The first batch of founders from the Dhaka Chapter of the Founder Institute has officially graduated. The Institute started its first batch of Dhaka Chapter in February 2015. On Thursday 21st May, graduates were awarded certificates at a program organized at the BDjobs Training Center in Karwan Bazar.
“Today is an important day for the Bangladeshi Startup scene, it has been a long journey for our first batch of graduates”, said Minhaz Anwar, Co-Director of Founder Institute in Bangladesh. Sajid Rahman, Director of Founder Institute Bangladesh who moderated the event said “There were 142 applicants for this course, who went through screening and 28 startups were initially selected, while 5 startups finally graduated from the intensive course”
The graduates from the first batch are: Md Abu Sayed, founder of Brain Study Ltd (www.brainstudy.co); Shah Paran, founder of HandyMama.com; Smartkompare.com founded by Shabbir Ahmad Tamim & Mahbub e Elahi; Khobaib Chowdhury, founder of Styline Collection and A.K.M. Masuduzaman, founder of Tapstar Games. A one minute pitching session was allocated for every graduate, after which a compelling keynote speech was made by Muntaquim Chowdhury, Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation.
Following are the details of each startup:
Styline Collection offers a one-stop hijab lifestyle e-commerce platform from where young, stylish and religious women can purchase a variety of imported and top quality local products at very reasonable prices. The market size is big and this is still an uptapped market; while at the same time the trend is growing fast for hijab lifestyle. The website is already live and they are introducing their Android app in late May.
TapStar is the publisher of the first ever Bangla game on Facebook and mobile platform. TapStar today represents a unique game company in Bangladesh that offers consumers a breadth of localized games combining fun with social features on mobile platform. The goal is to become the leading creators of localized games for the $15 billion Asian mobile game market, starting with Bangladesh and India, a soon to be 300 million smartphone users market. They want to provide their gamers with a whole new experience. They already have games using localized content such as Ludo Friends and Rickshaw Racing.
SmartKompare.com is a comparison website for financial products such as bank loans, insurances, etc. Right now in Bangladesh, there are no website where users can compare different financial products. SmartKompare.com helps users to compare different financial products and choose one according to their choice and limitation.
BrainStudy Cloud Based Micro-Tutoring Platform “Tutor71” is a Smartphone app with alternative channels like Website, Direct Phone Call and SMS coverage for stakeholders with various level of access and technology readiness in developing countries like Bangladesh. The vision is to break the private tuition market in the country. The Platform allows students to get free answers quickly on any difficult topics from a relevant crowd sourced subject teacher at the time and place when it is urgently needed, especially before exam day or assignment deadline apart from schooling. Students can have subject chapter wise Q&A section and learn from content available & previous discussions.
HandyMama.co is Web and Mobile based platform with a call center in place where people can outsource their everyday household tasks that they don’t want to do (cleaning, laundry, dish washing, toilet cleaning, deep cleaning, etc.) and the tasks that need help with tools and skills (electrical, plumbing, sanitary, fixing home appliance, computer servicing, and many more). They have a crazy team of passionate people from diverse backgrounds who strive to build a sustainable, scalable and meaningful business.