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Future Startup Weekly: No.17

Inside Chaldal’s Sprawling Pet Food and Products Delivery Business 

In 2014, buying pet food online was not a thing in Dhaka. Then Chaldal appeared on the scene. The newly launched grocery startup, launched a year ago in 2013, saw there was a need for convenience service for pet owners who love their pets dearly but faced enormous challenges accessing quality pet foods. In the next two years, Chaldal would go on to build a one-stop online shop for pet foods and become a leader in online pet food and products. Today, the category has a new name at Chaldal and covers everything related to pets and pet care. Read here

Doctor Networking App Frontliners Raises New Investment

Dhaka-based Healthtech startup Frontliners Technologies announced that it has raised its first round of angel investment from prolific angel investor M Asif Rahman, founder of WPDeveloper and ARCom, and Nazmul Hasan Rupok, CEO of WPDeveloper. The details of the investment were not disclosed. Read here

Jatri Raises $1.2m in Pre-series A Funding

Jatri, the Dhaka-based public transportation startup, announced today that it has raised US$1.2 million in a Pre-series A round of investment from Reflect Ventures, Brain-Too-Free Ventures, and SBK Tech Ventures. With the fresh funds, the company looks to expand nationally and expand its offerings beyond ticketing and vehicle rentals. Read here

Chaldal Raises a $10M Series C

Chaldal, a Dhaka-based grocery delivery platform, has raised $10 million in a Series C funding round. The round was led by Taavet Hinrikus (co-founder of Wise), Sten Tamkivi (CPO of Topia), and Xploration Capital, with the participation from Mir Group. Read here

4 Founders Share Strategies They Used to Grow Their Startup in The Early Days

In this collection of lessons from founders, we asked 4 founders on how they approach growth and what helped their companies to grow in the early days. The answers offer revealing insights into the intricacies of early stage growth and actionable strategies for eager startups and founders to apply. Read here

Mohammad Ruhul Kader is a Dhaka-based entrepreneur and writer. He founded Future Startup, a digital publication covering the startup and technology scene in Dhaka with an ambition to transform Bangladesh through entrepreneurship and innovation. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, and society. He is the author of Rethinking Failure. His writings have been published in almost all major national dailies in Bangladesh including DT, FE, etc. Prior to FS, he worked for a local conglomerate where he helped start a social enterprise. Ruhul is a 2021 winner of Emergent Ventures, a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He can be reached at [email protected]

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