Dhaka — Telecom operator Grameenphone has launched GPA 3.0, the flagship accelerator program to co-create a startup ecosystem and accelerate the digitalization journey in Bangladesh.
The “GP Accelerator” journey started back in 2015, intending to work closely with the startups, developers, and innovators, enabling them with the resources they need to build, grow, and exceed their possibilities.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for ICT Division, graced the virtual launching event as the Chief Guest along with the presence of Grameenphone CEO Yasir Azman.
Earlier this year, a partnership deal had been signed between Grameenphone and the three pioneering startup ecosystems shapers of Bangladesh – BetterStories Ltd., LightCastle Partners, and Upskill – to deliver GP Accelerator 3.0 as a program that supports the “global-first” Bangladeshi startups born through COVID. Grameenphone, the tech-service-leader and connectivity partner to Digital Bangladesh, along with three leading ecosystem shapers of the country, teamed up to run the twelve-month program with the vision to connect the nation in search of the best homegrown startups and boost their potential with best-fitting resources following the industry needs.
During his speech, the Chief Guest, State Minister for ICT Division, said, “I have been a part of the Grameenphone Accelerator journey since its inception. Six years have passed since then and it feels inspiring to see that Grameenphone has been continuing to live up to its commitment of shaping the startup ecosystem in Bangladesh.”
“Our ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy encouraged the youth to not imitate, but rather innovate. GP Accelerator also has the same message and is continuing to play its part to groom up the youth. Startups are helping us to create a self-reliant Digital Bangladesh.,” he added.
“We have come a long way to deliver on our promises to become a digitally inclusive society. In this journey around so far, 44 GP accelerator startups across the country have played a pivotal role in addressing citizens’ digital needs and developing relevant solutions to address our needs. We are glad to continue the journey of GP Accelerator and launch the third season with ecosystem shapers like BetterStories, LightCastle, and Upskill. With our credible partners, we look forward to co-creating an ecosystem favorable to unleash the potential of our homegrown talents.” said Yasir Azman, CEO, Grameenphone.
GP Accelerator program has already completed six cohorts with 44 promising startups (creating 5 lakh jobs across the country).
Grameenphone contributed over BDT 142 million (over 42 million as direct cash grant and more than 100 million in-kind support), with each team getting approximately BDT 6.5 million’ worth of support.
Impactful startups like Sheba.XYZ, CMED Health, Dhakacast, Cramstack, Doctorkoi, and many more found their way to success and are flourishing through the GP Accelerator program. Sheba.XYZ, CMED Health, and Parkingkoi have exceeded the USD 5 million valuation mark, too. The value has increased 3.7 times during the 4.5 months of boot camp, following an average 16 times growth from demo day.