In view of the nationwide competition on innovative startup ideas titled ‘Connecting Startups’, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organized a seminar on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.
The ‘Connecting Startups’ program, recognized as the first government startup incubator in Bangladesh, aims to assist materialization of startup ideas of young entrepreneurs, and to connect them with national and international investors. The competition is being jointly organized by the government’s ICT Division, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), Bangladesh High Tech Park Authority, and Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), in association with BASIS Students’ Forum and University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). Entrepreneurs with innovative ideas related to the field of Information Technology are eligible to participate in the competition.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister, ICT Division, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, was present at the seminar to inspire budding entrepreneurs. Shameem Ahsan, a successful young entrepreneur and President of BASIS, also provided valuable advice and directions to the participants. Among others, Professor Imran Rahman, Vice Chancellor, ULAB; Professor Sazzad Hossain, Head, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, ULAB; Sunny M D Ashraf Khan, Director, BASIS; and Samira Zuberi Himika, Director, BASIS were present at the seminar.
‘Our youth are the greatest assets of our nation. It is their innovative ideas that will lead the way for economic development of Bangladesh in future. We highly encourage young and energetic minds to step up with their ideas, which they believe can bring about positive change in the society, and we are committed to provide all the necessary support. This cooperation is key to transforming our beloved country into Digital Bangladesh,’ said the Chief Guest.
Winners of the competition will be awarded with an office space in Janata Software Technology Park, funding facilities, donations, mentorship, legal aid, and an opportunity to participate in the World Software Accelerator.
The deadline for registration in this year’s installment of the competition is January 30, 2016.