Startup Weekly #3: These Startups Stories Would Change Your Perception About Dhaka’s Startup Scene

Startup Weekly #3: These Startups Stories Would Change Your Perception About Dhaka’s Startup Scene

1. Building Affordable Solar Electricity Solutions For Everyone In Bangladesh and Beyond With Sebastian Groh, Founder, and MD and Daniel Ciganovic, Co-Founder, and CFO, SOLshare

Sebastian Groh is the Founder, and Managing Director of SOLshare and Daniel Ciganovic is the Co-Founder and CFO of SOLshare, a Dhaka-based startup that has been working to bring “affordable solar electricity to everyone in Bangladesh and beyond” by bringing sharing economy ethos to solar energy sharing through its peer-to-peer solar energy trading platform.

We recently caught up with Mr. Sebastian and Mr. Daniel, to learn about their journey to entrepreneurship, how SOLshare came into being, what is SOLshare and how it operates, the state of SOLshare’s business today, its ambition going forward, the state of solar energy sector in Bangladesh, their lessons in entrepreneurship and much more.

SOLshare is a fascinating company and is tackling one of the biggest challenges the earth is facing today. Founded in 2015, SOLshare enables communities to produce, consume, and trade solar energy using a local microgrid. It pioneers a micro-energy transition model by interconnecting solar home systems in peer-to-peer networks and allowing communities to monetize excess solar energy along the value chain in real time with mobile money. The company says it has created “a revolutionary new approach to bring affordable solar electricity to everyone in Bangladesh and beyond through its peer-to-peer solar energy trading platforms based on distributed ledger technology.” To date, SoLshare has raised about $1.7Mn in funding.

2. Building A Parking Solution For Bangladesh With Rafat Rahman, Founder and CEO, Parking Koi

Rafat Rahman is the Founder and CEO of Parking Koi. Parking Koi is a parking spaces marketplace that connects people with unused parking spaces, helping people to find parking spaces easily as well as helping owners to rent their parking spaces when they are not using it. The company currently operates in Dhaka and Chattogram.
We recently caught up with Mr. Rafat, to learn about his journey to entrepreneurship, how Parking Koi got started, what is Parking Koi and how it operates, the state of Parking Koi’s business today, its ambition going forward, the lessons he has learned from his journey so far and much more.

3. Building A Freelance Marketplace In Bangladesh With Sabbir Ahmed, Founder and Managing Director, KajKey

Sabbir Ahmed is the co-founder and Managing Director of KajKey. KajKey is a freelance marketplace based in Dhaka that connects businesses and individuals with freelancers. KajKey claims to be the first Bengali language freelancing platform in Bangladesh.

We recently caught up with Mr. Sabbir, to learn about his path to entrepreneurship, how KajKey came into being, what is KajKey and what it does, how KajKey operates, the state of KajKey’s business today, its ambition going forward, the lessons he has learned from his journey so far and much more.

4. Building An Intelligent Video Analytics Startup In Bangladesh With Shehzad Noor Taus Priyo, Co-founder & CEO, Gaze Technology

Shehzad Noor Taus Priyo is the Co-founder and CEO of Gaze Technology, an intelligent video analytics startup that builds intelligence capabilities for CCTV cameras that could be used to solve a long list of securities, attendance monitoring, analytics, optimization challenges, and much more. Founded in 2017, the company has grown to a team of 20 people within a short period of time and aims to build “a global leader in AI, serving customers across the world and making intelligent video analytics accessible and affordable for all.”

We recently caught up with Mr. Shehzad Noor, to learn about his path to entrepreneurship (cue: Shehzad has been trying to build companies since seventh grade. We covered his Incogmito a few years ago), how Gaze Technology came into being, what is Gaze Technology and what it does, how Gaze operates, the state of Gaze Technology’s business today, its ambition going forward, lessons he has learned from his journey so far and much more.

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