Dhaka, Bangladesh – National Finale of Entrepreneurship World Cup- Bangladesh held on 05 September 2020. Like the previous year, Daffodil International University has hosted the national finale in Bangladesh.

This year, more than 460 startups applied for Entrepreneurship World Cup- Bangladesh. Among them, top 10 startups have been selected to pitch on the national finale. Among these top 10 startups, Go Zayaan and Octaglory Limited takes top prize for Bangladesh finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup.

Go Zayaan, a startup that is designed to bring all the travel and transportation in a single platform. It has successfully blended traveling with technology and they captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Octaglory Limited became the runner up of the Entrepreneurship World Cup- 2020 in Bangladesh. It is a startup that was founded to remove many problems like massive inefficiencies in terms of cash& stock tracking, data deficiency & Tertiary Information day to day operations, distribution management, and payment settlement from the retailing field.

Both Go Zayaan and Octaglory Limited advance to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 200 countries.

In preparation for the EWC Global Finals, the founders of each startup will participate in an acceleration program that features virtual training and one-to-one mentoring targeted to their company’s current stage and growth trajectory.

Other finalists at EWC Bangladesh included:

  • ME SOLshare Ltd, has successfully installed 5 million Solar Home Systems (SHS) which generates energy worth US$1 billion per year.
  • Shuttle, is a mass-transit startup which provides anyone with safe transportation, but with affordable price.
  • Mechanic কই?, a startup that was founded for providing 360-degree vehicle solutions to Bangladeshi people
  • Interactive Cares, the very first cloud and all based platform of E-learning in Bangladesh
  • Khaidai Today, aims at providing the best grocery service in Bangladesh despite having no warehouse.
  • Game Plan, a mobile platform where users can play games to make money, engage socially, know local players, release stress
  • AmarLab, is a health welfare provider of Bangladesh
  • Alpha 360, is an online event planner

This year, on the day of the national finale we had with us Mr. Jonathan Ortmans, President of Global Entrepreneurship Network as Chief Guest; Dr. Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman of Daffodil International University as the Special Guest, and Ms. Ana Maria Torres, Director of Entrepreneurship World Cup as the Guest of Honor.

On the finale the judges had a hard time sorting out the best two(2). We had esteemed judges- Ms. Tina Jabeen, Managing Director of Startup Bangladesh; Mr. Rahat Ahmed, Founder, and CEO of Anchorless Bangladesh; Mr. Nirjhor Rahman, CEO of Bangladesh Angels and Mr. Zahedul Amin, Director of LightCastle Partners.

For organizing the national finale, with Daffodil International University, Lightcastle Partners and Impactors Connect Bangladesh joined as the strategic partners. Moreover, Startup Grind Dhaka, Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (DIU), Startup Huddle Dhaka, Female Founders Hub Bangladesh, Bangladesh Venture Capital Limited and WBAF Bangladesh was the ecosystem partner.

More than 150,000 contestants from 200 countries entered the Entrepreneurship World Cup. The initiative combines a broad-reaching pitch competition, aimed at ventures ranging from idea stage to growth stage, with a virtual accelerator program to help all participants launch, strengthen, and scale their enterprises. Global Finalists will face off against one another virtually at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in October.

EWC is an initiative led by the Misk Global Forum, Global Entrepreneurship Network and the Global Education and Leadership Foundation with support from a collection of national and global partners, including the GSVlabs and Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

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