Sessions 2023

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Fintech Keynote

Topic: "From Tradition to Transformation: Embracing Digital Banking and the Path to a Cashless Society"

Venue & Time : Ruposhi bangla Grand ballroom @ 29 July 2:30pm - 2:45pm

Summary: In this captivating keynote, we embark on a transformative journey towards a digital banking and cashless society, exploring the pivotal role of technology and innovation in reshaping the way we conduct financial transactions. Discover how cutting-edge digital solutions are revolutionizing traditional banking practices, driving financial inclusion, and fostering a seamless cashless experience for individuals and businesses alike. Join us to uncover the potential benefits, challenges, and opportunities that lie ahead as we steer towards a future where digital banking empowers economies and paves the way for a truly cashless society.

Keynote Speaker: Sushmit Nath, Head of Visa Consulting & Analytics - India and South Asia

Fintech Panel Discussion

Topic: “How to leapfrog our fintech ecosystem - way forward”

Venue & Time : Ruposhi bangla Grand Ballroom, July 29, 2:50pm–3:35pm

Summary: The upcoming panel discussion on “How to leapfrog our fintech ecosystem- way forward” promises to be a compelling and insightful session at the summit. Over the course of 45 minutes, the distinguished panelists, all leading experts in the fintech industry, will delve into key strategies and actionable insights to propel Bangladesh’s fintech ecosystem forward. During the discussion, the panelists will focus on fostering collaboration among stakeholders, creating robust regulatory frameworks to encourage innovation, and leveraging digital infrastructure to expand financial services accessibility. They will also highlight the potential investment opportunities and the pivotal role of government support in nurturing the growth of fintech startups in the region. This session aims to leave attendees with a deeper understanding of the untapped potential of fintech in Bangladesh and instill a sense of optimism for a future characterized by digital financial inclusivity and innovation. Moderator: Sajid Rahman, Managing Partner, MyAsiaVC Guest of Honor: Abu Farah Md Nasser, Deputy Governor, Bangladesh Bank

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Fintech Fireside Chat

Topic: "Building a Billion-Dollar Company: A Fireside Chat with Kamal Quadir"

Venue & Time : Ruposhi bangla Grand Ballroom, July 29, 3:40pm–4:00pm

Summary: Kamal Quadir is among the most accomplished founders in Bangladesh. He started Cellbazaar in 2005 a pioneering ecommerce marketplace which reached 4 Million subscribers and was sold to the Norwegian telecommunications operator Telenor.

He founded bKash in 2010 which arguably is the most successful startup in Bangladesh with a valuation of around ~2bn in its last funding round. bKash reported 65mn users, 340k agents, and a revenue base of BDT 39bn as of 2022.

This fireside chat aims to learn from his experience as a prolific entrepreneur in areas of idea generation, fundraising, scaling up and product development.

Interviewer: Asif Khan, Co-founder, EDGE Ventures Ltd

Speaker: Kamal Quadir, Founder & CEO, bKash

Logistics and Mobility Keynote

Topic: "Unleashing the Power of Logistics and Mobility: A Keynote Address"

Venue & Time: Crystal Ballroom @ 29 July 2:30pm - 2:45pm

Summary: In this captivating 15-minute keynote address, we delve into the dynamic world of logistics and mobility and its profound impact on the future of megacities. Our esteemed speaker, an industry trailblazer, will shed light on the innovative solutions transforming urban mobility and reshaping the logistics landscape.

Join us to explore the symbiotic relationship between mobility advancements and urban development in megacities. Learn how cutting-edge technologies, smart infrastructure, and sustainable practices are revolutionizing transportation, ensuring seamless connectivity, and addressing the challenges of rapid urbanization.

Drawing parallels with the “Future of Movement in Megacities” panel discussion, this keynote emphasizes the significance of collaboration among startups, policymakers, and industry leaders to unlock the full potential of logistics and mobility. Be inspired by success stories, gain insights into upcoming trends, and discover how startups can contribute to building sustainable and efficient urban mobility solutions.
Embark on a transformative journey with our keynote speaker as we reimagine the possibilities of logistics and mobility in shaping the cities of tomorrow. Together, let’s embrace innovation, create smarter urban ecosystems, and drive towards a more connected, accessible, and sustainable future.

