Startup Weekend Dhaka

    Thursday, May 18 - 20, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Dhaka

Thursday, May 18 - 20, 2017

Thursday, May 18 - 20, 2017
Event starts at 10:30 am

GP House
Ka-1/B Bashundhara Lane
Dhaka, Bangladesh 1229

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Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with almost 3000 past events in over 150 countries around the world in 2017.The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

If you have an idea and want to- 
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process of going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Dhaka,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • or take your own idea from concept to creation
Make sure it's a new idea and not an existing business. 

Startup Weekend Dhaka is your destination for the weekend of May 18- 20th! SD Asia is organizing the event which will be held at GP House, Bashundhara. 

Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. 

So, mark your calendar and work the weekend to be a startup!

For the 1000tk ticket you get:

  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Saturday night
  • Mentoring by experts from the ecosystem
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Exclusive sponsor products and snacks
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • And over 100 new awesome Facebook friends!

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Thursday May 18th

10:30 am
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

11:00 am
Share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

12:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
Pitches Starts
Optionally line up to give your pitch

3:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

3:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

4:30 pm
Submit names
Teams will finalize and submit their names and description

5:30 pm
Start Planning
Know your team members, decide on roles and plan how you will work on your idea over the next 2 days

8:00 pm
Wrap Up!
Finished for the day

Friday May 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm
Lunch & Namaz break

2:30 pm
Coach meeting
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

4:30 pm
Check in, status reports, call for help, teams continue to work

8:00 pm
Finished for the day.

Saturday May 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Final time to work for your startup. Ask for help if required

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm
Networking & Snacks

8:00 pm
Wrap up!


Solaiman Alam
Head of Marketing at Grameenphone Ltd

Solaiman is a leader with a proven track record of fast delivery of quality results in stiff competitive environments. Currently, he is the Head of Marketing at Grameenphone ltd. 

Solaiman has a total of 15 years of professional experience in the FMCG and telecom industry in various roles spanning marketing, product management, brand communication, PR, trade marketing and sales.

Event Judges

Tanveer Ali
Partner, Inflection Ventures

Born and raised in Toronto, Tanveer Ali is an Executive Director at Inflection Ventures, a seed-stage tech fund with investments primarily in Silicon Valley; Inflection Ventures’ portfolio includes companies such as CapLinked, NanoSatisfi, Vidcaster, Mattermark and TigerTrade. Their most recent exit, GateGuru, was acquired by TripAdvisor in June 2013.He is an Executive Director at Avarice Investments, a Singapore-domiciled investment fund focusing on manufacturing and mining. At the age of 17, Tanveer started his first company, Toronto-based Opening Bell Investments, an investment finance consulting practice.Tanveer is also an Executive Director at Olympic Industries, a publicly-listed, family-controlled consumer goods manufacturing company. The largest producer of biscuits in Bangladesh (including household favourite Energy Plus), Olympic completed its implementation of SAP ERP and Avaya IP Office under Tanveerís leadership.Tanveer has a BA in Political Science from the University of Waterloo.

Shawkat Hossain
Managing Director, BD Venture limited

Shawkat Hossain is the founding Managing Director of BD Venture limited. The company established in 2012 when venture capital rule yet to be promulgated in the country. He played active policy advocacy role to frame the rule which came into being in June 2015. Hossain is intensely involved in the development of start-up ecosystem in the country through participation in different start up and accelerator program.
He played key role at the formation of different business enterprises of BRAC such as BRAC Bank, BRAC BdMail Network limited (an internet service provider), BRAC Services limited (hospitality services), BRAC Reanata Agro Industries limited (poultry Farm). He was nominated Director(on behalf of BRAC) in Delta BRAC Housing Finance corporation limited, BRAC Bdmail network ltd, BRAC Reanata Agro Industries ltd, BRAC Services ltd. Hossain Played pivotal role in setting up a multinational bank in Afghanistan named BRAC Afghanistan Bank whose shareholders were BRAC; IFC; Shorecap, USA and Triodos Bank, Netherland. 

Farhana Islam
Head of Telenor Digital Products, Grameenphone

Farhana is working in Grameenphone for for last 11 years throughout multiple functions within the Commercial Division. She has momentous contributions in driving key roles in Digital services, Product, CRM & Sales. She has had key roles in driving Internet For All (IFA) in context of Bangladesh market through CRM plnning and management. She has made a mark in developing internet lifecycle management through micro segmented campaigns. 
She moved on to Digital Services in 2015 and played the key role in achieving growth of WowBox, the biggest digital platform with local content in Bangladesh. As Head of Telenor Digital Digital Products in GP she is now driving multiple projects which include WowBox, My Contacts & Capture cloud storage platform. Her contribution to GP & Telenor Group continues with further scaling of existing and building new digital products. 
Farhana is a Business Graduate from Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Dhaka University. She is also an Artist and an active voice in the Women Inspirational Network (WIN) Forum for Telenor. The forum is to drive Women Leadership across global business unit. 

