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The Bangladeshi micro-merchant retail scene is a billion dollar sector

In Bangladesh, more than $18.42 billion a year is transacted by 2 million people through micro-merchant retail trade, according to a United Nations study. The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the UN's capital investment agency for the world's 48 least developed countries, and Dnet, a social enterprise based in Dhaka, published the study report at a programme at the
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MFS providers highlight unfair advantage of Post Office’s Nagad

Mobile financial services (MFS) in Bangladesh have highlighted the unfair advantage that the Post Office’s mobile banking service, Nagad, poses. They also expressed their worry about the potential misuse of Nagad for money laundering and terrorist financing. Nagad allows customers to make a single transaction of BDT 50,000 and maximum BDT 250,000 in 10 transactions per day and withdraw maximum BDT
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PriyoShop empowers rural Bangladesh through financial inclusion

In a joint effort by Microsoft-Young Bangla and PriyoShop to connect the grassroots entrepreneurs with e-commerce platforms, the latter has set up operations in Moulvibazar. Following this pilot launch, PriyoShop aims to expand to all 64 districts across Bangladesh. The duo aims to empower the people of Bangladesh by bringing them under financial inclusion by promoting ‘made in Bangladesh’ products. By becoming the
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A new era in insurance with ‘Easylife’

Guardian Life Insurance has become the first insurance company in Bangladesh to bring digital Online Term Life Insurance—‘Easylife.’ In Bangladesh’s context, the company thus can be called a market mover. At the helm of the company, sits its Managing Director M M Monirul Alam who has already retained the reputation of being a visionary leader in the country’s insurance industry amassing over
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Bangladesh wins 6 awards at Apicta including a Championship

From 9th to 13th October, Apicta Awards 2018 took place in Guangzhou, China, where 205 startups participated and 27 of them were from Bangladesh. FEED M initiative of Rajuk Uttara Model College became the only champion in Senior Student Project category. Moreover, Sindabad.com won in Startup of the Year category, Project SHOBJANTA from St. Joseph’s High School in Senior Student Project category, FOSLI
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Post offices to make e-commerce delivery in Bangladesh

Post Office will deliver parcels for online marketplaces to all parts of the country from now onwards, in a development that can be viewed as a shot in the arm for the e-commerce players.
“The post office has the largest delivery platform and e-commerce entrepreneurs could use this infrastructure to reach the remotest parts of the country easily,”
said Posts, Telecommunication and
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yher Bangladesh: Celebration of Women Changemakers

Build Bangladesh and ygap Australia and have jointly hosted the pitch day event of the first ever female – led flagship accelerator program named yher Bangladesh – Celebration of Women Changemakers on 6th October 2018 at the Institute of Architects Bangladesh. yher Bangladesh, a women exclusive accelerator program, commenced on the 29th of September 2018 for a week-long group training provided
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From left to right: Samad Miraly, Sanchayan Chakraborty, Minhaz Anwar, Jayesh Parekh, Naima Chowdhury, Tina Jabeen, Akkie Okma, H.E. Harry Verweij, Kazi M. Aminul Islam, Sajid Rahman, Maliha Quadir, Tanveer Ali and Nazmul Karim

Bangladesh Angels Announces Launch, Opening a New Era in Start-up Investing in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Angels, a trailblazing investment network in the country, was inaugurated at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden on 4th October, 2018.  The event was graced by the presence of venture capitalists, financiers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders from both Bangladesh and abroad.  H.E. Harry Verweij, the Ambassador-Designate of Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Mr. Kazi M. Aminul Islam, Executive Director, Bangladesh
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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
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Bangladesh Would Be A World-Class Hi-Tech Manufacturing Hub: IDC

A report prepared by a global consulting and research firm IDC, revealed that Bangladesh would be a world-class hi-tech manufacturing hub with an attractive destination for future investments due to policy support, competitive wage structure and domestic market demand. “The recent policies around hi-tech manufacturing was instrumental in realizing Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) of over $11 billion in 2017”, said Partner
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Startup Dhaka Partners with Daffodil University to Jointly Develop Online Education Courses

Startup Dhaka and Daffodil International University (DIU) signed an MOU to on board DIU as one of the knowledge partners of Startup Dhaka online school. Startup Dhaka online school is an initiative to teach the aspiring entrepreneurs and students of the country the A-Z of entrepreneurship. Different local and international mentors will share the knowledge and experience in this
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Why Join An Accelerator Program?

Accelerator programs are now an integral part of the startup ecosystem. They are fellowship programs that help develop and fund startups and corporate internal teams which usually include mentorship and educational components and culminate in a public pitch event. There are a number of reasons why one should join an accelerator program. Discipline and structure One might have a product, idea or prototype
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