Speaker: Rezwanul Haque Jami, Head of e-Commerce, a2i - Aspire to Innovate

Logistics and Mobility

Panel discussion -"The Future of movement in megacities"

Venue & Time: Crystal Ballroom @ 29 July 2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Summary: The forthcoming panel discussion on the “Future of movement in megacities” is set to be an enlightening and captivating session at the summit. The panel, composed of leading experts in urban mobility, will explore innovative strategies and visionary solutions to address the challenges of transportation in rapidly growing megacities.

 

Over a duration of 30 minutes, the esteemed panelists will discuss cutting-edge technologies, sustainable mobility options, and smart urban planning to tackle congestion, reduce carbon footprint, and enhance overall transportation efficiency. They will emphasize the need for collaborative efforts between public and private sectors to create integrated and future-ready transportation systems.

 

This engaging session aims to provide attendees with valuable insights into the future of movement in megacities, paving the way for smarter, greener, and more accessible urban transportation systems.

Moderator: Samad Miraly, Partner, IDLC Venture Capital Fund I

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Ecommerce & Retail Keynote

Topic: “E-Commerce in Bangladesh, 50 Billion Dollar Opportunity”

Venue & Time : Crystal Ballroom - 29 July @ 4:10 pm - 4:25 pm

Summary: The keynote session on “E-Commerce in Bangladesh, 50 Billion Dollar Opportunity” promises to be a dynamic and insightful highlight of the summit.

The keynote will center on the exponential growth of the e-commerce market, emerging trends, and the factors driving consumer behavior. The speaker will emphasize the transformative impact of digitalization on businesses and consumers alike, and the role of technology in fostering innovation and inclusivity.

This session aims to leave the audience with a clear understanding of the remarkable growth prospects in the e-commerce industry, empowering entrepreneurs and stakeholders to tap into the 50 billion dollar opportunity that lies ahead in Bangladesh.

Speaker: Waseem Alim, Co-founder & CEO, Chaldal

Ecommerce & Retail - Panel Discussion

Topic: “Unlocking the potential of the E-Commerce Sector”

Venue & Time : Crystal Ballroom - 29 July @ 4:30pm - 5:15pm

Summary:The engaging panel discussion on “Unlocking the Potential of the E-commerce Sector” is set to be a captivating highlight of the summit. Over the course of 45 minutes, a panel of esteemed experts and industry leaders will delve into the myriad opportunities and challenges in the e-commerce landscape.

 

The discussion will revolve around strategies to accelerate the growth of the e-commerce sector, foster digital entrepreneurship, and drive innovation in online marketplaces. Panelists will explore the role of technology, logistics, and policy reforms in creating an enabling environment for e-commerce businesses to thrive.

 

This insightful session aims to provide valuable insights and actionable takeaways for startups, policymakers, and investors looking to harness the full potential of the e-commerce sector and contribute to the digital transformation of Bangladesh’s economy.

Moderator: Ambareen Reza, Co-founder & Managing Director, foodpanda Bangladesh

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Edtech Keynote

Topic: "From Chalkboard to Keyboard: A Deep Dive into Bangladesh's EdTech Scene"

Venue & Time: Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - 30 July @ 10:00 am - 10:15 am

Summary: Join us for an enlightening 15-minute keynote presentation, as our distinguished speaker, a visionary investor in the education technology space, uncovers the transformative impact of EdTech on the future of education. Delve into a journey of innovation and reimagine the possibilities of learning in the digital age.

In this captivating address, we explore how EdTech solutions are reshaping traditional educational models, fostering personalized learning experiences, and democratizing access to quality education. Discover how emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and interactive learning platforms are revolutionizing classrooms and enhancing student outcomes.

Drawing parallels with the “Future of Education & Work – How Startups Can Contribute” panel discussion, this keynote emphasizes the pivotal role of startups in driving the EdTech revolution. Witness inspiring success stories and learn about investment opportunities in the EdTech landscape.

Together, let’s envision an empowered future of education, where innovation, technology, and inclusive learning opportunities empower the next generation of learners, paving the way for a brighter and more equitable tomorrow.

Speaker: Ayman Sadiq, Founder & CEO, 10 Minute School

Edtech Fireside Chat

Topic: “Future of Education & Work - How startups can contribute”

Venue & Time - Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - 30 July @ 10:20 pm - 10:35pm

Summary: In this engaging fireside chat, “Future of Education & Work – How Startups Can Contribute,” the Honorable Education Minister of Bangladesh and a prominent edtech founder will come together for a dynamic conversation. With a duration of 15 minutes, the session will delve into the transformative potential of startups in shaping the future of education and work.

