Grameenphone Accelerator hosted a Startup Expo for Batch 4, at GPHouse, in Bashundhara, on 25th and 26th of October.
The five startups of the GP Accelerator program –Amar Uddog, Mars, Avijatrik, FoodTong and AlterYouth– showcased their business ideas at the event, in front of more than a thousand attendees, including visitors, investors, professionals, and officials from Grameenphone. The CEO of Grameenphone Michael Foley, was present at the event.
Mr. Foley said that he was very happy to see how far the Grameenphone Accelerator program has come, “Grameenphone has a mission to create positive impact to the society by reducing inequalities that exist. It is absolutely amazing to see people ranging from 22 year olds to retired Air Force officers looking to solve problems and contribute in nation building. Grameenphone will continue to work and improve the fabric of the nation and help all the startups by mentoring them, guiding them and picking them every time they fall down till they are successful. ” he added.
Kazi Mahboob Hossain, Head of Transformation at Grameenphone, said, “Each time I come across these bunch of startups, I get amazed by their level of enthusiasm, creativity and energy; it’s contagious. I look forward to seeing all of them breaking to the market through our upcoming Demo Day in December with huge excitement.”
Grameenphone in partnership with Startup Dhaka launched the ‘GP Accelerator’ program in October 2015, in search of the best outstanding tech startups in Bangladesh. After the success of the first batch, the program never had to look back and every batch so far has discovered teams who are continuously setting their footprints in the startup scene of Bangladesh.
These startups get selected after reviewing hundreds of applications, face-to-face interviews, and demo presentations to take part in the four-month training program. Where they are provided with seed funding, work space in GP House, and a set of contacts to scale up their businesses. This program allows the startups to become more self-sufficient to run their business that eventually ensures their success and sustainability.
Here is a brief description of the startups of the Batch 4 of GP Accelerator and their experience from the event:
* Amar Uddog
Amar Uddog is an ERP solution provider for small and medium businesses that lets them automate their accounts, sales and inventory, making things simpler and easier. In this event they were able to demonstrate how their business works and created. Affiliated links for them to expand and grow their business. Founder and CEO, Aminul Haque said, “This event let us have the opportunity to expand our business and reach out to more people than we ever did before. We are thankful to Grameenphone for being withus on this journey of becoming Entrepreneurs from Developers. ”
Mars is a specialized weather advisory service who provide forecasts to subscribers that are guaranteed to be quite accurate and promises to see the communities better prepared to withstand the natural calamities. At this event Mars offered free monthly subscriptions of weather forecasts to registered visitors and the response they received from everyone was admirable. While sharing their experience they told us,
Mahbub Ali from their team told us, “We think this Startup Expo should be a regular thing for the Accelerator Programs because the response we got was beyond our expectation.”
Avijatrik is an online community tourism platform that works to promote responsible traveling through unique and reasonable tour packages. They provide tour services in collaboration with local community. Where you’ll get a chance to stay with local community, experience new culture, lifestyle and experience Bangladesh in a new way. They showcased their tour packages and discount offers for all the visitors of the event and shared with us that, “
CEO Nazmul said, ”The biggest takeaway from this event was the exposure we received. People who visited our booth had so much enthusiasm and trusted us to bring our idea of community tourism into reality.”
Foodtong is a platform connecting potential home cooks to customers seeking home cooked meals at affordable pricing. Homemade food is the healthiest option for students and working professionals who struggle with their meals and FoodTong chefs prepare food in the same kitchen they prepare food for their families and anyone can get that food at the click of a button delivered right to their homes. FoodTong gave a unique chance to the visitors of the expo to taste their food and their CEO Mahir said, “We are delighted to receive this kind of exposure for the past two days. So many people got to know about our business, liked our idea and fell in love with our food”
Alteryouth is a C2C platform who provide a platform for donors to give Literacy Scholarships to government primary schools. At Startup Expo, they got to connect all their visitors and potential donors directly with underprivileged students who need their help. This was a unique example of real time donations and transparency. Founder and CEO Asif said, “We are very inspired by the love we received because of this event. Our idea has reached new heights because of the exposure we received. We can’t wait to work more after the improvement we have made so far”
Here is what a few of the visitors of Startup Expo had to say after the event,
“I am amazed to see the enthusiasm of the startups & what Grameenphone Accelerator Program is doing for the startup ecosystem which is much needed. I loved all the startups and am driven by the view that they share.” Sarah Beara Harkintor.
“It was reinvigorating to see the exciting startups at work! Their effort and innovation was evident and it was a pleasure to see so many ideas devoted to improving the local ecosystem within Bangladesh”, Fardeen Ameen.
The Startup Expo of Batch 4 was successful and widely accepted. GPAccelerator will be convening the Demo Day for this batch in early December together with the local startup ecosystem and the investors.