On March 6, 2017 a country wide StartUp competition called ‘Bangladesh StartUp Cup 2017’ was launched by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, India-based impact investment firm Aavishkaar and Better Stories Limited. The global StartUp competition is happening more than sixty (over 60+) countries that has launched its Bangladesh edition in Gulshan Club. The theme of this year’s startup cup is “Nurture locally, scale nationally”.
In this collaboration, H.E. Ms Leoni Cuelenaere, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was present as the honorable special guest. Kabir Bin Anwar, Director General, (Administration), Prime Minister’s Office and Project Director of a2i Programme, was present as the honorable chief guest. Selima Hossain Allen, Project Director of Bangladesh StartUp Cup 2017, Muhaimin Khan, Deputy Project Director, Bangladesh StartUp Cup 2017 were also present in this ceremony.
The honorable chief guest, Kabir Bin Anwar in his speech said the “Government is working as per vision 2021 for building Digital Bangladesh”. He added, “We are moving towards fulfilling our vision and we welcome everybody’s initiative and include with the government’s own process across the country.”
The aim of the competition is to identify and coach promising entrepreneurs from rural areas in Bangladesh who are addressing social challenges. And also able to create an entrepreneurial (startup) ecosystem across seven (7) divisions of Bangladesh, except Dhaka.