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The first step: How to start a startup

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May 29, 2014

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Samantha Morshed, is the founder of Hathay Bunano and its brand Pebble. Born in Nottingham UK, educated at Oxford Brookes in Physics, Birkbeck College, University of London in Financial Economics and with 8 years in the City of London with Credit Suisse Financial Products, Schroders and Nomura Research Institute – Europe (NRI-E), Samantha's interest in social enterprise started in 2004 with a basic question 'how do you create sustainable employment without microfinance debt or economic migration for rural women?'. What started out as a question and a personal initial investment of $500, a decade later has evolved into a thriving social enterprise, comprising a non-profit organization in Bangladesh and three limited companies in Bangladesh, UK and Malaysia, with employment creation for more than 6000 artisans in more than 60 rural production centres throughout Bangladesh and export of handmade toys around the world. Samantha was recognized in the 2009 New Years Honours List with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) from the Queen of England for her services in creating rural employment for poor and disadvantaged women.

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