An event titled ‘Road to Startup Entrepreneurship and Innovation’ for technology entrepreneurs and innovators was held on Saturday at the popular Cumilla Club in Cumilla.
Minister of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Md Tajul Islam was present as the chief guest on the occasion.
Member of Parliament from Cumilla-6 A. K. M. Bahauddin, senior secretary of ICT Division N M Zeaul Alam PAA, Vice-Chancellor of Cumilla University Prof. Dr. Emran Kabir Chowdhury, Project Director (Additional Secretary) of iDEA Project Syed Mojibul Huq were present as the special guests at the function while Md. Abul Fazal Mir, Deputy Commissioner, Cumilla presided over the inauguration programme.
Startup Comilla organised a day-long mentoring programme at the end of this opening ceremony.
Idea Generation, Business Presentation, Art of Business Model Canvas, Pitching and other topics were covered in the mentoring programme.
The event in Cumilla was attended by teachers, students and many others from different universities.
By organising a pitching competition at the end of the mentoring programme, the selected startups will be able to apply directly for the pre-seed grant of Tk 1.0 million and at the same time, will have the opportunity to pitch directly for the pre-seed grant in front of the iDEA project selection committee.
After Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna, the iDEA project is conducting community-based activities in Cumilla to create a startup ecosystem with the banner ‘Startup Bangladesh’ and at the same time, the ICT division is conducting various events, training, seminars all over Bangladesh.