Best Startup Stories Of March

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Mar 28, 2016

1. The State Of Foodtech Startups In Dhaka

In Dhaka though we don’t have any Foodtech startup in its true sense; but we do have quite a few startups in Foodtech along with logistics space. Startups that are using technology to market and deliver food and startups that are creating communities around food. These are not essentially foodtech startups rather food marketing or logistics startups.

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2. Talent Crunch Remains A Key Challenge To Dhaka’s Startup Growth

While globally technical skills, programming and engineering, are increasingly becoming popular and prevalent, in Dhaka the scenario is a little different, we have more business graduates than engineers whereas demand for technical talent is growing rapidly. While existing institutions provide a portion of the required talent, it is largely insufficient and many young graduates are largely unprepared for startup world.

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3. The Insiders List: The Most Active Early Stage Investors In Dhaka

Dhaka has now more than a dozen venture capital firms and new firms are joining the space at regular intervals. Similarly, number of angel investors is also on the rise and this will dramatically change once we have few exists and success stories. However, for now we have put together a list of most active VCs and angels in Dhaka and we are calling it ‘The Insiders List’.

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4. This Is How Investors Recognize Successful Startups [Infographic]

Anna Vital of Funders and Founders put together a list of elements that investors look for in order to recognize successful startups early on. Founders often worry about a lot of things but most of those things are seldom matter as long as you have a great team and great product.

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5. These Are The Some Startup Ideas That Frequently Fail

X for Y… Just because Uber, AirBnB, or Tinder took off, doesn’t mean every Uber for X, AirBnB for Y or Tinder for Z will take off. From 10000 feet it may look interesting, but the peculiar dynamics of one market rarely make another work.

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6. Inside HandyMama

HandyMama, a service network and marketplace that connects households and service providers i.e. cleaners, electrical, plumber etc., launched last year in Dhaka. The startup came out of first batch of Founder Institute, Dhaka Chapter, received a seed fund from Fenox Venture Capital as well.

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7. Maya’s Bold Plan

Maya started with a simple mission: empowering women through access to information and a shared community. The idea was: by educating a woman you educate a family and in turn change a society. The platform wanted to be a space for women in Bangladesh to freely come and talk about problems, issues and experiences in their lives.

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8. Face To Face With Syeda Kamrun Ahmed of Bagdoom.com

Syeda Kamrun Ahmed is the Co-founder and CEO of Bagdoom, a fast growing ecommerce venture based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ms. Syeda has an interesting career trail. After graduating from BUET with a Chemical Engineering degree, she attended business school to learn the tricks of running a sustainable business, embracing change and taking calculated risk. She started her career in banking before settling in IT and starting her own venture.

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9. The Complete List Of Well Funded, Sort Of, Startups In Bangladesh

After Aavishkaar and Segnel Ventures, 500 Startups just announced a new fund for India, Bangladesh and few other markets. Increasing number of local and international VCs are showing interest in Bangladesh’s growing startup scene. Last year alone saw more than half a dozen investments into startups. 2016 started with a bang, BDcabs raised an undisclosed amount from Turkish investor Ethohum at a valuation of US$6.5m.


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