This Saturday evening was a special day for the Startup Community of Dhaka. Top investors, CEOs, Industry leaders and Govt representatives met together in a roundtable discussion on “Startup Investment Stories” by Preneur Lab and EMK Center.
The roundtable started with introductory speech from Arif Nezami, CEO of Preneur Lab and MK Aaref CEO of EMK Center. Raisul Kabir, CEO of Brain Station 23 started with his lessons from recent investment round that his company received. Russell T Ahmed, VP of BASIS said “We need more mature products and entrepreneurs. Investment and revenue will run after startups if they can build some success cases.” Mariam Ispahani, a serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley shared her experience of building and selling 5 companies in USA. Shawkat Hossain MD of BD Venture Capital Ltd, in response of a question, said “2017 can be an interesting year for e-commerce startups”. Hussain Elius, CEO of Pathao, added “Many local giants are stepping into e-commerce in 2017. But market needs more mature efforts.” “Govt. is very interested and putting major efforts to support the startups via Hi-Tech parks, Idea project and Mobile Gaming project. The community will see more impactful actions very soon” said Susanta Kumar Saha, Additional Secretary, ICT Division. Sajid Rahman CEO of Telenor Health, Najmul Huq Managing Director of Uniqlo Social Business Bangladesh Ltd, Raisul Amin, Investment Manager of IPLE Capital Ltd, Rakhshanda Rukham, Lead of Women Techmakers Bangladesh also spoke in the event.