The discussion will revolve around innovative solutions and approaches that startups can bring to the education sector, equipping learners with 21st-century skills and preparing them for the changing landscape of work. The Education Minister will share insights into government initiatives and policies to foster an enabling ecosystem for edtech startups, while the edtech founder will highlight success stories and the role of technology in enhancing learning outcomes.

With an emphasis on collaboration between the government and startups, this fireside chat aims to inspire a shared vision for the future of education and work, catalyzing impactful innovations that will drive social and economic progress in Bangladesh.

Interviewer: Mirza Salman Hossain Beg, Co-founder & COO, 10 Minute School

Chairperson & Speaker: Dr. Dipu Moni, MP, Hon’ble Minister of Education

Edtech Panel Discussion

Topic: "Catalyzing Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution: An EdTech Dialogue"

Venue & Time: Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - 30 July @ 10:40 pm - 11:25 pm

Summary: In this compelling 30-minute panel discussion, thought leaders and EdTech pioneers converge to explore the critical role of technology in shaping the future of education amidst the 4th Industrial Revolution. Join our esteemed panelists, including the Honorable Education Minister of Bangladesh and a prominent EdTech founder, as they engage in an open and insightful dialogue. Uncover how EdTech innovations are bridging gaps in education, equipping learners with essential 21st-century skills, and fostering an agile learning ecosystem.

The discussion will focus on the ways EdTech solutions are addressing challenges in education access, teacher professional development, and personalized learning. Gain valuable perspectives on policy measures and initiatives to catalyze EdTech adoption and foster a collaborative ecosystem between startups, policymakers, and educational institutions.

In sync with the “Future of Education & Work – How Startups Can Contribute” keynote, this panel will emphasize the profound impact of startups in shaping the EdTech landscape. Witness thought-provoking insights, exchange ideas, and explore how collaborative efforts can accelerate the EdTech revolution in Bangladesh.

Together, let’s embark on a journey of transformation, where EdTech drives inclusive education and empowers learners to thrive in the rapidly evolving world of the 4th Industrial Revolution

Moderator: Tasmia Rahman, Behavioral Economist, The World Bank

Guest of Honor: Rubana Huq, Vice-Chancellor, Asian University for Women

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Food & Agriculture - Keynote

"Unlocking Opportunities: Exploring 5 Potential Sectors for Agricultural Innovation in Bangladesh"

Venue & Time: Crystal Ballroom - 30 July @ 2:30pm - 2:45pm

Summary: In this keynote, we will delve into the vast potential of the agriculture industry in Bangladesh and explore five promising sectors ripe for innovation. Join us as we uncover opportunities to revolutionize farming practices, enhance food production, and address crucial challenges. Discover how cutting-edge technologies and sustainable solutions can propel the agriculture sector towards greater prosperity, food security, and environmental resilience.

Speaker : Shykh Seraj, Founder Director & Head of News, Channel i

Food & Agriculture - Panel Discussion

Topic: "Food Security and the role of technology"

Venue & Time: Crystal Ballroom - 30 July @ 2:50pm - 3:35pm

Summary: Agriculture is at the heart of the economy of Bangladesh as it contributes to over 11.5% of the GDP and employs over 37% of the total population. Bangladesh’s Agriculture Policy 2018’s main objective is to ensure food security and ensure improvement of the socioeconomic conditions of people. This can be further accelerated through innovation, mechanization, and digitization of the agriculture sector. 

To address the future of food security, this session begins with the Honorable Agriculture Minister of Bangladesh sharing the importance of Smart Agriculture to build Smart Bangladesh. Next, Ms. Olga Speckhardt, Head of Global Insurance Solutions of Syngenta Foundation, will share with us the unique opportunities of Bangladesh compared to other emerging economies.

Fahad Ifaz from iFarmer will then shed light on solutions to create an efficient agri-supply-chain. Finally, Mashrur H Shurid from iPage will share the possibilities of agri-tech and the challenges of tech adoption in the agriculture industry of Bangladesh.