Ahad Bhai
Managing Partner at Razor Capital

Born in London and currently based in Dhaka, Ahad comes from a long line of businessmen. He loves exciting projects and has a flair for entrepreneurialism. He has been involved a variety of projects including film production, digital media, sports teams, telecom and more.

Coaches and Mentors

Hashmi Rafsanjani
Country Marketing Consultant, Google

A passionate believer in the power of the internet and great mentor with the marketing skills, Hashmi was always excited about the startup ecosystem. 
Hashmi is currently working as part of Google's South Asian Emerging Markets team. He is focused on growing the digital advertising ecosystem of Bangladeshi advertisers & agencies using Google's digital advertising solutions.

Fayaz Taher
Serial Entrepreneur

Fayaz, a serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor and startup champion from Bangladesh and the current CEO of Fortuna, an innovative group of companies invested across various industries.
Director of IBT, which was announced as one of the winners of the FbFund in 2008. 
He is also the co-Founder at SD Asia which is a platform for startups and investors in Bangladesh. SD Asia is currently powering the Grameenphone Accelerator. 
Fayaz in the past has organized Facebook Developer Garage & Ruby Tech event.

Mustafizur Rahman
Founder & CEO at SD ASIA

Mustafiz is an entrepreneur, angel investor, startup community organiser and a marketer with over 20 years of experience of heading teams across diverse industries in Asia. Created and implemented successful strategies aligned with long-term business goals. Coached and developed talent, led marketing and PR teams to high levels of engagement and productivity. Built strong relationships with stakeholders in diverse cultural environments, nurturing internal networks and external partnerships. Developed and implemented cross-channel branding campaigns and sponsored events, leveraging traditional, experiential and digital marketing initiatives. Managed business in emerging market with the experience of growing sales. 
Currently, he is actively working in startup scene in Bangladesh for possible investment in tech startups and also involved in building the startup community.

Samad Miraly
Executive Director, Olympic Industries Limited

Samad Miraly is a Canadian-Bangladeshi investor. An Executive Director at Olympic Industries Limited, a publicly listed consumer goods manufacturing company. He has also invested in Magnito Digital Limited – Bangladesh’s first full service digital marketing agency; Monasa Learning Limited – Dhaka’s premier after-school education centre; and LiveSafe, a US-based security app company. His latest investment is in Startup Dhaka, a media site that covers innovative business in Bangladesh.Out side of startups, he is a director at Universal Financial Solutions Limited, a licensed asset management company. Samad contributes some time community-building for entrepreneurship and angel investing in Bangladesh. His main interests lie in working toward upliftment through entrepreneurship, via impact investing and disruptive technologies.

Rafi Mustafa
Founder at Tripooly

With over 12 years experience in 4 different continents, Rafi has a solid understanding of how to deal with businesses and consumers across Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Singapore, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Oman, U.A.E. and Qatar.
He specialized in business development, sales, team building, project management & business analysis. His experience in sales/project management/business analysis in different parts of the world allows his to work across different departments of a business with a wide target audience.
As a Tech Enthusiast, he is always in the look out for potential investment opportunities and mentoring new entrepreneurs.

Shahana Sharmin
Country Manager of Paytm, Co-Director of Startup Grind & Chief Visioneer of Socio-Tech AcademyTM

Having been brought up and educated abroad (UAE) on an aeon of 24 years, Shahana began her career in the year 2003 with Education Sector on the foreign land and returned to Bangladesh 10 years ago with a mind-set of contributing to the nation’s development as an Intrapreneur, the change-maker.

In this span of 14+ years of work life, she has crafted a diversified career experiencing few multifaceted industries like the Telecommunications, Financial Institutes to designing Digital Services & has mastered a strong network apparently. Moving towards a vision of optimizing the Y-Generation upon a socio-tech platform by fine-tuning the new digital divide fora structured & intelligentfuture, she is full-on her grit to accomplish the making of her Dynamic Bangladesh.

Currently Shahana's expertise covers Inspirational Public Speaking, Digital Leadership, Youth Empowerment, Sales & Marketing, ICT Development, Agile Methodology for Start-ups/ Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking for Innovation & Ideation and accelerating it all to the next level of growth with market commercialization and business incubation.

Luca Mohammadi
Managing Partner South East Asia, Fast Forward Advisors

Luca is the managing partner for Southeast Asia of Fast Forward Advisors, European advisory firm with Asian operations headquartered in Vietnam. Since setting up the activities of FFA in Vietnam in 2016 he helped startup companies to close investments from VCs for over $2M in total funds. He is also an advisor of the Vietnam Silicon Valley accelerator, where he is helping startups to raise funds, develop sound business models and close strategic partnerships.

