GEN Bangladesh in association with the Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, DIU hosts the first season of Battle of Startups on 30 October 2019 at 71 Milonayoton, Daffodil International University. The event was held in association with Global Entrepreneurship Network- Bangladesh, Startup Grind U, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Bangladesh Venture Capital Limited and AX Production.
Battle of Startup is a platform to connect the startups to the stakeholders and startup ecosystems where only the startups of the Department of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, DIU can pitch and showcase their products/ services. On this day, 15 startups of the Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, DIU pitched and demonstrated their products/ services.
The program was inaugurated by Mr. Mohammad Shibli Shahriar, Head, Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship(DIE), DIU. A brief synopsis of the program was given by Mr. Md. Asif Iqbal, lecturer, DIE and the initiator of the program. "Battle of Startups is a new initiative by which we can boost the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem within a University"- said Mr. Iqbal. Ms. Beauty Akter, Lecturer, DIE and the Lead of Global Entrepreneurship Research Network(GERN) at DIU has moderated the whole event.
The competition was judged by Mr. Mohammad Gazi Tauhidur Rahman (Founder and Managing Director of FM Plastics Ltd); Mr. Mohammad Shibli Shahriar, Head, Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship(DIE), DIU, Mr. S. N. Azad, Adjunct Faculty of DIE; and Md. Anowar Jahid, Associate, VC & PE of Bangladesh Venture Capital Limited.
“DIU has initiated many programs to create entrepreneurs and this program is an excellent program for youths in our country," said Mr. Mohammad Gazi Tauhidur Rahman - who was the special guest in this event. He shared his journey from a banker to an entrepreneur to the audience. This inspires the new startups a lot to do something on their own. At the end of the program, he visited the stall and enlightened them with his knowledge.
Again, on this event, the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019 campaign begins as well.