Moderator: Syed Javed Noor, Partner, IDLC VC Fund I

Chairperson: Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Mohammad Abdur Razzaque, MP

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Healthcare - Panel Discussion

Topic: Bangladesh's Healthcare Startup Ecosystem: Accelerating Innovation in Healthcare & Ensuring Quality of Service

Venue & Time: Crystal Ballroom - July 30, 2023 @ 3:40 pm - 4:25 pm

Summary: In the face of unprecedented challenges and opportunities, our panelists will delve into the journey of Bangladesh’s healthcare startups and their role in innovation, Digital Bangladesh, and the growth and prosperity of the country. We will dive deep into the cutting-edge innovations that are making healthcare accessible to all and empowering individuals to take control of their health.

 

Our esteemed startup founders will share their inspiring journeys of overcoming obstacles, scaling innovations, and harnessing technology to create impactful solutions. Together, we will explore how collaboration between startups and policy makers is shaping a brighter future for healthcare in Bangladesh.

 

This session will offer a unique platform to discuss the role of healthcare in Bangladesh’s tremendous growth journey. Join us for an engaging conversation to learn how the intersection of entrepreneurship and healthcare is driving progress, inspiring positive change, and elevating our ecosystem to new heights.

Moderator: Mohammed Abdul Matin Emon, Chief Strategy & Product Officer, Praava Health

Guest of Honor: Ranajit Kumar, Executive Director, Bangladesh Computer Council

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SAAS keynote

Topic: “Unlocking the Global Potential of Startups: Embracing SaaS for International Success”

Venue & Time : Crystal ballroom - 30 July @ 10:00 am - 10:15 am

Summary: Discover the untapped potential of Bangladeshi startups that harnesses the power of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for the global market. While many startups focus locally, it’s essential to recognize the immense opportunities in creating SaaS software that resonates internationally. Overcoming challenges like complex payments and the prevalence of free software requires a mindset shift and strategic vision. 

Taking inspiration from successful startups worldwide, we can leverage talented resources at cost-effective rates through labor arbitrage. By earning revenue in a stronger currency while benefiting from local talent, startups can offer competitive pricing without compromising quality.

Embrace SaaS, transcend boundaries, and build for the world.

Keynote Speaker: Hussain Elius, Founder & CEO, wind.app

SAAS Panel Discussion

Topic: "Scaling SaaS: Strategies for Sustainable Growth"

Venue & Time : Crystal ballroom - 30 July @ 10:20 am - 10:50 am

Summary: In this panel discussion, industry leaders and SaaS experts will share valuable insights and strategies for scaling SaaS startups sustainably. Join us to explore key challenges and success stories in the SaaS landscape, as the panelists discuss effective approaches to overcome growth barriers, optimize customer acquisition, and achieve long-term success in the competitive SaaS market. Gain valuable knowledge from seasoned professionals on how to navigate the complexities of scaling SaaS ventures and unlocking their full growth potential.

Moderator : Mohammad Oli Ahad, Founder & CEO, Intelligent Machines Ltd

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AI Session - Panel

Topic: "AI in the Real World: Advancements, Ethics, and Impact"

Venue & Time: - Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - 30 July @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Summary:Join industry experts, AI researchers, and policy influencers in a captivating 45-minute panel discussion on the latest trends, challenges, and breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Explore the ethical considerations of AI implementation, its transformative effects on industries, and the potential for societal impact. Gain insights into how AI is shaping our future and hear success stories from leading AI-driven companies

Moderator: Moinul Zaber, Senior Academic Fellow, United Nations University

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Fireside Chat - With Jaan Tallinn

Topic: "AI Pioneers: A Conversation with Jaan Tallinn, Co-Founder of Skype"

Venue & Time - Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - July 30, 2023 @ 3:05 pm - 3:35pm

Summary: Don’t miss this exclusive fireside chat with Jaan Tallinn, the visionary co-founder of Skype and renowned AI thought leader. Engage in a stimulating 20-minute conversation as we delve into his remarkable journey, from revolutionizing communication through Skype to his passion for artificial intelligence. Discover his perspectives on the AI landscape, predictions for the future, and the critical role of AI in shaping humanity’s destiny.

Interviewer: Moinul Zaber, Senior Academic Fellow, United Nations University

Speaker: Jaan Tallinn, Co-founder, Skype

Impact Keynote

Topic: “Evolution of Impact Investing and why is it important for Bangladesh”

Venue & Time: Crystal Ballroom - 30 July @ 11:00am - 11:20am

Summary: In this enlightening keynote session, “Evolution of Impact Investing and Why It’s Important for Bangladesh,” our esteemed speaker will delve into the dynamic landscape of impact investing. Over 20 minutes, the keynote will shed light on the evolution of this transformative investment approach and its significance for Bangladesh’s sustainable development.

