Global Startup Weekend Women Dhaka - build startups in female inclusive environment

    Thursday, September 19 - 21, 2019

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Global Startup Weekend Women Dhaka - build startups in female inclusive environment

Thursday, September 19 - 21, 2019

Thursday, September 19 - 21, 2019
Event starts at 7:00 am

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Global Startup Weekend Women Dhaka 2019

Global StartUp Weekend Women is an enthralling opportunity to make an impact with your own startup idea. Join the 54-hours weekend event to jumpstart your startup with guidelines from the brightest minds of the industry. Not to mention the lucrative opportunity to avail the assistive tools by Google to build up a startup.Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • Meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
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Thursday September 19th

7:00 am
Arrive at the venue and get checked in and collect tool-kits

9:00 am
Welcome & Speakers
Introduction of Global Startup Women Workshop, review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

10:30 am
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

11:45 am
Attendees vote for the top pitches, each person - 3 maximum votes, 50 desks with all the ideas displayed

12:35 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

2:15 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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

4:00 pm
Fireside Chat
Opportunity to crack a conversation with an interesting personnel, helping you in discovering new ways to communicate your ideas

7:00 pm
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

Friday September 20th

8:00 am
Breakfast and reporting
Check-in, status reports, call for help

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

9:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

1:00 pm
Lunch Break

1:30 pm
Prototype Building
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

4:30 pm
Exciting activities await you

7:15 pm
Dinner and Networking

Saturday September 21st

8:00 am
Breakfast and check-in
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

9:00 am
Final check-up
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

10:00 am
Final Presentations

1:15 pm
Judging & Awards

2:00 pm
Lunch and ending ceremony

3:00 pm
Go Home!


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. 

Tina F. Jabeen
Investment Advisor, Startup Bangladesh at ICT Ministry, Govt. of Bangladesh

Tina F. Jabeen, the Investment Advisor for Startup Bangladesh at ICT Ministry, Govt. of Bangladesh, has been working relentlessly for empowering women and supporting great causes in order to make a change in our country, Bangladesh.

Event Judges

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.

Nazim Farhan Chowdhury
Managing Director, ADCOMM

Nazim Farhan Chowdhury, a serial entrepreneur, an angel investor, is the Managing Director of  ADCOMM one of the largest advertising agencies of Bangladesh. In 2007 Mr. Nazim Farhan was chosen as one of the ‘Faces for the Future’ by the New Age newspaper’s Heroes Edition and received the “Brand Leadership Award” at the 17th Asian Brand Congress. In 2008, he was chosen as a representative of Bangladesh to the prestigious Asia Society’s Asia 21 Youth Summit held in Tokyo, Japan.

Coaches and Mentors

Syeda Sharmin Ahmed
Founder, Clay Station Limited

Founder of Clay Station Limited believes in making a change for her young country Bangladesh. Her studio, Clay station is a haven for all the people in Dhaka city who are looking for an outlet amidst this rushed and hectic city. She strives in creating a direct impact on the lives of the people of Dhaka.

Breity Sabrin Khan
Founder, JustStorys

Founder of JustStorys, which is a platform of a flock of youths who will contribute to thinking new content and will develop according to brand value to connect more customers. She is passionate about branding and advertising and is keen on building her career in a creative and business-oriented organization where her skills and knowledge will be utilized.

Nahid Hossain
Managing Associate, Old Bailey Chambers Legal Counsel

Managing Associate, Corporate and Intellectual Property at Old Bailey Chambers Legal Counsel at Bangladesh IP Forum. She is an experienced legal consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the law practice industry. She is skilled in Innovation Development, Corporate Governance, Negotiation, and Legal Writing.

Armin Zaman Khan
Founder & CEO,

Armin Zaman Khan is the founder & CEO of which is the first online on-demand service booking platform for the beauty and wellness industry in Bangladesh. She is first hand experienced in building a successful startup and has a lot of insight to offer us.

Anup Dutta
User Experience Designer, Grameenphone

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.

Nirjhor Rahman
CEO, Bangladesh Angels Network

Nirjhor Rahman is an experienced market development professional with
experience in venture investing and social enterprise development.   Nirjhor is the CEO of Bangladesh Angels, the country's first angel investment network to connect innovative startups with funding.  Previously he was Country Director for ygap, a social business accelerator where he oversaw a network of early-stage ventures across the country. He started his career in Bangladesh by helping to scale a social enterprise in urban sanitation called SWEEP, which is now in 4 cities and have received financial backing from impact investors such as Gates and Skoll Foundations. 

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. 

Organizing Team

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

  • Joya
  • Minhaz
  • Rezwan
  • Arav
  • Maisha
  • Shurid
  • Jahangir

Event Staff

Rezwan Ahmed
Investment Associate, BetterStories Limited

Startup Community Activator, Rezwan Ahmed, is an Investment Associate who loves working on startups and their business models, adding with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry.

Arav Chowdhury
Project Manager, BetterStories Limited

Arav Chowdhury, Project Associate of team BetterStories currently responsible for
the legal due diligence for growing and new startups in Bangladesh. He has started his career at a very early age and
currently completing his graduation on Biotechnology and Genetic from BRAC
University. Arav is a food enthusiast and loves to play different percussions.
Outside of his work, you will find him cooking and he believes, cooking helps him
to reduce his life stress in a great manner.

Maisha Nanjiba
Project Associate

Nanjiba specializes in managing participants.

Shurid Rahman
Project Associate

Shurid manages mentors and guests for the event.

Joya Chowdhury
Investment Readiness Lead, BetterStories Limited

As an active professional and enthusiast in the startup ecosystem in Bangladesh, Joya Chowdhury has been harnessing her passion and capacity in design for better, impact assessment, strategic research, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation and investment readiness to the local and global support networks and platforms for diverse group of entrepreneurs.

Joya Chowdhury is the Investment Readiness Lead of BetterStories.  Through several capacity building programs and targeted accelerators such as Startup Weekend, Founder Institute, Bangladesh StartUp Cup, ScaleUp Bangladesh and Zeitgeist, she has been directly involved with the business development, performance tracking and investment readiness of youth led startups from diverse sector in Bangladesh and India. She has facilitated investment for 4 portfolio startups from mobility, education and IT sector. She has 3+ years of experience in working with Government, Development Partners, Private Sector, Innovation Hubs, Youth Engagement and developing proper partnerships.
She is a Local Director of Founder Institute Bangladesh, a Silicon Valley based pre-seed accelerator in Bangladesh and a Community Leader of Techstars Global StartUp Weekend Women in Bangladesh.

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