GP Accelerator 3.0 promises to push the “global-first” Bangladeshi founders to go beyond
Grameenphone (GP) signed partnership agreements on Monday at the GP House with three of the pioneering startup ecosystem builders of Bangladesh; BetterStories Limited, LightCastle Partners, and Upskill.
These three startups have joined hands with Grameenphone to deliver GP Accelerator 3.0, the twelve-month long program connects the whole of Bangladesh together through national outreach and design thinking boot camps finding the best homegrown startups and matching them with the resources and support to build a strong local foundation and equipping them to scale by raising investments, entering new markets and forging business networks, said a press release.
The consortium of the three partners will deliver a whole new program that supports the “global-first” Bangladeshi startups during the times of Covid-19 and beyond.
Since its inception in 2015, GP Accelerator has supported 44 startups, including Sheba.XYZ, Barikoi, Doctorkoi, Dhakacast, Cramstack etc.
The redesigned program will help startups unlock Grameenphone’s most coveted assets such as distribution channels, push for 10x growth throughout the duration of the program and raise a significant amount of growth capital to speed up talent and market acquisition in the region.
On behalf of Grameenphone, Abul Kasem Mohiuddin Al-Amin, chief procurement officer signed the agreement in the presence of Solaiman Alam, chief digital and strategy officer, Kazi Mahboob Hassan, chief business officer, and Farhana Islam, head of innovation; whereas Mustafizur Rahman Khan (founder & CEO, Upskill) signed on behalf of the consortium in the presence of the consortium representatives including Minhaz Anwar (chief storyteller, BetterStories Ltd) and Ivdad Ahmed Khan Mojlish (co-founder and managing director, LightCastle Partners).
“We are delighted to bring back the GP Accelerator at a time when innovators, founders, and entrepreneurs need us the most. During its five-year journey, GP Accelerator has charted a remarkable legacy for Bangladesh’s innovation and digital ecosystem and we are excited to see it being multiplied by our partners and others entering this arena" said Solaiman Alam, chief digital and strategy officer of GP.