Four Bangladeshi students of Daffodil International University (DIU) have won 2nd prize in a social business creation competition organised by HEC Montréal’s Social Business Centre (IDEOS) in Canada in collaboration with Grameen Creative Lab.
Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Benoît-Pierre Laramée presented the awards and certificates sent by HEC Montréal to the students at an award ceremony arranged by DIU on Wednesday.
In his speech, the High Commissioner congratulated joint 2nd prize winners Kazi Mesbah ur Rahman, Faisal Bin Abul Kasem, Bhaskar Sarkar and Shamsun Nahar of Daffodil International University and Margot Mollat du Jordin of McGill University in Canada.
The competition included 44 teams from 30 universities, representing 16 countries.
HEC Montréal is a French-language university offering an internationally renowned management education and research opportunities. The School has been training future managers since 1907, a press release said.
They organised the international competition as a learning experience for the students on using markets to meet social needs.
The prize-winning project is the brainchild of the four DIU students, who identified that there is only a limited selection of affordable baby food products in local markets.
To address the problem the students developed “Pedicare”, a highly nutritious and inexpensive dietary supplement for children aged from 6 months to 3 years.
Child nutrition is a major issue in Bangladesh, as malnutrition leads to stunted growth and wasting away of muscles in children. In Bangladesh, 36% of children under the age of five are stunted and 14% are classified as wasted, the highest in Asia. 33% are underweight.
During the event, the High Commissioner also thanked Professor Mai Thi Thanh Thai, associate professor of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at HEC Montréal, who facilitated the competition.
DIU Vice- chancellor Professor Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, Executive Director of Yunus Centre Lamiya Morshed, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of DIU Md Sabur Khan were also present during the event.