SAARC CCI's Boot Camp for Startups

The SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) organized the second boot camp for start-ups in Dhaka, Bangladesh from June 27th to 29th, 2019. The three-day boot camp was organized in partnership with the The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and in collaboration with Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Speed Trust Bangladesh.
The Boot camp was attended by 41 startups from Bangladesh and four Leading startups mentors from India. SAARC CCI is organizing series of Boot Camps in the Member countries of SAARC. The aim of the Boot Camps was to develop a mechanism to accelerate cross-border learning, exposure, mentoring and acceleration of the startups across the region, especially in the member countries with no ecosystems or least developed startup ecosystems.

While speaking on the occasion Mr. Mahbubul Alam, Vice President of SAARC CCI (Bangladesh) said “By contributing in the form of job creation for the next generation of young labour force through their innovative entrepreneurial skills startups are contributing to the economic growth of economies in the South Asia region”. “Startups are the driving force behind structural change in South Asian economies”, he further added.

Welcome address by Mr. Mahbubul Alam, Vice President SAARC CCI (Bangladesh)

Ms. Mashraka Binta Mosharrof, an emerging entrepreneur from Dhaka said “I came to this boot camp nervous and having no expectations of making friends but I came back confident, inspired, with new ideas and visions and also with friends who are so supportive and empowering. It was one of the best experiences of my life”.

"In the United States, working in an MNC (Multinational Corporation) is the last option for a youngster and working in a Startup is the first option," said Mr. Khadem Mahmud Yusuf, Managing Director & CEO, Bangladesh Petrochemical Company Ltd.

The SAARC CCI is organizing interactive cross border boot camps for capacity development of Young entrepreneurs in all the SAARC member states and this Boot camp was second in the series.

Group picture of participants & mentors with Mr. Mahbubul Alam, Vice President
SAARC CCI (Bangladesh) at the SAARC CCI's Boot Camp for
Startups on June 27-29, 2019, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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