 

The session will explore the growing global momentum of impact investing, highlighting how it goes beyond financial returns to create positive social and environmental impacts. Our speaker will discuss the key drivers and success stories in impact investing, showcasing its potential to address critical challenges in Bangladesh, such as poverty, inequality, and environmental sustainability.

 

Through real-world examples and insights, the keynote will underscore the pivotal role that startups and entrepreneurs can play in driving positive change through impactful business models. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how impact investing can serve as a catalyst for social and economic progress, fostering a more inclusive and resilient future for Bangladesh.

Speaker: Vineet Rai, Founder, Aavishkaar Group

Impact - Panel Discussion

Topic: “Future of Impact Ecosystem In Bangladesh: Where is it now and what needs to happen?

Venue & Time : Crystal Ballroom - 30 July @ 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Summary: Join our esteemed panel of impact investors, ecosystem builders, and social entrepreneurs as they discuss the current state of the impact ecosystem in Bangladesh and chart a course for its future. 

 

Bangladesh has always seen exciting impact enterprises solving critical problems in health, education, employability, agriculture. The government is already aligning incentives to support impact investing and the development community is also looking into new frontiers like blended capital to encourage more commercial capital to flow into impact oriented ventures. However as the country transitions to more sustainable venture backed for profit impact enterprises the ecosystem is only emerging. Standardization and verification of impact measurement and management (IMM), capacity building, showcasing Bangladesh ecosystem to the world, incentivizing more catalytic & blended capital will become key.

 

Delve into the challenges and opportunities for impact-driven initiatives in the country, exploring ways to foster collaboration, attract sustainable investments, and drive meaningful social and environmental change. This engaging discussion will shed light on the untapped potential of impact-driven endeavors in Bangladesh and how collective efforts can lead to a more inclusive and prosperous future for all.

Moderator: Bijon Islam, CEO, LightCastle Partners

Chief Guest & Speaker: H.E. Riaz Hamidullah,Ambassador of Bangladesh in Netherlands

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Impact Investment Session - Panel Discussion

Topic: “Impact Investor’s Headway in Bangladesh”

Venue & Time: Crystal Ballroom - 30 July @ 12:25 pm - 12:55 pm

Summary: The panel discussion aims to shed light on the role and significance of impact investors in Bangladesh’s Impact Investment Ecosystem development landscape. Impact investing refers to investments made with the measurable positive social and environmental impact alongside financial returns within an effective governance structure. In recent years, Bangladesh has witnessed a growing interest in impact investing, with various organizations and individuals actively participating in this sector. 

 

The panel discussion on impact investors in Bangladesh will provide a comprehensive understanding of the current state and potential of impact investing in the country. It will highlight the role of impact investors in driving sustainable development, address challenges and opportunities, and emphasize the importance of collaboration and supportive policies as strengths. The insights shared by the panelists will inspire individuals, organizations, and policymakers to actively engage in impact investing to create a positive and lasting impact on Bangladesh’s society and environment.

Moderator: Erad Kawsar, Country Director, ygap

Guest of Honor: Dr. Shaikh Shamsuddin Ahmed, Commissioner, BSEC

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Gender Lens Investment

Topic: Gender Lens Investment-Panel Discussion-“How to Invest with a gender lens? Are we ready in Bangladesh?”

Venue & Time: Crystal Ballroom - 29 July @ 5:20 pm - 5:50 pm

Summary: In this engaging panel discussion, we delve into the realm of impact investing with a gender lens and explore its potential in Bangladesh. Join us as we unravel the strategies and opportunities for investing with a focus on promoting gender equality and women empowerment.

 

Discover the role of gender-lens investing in driving positive social and economic change, and explore how it aligns with sustainable development goals. Our panel of experts will shed light on the current state of gender-lens investing in Bangladesh and assess the readiness of the ecosystem to embrace this transformative approach.

 

Gain valuable insights from prominent investors and policymakers as they share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in leveraging finance to address gender disparities. Join us to understand the power of investing with a gender lens and its potential to drive inclusive growth and foster a more equitable future for Bangladesh.