Luca has been active in ecosystem development in Vietnam, organizing CrowdPitch Hanoi startup competition, participating to community events as judge and mentor (Angelhack, Techfest, Hebronstar Advance) and taking part to to several roundtables on Venture Capital investing.

He is also a co-founder of two active seed stage ventures: (Netherlands based Enterprise B2B SaaS) and (home décor e-commerce in Vietnam).
Luca started his career in KPMG Advisory working on Enterprise Systems and Supply Chains Optimization where he supported medium-big companies to identify, invest in and adopt innovative ICT solutions in a number of industries (Aerospace and Defense, Fashion and Luxury, Manufacturing). Later he moved into IT Project Management for Piaggio-Vespa APAC before focusing on startup & venturing.  

Anup Dutta
Design Entrepreneur

Anup is a creative graphic designer who specializes in Print and editorial design, Visual identity & Brand guidelines development, Design research and Creation of advertising ideas.
His expertise also includes usability analysis with a focus in cognitive thinking from a user standpoint.
Can handle diverse responsibilities and that makes him a significant asset to any company. His goal is to provide outstanding value as a designer and as a team member.
He founded his own startup Speaking Walls inspired by his passion. He currently mentors and guides entrepreneurs and enthusiasts about designing and pitching. 

Achia Nila
Founder, Women In Digital

Achia, an experienced digital production professional has served last 8+ years in different multinational software company. Over the last 3+ years, she is working for her own company.
Achia started her career as a junior Software engineer and when soon got promoted as a CTO of a Software firm. She quit my job to start her own business. She has work experience at Dell, Microsoft, J&J, HP, Epson, HTC, Nokia etc. top notch company and she has launched different type of IT product in international market. In Bangladesh, she has successfully launched Maya Apa mobile application.
Now she is working at my her organization Women in Digital. It’s an initiative of Bangladesh. Now they are working in 18 districts of Bangladesh and 5 different countries of the world. Their main motto is “Empowerment through Technology”. They have 15 in house women developer. They are also working for international market.

Bijon Islam
Co-founder and CEO at LightCastle Partners Ltd

Bijon is specialized in business model development, financial structuring and inclusive business design with 10+ years of experience in investment banking, private, development and public sector consulting. He is the Co-founder and CEO of LightCastle, one of the country’s fastest growing consulting firm with 100+ projects in 3 years and social ventures like, and

He started his career with Citi N.A. as a Management Associate (MA) and has since then worked in a variety of episodic deals including Bangladesh's first Interest Rate Swap, Equity Convertible Bonds, Largest IPO, Microfinance Securitization and Block Equity Trades. After graduating from the MA program, Bijon's chief responsibility revolved around leading the strategy planning and analysis unit. Working with regional teams across Singapore, Hong Kong, and India, he played a major role in aligning Bangladesh as an important piece in Citi's growth strategy in Asia. Due to outstanding performance, Bijon had received the CEO Excellence Awards for two years in a row in the organization. 

Shadman Rahman
Specialist - Service Design & UX, Product, Commercial at Grameenphone Ltd

Shadman is a creative professional with a versatile experience in all aspects of user experience design, social communication platforms, social games, mobile value added services, advertising, marketing strategic development and client handling. He has direct experience in interactive design and product development. 

Tanvir Sourov
CEO at Socian Ltd. & Technolive

Tanvir Sourov is a Tech Entrepreneur who has been working in the Startup Ecosystem of Bangladesh for the last 6 years. He is the Co-Founder & CEO of Socian Ltd and Technolive - 2 Companies which specializes in AI, Automation and Advanced Technology. He loves his country, the language in which people speaks in and believes in automating different tasks with the blessing of language. He works on numerous fields of Technology and specializes in AI & Deep Learning.
His Startup Socian Ltd is providing AI based solutions such as Sentiment Analysis, Intelligent Response System, Speech Analysis & other Analysis on Social Media & Digital Content in 81 Languages.
He believes in a smart world where Technology and AI will prevail and make life easier & simpler.

Ershadul Hoque
Founder & CEO, RiseUpLabs

Ershadul Hoque started his journey in mobile game & app industry back in 2009 & founded RiseUpLabs with a mission of developing fun, challenging, unique mobile games & apps for cross-platforms, specially for iOS, Android & Windows devices. With the success of Tap Tap Ants in iOS (millions of downloads and still counting), RiseUpLabs has became the forefront of mobile game & app industry in Bangladesh and one of the most well known game developers in the world. Meena, Highway Chase, Brain Boss, Rooftop Frenzy, iWarehouse, Bubble Attack and Shoot The Monkey are just few other games in their rapidly expanding portfolio

Ahasan Habib
Software Architect & Project Lead at Infrablue Technology

Ahasan started his career with developing facebook games and app.
In his experience, he has developed web application and mobile application for numerous companies. He likes to learn and use new technologies and always try to find the easiest way to solve problem. 

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