The Founder Institute (FI.co), the world's largest pre-seed accelerator, announced today that its upcoming Bangladesh Virtual 2020 program is now accepting applications. In an effort to ensure the health and safety of the program's mentors, partners, and participants, this Founder Institute cohort will be held completely online, allowing anyone to build a business alongside some of Dhaka's top entrepreneurs and investors from the comfort of home. Any aspiring entrepreneur or team interested in building a technology business is invited to apply to the Bangladesh Virtual 2020 Founder Institute at http://fi.co/apply/dhaka, or attend a free online startup event in Dhaka at http://fi.co/events/dhaka.
Since launching in Dhaka in 2015, the program has created 16 promising technology companies in the region like HandyMama – leading e-services company, Styline -leading modest fashion e-commerce and many more. The Dhaka Chapter will once again be led by local startup leaders, Bijon Islam, Founder and CEO, LightCastle Partners, Minhaz Anwar, Founder and Chief StoryTeller, BetterStories, and Sajid Amit, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Enterprise and Society (CES), ULAB. The implementing organizations for FI in Bangladesh are BetterStories Limited, Center for Enterprise and Society, ULAB and LightCastle Partners.
This year's accelerator will feature many of the region's top startup investors, founders, and executives as mentors (http://fi.co/mentors/dhaka). Sajid Rahman, Co-founder and CEO of Digital Health Services, Tina Jabeen, Investment Advisor at Startup Bangladesh and Anita Ghazi Rahman, Founder and Partner, The Legal Circle are the three Senior Directors of the Semester in Dhaka.
This semester will be backed by Pathao and Shohoz, two iconic success stories of Bangladesh, who will offer their CXOs' time as virtual CFOs, CMOs, CTOs for example; access to their apps for products ready to serve with or sell, and a pack of support toolkits including marketing, tech, and legal so that the founders can focus fully on building their business.
Shohoz Founder and Managing Director Maliha Quadir said: "Any startup ecosystem thrives best when we work together to help build the next wave of success stories. What Shohoz has - the best of talents in the region and the best of experience of building a startup from the ground up - will all be at the disposal of the freshly anointed founders. If you are aiming to go big - Bangladesh is the right market for you. Come, join the league!"
Welcoming the new batch of Founders Hussain Elius, Founder of Pathao said: "We are ready to bet on the best founders in the country and provide all the support you need to get you traction. There is no better time than now to bring your solutions to Bangladesh. Join FI and let's build the next Pathao together!"
This semester of FI in Dhaka will feature the "PraavaHealth Impact Fellowship" for a deserving impact entrepreneur accepted into the cohort. Announcing the fellowship, the Founder of PraavaHealth Sylvana Q Sinha has said: "Praava is excited to be a part of the journey of Bangladesh's next generation of entrepreneurs, who will help to build a better future for all of us. In healthcare in particular, the COVID 19 crisis sweeping the world, has highlighted the weaknesses in our health systems and a need for new ways of thinking and delivering care".
The Founder Institute Bangladesh Virtual 2020 pre-seed accelerator program begins on 2020-10-27, and aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs looking to build solutions for the future will have the opportunity to:
Have exclusive access to the Pathao and Shohoz warchest of support
Get constant feedback and regular office hours with 50+ Dhaka Mentors, investors, and entrepreneurs.
Make quick progress on their business using a proven, structured process to get to traction and funding that has helped alumni build great products and raise over $950M in funding.
Get fast-tracked to a suite of post-programs, including Funding Lab, to continue getting expert support for years to come.
Expand their support network to include startup founders, CEOs, and investors from the Founder Institute's global network of 4,300+ alumni and 14,000+ mentors across 185+ cities
Anybody who is interested can apply to the Bangladesh Virtual 2020 Founder Institute at http://fi.co/apply/dhaka, and those that apply by the Early Application Deadline (2020-08-30) are eligible for reduced pricing.