Moderator : Sonia Bashir Kabir, Founder & Managing Director, SBK Tech Ventures

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VC Keynote

Topic: "From Idea to Unicorn: Secrets of Startup Success"

Venue & Time : Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - 29 July @ 4:40 pm - 4:55 pm

Summary: The captivating keynote session on “From Idea to Unicorn: Secrets of Startup Success” promises to be an inspiring and insightful highlight of the summit. In just 15 minutes, a notable VC with a proven track record of backing successful startups will share invaluable insights on the journey from idea to unicorn status.

The keynote will delve into the critical factors that contribute to startup success, including innovation, market fit, and strategic execution. The speaker will draw from their expertise and experiences to provide key takeaways for aspiring entrepreneurs, guiding them on the path to creating transformative and scalable businesses.

This dynamic session aims to empower the audience with actionable strategies and best practices, fueling their aspirations to build exceptional startups and unlock the secrets of becoming unicorns in the competitive business landscape.

Speaker: Oscar Ramos, Managing Director, Orbit Startups

Startup Insights - Panel Discussion

Topic: “The First 365 Days - Priorities, Skills, and Distractions”

Venue and Time - Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - 30 July @ 11:15 am - 11:45 am

Summary: Embark on a captivating journey with our distinguished panel of VCs, seasoned investors, and successful startup founders as they share invaluable insights into the critical first year of a startup’s life. Unravel the key priorities that determine early-stage success, explore the essential skills needed to navigate challenges, and uncover common distractions that can hinder growth. Through candid discussions and personal experiences, this enlightening session will equip budding entrepreneurs with the wisdom and resilience to make the most of their startup’s pivotal first 365 days.

Moderator: Mustafizur R Khan, Partner, IDLC Venture Capital Fund I

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Startup investment know how - Panel Discussion

Topic: “How to make yourself investable”

Venue & Time: Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - 30 July @ 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm

Summary: Discover the art of becoming an irresistible investment opportunity as our esteemed panel of experts delves into the secrets of attracting investors. Gain insights from successful entrepreneurs, seasoned VCs, and angel investors on crafting a compelling pitch, showcasing your strengths, and positioning yourself in the competitive startup landscape. Uncover the key attributes that make ventures investable, and learn how to build a compelling narrative that captivates potential backers. Join us for this engaging discussion that will empower you to take your startup to the next level by mastering the art of being investable.

Moderator: Sajid Rahman, Managing Partner, MyAsiaVC

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Panel Discussion

Topic: “Why Invest in Bangladesh?”

Venue & Time : Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - July 30, 2023 @ 3:40 pm - 4:10 pm

Summary: Join our esteemed panelists in an engaging 30-minute discussion as they explore the compelling question, “Why Invest in Bangladesh?” This dynamic panel will unveil the vast potential and unique opportunities that make Bangladesh an attractive investment destination. The panelists, comprising influential investors, industry leaders, and government representatives, will highlight the country’s strategic location, robust economic growth, and a burgeoning startup ecosystem. Delving into the favorable business climate and investment-friendly policies, they will emphasize the conducive environment for both local and foreign investors. Through real-life success stories and case studies, the panel will showcase the remarkable achievements of startups and established companies that have thrived in the vibrant market of Bangladesh. They will discuss how sectors such as fintech, e-commerce, and renewable energy have been thriving, positioning Bangladesh as a key player in the global market. The discussion will also focus on the government’s commitment to fostering innovation, supporting entrepreneurship, and creating an enabling environment for investment. The panelists will explore the vast array of incentives, grants, and facilities available to prospective investors. With an in-depth analysis of Bangladesh’s demographic dividend, emerging consumer base, and untapped potential, this panel aims to provide invaluable insights into why investing in Bangladesh is an opportunity not to be missed. Participants will walk away with a comprehensive understanding of the compelling reasons to invest in Bangladesh, unlocking the immense growth potential and paving the way for prosperous partnerships and collaborations in this dynamic and promising market.

Moderator : Zarif Munir, Senior Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

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Panel Discussion

Topic: “Seeding Growth: Nurturing The Investment Ecosystem”

Venue & Time: Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - 30 July @ 4:55 pm - 5:25 pm

Summary: Explore the intricacies of nurturing a vibrant investment ecosystem in this engaging 30-minute panel discussion. Join seasoned investors, startup founders, and policy experts as they delve into the critical components required to foster a thriving investment landscape. Uncover the strategies to attract funding, support early-stage startups, and build investor-startup synergies. Gain valuable insights on creating an environment where innovation and growth can flourish, transforming the landscape of entrepreneurship and fueling economic progress.

