Grameenphone organized a Dragon’s Den style pitching event on 12 June 2017 at GP House to select the best of the startups from Bangladesh for Digital Winners Asia (DWA). Two successful graduates from Grameenphone Accelerator- Sheba.xyz and Cramstack were selected as the top two startups.
Startups, investors, and media were present on Monday to witness this exciting event. A high-level jury panel comprising of leading investors, corporate leaders and startup advisors made the judgment after hearing pitches from 9 startups from Grameenphone Accelerator.
The jury panel was formed with 6 members including- Yasir Azman, Chief Marketing Officer of Grameenphone; Nehal Ahmed, Head of Communications of Grameenphone; Andreas Frandevi; Chief Strategy Officer of Grameenphone; Kazi Mahboob Hassan, Head of Transformation of Grameenphone; Arif Khan, CEO & Managing Director of IDLC; and Tina Jabeen, Adviser to Startup Bangladesh, ICT Division.
Along with the judges, the audience also voted for the startups in the event. The event was made very interactive and interesting.
The focus of the Digital Winners Asia is to support local startups to expand regionally. The winning team will receive an expansion fund of worth NOK 100,000 or about BDT 10 lakhs. This is a platform created by the Telenor Group for its accelerators in Asia in countries like Bangladesh, Thailand, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Grameenphone Accelerator is participating in it for the second year.
This year Telenor Group has signed up a partnership with Slush and the Digital Winners Asia will happen in September alongside the globally acclaimed startup conference to be held in Singapore.
The winner of the pitching event Sheba.xyz successfully graduated from the 1st batch of GPAccelerator. They are on-demand service platform that connects households and businesses with the best service providers. Cramstack graduated from the 2nd batch of GPAccelerator whose platform connects to business’ data sources and allows business to put their queries about the data in plain English to get analytics and predictions instantly.