The best 26 startups of the reality show "Bangabandhu Innovation Grant 2021" are getting a grant of Tk 26 million.
To build a startup ecosystem and an innovation culture in Bangladesh, the iDEA project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under the ICT Division of Bangladesh has been working since 2016.
In the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation "Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman", the iDEA project of the ICT Division is organising the "Bangabandhu Innovation Grant (BIG) 2021" to find innovations or innovative startups through the participation of local and foreign startups.
“BIG 2021” is being held under the guidance of State Minister for ICT Division of Bangladesh Zunaid Ahmed Palak.
A great attraction of this initiative is the breathtaking 13-episode reality show "BIG 2021", according to a press release issued on Thursday.
In this initiative with startups, the contestants from the national and international level will face the renowned business icons who will select the winners for each episode.
A total of 26 startups will be selected from 65 startups in this reality show. Later, they will be joined by 10 globally selected startups and the top 10 portfolio startups of the iDEA project, bringing together a total of 46 national and international startups in the "BIG-2021 Grand Finale".
The best team will receive 1BIG which means USD 1,00,000 as grant money.
It is to be noted that more than 7,000 entrepreneurs, innovators, and startups from 57 countries including Bangladesh participated in the initial stage of "BIG 2021", out of which this reality show is being organised with the best 65 startups.
The best 26 startups selected from this reality show will get a "Grant" of Tk 1.0 million and will also be nominated for the final round of "BIG 2021".
In addition, the top 10 startups selected from the international stage of BIG 2021 will also be given a “grant” of a total of Tk 10 million by the organising authority of BIG 2021.
The shooting of this grand programme which started on 23 June 2021 at Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) in Dhaka, lasted for 5 consecutive days.