Interviewer: Ziaul Karim, Head Of Communications and External Affairs at Eastern Bank Limited

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Problems to be solved, an open discussion

Venue and Time : Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom @ 5:20 pm - 6:05 pm

Summary: The invigorating panel discussion, “Problems to be Solved: An Open Discussion,” is set to be a thought-provoking segment of the summit. In this 30-minute session, esteemed panelists will engage in an open dialogue to identify and address critical issues in Bangladesh that require innovative solutions.

The discussion will center around the pivotal role startups play in tackling these challenges and driving positive change in the nation. Panelists will explore how the startup ecosystem can foster innovative ideas, leverage technology, and collaborate with policymakers to address pressing societal and economic issues.

By fostering an environment of collective ideation, this session aims to inspire action and collaboration among startups and stakeholders, working towards a brighter future for Bangladesh through innovative problem-solving and entrepreneurial spirit.

Moderator: Mirza Salman Hossain Beg, Co-founder & COO, 10 Minute School

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Panel Discussion - “Going to Mars”

Venue & time : Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - 29 July @ 4:05 pm - 4:35 pm

Summary: The upcoming panel discussion on “Going to Mars” is poised to be an enthralling and thought-provoking session at the summit. During the 35-minute duration, a panel of esteemed experts in space exploration will delve into the future of human spaceflight and the ambitious endeavor of reaching Mars.

The discussion will revolve around cutting-edge technologies, space missions, and the challenges and opportunities of interplanetary travel. Panelists will share their visions for Mars exploration and shed light on the scientific, engineering, and logistical aspects of such extraordinary missions.

This captivating session aims to leave attendees inspired and informed about the fascinating journey towards Mars, fostering a collective sense of wonder and curiosity about humanity’s potential to venture into the cosmos.

Moderator: Ariful Hasan Opu, CEO, e-Soft

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iDEA - Know How Session

Topic: "iDEA: Empowering Entrepreneurs, Fostering Innovation, and Nurturing Startups"

Venue & Time: Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - July 30, 2023 @ 4:35 pm - 4:50 pm

Summary: Join us for an insightful keynote presentation by iDEA – Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Academy, the driving force behind Bangladesh’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Discover how iDEA plays a pivotal role in nurturing startups and fostering innovation. With a comprehensive range of services, including co-working spaces and dedicated mentors, iDEA empowers aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their visions into successful ventures.

Learn about iDEA’s mission to accelerate entrepreneurship development and provide a supportive environment for startup incubation. Gain valuable insights into the vibrant community they have built and how they have catalyzed the growth of promising startups. Explore the success stories of young entrepreneurs who have thrived under iDEA’s guidance and see how they continue to shape the future of Bangladesh’s startup landscape.

Keynote Speaker: Siddhartho Goshwami, Head of Operations, Innovation Design & Entrepreneurship Academy, ICT Division

Virtual CFO

Topic: "CFO V3: Navigating the Startup Voyage to Success with Virtual, Visionary, and Value-Driven Leadership"

Venue & Time: Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - July 30, 2023 @ 12:05 pm - 12:20 pm

Summary: Join us for an insightful keynote presentation on the role of the Virtual CFO (CFO V3) as a crucial element in a startup’s journey to success. Delve into the challenges startups face and the reasons behind their failures, as we embark on a voyage to explore the depths of the business landscape.

 

Unravel the significance of value-driven leadership and its impact on shaping the destiny of a startup. Learn about the innovative CFO V3 concept, representing a blend of Virtual, Visionary, and Value Creator attributes, essential in transforming startups into thriving enterprises.

 

Discover the CFO V3 Business Model, a powerful framework designed to optimize financial strategies and create a sustainable growth trajectory. Gain insights from Plutus Consulting Co-Founder, a visionary driving change and empowering startups with financial wisdom.

 

Embark on a journey with Plutus Consulting wings, exploring their aspirations and endeavors to support startups in achieving their fullest potential. Join us to understand how the Virtual CFO role elevates startups, enabling them to navigate challenges and emerge as successful, future-ready enterprises.

