24th Feb 2023, Friday
09:00am - 12:00pm
The Bangladesh startup scene has been on a rapid rise, attracting FDI and becoming a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. With over 1,200 active startups and a cumulative FDI of $800 million in the past five years, the country is flourishing in sectors such as fintech, logistics, and mobility. The upcoming event will delve into eight distinctive segments, the details of which are outlined below:
1. Networking Breakfast
TITLE: Breaking Bad and Building Relationships (Invited Guest Only)
TIME: 08:00 am - 09:15 am
OBJECTIVE: To start the day with a bang and network with some of the brightest minds in the startup world. This exclusive breakfast session is limited to invited guests only, primarily consisting of founders, investors, and startup ecosystem partners, with a tentative attendance of 100 individuals.
2. Inauguration By Sami Ahmed
TITLE: Inauguration Declaration
TIME: 09:30 am - 09:40 am
OBJECTIVE: Sami Ahmed, Managing Director of Startup Bangladesh Limited, which is a government-supported initiative aimed at promoting the development of the startup ecosystem in Bangladesh. The program provides funding, training, and support to entrepreneurs, as well as connecting them with investors and mentors. He has funded multiple startups who are thriving in the industry.
3. Startup Fact And Figures
TITLE: Bangladesh Startup Ecosystem-Coming of age
TIME: 09:40 am - 10:00 am
OBJECTIVE: To provide the audience with facts and figures and support the cause of why we are conservatively optimistic despite past challenges and potential threats.
TITLE: Growth vs Profitability! Which comes first?
TIME: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the "Growth vs. Profitability: What Comes First for a Startup?" debate is to provide startup founders, business leaders, and entrepreneurs with valuable insights into the advantages and disadvantages of prioritizing growth versus profitability. Through a lively discussion and expert panel, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of which strategy might be the right choice for their business, and be better equipped to make informed decisions to drive long-term success. Additionally, the event aims to provide a platform for networking and collaboration among attendees and industry experts.
4. Tips for Fundraising
TITLE: Tips to raise funds- locally and globally
TIME: 10:45 am - 11:30 am
OBJECTIVE: The event aims to help entrepreneurs learn from industry experts and seasoned investors about the latest fundraising strategies, including how to create a compelling pitch and approach global and local investors.
5. Talk with Ashneer Grover
TITLE: Meet the Shark, Ashneer Grover
TIME: 11:30 am - 12:30 am
OBJECTIVE: This program is specially designed around you for our attendees to enjoy a thought-provoking and very interactive conversation, as you will be sharing your insights on the world of startups and what the future holds.
TITLE: Closing by Russell T. Ahmed
TIME: 12:30 pm - 12:40 pm
OBJECTIVE: Russell T Ahmed, President, BASIS will have a closing session at the Startup Conference at the BASIS SoftExpo 2023, he may offer insights and reflections on the state of the startup ecosystem in Bangladesh, as well as the challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation in the country.
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