6 startups pitch on Grameenphone Accelerator 3.0 Demo Day
Grameenphone Accelerator 3.0 "Demo Day" was held on September 21 at GP House where six participating startups pitched for their ventures to potential investors. The journey of GP Accelerator this year began in February with the seventh batch of the national award wining initiative, which has been supporting the startup ecosystem in Bangladesh since 2015.
Mohsina Yasmin, Executive Member, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority graced the event as the Special Guest. Yasir Azman, CEO, Grameenphone; Hans Martin Hoegh Henrichsen, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer; Farhana Islam, Head of Social Impact, Grameenphone; Khairul Basher, Head of Communications, Grameenphone; Mustafizur Khan, Founder & CEO, Upskill; and other respected officials, along with investors and guests were also present at the Demo Day event. The six startups showcasing own prospects at the event were – iPage, AirWrk, Lilac, Onnow, OneThread, and Game of Eleven.
iPage is an agritech startup that uses data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to help smallholder farmers connect to the larger value chain. They have launched a digital system for smallholder farmers to provide information and advice on market demand, capital, insurance, and mechanization. Airwrk is working to connect Bangladeshi tech talents to the global market. Large companies at home and abroad can find professional technicians selected on this platform. Lilac is Bangladesh's first digital wellness platform focused on women's reproductive health. Its journey began in 2021 by creating a subscription-based period care service to better address women's menstrual issues.
Onnow is an internet restaurant platform whose journey began with the aim of helping small restaurants in Bangladesh with technology, digital marketing, food safety, and cost-effective food preparation methods. OneThread is a Bangladeshi Project Management SAAS (Software-as-a-Service) designed for agencies, startups, and online merchants to manage internal tasks and communication. Game of Eleven is a fantasy sports platform who are working to bring Bangladesh's over 20 million global fantasy sports users to a local platform.
Grameenphone collaborated with three consortium partners – BetterStories Limited, LightCastle Partners, and Upskill – for GPA 3.0. Startups of the current batch have been developed with a 'global-first' philosophy by Grameenphone, which shall enable them to leave remarkable footprints beyond the border.