Techstars Startup Weekend Content Dhaka

    Thursday, February 14 - 16, 2019

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Content Dhaka

Thursday, February 14 - 16, 2019

Thursday, February 14 - 16, 2019
Event starts at 10:30 am

White-board, GPHouse
Basundhara, Baridhara
Dhaka, Bangladesh 1229

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This Weekend Build The Startup You LOVE!

Startup Weekend Dhaka is back and this time the event theme is CONTENT! Pitch your idea on Thursday and work 54 hours to make it a reality. The goal is to shape a startup idea and examine its marketability and feasibility. Start the event with Thursday pitches and team creation, get down to business planning on Friday, and showcase your prototype to the crowd and panel of experts on Saturday evening. Be ready to run your business from Sunday morning.

Anyone with the idea for content platform, tools, and even fictitious and non fictitious direct project can apply. This is the right place for you, if you 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 February 14- 16thStartup Dhaka 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
  • 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 February 14th

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

11:00 am
Breakfast & Networking
Eat food, 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 Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

2:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

3:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

3:30 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. Know your team members, decide on roles and plan how you will work on your idea over the next 2 days.

7:00 pm
Wrap Up!
Finished for the day

Friday February 15th

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 Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

4:30 pm
Check-in, status reports, call for help

7:00 pm
Finished for the day.

Saturday February 16th

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

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm
Networking & snacks

7:00 pm


Mustafizur Rahman
Founder & CEO at Startup Dhaka

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.

Michael Foley
Chief Executive Officer, Grameenphone Ltd

Michael Foley is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Grameenphone Ltd. He is an experienced hands-on executive-level leader, consultant, and speaker on Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) issues. He has experience on four continents and a dozen countries with a strong focus on developing markets. He has more than 30 years of sales, marketing and operational experience in the telecom, retail and gaming sectors from both advanced and growth markets. He is a Graduate of McGill University in Montreal with a BA in Organisational Psychology. 

Kazi Mahboob Hassan
Head of Strategy and Transformation, Grameenphone

Over 10 years of Corporate and Commercial Finance and CFO Advisory experience gained across a varietyof sectors ranging from Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Consumer Business/FMCG andFinancial Services. An MBA from the University of Oxford and a Qualified Chartered Accountant.

Event Judges

Ahad Bhai
Chief Executive Officer, Bongo

Ahad is from a family of entrepreneurs, starting business in Bangladesh in the 1950s with steel. Ahad studied Film Production, started various ventures in Media, and is currently Chief Executive Officer at Bongo.

Solaiman Alam
Head of Digital, 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 Digital 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.

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.

Kazi Mahboob Hassan
Head of Strategy and Transformation, Grameenphone

Over 10 years of Corporate and Commercial Finance and CFO Advisory experience gained across a varietyof sectors ranging from Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Consumer Business/FMCG andFinancial Services. An MBA from the University of Oxford and a Qualified Chartered Accountant.

Coaches and Mentors

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. 

Tamzid Azad
Senior Executive, Business Innovation Digital, Grameenphone Ltd

Tamzid is an innovator with a unique amalgamation of education in Computer Science and skill sets of persuasive communication, product strategy and business development gained through experience in creating, managing & driving IoT, cloud storage and other online products and portfolios. He is good at aligning product lifecycle with Business Strategies. The span of his experience covers from driving sales, devise & implementing campaigns to User Research, Interviews, UX, Service design & Prototyping.

Sohel Rana
Lead Specialist, StartUp Ecosystem Digital, Grameenphone Ltd

Recognized as a thought leader in the startup ecosystem of Bangladesh, Sohel offers more than 7 years’ of experience in emerging technology, which he brings to Grameenphone Ltd (A sister concern of Telenor Group) as a Lead Specialist and Mentor of Accelerator program. Through the course of his career, Sohel has had the privilege of working to drive businesses from conception to eventual exit. His latest professional endeavors have allowed him to work very closely with thriving global technology and startup ecosystem.

Anup Dutta
Specialist, Product Marketing, Grameenphone Ltd

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 is currently working with Grameenphone as a specialist in Product Marketing

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Content Dhaka team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Dhaka is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Nahid
  • Fayaz
  • Mustafizur
  • Minhaz


Anurag Maloo
Head of Partnerships (Asia), Seedstars

Anurag Maloo is an Indo-Asian startup community architect, and currently works with Seedstars to build right partnerships to impact people's lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Previously, as a Regional Manager for South & Central Asia with Techstars and Startup Weekend for 5.5 years, he was responsible for the cultivation and sustained growth of vibrant startup ecosystems in India, SAARC nations (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives) and Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan). He is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystem, grassroots leadership, and building strong collaborative startup communities. He has been involved in various startup initiatives, community empowerment and leadership development programs, and bringing innovation into the corporate world. He has done impact trips to nearly 58+ countries across 6 continents working with startup founders, entrepreneurs, innovators, community builders, investors, and governments to develop their entrepreneurship ecosystems. With his proven track record of experience cultivating key influencers within diverse geopolitical regions, Anurag has succeeded in creating inclusive startup communities in turbulent and struggling, yet developing ecosystems and emerging economies of Asia. His interests range from entrepreneurship to education, startups to sustainability, social impact to grassroots innovations, and peace building communities. Being a storyteller, teacher and life explorer, he can be found having engaging in authentic conversations with friends and random people, sharing life stories, radiating positive joyous happy energies, enriching audiences with his traveling experiences and narrating inspirational humane stories around the world from the hot deserts of Rajasthan to the cold and polar deserts of Antarctica, from travelling along the ancient trade cities on Silk Road to the vast, wild grasslands and virgin landscapes of nomadic Mongolia, and to trekking to the Base of the World's highest mountain, Mt. Everest Basecamp. 

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