Grameenphone launches GP Accelerator 2.0 program for startups

- A Monitor Desk Report 25 Apr, 2019 | 300 Views|-+
Dhaka: Grameenphone launched a nationwide call for applications from startups to join its GP Accelerator 2.0 program at a press conference at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka on April 24.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister, ICT Division, Ministry of Post, Telecommunication and Information Ministry, made the announcement at the event as the Chief Guest. Michael Foley, CEO, Yasir Azman, Deputy CEO and CMO, Solaiman Alam, Head of Digital, Talat Kamal, Director, Communications and Minhaz Anwar, Head of Startup Ecosystem from Grameenphone Ltd. were also present on the occasion.

“This government is always one hundred percent committed to ensure the considerable growth in ICT sector through increasing the overall business potentials which will lead us to an eventual powerful economy. GP Accelerator is a great example of an enabler that has produced promising results with its startups. I would like to wish the participants best of luck,” said Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, State Minister of ICTD, Ministry of Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology.

This year, with the launch of Grameenphone Accelerator 2.0, Grameenphone takes a step further to reach out to tech innovators and startups across the country and help them transform their ideas to minimum viable products through a pre-accelerator.

Tech innovators and startups from all over the country can register online at https://www.grameenphone.com/gp-accelerator-2.0. In the pre-acceleration round, 25 selected startups will go through product research, design, validation and company formation. The deadline for pre-acceleration round is until May 15.

More advanced startups can apply directly for the accelerator program until July 15, where a four and half month’s training will be provided by expert mentors from home and abroad.

GPA 2.0 is a collaborative program where investors and key startup ecosystem players are coming together to design the curriculum and deliver it. The startups accepted for the accelerator program will receive go-to-market support, scale and growth boot camps conducted by expert global mentors, workspace at GP house, access to GP distribution channels and opportunity to pitch to local and global investors.

Since the launch of GP Accelerator in 2015, 19 startups have launched their services or products from a total of 26 participating startups.

Michael Foley, CEO, Grameenphone, stated, “As one of the most responsible entities for building digital ecosystem in Bangladesh, Grameenphone works together with the government in every possible endeavour. We consider this platform as a very powerful tool to inspire youths to take the country forward and Grameenphone is happy to be a partner in this journey. New businesses and business models are entering our market at breakneck speed. We need young Bangladeshi tech entrepreneurs as much as they need us.”

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