Bangladesh Round of SLUSH GIA 2018

The Bangladesh round of Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) took place at the office of Startup Bangladesh on 16th September 2018. The event was participated by emerging Bangladeshi tech-startups, angel investors, esteem judges representing renowned organizations and the members from the startup community of the country.

Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) is a platform for supporting impactful startups. This platform brings together the global impact actors, entrepreneurs and other key stakeholders who work together to create impactful business opportunities and solve complex challenges in emerging markets.

Startup Dhaka, represented as one of the judges at the Bangladesh Round of SLUSH GIA 2018. Over 30 startups pitched their ideas in front of judges from renowned organizations like BetterStories, BASIS as well as angel investors, past SLUSH GIA winner, technology industry experts. The startups participating at the event represented a healthy diversity between those at their early stage and the more well-known startups in the industry such as – Zantrik, Brain Station 23, Avijatrik, Handy Mama and Microtech (BINO).

Pitching in front of experienced judges with insider experience allowed the startups to see their lackings, ask for frank advice, refine their business model, network etc.  It was a very heartening to observe passionate individuals working hard to make an impact and solve real life problems through their startups.

After an intensive round of evaluation and careful consideration, BiBeat, Microtech (BINO) and Zantrik were announced as the finalists of the competition. Top 3 finalists were selected based on their social and environmental impact, traction, novelty and feasibility of the ideas. One of the finalists will represent Bangladesh in the international round of Slush Global Impact Accelerator at Helsinki, Finland.

Navojit Dastidar