Speaker: Nazmul Haider, Co-founder & CEO, Plutus Consulting

B/Deshi Panel Discussion

Topic: “Activating the Bangladeshi Diaspora to Accelerate Growth and Investment”

Venue & Time: Crystal Ballroom - July 29 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Summary: How can we leverage the Bangladeshi diaspora to further strengthen our ecosystem?  As we have seen in India, Indonesia and elsewhere, combining local know-how with global experience yields results and accelerates the growth of markets.  How can we achieve the same impact in Bangladesh?

Moderator: Rahat Ahmed, Founding Partner & CEO, Anchorless Bangladesh

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No-Code Master Class

Topic: “Revolutionizing App Development with Mobilous: Unleashing the Power of Codeless Technology”

Venue & Time: Ruby Room - July 30 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Summary: Discover the cutting-edge world of Mobilous, a pioneering app-building platform that is transforming the way mobile apps are developed. Join us for an engaging keynote presentation as we delve into Mobilous’ revolutionary features, including its proprietary drag-n-drop engine, enabling rapid and codeless app creation for iOS, Android, and Web platforms simultaneously.

Learn how Mobilous tackles complex challenges, streamlining app development with its patented technology, granting it exclusive patents in the US, Japan, and India. With no separate coding required, Mobilous empowers developers to swiftly create high-speed, native apps that can be directly uploaded to app stores.

Explore how AI enablement amplifies app capabilities, bringing data visualization, insights, and recommendations to life. Mobilous resolves the issues of managing multiple codes for different platforms, significantly reducing reliance on expensive multi-disciplinary developers, and ensuring quick transitions to digitization without compromising technology relevance.

Join us to witness the future of app development with Mobilous and understand how its codeless technology, coupled with high-performance cloud architecture, revolutionizes the landscape of mobile app creation, helping businesses stay agile, competitive, and ahead in the dynamic market.

Speaker: Rakesh Sharma, Founder & CEO, Mobilous

Bangladesh India Bridge Session

Venue & Time : Ruposhi Bangla Grand Ballroom - 29 July @ 5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Summary: The announcement session on the “Bangladesh-India Startup Bridge” marks a historic milestone in fostering collaboration and innovation between the two neighboring nations. Join us as we embark on a journey of partnership and mutual growth, opening up new opportunities for startups on both sides of the border.

In this 15-minute session, we will explore how startups from Bangladesh and India can leverage this joint initiative to reap significant benefits. The Startup Bridge aims to facilitate knowledge exchange, technology sharing, and best practices, creating a vibrant ecosystem of innovation.

Discover how this initiative can empower startups with access to a larger market, enabling them to scale and expand their operations regionally and beyond. With increased cross-border collaboration, startups can tap into a diverse customer base and explore new avenues for growth and revenue generation.

The Bangladesh-India Startup Bridge is not just about business opportunities; it’s about fostering a spirit of camaraderie and learning. Join us in this exciting announcement session as we embark on a journey of collaboration, friendship, and collective progress, driving our startup ecosystems to greater heights.

UNDP Youth Co:Lab Final Pitching

Venue & Time: Crystal Ballroom - July 30 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Summary:  Co-led by UNDP and Citi Foundation, Youth Co:Lab invests in young people across 28 countries and territories in Asia and the Pacific so they can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship. 

 

Since 2018, Youth Co:Lab has been working closely with the government of Bangladesh  and key local ecosystem partners to incubate youth-led social enterprises and SDG-focused startups, build capacity of Entrepreneurship Support Organisations, as well as influence inclusive entrepreneurship policy formulation.  

 

This year, at the Youth Co:Lab Final Pitching event in the Bangladesh Startup Summit 2023, the Top Seven Startups from Youth Co:Lab Springboard Programme 5.0 will present their ventures that address pressing social and environmental challenges, for a chance to win USD 10,000 in grants. From addressing climate change to promoting gender equality and inclusive growth, these young change-makers are at the forefront of building a prosperous Bangladesh. A day of inspiration, collaboration, and celebration awaits you as we champion youth entrepreneurship and social innovation for a more sustainable and equitable future.

Master Class: “Outlining the VC decision-making process” ​

Venue & Time: Ruby Room - 30th July @ 10:20 am - 11:00 am

Description: Two international VCs will share their insight with founders — touching upon issues like frequent mistakes made by founders, decision-making process of VC firms, effective outreach processes. It will be followed by a Q&A session. The goal of the session is provide a space for discussing investment related issues candidly with experienced professionals.

Session time: 30th July 10:20 am - 11:00 am

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