the inaugural event.
The state minister welcomed the initiative and said that increased cooperation between the StartUp Sectors in Bangladesh and India would be mutually beneficial.
High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami said that in the next 6 months, the RiseUp platform will bring together mentors, innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors from India and Bangladesh.
He hoped that the platform will facilitate an effective cross-learning opportunity that will benefit talented entrepreneurs from both the countries, especially young innovators.
The High Commissioner also recalled that during the recent state visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in March 2021, the Prime Minister had invited 50 Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to visit India and connect with India’s start-up and innovation ecosystem.
He stressed that the RiseUp series could facilitate such linkages to jumpstart tangible cooperation.
Following the opening ceremony, a panel discussion on ‘StartUp Landscape in Bangladesh and India – Tech StartUps Transforming the Future’ was held.
Yamini Bhushan Pandey, CEO of Startup Incubation and Acceleration Division at Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali and Sharad Sharma, Co-Founder of iSPIRT Foundation, India and member of National Startup Advisory Council were joined by Wasim Alim, Co-founder and CEO of Chaldal and Rahat Ahmed, CEO of Anchorless Bangladesh.
The discussion was moderated by Bijon Islam, Co-founder and CEO of Lightcastle Partners.
The webinar will be followed by more discussions on Regulatory environment for StartUps, overcoming hurdles to create a successful StartUp, Fund raising strategies, strategies for StartUps to go international and a deep dive into StartUp Opportunities in Bangladesh and India.
The Shoto Borsho Shoto Asha – Rise Up webinar series is also supported by Economic Reporters Forum, Bangladesh StartUp Consortium and BD AIR.