Bitopi Das Chowdhury (centre), head, Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing, Standard Chartered Bank, Rubana Huq (2nd from right), Chair, Annisul Huq Foundation and Saif Kamal, Founder of Toru Institute of Inclusive Innovation, pose for photograph at inauguration of ‘Impactor’, at a press conference in Dhaka on Monday.

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Prospective entrepreneurs would be provided with individually tailored roadmap and experts’ supports from product designing to business, legal and investment facilities to transform their early stage ideas into successful enterprises.
The ‘Impactor’ launched by Toru Institute of Inclusive Innovation launched would provide the supports to early-stage entrepreneurs.
Impactor programme, the 8-month long business incubation programme was announced at a press conference in Dhaka on Monday.
Saif Kamal, Founder of Toru, inaugurated the event with a welcome speech followed by a video presentation of the Impactor programme. After the opening remarks, Bitopi Das Chowdhury, head, Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing, Standard Chartered Bank talked about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and entrepreneurship.
Rubana Huq, Chair, Annisul Huq Foundation also spoke at the launch on how young entrepreneurs are driving change.
The call for application started Monday and online applications will be accepted till October 31, 2018. Interested persons can apply visiting the portal: http://impactor.toruinstitute.com/apply/
When an entrepreneur has an idea, the road to execution of the idea for a business is difficult. This is where the Impactor programme comes in. The programme provides both the means and the ‘know-how’ to support the entrepreneurs in every step of the way, said Saif Kamal.
Through a rigorous selection process, 10 Impactors will be selected to embark on an 8-month long incubation journey of developing their product, business and building their leadership skills to run a start-up.
Saif Kamal, said, ““This programme will be the first of its kind in Bangladesh. We have always had accelerator programmes or competitions, but ideas need extensive and long-term support in order to become impactful enterprises.”
The selected participants of the programme will receive a series of rewards. In addition to the mentoring support, the entrepreneurs will receive up to Tk 10 lakh seed funding and workspace from Startup Bangladesh, at the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology, Bangladesh.
The programmeme is supported by Standard Chartered Bank, Microsoft, Bangladesh, IPDC, Annisul Huq Foundation, Startup Bangladesh and North South University.